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Solar symposium planned at UCD

The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) will put on its Solar Research Symposium to learn more about the latest research and developments in this rapidly expanding field on Thursday, May 2, at the Buehler Alumni and Visitors Center at UC Davis.

UC Merced, the headquarters of the eight-campus UC Solar institute, is organizing the free symposium. Breakfast and lunch are included, and parking is $7 for the day.

Organizers have lined up experts to promote public knowledge regarding present and future UC Solar research initiatives, and to examine the current state of the solar energy industry in California and beyond, including Larry “Kaz” Kazmerski, executive director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

“His expertise is in photovoltaics, which is always interesting, but he’ll also talk about the industry and the current state of global research,” said UC Solar director professor Roland Winston. “NREL is the laboratory for renewable energy in the country.”

Another distinguished speaker for the event is Robert Weisenmiller, chair of the California Energy Commission.

Winston, a distinguished professor at UC Merced, will be among the symposium’s presenters, along with: Gerardo Diaz, UC solar co-director and UC Merced associate professor; Becky Milczarek, a research agricultural engineer for the USDA Agricultural Research Service; Adam Moule, the technical director of the California Solar Energy Center and an assistant professor at UC Davis; Tobias Barr, special projects manager at the UC Davis Energy Innovations Hub; Alfredo Martinez-Morales, UC Solar co-director and the managing director of Southern California-Research Initiative for Solar Energy at UC Riverside; Sadrul Ula, co-director and research faculty at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology at UC Riverside; and Deli Wang, UC Solar co-director and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at UC San Diego.

The 2011 symposium was a great success, involving people from all eight partner campuses: UC Merced, Davis, Riverside, San Diego, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Irvine and Santa Barbara. Organizers said they are looking forward to an even bigger gathering this year.

Register online, as space is limited. For information, contact UC Solar Administrative Analyst Robyn Lukens at [email protected] or 209-228-2988.

Special to The Enterprise

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