The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that the first Science for Our Nation’s Energy Future: Energy Frontier Research Centers Summit & Forum will be held May 25-27, 2011, at the Renaissance Penn Quarter hotel in Washington D.C. According to the DOE, the new Summit aims to gather together scientists and leaders in energy policy at a forum where discussions about collaborative efforts for applying America’s renewable energy resources toward the country’s urgent energy needs will be the primary focus.
The Energy Frontier Research Centers are a group of investigative firms that the DOE assembled in 2009 tasked with the job of researching all areas directly related and applicable to energy technologies. The groups were assembled by a process of peer review and include top researchers from universities, national laboratories, nonprofit and for-profit firms.
“The Energy Frontier Research Centers are key elements of our national strategy to accelerate the scientific breakthroughs for tomorrow’s energy technologies,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. “This meeting provides a context for collaboration across the national energy enterprise and an opportunity to hear about the most promising and exciting advances the Centers are making.”
The Summit will feature several guest speakers over the course of the event and that include speeches by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu; John Hennessy, President of Stanford University; Mark Little, Senior VP and Director of GE Global Research and Eric Isaacs, Director of Argonne National Laboratory.In addition to guest speakers and such, the event will offer technical sessions with focus on electrical energy storage, fuels from sunlight, carbon capture and sequestration, solar energy, solid state lighting, advanced nuclear energy systems, materials by design, and novel materials synthesis–all areas essential to the nation’s search for new energy solutions.