Webcast at CSU–Pueblo discusses role of concentrating solar power plants


Most power plants use fossil fuels to boil water, using the steam from the boiling water to spin a large turbine, which drives a generator to produce electricity. But a new generation of concentrating solar power (CSP) plants uses the sun as a heat source. CSP already plays an increasingly important role in the fight against climate change. As part of a monthly webcast series this spring from the Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES), Colorado State University-Pueblo will host a webcast that discusses how that role will grow with improved technologies, policies, and economics.

This month’s webcast, “The Important Role of Concentrating Solar Power in Tackling Climate Change,” will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in Technology 234, hosted by the South Eastern Colorado Renewable Energy Society (SECRES). Admission is free for CRES members with a $5 donation requested from non-members. The local webcasts represent a continued commitment by CSU-Pueblo to promote and utilize renewable energy resources.

Dr. Chuck Kutscher is a principal engineer and manager of the Thermal Systems Group at the National Renewable energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo., where he currently leads the research of parabolic trough solar collector systems. He is a past chair of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), and was general chair of the SOLAR 2006 national solar energy conference, which led to the ASES report Tackling Climate Change in the U.S. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he developed and teacher a course, Climate Change Solution, and he writes a regular column about climate change for SOLAR TODAY MAGACINE. He has given many presentations around the country on climate change solutions and concentrating solar power.

The final webcast for this spring will discuss Alternative Transportation Options on May 28.

CRES is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy and energy efficient technologies.

For more information about this or future webcasts, contact SECRES Board Member Kathleen Wilson, 719-549-2298, or kathleen.wilson@colostate-pueblo.edu 

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