Science Distilled - Batteries Included

Tesla Image with SciD logoScience Distilled, a new lecture series created by DRI and The Discovery, makes cutting-edge science approachable through presentations on current and curious topics held at hip locations in a social atmosphere.

Science Distilled: Batteries Included

Renewable energy power storage is transforming the way we think about energy independence for everyday people. 

With the ripples sent by the Tesla Gigafactory, Northern Nevada is in the spotlight for renewable energy and power storage. Most of us have heard of these emerging technologies for renewable energy storage, such as the Powerwall 2, but we haven’t had the chance to see them in action. DRI researchers Amber Broch and Eric Wilcox will give you a first-hand look into fresh research questions and current experiments involving the Tesla Powerwall 2. How can Tesla’s Powerwall battery for homes be optimized for everyday use? How can we begin to forecast fluctuations in solar energy - caused by weather - to maintain the intricate balance between at-home storage, use, and circulation back to the grid? 

Speakers:

amber brochAmber Broch, M.S.
Amber’s forward-thinking work focuses on renewable energy related technologies, including alternative-fueled vehicles testing and modeling, biodiesel research, and biomass-to-fuel conversion technologies. 
 
eric wilcoxEric Wilcox, Ph.D.
Eric is a master of the technologies and methods related to atmosphere and climate modelling. This makes him an excellent contributor to understanding the weather patterns that influence how much solar energy reach solar panels and result in how much energy is generated. 

Screenshot 2016 05 18 12.13.44NOVA Science Cafés are events that take place in casual settings such as pubs and coffeehouses, are open to everyone, and feature an engaging conversation with a scientist about a particular topic. Science Cafés represent a grassroots movement. They exist all over the world and can vary from place to place. Venues range from a local library or coffee house to a neighborhood bar. Even the names of Science Cafés vary, including Science on Tap, Science Pub, Ask a Scientist, and Café Sci.