Executive Director and Founder, Energy Institute, Colorado State University
Dr. Bryan Willson is executive director and founder of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University, and holds the Bryan Willson Presidential Chair of Energy Innovation. He also serves as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and entrepreneur. In these roles, he has worked for 30 years, in over 40 countries, to develop large-scale solutions for global energy needs with a significant focus on reducing environmental impacts from natural gas production and use.
Bryan is speaking at
(6:00 a.m. departure, $45 fee, lunch included)
This tour is full. If you wish to be put on the waiting list, contact Kevin Beaty.
There may be no single location with as many story ideas than the renowned National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, where the planet's future just might be saved. The executive director and founder of the Energy Institute at Colorado State University will brief journalists on the bus about the differences between 100 percent renewable and carbon-free goals, and what challenges lie ahead. Journalists will hear from the NREL director on the transformation of the energy sector happening now. And you'll be amazed at demonstrations from scientists of jaw-dropping renewable energy technology. Will your windows or the paint on your house become energy collectors? They're working on it here. Corporations are embedded with the Lab to bring technology to market. We'll visit a net-zero office building, a smart appliance lab and a test wind farm. Bring your camera and an extra notepad. Total drive time: 3 hours. A good option for those with limited mobility.
IMPORTANT: The National Renewable Energy Lab requires security checks on all visitors. Therefore, domestic journalists must register online by October 3; deadline for international journalists was September 1.
Advance registration is required for all Thursday tours. Attendance on each tour is strictly limited, so registering early is important. All Thursday tours will return to the Lory Student Center at about 5:00 p.m.
Note: The National Renewable Energy Lab is providing lunch for this tour.
IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION: Please meet your tour leaders near the SEJ registration desk on the third floor of the Lory Student Center at the listed departure time to check-in for your tour. Eat breakfast at your hotel before arrival or plan to purchase breakfast at the Lory Student Center food court, which opens at 7:00 a.m.; coffee and snacks will be provided for tours that depart before the food court opens. Each tour will leave the ballroom as a group to board buses at a nearby location. Do not be late.
This is a two-part, science-in-action energy tour. The group will visit CSU’s Powerhouse, a 100,000-square-foot Platinum LEED certified research facility. Attendees will tour the green facility and observe projects being developed for sustainable energy solutions in the US and the developing world, including a small village micro-grid simulation lab and a cookstove emissions exposure chamber. The second location, METEC, is a field site set up as an operational natural gas well pad. Researchers test low-cost methane sensing technologies that can be used by industry and regulators in the production of natural gas. The goal is to reduce methane leaks and its impact as a greenhouse gas. Weather permitting, attendees will participate in a hands-on experience detecting leaks with optical gas cameras and gas detectors. Tour attendees will be split into two groups, alternating site visits.
Cap on tour: 50
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