Solid State Technology and Devices Seminar: Creating Positive Feedback Loops to Accelerate the Energy Transition

Seminar | November 15 | 1-2 p.m. | Cory Hall, The Hogan Room, 521

 Sarah Kurtz, Professor, University of California, Merced

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

Photovoltaic solar electricity has grown much faster than was expected. Continuation of the historical growth rate would enable solar to generate as much electricity as the entire world uses by ~ 2030. California, in particular, has taken a leading role; 19% of electricity generated in 2018 in the state of California was from solar energy. However, growth of solar is now slowing, both worldwide and in California. As the state of California and many others around the world seek to move away from fossil fuels to a zero-carbon energy system, it will be critical to maintain the momentum. Positive feedback has been helpful in the growth of solar so far. This talk will discuss how positive feedback loops can help accelerate the energy transition by taking a balanced approach. The talk will also discuss how choices we make in designing our new energy system can reduce or increase the size of the problem.

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