Physics of Sustainability

Inaugural event will explore some of the latest in energy research.

Winton Symposium on energy efficiency will be held on Monday, 1 October 2012 at the Cavendish Laboratory.

The inaugural, one-day Winton Symposium on energy efficiency will be held on Monday, 1 October 2012 at the Cavendish Laboratory. The event will bring together some of the leading scientists from around the world to explore the fundamental limits set by science and engineering to the efficiency with which we can generate, store and use energy.

This is the first of an annual series of topical meetings as part of the Winton Programme for the Physics of Sustainability.

There is no registration fee for the Symposium and complimentary lunch will be provided.  However, participants are required for register online for the event.

To set the scene of the symposium, Malcolm Keay from the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies will discuss the link between energy efficiency and sustainability.  This will be followed by three sessions.

Man versus Machine

Energy consumption for computing is growing rapidly, Prof. Eli Yablonovitch, Director of the NSF Center for Energy Efficient Electronics Science at University of California Berkeley and Prof. Stuart Parkin from IBM's Almaden Research Center will explore the trends and efficiency limits for computation and data storage respectively. Prof. Simon Laughlin Professor of Neurobiology at the department of Zoology in Cambridge will explain why the brain, in contrast, is so efficient at computation.

Energy Generation from the Sun

The sun is our primary source of energy, Prof. Jenny Nelson from Imperial College will explain the limits for solar cell technologies and Prof. Richard Cogdell, Director of the Glasgow Biomedical Research Centre will explore what we can learn from light harvesting in nature.

Energy Usage

Energy usage will be discussed in the context of two major consumers of power, transportation and lighting. Dr. Donald Hillebrand, Director of the Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory will cover conventional and electric vehicle technologies and their relative efficiencies. Prof. James Speck from University of California Santa Barbara will review advances and fundamental efficiency limits for solid-state lighting.

For free registration - http://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/conferences/energyefficiency/form/booking.php

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