Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR)

06 - 09 November 2017
National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado United States

The OSA Optics for Solar Energy (SOLAR) conference brings together top international researchers and experts in the area of optical research and technology related to solar energy conversion via solar-thermal and concentrator photovoltaic systems. The SOLAR conference provides an ideal platform to disseminate advancements related to these research areas. In addition, it is also an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss pertinent topics with international experts.

Solar-thermal energy and concentrator photovoltaic systems employ a range of optical elements for collecting, guiding, concentrating, coupling, trapping, transforming and absorbing sunlight. Optical components typically constitute the largest cost component of solar systems. Consequently, a large body of research is devoted to improving all optical aspects of solar systems, to enhance the performance, reduce the costs, and maximize the reliability.

Besides the broad areas of energy conversion via solar-thermal and concentrator photovoltaic systems, contributions from new emerging solar energy-related research areas are encouraged.

Strong synergies exist between the SOLAR conference and other tracks at the OSA Light, Energy and the Environment congress. It is one objective of this conference to bring together solar energy researchers with the broader global optical research community, for example in the areas of atmospheric research and measurement, laser-based diagnostics of reactive flows and other areas, to identify and promote such synergies.

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This Congress will feature many special events

IPAC Session
Optical Startups Panel
Plenary and Keynote
Tour to Local Labs
Congress Banquet
Roman Bader

Australian Solar Thermal Association
AUSTRALIA
Chair

Olindo Isabella

Technische Universiteit Delft
NETHERLANDS
Chair

Jeremy Munday

University of Maryland at College Park
UNITED STATES
Chair


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Schedule at a glance
Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, United States - Keynote
Overview of Central Receiver Systems for Concentrating Solar Power: Optical Advancements and Needs

 
Peter Bermel, Purdue University, United States, Optical Modeling and Characterization of Radiative Cooling for Solar Energy Applications , Invited

Drew DeJarnette, United States Department of Energy, United States, The SunShot Initiative: Concentrating Solar Power, Invited

Michael Haney, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, United States, The ARPA-E MOSAIC Program: Advancing Micro-scale Concentrated Photovoltaics, Invited

Marc Korevaar, Kipp & Zonen B.V., Netherlands, Measuring the Sun: the Components of Solar Radiation, Traceability, and PV Panel Soiling , Invited

Greg Mungas, Hyperlight Energy, United States, Development Overview of a Commercial, Low Cost Linear Fresnel Reflector System Using Waterborne Reflectors , Invited

Gregory Rieker, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States, Prospects for laser-based sensing in solar reactors , Invited

R. Santbergen, Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands, Mirror Designs for Low-concentation PV Systems with High Efficiency c-Si Solar Cells , Invited

Nathan Siegel, Bucknell University, United States, The Design and Experimental Characterization of High Flux Solar Simulators using Metal Halide Arc Lamps, Invited

Ellen Stechel, Arizona State University, United States, Solar Thermochemistry for Solar Fuels and Thermal Storage: Special Considerations for the Solar Concentrators, Invited

Roland Winston, University of California Merced, United States, A Thermodynamic Approach to Solar Concentration, A New Paradigm, Invited

Xiaobo Yin, University of Colorado at Boulder, United States, Scalably Manufactured Metafilms for Effective Day-time Radiative Cooling, Invited

Zongfu Yu, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States, Light Management in Resonant Structures, Invited

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Congress Special Events

Welcome Reception

Sunday, 5 November, 18:00-20:00
Millennium Room, Millennium Harvest House Boulder


Join your fellow attendees at the Congress hotel, Millennium Harvest House Boulder, for the welcome reception. During the reception you can pick up your registration materials. The reception is open to all congress attendees. 
 

Congress Plenary Session

Monday, 6 November, 08:30-10:00
NCAR Center Green 1


The Congress will start on Monday with the Plenary Speaker, Michael E. Webber.
 

