Distinguished Lectures

Puerto Rico Talk Featured Arturo Massol Deya

This program is designed to bring nationally recognized experts from academia, industry, and government to Notre Dame to discuss best practices, new technologies, and policy developments in energy. Lectures focus on topics most important to faculty and students at Notre Dame.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the following lectures have been hosted by ND Energy:

ND Energy Bouts: Fighting for Renewable Energy was moderated by Khalil Shalabi (’88), newly appointed Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Transformation with the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). The contenders were Notre Dame’s three most prominent experts in renewable energy: Peter C. Burns, Thomas Corke, and Prashant Kamat.

Grid Energy Storage Technologies and the Future Electric Grid by Babu Chalamala, Sandia National Laboratories. He presented trends in grid modernization and discuss gaps in technology and implementation of energy storage in the grid infrastructure.

Casa Pueblo’s Energy Insurrection in Puerto Rico brought Arturo Massol-Deya, Executive Director of Casa Pueblo, to campus. He shared the story of one town’s fight for energy independence in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and their plans to achieve 50% energy generation at the point of consumption with solar panels and independent microgrids by 2027.

Kodiak, Alaska: How an Energy Co-Op Went 100% Renewable was presented by Darron Scott, CEO of the Kodiak Electric Association. He explain how Kodiak Island has generated nearly 100% of its power from renewable energy sources without increasing rates to its members and local communities.

For more information or to get involved, contact Anne Berges Pillai, Education and Outreach Associate Program Director, at 574-631-9106 or apillai@nd.edu.