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Winter Events Highlight CE-CERT’s Innovative Technology

Winter Events Highlight CE-CERT’s Innovative Technology

April 23, 2018

Dynamic Energy and Emissions Management (DEEM) Workshop

CE-CERT hosted its inaugural Dynamic Energy and Emissions Management (DEEM) Workshop on February 15, 2018. The goal of the workshop was to explore how the concept of “geofencing,” which involves the modification of a vehicle’s energy and emission controls based on the vehicle’s location in relation to a virtual boundary in either time and/or space. This can be applied to reduce tailpipe emissions, decrease pollutant concentrations, limit exposure of the population to pollutants, and lower vehicle fuel consumption based on dynamic needs of the community.

The invitation-only event drew 47 attendees from across multiple industries and regulatory agencies who participated in discussion sessions focused on key enabling technologies, implementation pathways, and potential new policy and regulatory structures. Research on this topic is ongoing at CE-CERT, and a follow-up workshop will most likely be scheduled for later this year.

DEEM Workshop Presenters     TSR Students at DEEM

2018 Solar Conference

Over 150 industry professionals, policy makers, and educators attended UCR’s 4th Annual Solar Conference, which was held at the Bourns Technology Center on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

The conference agenda featured keynote addresses by Karen Douglas, Commissioner of the California Energy Commission, Jeff Van Dam, Owner and Operator of Triple Line Solar and That Solar Guy, and Dr. Sadrul Ula, CE-CERT Research Faculty and UCR’s Interim Director of Energy Management.

In addition to great keynote speakers, the conference featured four panel sessions addressing topics and research relevant to the success of solar energy. Panel 1 addressed the current state of solar energy, including existing opportunities, challenges, and the role of policy, economics, and technology in market penetration.  Panel 2 explored the current energy research taking place at multiple UC campuses, and the progress toward the goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. Panel 3 focused on technologies that combine solar with energy storage solutions to enable cost and performance analysis, properly size energy storage based on load profiles, participate in demand response, and achieve 24/7 system optimization. Panel 4 was a specialized discussion of microgrid systems, and how such systems can provide services and benefits not only to the system owners, but also to power utilities to enable reliability, robustness, and stability of the grid.

The conference program provided many opportunities for professional networking, and also featured a student poster session and raffles throughout the day.

Conference organizer Dr. Alfredo Martinez-Morales, Managing Director of Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) and CE-CERT Research Faculty, was pleased with the event, stating that this was the best solar conference yet. He is already in the planning stages for the 2019 event, which will be the fifth in the series.

Panelists at Solar Conference     Solar Conference Poster Session    

Solar Conference Speaker

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