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Prof. Birkmire shows attendees the solar cell museum at IEC

IGERT Trainees(John Bedenbaugh, Dan Esposito, John Clinger, Cory Budischak and Keith Douglass) prepare to welcome guests at registration.

Second IGERT Solar Hydrogen Conference is a SUCCESS!

The IGERT in Sustainable Energy from Solar Hydrogen successfully hosted the Second Annual IGERT/REAP Solar Hydrogen conference between July 20th – July 23rd, 2008.  This four-day student run conference is a team effort between the University's National Science Foundation-sponsored Sustainable Energy from Solar Hydrogen Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) program and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Minority Undergraduate Research Associates (MURA) Program.  Lead by the committee chairs, John Clinger, Keith Douglass and Cory Budischak, the conference was well-attended and many people commented on how successful our second year of hosting it was.

Throughout the four day conference, a host of invited speakers took part. After Provost Dan Rich, Syl Morgan-Smith (NREL) and Fannie Posey-Eddy (NREL), Professor Christiana Honsberg and Dean Vaughan opened the conference, a host of other well-known speakers took part. These included Professor John Byrne (Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the University of Delaware), Frank Stewart (President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the American Association of  Blacks in Energy (AABE) , Dr Howard Adams (Founder and President of H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc ) and Gia Schneider (Partner at EKO Asset Management). 

The REAP Program Review Meeting (REAP2008) and the  Sustainable Energy from Solar Hydrogen NSF-IGERT workshop at the University of Delaware brings together two groups that are rooted deep in renewable energy research at an institution that is equally committed to renewable energy. This student-run conference provides invited and student speakers alike the opportunity to share their enthusiasm about their research/involvement in the area of sustainable energy, with an emphasis on the many aspects and interrelationships of solar power and hydrogen as an energy carrier.

This year we decided to provide the students with a range of group activities to choose from and the trip to Air Liquide, the IEC workshop and PV workshops were all well attended. Many conference attendees also enjoyed the opportunity to ‘take a small break’ from the technical presentations and enjoy group trips to both The Pond ice rink and Klondike Kate’s.

The IGERT in Sustainable Energy from Solar Hydrogen is continually attracting high caliber students with one focused goal in mind: to find solutions to our depleting supplies of non-renewables. Being a part of such a collaborative and sustaining effort allows the IGERT to continue providing positive and rewarding experiences to graduates, AND promote the philosophies of the University of Delaware and the National Science Foundation.


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