Energy for 1 x 6 Billion

November 2, 2015
Lecture poster

November 18, 2015 @7PM
Science Center Hall C
One Oxford Street
Cambridge, MA

Daniel Nocera, Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy, Harvard University

The capture and storage of solar energy at the individual level - personalized solar energy - drives inextricably towards the heart of this energy challenge by addressing the triumvirate of secure, carbon neutral and plentiful energy. Because energy use scales with wealth, point-of-use solar energy will put individuals, in the smallest village in the non-legacy world and in the largest city of the legacy world, on a more level playing field. Moreover, personalized energy (PE) is secure because it is highly distributed and the individual controls the energy on which she/he lives. Finally, the doubling of global energy need by mid-century and tripling by 2100 is driven by hree billion low-energy users in the non-legacy world and by three billion people yet to inhabit the planet over the next half century. By developing an inexpensive 24/7 solar energy system for the individual, a carbon-neutral energy supply for 1 × 6 billion becomes available.

Daniel Nocera is a leading researcher in the development of renewable energy at the molecular level, where basic mechanisms of energy conversion in biology and chemistry are examined with the goal of replacing fossil fuels with the solar-driven production of hydrogen from water.

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