Energy Breakthroughs: A Glimpse into the Future
***This event is part of UChicago's Innovation Fest
The global energy landscape is in the midst of rapid change. Threats such as climate change and energy access present challenges—but also create opportunities for new innovative approaches. As the world works to accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, what advancements need to happen for technologies like solar to take their place cost-effectively and reliably? What will our energy storage options look like to account for distributed generation? How will the electric grid of the future support new renewable fuels and energy storage technologies? Hear from the innovators from Argonne National Lab, who are helping to bring emerging technologies from the lab to the marketplace, through a series of TED-style talks that will present a glimpse into our energy future.
Host - Steve LeVine, Washington Correspondent, Quartz
The Future of Solar - Seth Darling, Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory; Fellow, Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago
The Future of Storage - Kevin Gallagher, Chemical Engineer, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Argonne National Laboratory
The Future of the Grid - Leah Guzowski, Director, Strategy & Research Programs, and Energy Policy Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory; Fellow, Computation Institute, University of Chicago
After hearing from our Argonne experts, stay for a reception and innovation showcase where energy start-ups will be on hand to share about their technologies.
This event is co-sponsored by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), Chicago Innovation Exchange, Argonne National Laboratory, Institute for Molecular Engineering and Clean Energy Trust.
Chicago Innovation Exchange Skydeck
5235 South Harper Court, Chicago, IL
About UChicago's Innovation Fest
UChicago Innovation Fest, a three-week celebration of the University of Chicago’s entrepreneurial and innovative advances and solutions, kicks off May 12 and runs through June 2, with more than 35 sessions scheduled across the city and UChicago’s downtown and Hyde Park campuses. Join us to share big solutions to problems in Chicago and across the globe, find new collaborators, and rub shoulders with leaders in business, health care, tech, and social and environmental policy. Highlights of this year’s celebration include the 20th anniversary of the Polsky Center’s Edward L. Kaplan, ’71, New Venture Challenge, a behind-the-scenes look at life as an entrepreneur at the university’s Chicago Innovation Exchange, and events featuring faculty who are bringing groundbreaking advances out of the lab and classroom. This annual festival is led by UChicago’s innovation leaders, including Arete, the Chicago Innovation Exchange, the Institute for Translational Medicine, the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, the Social Enterprise Initiative, and UChicago Tech. Additional sponsors include UChicago Urban, UChicago Urban Labs, and the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. More: https://innovationfest.uchicago.edu/
About the Speakers
Steve LeVine is Quartz's Washington Correspondent. He writes about the intersection of energy, technology and geopolitics. He is a Future Tense Fellow at the New America Foundation and an adjunct professor in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. His newest book, The Powerhouse, was published in February by Viking. It tracks the geopolitics of lithium-ion batteries. LeVine is the author of two prior books: The Oil and the Glory, a history of oil told through the 1990s-2000s oil rush on the Caspian Sea; and Putin's Labyrinth, a profile of Russia through the lives and deaths of six Russians.
Seth Darling’s current research blends chemistry, physics, materials science and engineering, and nanoscience to create and study materials for energy and water. Recent studies have focused on design of next-generation solar energy devices, new architectures for water purification, and advanced lithography techniques based on sequential infiltration synthesis. He serves as the Solar Energy Systems strategy leader for the laboratory and has developed new models of the economics and life cycle assessment of solar energy.
Kevin Gallagher is the Principle Investigator for Systems Analysis and Translation in the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (the DOE-BES Battery and Energy Storage Innovation Hub) and an electrochemical engineer in the Chemical Science and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory. His work has focused on techno-economic and continuum-scale modeling, electrochemical characterization, and materials development in advanced and beyond lithiumion systems. He is a co-creator of the freely available bottom-up Battery Performance and Cost model (BatPaC) that has been used to support the 2017-2025 GHG and CAFE regulations for light duty vehicles. He received his PhD in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2009 and his BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2003. In-between undergraduate and graduate school, Kevin was a process engineer at a leading consumer products company.
Leah Guzowski is a fellow at the University of Chicago and an energy policy scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. She currently serves Argonne in a leadership capacity as Director of Strategy and Research Programs with a focus on programmatic advancement, innovation, and strategy of the energy and global security research portfolio. Leah creates, develops and executes ideas by building cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional teams to solve pressing challenges associated with a range of energy and global security issues. In addition to her leadership roles, her personal research interests include the development of methods, technologies, and computational tools to inform energy security issues, with a particular emphasis on economic, policy, climate change and geo-political considerations. She is the principal investigator on the research and development of a city-scale computational model, designed to improve systems integration modeling and visualization for near real-time decision making with increasing data complexity, risk and uncertainty.