Energy 2002 Workshop & Exposition to Highlight Renewable Energy Solutions

April 1, 2002

Using renewable energy has many benefits, including: reducing the need to consume precious fossil fuels, providing modular units for more flexibility, lowering atmospheric pollutants, mitigating the impacts of fuel price volatility, and shortening project lead times due to easier installation requirements. In addition, renewables such as solar energy offer reduced maintenance, lower operating costs, stand-alone capabilities, and versatility. Energy 2002, "Hot Challenges, Cool Solutions," highlights these benefits at its June 2-5, 2002 workshop in the Renewable Energy Track.

Energy 2002 is the fifth annual national energy efficiency workshop and exposition for Federal energy managers and others in the energy business. It offers 11 specialized learning tracks with up to eight sessions related to energy and energy efficiency. The event is sponsored by DOE's Federal Energy Management Program, and co-sponsored by the Department of Defense and the General Services Administration. Energy 2002 will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, in Palm Springs, California.

Eight sessions in the Renewables Energy Track are designed to provide step-by-step methods of evaluating energy supply options. The steps include site surveys, cost estimation, design and construction, operations and maintenance, and case studies of successful projects. Energy managers and related professionals can discover new opportunities for partnerships with governments, utilities, and industry. The eight sessions are:

Solar Thermal Applications will provide an overview of solar thermal applications and how these systems work. Attendees will learn about residential, commercial, central station solar thermal applications—including potable water heating, pool heating, solar-powered absorption chilling, and electricity generation; the mechanics and dynamics of the technology; and, the benefits for municipalities, government agencies, the Armed Forces, schools, universities, community organizations, and industry.

Geothermal Energy Rocks! will give participants an in-depth look at the growing use, variety, and potential of geothermal systems. Speakers will address geothermal systems and how Federal government programs are further advancing geopower and ground source heat pump technology. They will explore methods of collecting geothermal energy as well as look at the largest geothermal application at China Lake, California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will explain in detail how they are using geothermal energy to achieve fossil fuel reductions in their buildings through case studies of successful projects.

Blowing in the Wind will inform participants of the benefits of power generated from wind. The discussion will cover how research, development, and demonstration efforts, such as Wind Powering America, improve renewable energy processes. Speakers will guide attendees through the process of completing a successful wind project, and examine the technical aspects from beginning to end by looking at siting, sizing, and financing options. Experts also will provide an in-depth look at the installation of wind systems, and describe the operations and maintenance requirements of a project.

Waste to Watts will demonstrate the viability of using waste streams as a source of reliable power generation. Participants will learn how the current volatility in the supply and price of natural gas forces us to look at new alternatives for power production. They will gain valuable knowledge on converting these liabilities into assets. Among the technologies investigated will be: biomass, flare gas, coal bed methane, landfill gas, and municipal solid waste.

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) will provide attendees with information on how this technology is gaining in popularity and use. Presenters will demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating BIPV in both existing and new construction projects and how BIPV's work. They will examine the integration of BIPV and energy efficiency to achieve an optimally performing building, review the products available on the market today, and discuss the installation and maintenance of BIPV systems.

Renewables and R&D will examine new research and developments on the horizon for renewable energy resources. Attendees will get the latest information on what's being done to create new renewable power sources as well as increase the efficiency of existing renewable energy sources. Presenters will detail R&D efforts to increase efficiency and lower production costs for PV systems. This session will also examine tidal power technology, converting ocean waves into power generation, and look at how the Navy is taking advantage of wave power generation.

Renewable Energy Case Studies will demonstrate the practicality of successful renewable energy projects. Participants will learn how others have completed successful renewable energy projects in a diverse mix of applications. Presenters will illustrate the benefits of renewable energy projects through examples of PV, wind, geothermal, and solar hot water heating applications. The audience will look at the entire project phase from design and construction to operations and maintenance through the eyes of the experts who have valuable field experience and can pass on the lessons they have learned.

Financing Your Renewable Energy Projects informs participants of the financial incentives and financing options available for renewable energy projects. After evaluating all the potential energy efficiency projects that you possibly can, what's the next step? Implementing your renewable projects. You've decided to put your beliefs into practice, but how will you pay for it? Presenters will review financial incentives and rebates that are available and how to find them. Attendees will look at different alternatives and scenarios to strategically maximize the benefits from these incentives for Federal agencies and others. The audience also will learn how to finance renewable projects through energy savings performance contracts.

Energy 2002 program and registration information is available at www.energy2002.ee.doe.gov, or by calling 800-395-8574. For more information, please contact Rick Klimkos of FEMP at 202-586-8287 or rick.klimkos@ee.doe.gov. For exhibitor information, please call 410-997-0763, or e-mail inquiries to energy@epponline.com.