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Orcas 2016: International Conference on Energy Conversion & Storage

On September 7-9, 78 researchers and innovators gathered at beautiful Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island for the 3rd biennial ORCAS Conference. The conference focused on three themes: 1) materials synthesis and characterization for energy harvesting and storage, 2) Scaling and stability of third generation photovoltaics, and 3) Modeling grid systems that integrate conventional and alternative energy sources. Speakers explored the challenges of measuring and modeling energy conversion properties and processes from the molecular scale to the national grid scale and from timescales of nanoseconds to decades. Forty graduate students from UW presented research posters with lively discussions and exchanges across disciplines.

“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy