Friday, October 13, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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HUCE Seminar Room 440, MCZ, 26 Oxford St., 4th floor, Cambridge

Harvard Energy Journal Club

A student-led club that meets weekly to deepen members' understanding of the technical details of energy technology and science. This week's meeting features Chloe Holzinger, Energy Storage Research Associate, Lux Research, Inc., who will discuss "How to Evaluate Cleantech Startups." Pizza lunch is provided. 

Description: Startups have a reputation for being risky employers, but how accurate is that perception? This seminar will discuss which traits are representative of growth at a startup and which traits spell trouble, using local energy storage startups like Open Water Power, Ionic Materials, and Baseload Renewables as case studies. It will also identify the major players in the Boston cleantech community, including accelerators, incubators, and funders, and conclude with recommendations for how to get involved and stay informed on the latest innovations in cleantech.

The goal of this weekly journal club is to help members develop the necessary technical background to better understand energy issues in context. The topics discussed serve as fantastic preparation for students considering entering the energy sector upon graduation and offer a critical perspective for students interested in energy more generally. We generally cover the following topic areas:

- Non-Renewable Resources (e.g. Oil, Gas, Coal, Nuclear, Carbon Capture & Storage)

- Renewable Resources (e.g. Solar, Hydro, Wind, Biomass/fuels)

- End Uses (e.g. Residential/Commercial/Industrial, esp. steel, concrete, etc.)

- Transportation (e.g. CAFE standards, technologies for various shipping modes)

- Infrastructure (e.g. urban energy, electric grid, electricity storage)

- Relevant other fields (e.g. thermodynamics, social science, climate, funding & policy, economics & finance)

The HEJC is open to members of the Harvard and MIT communities. A technical background is not needed.

Contact Name: 

Daniel Pollack

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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