DOE Announces New Webinars on the Energy 101 Course Framework, Community-Scale Anaerobic Digesters, and More
April 10, 2013
EERE offers webinars to the public on a range of subjects, from adopting the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.
April 10: Live Webcast on "The Energy 101 Course Framework"
Webinar Sponsor: EERE Education and Workforce Development
The Energy Department and its Energy 101 project collaborators will present a live webcast titled "The Energy 101 Course Framework" today, April 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Energy 101 Course Framework is based on DOE's Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education. The framework proposes teaching principles of energy from an interdisciplinary perspective, challenging college students at two- and four-year schools across the country to systematically explore the science and social science behind sound energy decision-making. This webinar is for educators, administrators, and other interested parties who would like to learn about the Energy 101 course framework and how their institutions can get involved in this effort, as well as how the framework has been used in the development of an ongoing pilot course at the University of Maryland.
April 15: Live Webinar on Computational Studies on Lignocellulosic Deconstruction
Webinar Sponsor: EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled "Computational Studies on Lignocellulose Deconstruction" on Monday, April 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the webinar, Dr. Gnana S. Gnanakaran of Los Alamos National Laboratory will present on his team's molecular research on lignocellulosic biomass. The webinar will feature the laboratory's novel application of mathematical modeling and computational analysis to gain a better understanding of cellular and molecular biology. This approach provides one of the most in-depth looks at how lignocellulosic biomass functions, reacts, and changes.
April 16: Live Webcast on Community-Scale Anaerobic Digesters
Webinar Sponsor: EERE's Integrated Deployment project
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled "Community Renewable Energy Deployment Success Stories: Community-Scale Anaerobic Digesters" on Tuesday, April 16, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will highlight San Jose, California's commercial-scale, high solids dry fermentation anaerobic digestion system, as well as the Forest County Potawatomi Community's anaerobic digester project.
April 16: Live Webcast on Automotive and MHE Fuel Cell System Cost Analysis
Webinar Sponsor: Fuel Cell Technologies Office
The Energy Department will present a live webcast on Tuesday, April 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The webinar will give an overview of automotive and material handling equipment (MHE) fuel cell system cost analyses, with presentations by Strategic Analysis, Inc. and the Battelle Memorial Institute. The webinar will provide an overview of Design for Manufacturing and Assembly (DFMA) techniques and will outline the basic steps and guiding principles of DFMA cost analysis, show how it can be used to refine system design and select manufacturing process, and how it can be beneficially applied to both early-stage concepts as well as late-stage, fully-defined systems. For MHE applications, the presentation will describe the cost analysis approach; the design of the system, design assumptions, and manufacturing processes modeled using the DFMA software; costs of the system, sub-system, and specific components; the main cost drivers identified through a sensitivity analysis; and a summary of opportunities for cost reduction. Feedback on analyses and assumptions may be provided through the webinar.
April 24: Live Webcast on Wildlife Monitoring and Baseline Studies for Offshore Wind Development
Webinar Sponsor: EERE's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, Wind Power Program
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled "Wildlife Monitoring and Baseline Studies for Offshore Wind Development" on Wednesday, April 24, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. This webinar will present the initial results of the first year of data collection for two large-scale DOE funded studies that establish baseline data to aid in the siting and permitting of future offshore wind projects. Kate Williams of the Biodiversity Research Institute will present on "The Mid-Atlantic Baseline Studies Project: Understanding Wildlife Densities and Movements on the Mid-Atlantic Continental Shelf" and Steve Pelletier of Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. will present on "Offshore Bat Research Activities in the New England, Mid-Atlantic Coastal States, and Great Lakes Regions." This session will benefit energy managers and other professionals interested in offshore wind development, siting, permitting, and environmental research.
April 25: Live Webinar on Biomass and the Military
Webinar Sponsor: EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled "Biomass and the Military" on Thursday, April 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office staff members will discuss the joint efforts between the Energy Department and the U.S. Navy to use biopower and biofuels in military vehicles. The webinar will provide an overview and recent updates on the plans and goals laid out by the Defense Production Act and the innovative pilot- and demonstration-scale funding opportunity. Both efforts will develop novel processes and provide opportunities to prepare for eventual commercialization, helping the Energy Department meet its goals of creating reliable, sustainable, domestic biofuels to increase U.S. energy independence.
April 4: Live Webcast on Role of Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Emergency Preparedness
Webinar Sponsor: EERE's Clean Cities program, Vehicle Technologies Office
The Energy Department and its Clean Cities program collaborators presented a webcast on the "Role of Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Emergency Preparedness" on Thursday, April 4. This webinar covered the important role that alternative fuel vehicles played in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The webinar was intended for coordinators and stakeholders who would like to learn about energy assurance plans at the state and local level and how transportation technologies can play a part in these plans and in future emergencies.
April 3: Live Webinar on CHP and Resilient Energy Infrastructure
Webinar Sponsor: EERE's Advanced Manufacturing Office
The Energy Department presented a live webinar titled "CHP: Enabling Resilient Energy Infrastructure" on Wednesday, April 3. This webinar discussed how combined heat and power (CHP) systems can fulfill the need for resilient critical infrastructure while making energy more cost- and fuel-efficient for the user and more reliable and environmentally friendly for society at large. Presenters discussed the benefit of CHP systems in critical infrastructure applications, detailed case studies of how CHP systems powered facilities through Hurricane Sandy, and federal and state policies promoting the use of CHP technology in critical infrastructure.
March 26: Live Webcast on Guidelines for Developing, Staffing, and Overseeing a State Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Program
Webinar Sponsor: DOE Technical Assistance Program.
The Energy Department presented a live webcast titled "Energy Savings Performance Contracting: Guidelines for Developing, Staffing and Overseeing a State Program" on Tuesday, March 26. These guidelines provide strategies, tools, and resources for state energy offices, state building administrations, and others that want to move beyond one-off contracts and develop or expand a sustainable ESPC program. This webinar presents an overview of the guidelines and the many resources it offers to help you get a running start, and the webinar features state peers that have already successfully taken this approach to ESPC.