Workshops may be added to any single day or full conference registration for an additional charge. If already registered, login and visit “Add Sessions”.

Energy and Gender Workshop 

Sunday, May 13, 2012, 5/13/2012 9:00am – 5:00pm

This workshop on Engaging Women in Clean Energy Solutions will identify specific examples of gender-sensitive energy access initiatives and policies that support women’s economic empowerment, improve food security and water management, facilitate a widespread transition to low-emission energy technologies, conserve critical ecosystems, and promote successful adaptation to changing climate conditions. Key issues will include energy as women’s business, cooking and electrification, methods for women’s inclusion in clean energy solutions, and climate and energy justice. A technical committee, chaired by Dr. Barbara Farhar, Ph.D., Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), University of Colorado at Boulder (USA), is developing the workshop as well as WREF’s EG section.
Chair: Dr. Barbara Farhar

2012 Colorado Small Hydro Association (COSHA) Workshop

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5/17/2012 8:00am – 4:30pm

The 2012 Colorado Small Hydro Association workshop will provide an update on the status of small hydro development in Colorado. Topics covered will include financing, permitting, new technologies, relevant federal and state government programs, utility policy and case studies.
Chair: Kurt Johnson, Executive Director, Colorado Small Hydro Association

Workshop: Solar Air Conditioning Technology and System Design 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5/16/2012 8:00am – 5:00pm

The course will be led by Dr. Stephen White (CSIRO Solar Cooling Research Leader, ausSCIG Chair, International Energy Agency SHC Task 48 subtask leader). The course is designed as an overview of technical, economic and bigger picture aspects of solar cooling for newcomers to the topic. It will enable participants to identify where solar cooling is applicable and cost effective compared with other alternatives.  It will also enable design engineers to confidently specify solar cooling systems through detailed design advice and technical case studies.
Chair: Presented by: Dr. Stephen White, CSIRO Energy Technology

Workshop: Design, Analyze! Using BEopt (Basic/Intermediate) 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5/16/2012 8:00am – Noon
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn basic/intermediate use of the latest version of BEopt™ (Building Energy Optimization), a flexible and powerful front-end for residential building modeling with DOE2-2 or EnergyPlus. BEopt can be used to identify cost-optimal efficiency and renewable energy packages at various levels of whole-house energy savings along the path to zero net energy (for new construction or retrofit).Features include: 1) quick inputs (including a quick 3D drawing tool and hundreds of clickable options for efficiency and renewable measures), 2) multiple analysis modes (building designs, parametric sweeps, and cost-based optimizations), and 3) detailed outputs (multi-level, data-rich graphics and an hourly results visualization tool). See also BEopt Advanced Workshop.

Chair: Presented by: Craig Christensen, NREL, Scott Horowitz, NREL, Neal Kruis, NREL

Workshop: Design, Analyze, Optimize! Using BEopt (Advanced)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 5/16/2012 1:00pm – 5:00pm

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn advanced use of the latest version of BEopt™ (Building Energy Optimization). See summary of features under Basic/Intermediate Workshop listing. This advanced workshop will build on the Basic Workshop.  Participants will learn how to: 1) create/select/save cost data sets, 2) create/modify/save user-defined options for additional energy efficiency and renewable measures, 3) set-up/run optimizations and interpret  results, and 4) use the data visualization tool to explore what is happening hour-by-hour in the building.Requires previous BEopt Basic Workshop or experience using BEopt.

Chair: Presented by: Craig Christensen, NREL, Scott Horowitz, NREL, Neal Kruis, NREL

Workshop: Concentrating Solar Power Fundamentals

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5/17/2012 8:00am – Noon

Presented by Alison Mason, Skyfuel, Inc. Awareness about solar energy has increased dramatically in the past five years as policies at all levels of government have begun to support a significant mainstream market.  Still, there is little understanding of the technical and operational differences between photovoltaic (PV) technology and concentrating solar power (CSP).This workshop will teach the latest in parabolic trough and solar field design, in what applications CSP is optimally used, and also address the operational benefits the technology can bring to the electric grid.

Conference Registration Required. Workshop may be added to any single day or full conference registration for an additional charge. If already registered, login and visit “Add Sessions”.
Chair: Additional Presenters: Dave Kearney, Kearney & Associates, Andrew McMahan, Luminate, LLC

Workshop: Zero Net Energy Design Workshop 

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5/17/2012 8:30am – 5:30pm

Through an intensive series of presentations and an interdisciplinary design charette, participants in this zero net energy design workshop will develop a schematic design for a prototypical office building to the standard set by the Architecture2030 Challenge.  Attendees will be provided with resources and guidelines to assist them in developing a design – valuable resources that will help them to address minimizing energy use, carbon emissions, and climate change in their own design practice.

Chair: Presented by: Bruce Haglund, Margot McDonald, Walter T. Grondzik, Alison G. Kwok, Michael Utzinger

Workshop: Fundamentals of Electrified Transportation 

Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5/17/2012 8:00am – 5:00pm

Electric and hybrid electric vehicles (EVs and HEVs) offer dramatic advances in sustainability, especially when combined with solar electricity.  Unfortunately, the public discourse surrounding these vehicles is often clouded by mis- and disinformation.  Automotive engineer Dave Erb has over 25 years of experience with powertrain electrification, from transit buses to race cars.  This workshop is designed to cut through the fog, illuminating both the advantages of EVs and the challenges inherent in their design and adoption.  Though mostly technical in nature, the workshop also considers electric transportation in a societal context.

Chair: Presented by: David A. Erb, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Workshop: Passive Solar Heating Design and Construction Guidelines 
Thursday, May 17, 2012, 5/17/2012 8:30am – 5:30pm

Many people understand the general principles of passive solar heating systems, but few have the practical experience and know-how to successfully design and build high-performance passive solar buildings.  The Passive Solar Heating workshop provides attendees with the fundamental science and the practical knowledge necessary to successfully design buildings that incorporate any of the various passive solar systems available today. The workshop draws on a number of strategies, resources, and tools developed and/or refined by the presenters to offer attendees a comprehensive view of passive solar heating systems from basic concepts to critical design guidelines to methods of energy performance and economic assessment.

Chair: Presented by: Alfredo Fernandez-Gonzalez and Daniel Overbey