IPAC Session on Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement

Tuesday, 7 November, 08:30-10:00
NCAR Center Green 1


IPAC (The International Photonics Advocacy Coalition) will host this session to bring together domain experts and government officials to discuss photonics-based technology solutions for accurate and reliable environmental monitoring, reporting and effective policy implementation. A light breakfast will be avalible from 8:00-8:30. 
 
Welcome and Overview of IPAC
Tom Baer, Stanford University, USA /IPAC Steering Committee Chair
 
New Airborne Observing Systems for Climate Research: Challenges for Laser, Electronics, and Optical Designs
James G. Anderson, Harvard Univ, USA

A brief review of dominant feedbacks within the climate structure that set the timescale for irreversible changes to the Earth’s climate system is presented. Emerging developments defining a new era of airborne observing systems are linked to strategies addressing key unanswered scientific questions regarding the climate system. Given these new observing systems, it is demonstrated that the new developments constitute key challenges for new designs in lasers, electronics and optical systems. 


Panel
Kevin Trenberth, NCAR Boulder, USA
Nathan Newbury, NIST Boulder, USA
Scott Spuler,  LIDAR Group - NCAR Boulder, USA
Kelly Chance, Harvard Smithsonian, USA
 
IPAC is a global initiative that brings together experts from industry, academia and government to educate policymakers and influencers about photonics technologies; collaborate and coordinate among industry, government and academia to advance knowledge of photonics technologies; and to advocate for funding for optics and photonics initiatives.
 

Tours to Local Labs

Tuesday, 7 November, 12:00-16:00
Tours will leave from NCAR Center Green at 12:10.  All groups will return to Mesa Visitor Center. 


There is a $30 fee to particpate in a tour which includes a box lunch. Registration for tours will end on 25 October. 

NCAR - The tour will be at the NCAR's Research Aviation Facility in Broomfield, CO.

NOAA/NIST - The tour will visit several laboratories in NOAA and NIST at the Department of Commerce site in Boulder.

NREL - This tour features NREL¹s South Table Mountain research campus and will include stops at the Science & Technology Facility and Solar Energy Research Support Facility.
 

Keynote Session I

Tuesday, 7 November, 16:00-17:30
Mesa Visitor Center


Clifford Ho, Sandia National Laboratories, USA, Overview of Central Receiver Systems for Concentrating Solar Power: Optical Advancements and Needs

Kelly V. Chance, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA, North American pollution measurements from geostationary orbit with Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO).
 

Optical Startups - From Idea to Business

Tuesday, 7 November, 17:30-18:30
Mesa Visitor Center


The optical community will hear from technology entrepreneurs on what it takes to develop and run a business.  How to successfully take laboratory innovation, which often relies on highly skilled and very devoted personnel, and expand them into a business.  How to avoid pitfalls of an indifferent bureaucracy that takes over the technology with lesser skilled and less devoted personnel.  

 
Moderator Panelist
Dirk Richter, Quanta3, USA Mike Anderson, Vescent Photonics, USA
  Andy Goldstein, Univ. of Colorado Boulder Technology Transfer Office, USA
  Ramin Lalezari, FiveNine Optics, USA
  Chris Myatt, MBio Diagnostics Inc., USA







 

Conference Banquet

Tuesday, 7 November, 18:30-21:00
Mesa Visitor Center


Come join your fellow colleagues at the Congress Banquet.  Enjoy dinner, drinks and networking.  There is a nomimal extra cost of $10.00 for attendees and $50.00 for your guest. 


Keynote Session II

Wednesday, 8 November, 08:30-10:00
NCAR Center Green 1

 
Kwang-Leong Choy, University College London, UK, Freeform Optics from Design to Manufacture and its Envisioned Impact on Technology to Enable the Science of Tomorrow

Jeff Tsao, Sandia National LaboratoriesUSA, The New World of Lighting: SSL and Beyond
 

Poster Session

Wednesday, 8 November, 17:30-18:30
NCAR Center Green 1


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. The posters will be displayed in the main foyer throughout the day, but this will be your chance to discuss with the presenting author their results.
 


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Exhibitor

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