Dr. Tom Richard from Penn State will present "Smart Energy" at our next Physics Colloquium on Thursday, April 11th at Noon in Tome 115. Free pizza & everyone welcome to attend!
Abstract: A little over a decade ago the National Academy of Engineering named the electricity grid the most significant engineering achievement of the 20th century. In the US this grid has been remarkably successful in providing reliable and affordable power to meet over 40% of our total energy demand. But the next few decades will see a dramatic transformation of this system, with distributed power generation from renewables and natural gas, distributed storage including the batteries in plug-in vehicles, and an interactive control system that generates power, charges batteries, heats and cools buildings, and runs appliances to minimize energy use and costs. The first wave of this transformation is already occurring at colleges and universities, with combined heat and power systems, integrated building control systems, and most important: a population of engaged and committed students, faculty and staff.