Thursday, June 25
8:30 am - 6:15 pm
$40 per person plus lunch
Join us for a technical tour visiting three of the most sought-after energy spots in and near San Francisco, organized into a convenient full-day program. The bus tour will depart from, and return to, the conference venue, the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Capacity limited to 30 delegates.
The tour includes the following stops:
Pacific Energy Center - http://www.pge.com/pec/
This is an educational and interactive facility operated by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Director Mr. Robert Marcial and his staff will greet visitors and take them on a guided tour of the facility, which includes a number of fascinating exhibits on energy efficiency and energy use for different applications including lighting, shading, heating, and cooling technology. There will be opportunities to stroll around the exhibits and ask questions following the guided tour.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory - http://www.lbl.gov/
The world famous Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBL), operated by University of California at Berkeley, is among the top US Department of Energy national labs. The current US Energy Secretary, Dr. Steven Chu, used to be the head of the LBL until recently. Following a one-hour lunch break in the LBL cafeteria, Dr. Jim McMahon, the head of LBL's Energy Analysis Department, will greet visitors and provide them with an overview of the lab's mission. Visitors will then hear about bioenergy research being undertaken at the Joint Bioenergy Institute http://www.jbei.org/fuels-synthesis/ before touring a lab researching carbon-neutral biofuels. Visitors will then be taken to another LBL lab researching windows and daylighting http://windows.lbl.gov/.
SunPower Corporation - http://www.sunpowercorp.com/
SunPower Corporation designs, manufactures and delivers the highest efficiency solar electric technology in the world, delivering solar energy solutions to residential, commercial, and utility-scale power plants. Revenue in 2008 was $1.43 billion. Although SunPower's headquarters are in San Jose, it has unique office space for 300 employees in a remodeled Ford assembly plant in Richmond, CA. Stephen E. Wright, Director, Corporate Communications, will greet visitors and give them an overview of SunPower and its PV technology and answer questions. Visitors will then be able to see SunPower's major monitoring system, view some light manufacturing and examine its 1-MW installed PV system.
The bus will leave the Grand Hyatt Hotel at 8:30 am Thursday morning 25 June and will return at approximately 6:15 pm. Cost is $40 per person plus lunch/snack at LBL cafeteria.