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Brian Norton - Solar Seminar Series

April 1 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Birck 2001

Solar Energy Research at Dublin Institute of Technology

The presentation will cover an overview of solar energy research at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). Key factors that influence economic viability of solar energy for different applications in different parts of the world will be discussed. In the context of thermal energy storage two projects will be
described; one is the use of phase change materials for extending the capacity of domestic hot water tanks and the other concerns linking demand-side energy storage with the grid to enable high levels of large scale renewable energy electricity generation. Some current developments on solar thermal will be described including solar heating and the development of very low heat loss evacuated glazing. For photovoltaic  applications, work on luminescence concentration and down-shifting will be described as well as a novel technique for the thermal management of photovoltaics. Current work on improving the performance viability and life time of large scale of photovoltaic arrays will be presented. The lecture will conclude with a short description of the new sustainable campus for DIT’s city centre campus in Ireland’s capital.

Professor Brian Norton has led DIT for nine years. He has a B.Sc. (Honors) in Physics from University of Nottingham and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees,
in Engineering Experimentation and Applied Energy respectively, from Cranfield University and D.Sc. from the University of Nottingham. He is a Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering, the Energy Institute and the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. He has supervised nearly forty doctorates and serves as Associate Editor of “Solar Energy”.

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