2012 IEEE Green Technologies Conference
Because of increasing concerns about fossil fuel costs, supplies and emissions, scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are more closely examining the commercial viability of renewable energy sources. So, each year IEEE hosts an international conference where people gather to explore the latest in solar, wind, nuclear, geothermal, hydro and biomass technologies, as well as alternative vehicle power sources such as fuel cells, gasoline and liquid natural gas electric hybrids and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
At last year’s conference Ph.D. student, Janet Marsden, presented her green ideas. Marsden foresees the day homes and businesses have their own solar, wind and geothermal power-producing technology, as well as batteries to store excess energy. She thinks the electric-vehicle battery technology being developed by automobile manufacturers will evolve into applications for buildings! “You make the house itself a charging station and you do the load balancing by putting the batteries there,” Marsden said. She added that because the U.S. electric grid is more than 100 years old, “we really need to look at what 21st century electrical generation needs to look like.” You can listen to more from Marsden here and find out about the 2012 conference and also read about different green technologies at www.ieeegreentech.org.