Weitzman News

Posted October 15, 2019

Kleinman Center and Vagelos Center Present Energy Week at Penn

Energy Week at the University of Pennsylvania gathers a wide array of researchers and learners for a concentrated week of energy programming. From October 21-25, the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the Weitzman School and the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology are presenting a series of events across the disciplines of business, communications, design, law, engineering, and science. View the calendar at: energyweekatpenn.com


Signature Events

Showcase
Energy Week Launch
Monday, October 21
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Energy Forum | Kleinman Center

Welcome to Penn’s first Energy Week, sponsored by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and Vagelos Institute for Energy and Science Technology. Join us in the Energy Forum to explore our showcase of energy innovation with posters, prototypes, and video highlights. Grab a drink and meet the researchers behind these projects—and don't miss Penn's electric racing car exhibit on your way in!


2019 Carnot Prize
Thursday, October 24
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Energy Forum | Kleinman Center

This year marks our fifth annual Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy—and our 2019 recipient is Cheryl LaFleur, commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Join us for a lecture in her honor, "Energy Transitions: Lessons from Economic History," by Penn economist Jesús Fernández-Villaverde. Provost Wendell Pritchett will present the award and a reception will follow.


Conference
Wharton Energy Conference
Friday, October 25
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Union League of Philadelphia

Established in 2007, the Wharton Energy Conference (WEC) is now one of the largest energy conferences in the Northeast, and the premier event organized by an MBA student body. The WEC promotes dialogue and creates connections between current and future leaders across the energy landscape. The event is produced by the Wharton Energy Club, an MBA program student-run organization bringing together Wharton students, Penn graduate and undergraduate students, and Wharton alumni who are passionate about energy. The club regularly hosts educational, networking, career, and recruiting events throughout the year, in addition to the annual conference. For registration and a full agenda, please visit: https://www.whartonenergyconference2019.com. This is a paid event. Registration is required.
 

Complete Program

Studio
Designing New York's Energy Transition
Monday, October 21
10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Upper Galleries | Meyerson Hall

Graduate students in Landscape Architecture present design proposals intended to advance implementation of New York State's new Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Aggressive and recent as it is, the future that this law will create is hard to imagine. Design can help us explore the possibilities and allow citizens to visualize and debate a shared vision for fossil fuel plant sites—soon to be liberated—and for the renewable energy landscapes that will replace them. Drop in and hear the critiques of a diverse panel of experts.

Seminar
Organic Chemistry Seminar
Monday, October 21
12:00 to 1:00 PM
Carol Lynch Lecture Hall | Chemistry Complex

As part of this Organic Chemistry Seminar series, Associate Professor Natalia Shustova from the University of South Carolina shares her research on materials for sustainable energy conversion, sensing, switches, and artificial biomimetic systems.

Display
Penn's Electric Race Car
Monday, October 21
1:00 to 5:00 PM
Outer Plaza | Fisher Fine Arts Library

Penn Electric Racing builds world class electric vehicles that have set a North American acceleration record. Their newest vehicle REV5 is America's first competitive custom 4-wheel drive racecar. Check out the hottest car on campus and meet the students who design and race it.

Showcase
Energy Week Launch
Monday, October 21
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Energy Forum | Kleinman Center

Welcome to Penn’s first Energy Week, sponsored by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and Vagelos Institute for Energy and Science Technology. Join us in the Energy Forum, to explore our showcase of energy innovation with posters, prototypes, and video highlights. Grab a drink and meet the researchers behind these projects—and don't miss Penn's electric racing car exhibit on your way in!

Screening
Bitcoin and Energy in Iceland
Tuesday, October 22
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Annenberg Forum | Annenberg School

As cryptocurrency and blockchain technology rapidly enter mainstream discourse, the on-the-ground practices of the industry remain opaque and hard to grasp. Cryptocurrency mining occurs in specific places for specific reasons, and over the past few years, Iceland has seen rapid growth in the construction of blockchain data centers—largely due to its abundance of cheap, renewable energy. Join Annenberg doctoral candidate and filmmaker Zane Cooper as he presents his immersive virtual-reality documentary on Iceland's blockchain industry. Explore the film with your own VR headset, meet the filmmaker, and see a working cryptocurrency mining machine up close.

