For the first time, the American Solar Energy Society’s (ASES) National Solar Conference will be held in conjunction with the biennial World Renewable Energy Congress. The combined event, WREF (World Renewable Energy Forum) 2012, will examine how renewable energy technologies address the world’s economic, environmental and security challenges at every scale — from off-grid villages to gigawatt-sized power plants.
Renewable energy researchers from around the world have submitted more than 800 proposals for an additional 158 panels, forums and workshops at the WREF in Denver, May 13 through 17. The spectacular response more than doubles the number of papers submitted for the 2011 conference. “We’re delighted to see that the level of participation reflects the vigorous progress in deployment of renewable energy technologies around the world,” noted Susan Greene, president of ASES. “The conference is going to be a gold mine of information and networking contacts for renewable energy professionals, clean energy advocates and students.”
Scientists, engineers, architects and economists from 66 nations and 37 states sent in proposals for presentations. The United States leads the count with 400 submissions, including 144 from national laboratories operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, and 191 from university faculty and students. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the American Solar Energy Society's website.