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Solar Energy and the Circular Economy

Date: February 10, 2021

Time: 08:00AM - 09:30AM

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The significance of energy to social and economic well-being has been increasing all around the world. Most of the energy demand is supplied by using fossil fuels, which are dominant contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting in global warming and further climate change. The circular economy (CE) is defined as a systems-level approach to economic development designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment. To tackle the climate crisis, the Circular Economy (CE) offers an approach that is not only powered by renewable energy, but also transforms the way products are designed and used.

In other words, the main aim of the CE is to scale up low-carbon and efficiency solutions that will fulfill the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Struggling climate change and energy transformation are main challenges for a sustainable future. Thus, the policy makers take into accounts both ambitious plans about climate and enable business-led solutions in order to spread out and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The talks presented in this webinar represent work that was presented in a special section of MRS Energy & Sustainability. The talks include (i) renewable methods to produce hydrogen, which is touted as the future’s fuel and is an important feedstock for chemical industry, (ii) technologies to assist in the energy transition to the next century, (iii) renewable energy technologies particularly solar photovoltaics (PVs), which are expected to become the primary source for electricity in the next 10-15 years.

Each talk is followed by a Question and Answer session with that speaker.

TALK PRESENTATIONS

  • Renewable methods to produce hydrogen, which is touted as the future's fuel and is an important feedstock for chemical industry
    Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, University of New South Wales - Sydney
    Talk begins at 10:10
      
  • Technologies to assist in the energy transition to the next century
    Volodymyr Krasnoholovets, Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
    Talk begins at 24:33
     
  • How to avoid the perfect storm: the role of energy and photovoltaics
    Maurizio Fermeglia, University of Trieste
    Talk begins at 52:09
      
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The significance of energy to social and economic well-being has been increasing all around the world. Most of the energy demand is supplied by using fossil fuels, which are dominant contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions resulting in global warming and further climate change. The circular economy (CE) is defined as a systems-level approach to economic development designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment. To tackle the climate crisis, the Circular Economy (CE) offers an approach that is not only powered by renewable energy, but also transforms the way products are designed and used.

In other words, the main aim of the CE is to scale up low-carbon and efficiency solutions that will fulfill the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Struggling climate change and energy transformation are main challenges for a sustainable future. Thus, the policy makers take into accounts both ambitious plans about climate and enable business-led solutions in order to spread out and accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

The talks presented in this webinar represent work that was presented in a special section of MRS Energy & Sustainability. The talks include (i) renewable methods to produce hydrogen, which is touted as the future’s fuel and is an important feedstock for chemical industry, (ii) technologies to assist in the energy transition to the next century, (iii) renewable energy technologies particularly solar photovoltaics (PVs), which are expected to become the primary source for electricity in the next 10-15 years.

Each talk will be followed by a Question and Answer session with that speaker.

TALK PRESENTATIONS


  • Renewable methods to produce hydrogen, which is touted as the future's fuel and is an important feedstock for chemical industry
    Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, University of New South Wales - Sydney
  • Technologies to assist in the energy transition to the next century
    Volodymyr Krasnoholovets, Institute of Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
  • How to avoid the perfect storm: the role of energy and photovoltaics
    Maurizio Fermeglia, University of Trieste