Discussion
Energy at Penn
Wednesday, October 23
12:00 PM
Room 108 |ARCH

Unsure about where Penn gets its electricity? Want to learn what Penn is doing to reduce building-level emissions? Curious about how you can play a part as an occupant? Learn the answers to these questions and more! Lunch will be provided. RSVP to sustainability@upenn.edu if you plan to attend.

Also from Power Down:

Stop by this week’s E-Waste Collection events to recycle "anything with a plug," including keyboards, mice, and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras, and computer parts. See the eForce Recycling website for more information on accepted items and locations. These electronic waste collections are part of Energy Week@Penn and Penn Sustainability’s Power Down.

Seminar
Chem and Bio Engineering Seminar
Wednesday, October 23
3:00 PM
Wu and Chen Auditorium | Levine Hall

One of the grand challenges facing humanity today is the development of an alternative energy system that is safe, clean, and sustainable. A Distributed Renewable Electrochemical Energy and Mobility System (DREEMS) can meet this challenge. At the foundation of this new energy system, Yushan Yan, professor of engineering at the University of Delaware, has chosen to study fuel cells, electrolyzers, and flow batteries. For all these devices polymer electrolytes play a critical role in controlling their performance, cost, and durability, and thus their economic viability. In this seminar, Yan presents his team's recent work on Hydroxide Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells (HEMFCs). More specifically, he will focus on their discovery of a new family of polymer hydroxide (and other anions) conductors that is chemically stable, ionically conductive, and mechanically robust; and HEMFCs with this new class of polymers showed record fuel cell performance and stability at 95 ºC. He will also briefly introduce a new class of crystalline porous polymers that are the most stable among all crystalline porous materials. This event is part of the Chem & Bio Engineering Seminar series.

Seminar
Energy Economics and Finance Seminar
Wednesday, October 23
4:00 to 5:30 PM
Classroom | Kleinman Center

The Energy Economics & Finance seminar series is organized by Arthur van Benthem, assistant professor at Wharton and Kleinman Center faculty fellow.  Join Yanjun (Penny) Liao in a conversation about her research.

Seminar
Materials Science & Engineering Seminar
Thursday, October 24
10:45 to 11:45 AM
Auditorium | Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter

As part of this Materials Science and Engineering Seminar series, Debra Rolison, head of the Advanced Electrochemical Materials section of the Naval Research Laboratory shares her research on multifunctional nanoarchitectures for catalysis, energy storage and conversion, and sensors.

Carnot Prize
2019 Carnot Prize
Thursday, October 24
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Energy Forum | Kleinman Center

This year marks our fifth annual Carnot Prize for distinguished contributions to energy policy—and our 2019 recipient is Cheryl LaFleur, commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Join us for a lecture in her honor, "Energy Transitions: Lessons from Economic History," by Penn economist Jesús Fernández-Villaverde. Provost Wendell Pritchett will present the award and a reception will follow.

Conference
Wharton Energy Conference
Friday, October 25
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM
Union League of Philadelphia

Established in 2007, the Wharton Energy Conference (WEC) is now one of the largest energy conferences in the Northeast, and the premier event organized by an MBA student body. The WEC promotes dialogue and creates connections between current and future leaders across the energy landscape. The event is produced by the Wharton Energy Club, an MBA program student-run organization bringing together Wharton students, Penn graduate and undergraduate students, and Wharton alumni who are passionate about energy. The club regularly hosts educational, networking, career, and recruiting events throughout the year, in addition to the annual conference. For registration and a full agenda, please visit: https://www.whartonenergyconference2019.com. This is a paid event. Registration is required.