Optical Instrumentation for Energy and Environmental Applications (E2)

Optical Instrumentation for Energy and Environmental Applications (E2)

03 - 06 November 2013
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass, Tucson, Arizona, USA

Focus on monitoring and controlling the generation of energy and its impact on the environment towards a self- sustainable earth.

The E2 conference is conceived to be an interdisciplinary forum that will bring together people from industry, university and government. This will allow researchers, industry and government to share their needs in regard to the economics, legal requirements, and permitting issues that surround energy extraction and production with those who may be able to bring innovative optical solutions to bear on those issues.

In order to develop a sustainable energy future, it is necessary to consider both the production of energy and the impact of production on the environment. This conference focuses on optical technologies that address environmental impacts of energy production management.  Conference topics span all forms of energy production and energy distribution such as wind, solar, fossil fuels and cogeneration techniques in addition to technologies which increase energy efficiency.

Neal R. Armstrong, University of Arizona, United States, Critical Interfaces in Emerging Thin Film Photovoltaic Technologies: From Basic Science to Policy and Economic Issues, plenary

Heinz Frei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, United States, Dynamic Spectroscopy – a Critical Tool for Developing Artificial Photosynthesis, plenary

Doug Hall, U.S Department of Energy, United States, Invention and Innovation – Key to keeping Photovoltaic R&D in the United States, plenary

Kyle Alvine, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States, Subwavelength Optical Coatings for Sensing, Invited

Frank Beyrau, Imperial College London, United Kingdom, Thermographic Particle Image Velocimetry, Invited

Ian Coddington, National Inst of Standards & Technology, United States, High Resolution Frequency Comb Molecular Spectroscopy, Invited

Blake Crowther, Utah State Univ Space Dynamics Lab , United States, DIAL System for Fugitive Gas Detection at Energy Production Sites, Invited

April Hiscox, University of South Carolina, United States, Lidar Measurement Techniques for Understanding Smoke Plume Dynamics in Sugarcane Production, Invited

Kazuo Hotate, University of Tokyo, Japan, High Performance Distributed Optical Fiber Sensors for Smart Structures and Environmental Monitoring , Invited

Jianguo Liu, Anhui Inst of Optics Fine Mechanics , China, Regional Air Pollution Monitoring by Spectroscopic Techniques, Invited

Shane Mayor, California State University Chico, United States, Two-component Wind Vectors from Scanning, Eye-safe, Elastic Lidar, Invited

Oliver Monti, University of Arizona, United States, The Importance of Interfaces in Excitonic Solar Cells: Towards Control from First-Principles, Invited

Prem Kiran Paturi, University of Hyderabad, India, Self-action Effects on Laser-induced Dynamics States of Matter, Invited

Kevin Repasky, Montana State University, United States, Optical Tools and Techniques for Large Area Surface Monitoring of Carbon Sequestration Sites, Invited

Gregory Rieker, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States, Dual-Comb Spectroscopy of Greenhouse Gases Over a 2-km Outdoor Path, Invited

Joseph Shaw, Montana State University, United States, Thermal Imaging of Vegetation to Detect CO2 Gas Leaking From Underground, Invited

Gianluca Valentini, Politecnico di Milano, Italy, Advanced Imaging and Spectroscopy for the Conservation and Monitoring of Cultural Heritage, Invited

Krishna Vishnubhatla, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Italy, Femtosecond Laser Micro-machining for Energy Applications , Invited

Damien Weidmann, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, United Kingdom, Optical Laser Heterodyne Systems for Remote Sensing - From Terrestrial to Space Applications, Invited

Seunghyup Yoo, Korea Advanced Inst of Science & Tech, South Korea, Light Management Toward Efficient Organic Solar Cells, Invited
Sai Santosh Kumar Raavi, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Michael Wojcik, Space Dynamics Laboratory, United States

Maruthi Brundavanam, University of Electro-Communications, Japan
Jong Chow, Australian National University, Australia
Zuguang Guan, Sailhero Environmental Technology , Norway
Jose Javier Laserna, Universidad de Malaga, Spain
Paulo Miranda, USP Inst de Fisica de Sao Carlos, Brazil
Michal Nikodem, Wroclaw Research Centre EIT+, Poland
Luca Palchetti, Istituto di Fisica Applicata - IFAC, Italy
Mark Phillips, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, United States
Liyang Shao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
Hoe Tan, Australian National University, Australia
Brentha Thurairajah, Virginia Tech, United States
Gerard Wysocki, Princeton University, United States
Congress Reception
Join your fellow attendees for the Congress Reception. Enjoy delectable fare while networking. The reception is open to committee/presenting author/student and full conference attendees. Conference attendees may purchase extra tickets for their guest.

Joint Poster Sessions
Posters are an integral part of the technical program and offer a unique networking opportunity, where presenters can discuss their results one-to-one with interested parties. Each author is provided with a 4 ft. × 8 ft. (1.22 m × 2.44 m) board on which to display the summary and results of his or her paper.

General Session with Plenary Speakers

  • Neal R. Armstrong, University of Arizona, USACritical Interfaces in Emerging Thin Film Photovoltaic Technologies: From Basic Science to Policy and Economic Issues
  • Heinz Frei, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA, Dynamic Spectroscopy – a Critical Tool for Developing Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Doug Hall, U.S Department of Energy, USAInvention and Innovation – Key to keeping Photovoltaic R&D in the United States

A Discussion on the Future Areas for Funding and Research for Solar
Sponsored by the OSA Optics for Energy Technical Group

The panel will discuss new directions in research for solar energy and possible funding sources. It will include a panelist from DOE and NREL, and industrial representative from Amonix and SOLON. The panel discussion will be guided to make it of general interest to all Congress attendees.

  • Harry Atwater, Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech, USA
  • Ken Baldwin, Australian National Univ. Energy Change Institute, Australia
  • Matthew Fraser, Arizona State Univ./QESST, USA
  • Adam Plesniak, Amonix, USA
  • Andru Prescod, DOE CSP Program, USA
  • Bill Richarson, SOLON, USA

Topic Categories

1. Optical tools for manufacturing, measuring and monitoring renewable energy generation
a) Optics for Solar cells: Fabrication, characterization and long-term monitoring tools
b) Optics in Wind energy generation.
c) Optics in Geothermal energy harvesting
d) Optics for any other renewable energy generation like thermophotovotlaics etc.

2. Optics in environment  and pollution monitoring
a) Instrumentation for measurement of trace gas, airborne particulates,  LIDAR technology and LIDAR applications
b) Systems for whole facility emission measurement
c) Emerging application for spectroscopic techniques, such as  LIBS, Raman, THz etc and optical non-destructive techniques such as Laser Doppler Anemometry (LDA), Particle image velocimetry (PIV), and holography
d)  Optics in earth science and climate change: satellite and remote sensing
e)  Broadband spectroscopy of the environment (such as frequency comb spectroscopy, white light generation)

3. Optics in monitoring services related to other industries
a) Optics in the oil and gas industry including optical sensors for flow-line monitoring of pipelines and distribution networks
b) Optics for the mining industry
c) Optics for monitoring underwater structures and marine biology

4. Optics in research in high energy materials
a) Optical techniques to understand novel high energy materials and Combustion processes
b) Optical techniques to detect hazardous materials like TNT, RDX etc.

5. Future emerging technologies
a) YOUR ideas and novel concepts that might provide breakthrough in energy and environmental applications!

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