Technical Session: Transportation, Sustainability, & Resiliency

Technical Session: Transportation, Sustainability, & Resiliency

Moderator: Lucas Dixon


An approach to Resilient Solutions: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Elizabeth Doris

NREL defines resilience as a balance of climate adaptation measures that strengthen resistance to disruptive events and response systems that improve the capacity to recover from these events in a safe, secure, and prompt manner. Through NREL’s resiliency program, which offers a broad range of technical assistance from whole-community energy planning, energy-efficiency design and rebuilding strategies, and expert guidance in building community resilience roadmaps, many valuable lessons have been learned about integrating solar into resiliency strategies. This presentation highlights the lessons learned over the last decade through disaster recovery and resilience work at NREL.


Spartan Superway, a Solar Automated Elevated Transportation Network

Burford Furman

Since 2012, innovation in solar-powered automated transit networks has been driven by San José State University engineering and other students through the Spartan Superway Project. Progress on the project and broader implications of creating a solar powered transportation system in light of safety, resource constraints, and climate change will be presented.


Student Designed Sustainable Greenhouse

Ian A Carbone

In addition, to introducing the main environmental features that are being considered for this structure, this presentation will examine the student-driven design process employed. In particular, the involvement of community stakeholders in every stage of the design process has been critical to the development of this piece of technology.


Why I Drive Electric

Timothy Haas

Electric Vehicles (EVs) are superior in acceleration and comfort.
EVs generate less Greenhouse Gas emissions and have reduced health impacts.
EVs can be powered by renewable energy, hence enabling personal, local and national energy independence.
EVs offer safe, clean and fun transportation today, and a more secure tomorrow!



A Bigger Market for Solar than Electricity for the Grid: Hydrogen Transportation Fuel via Underground Pipelines, with Storage

By year 2050, to achieve its statutory RPS and “80 in 50” transportation energy goals, California must procure the full output of over 400 GW of combined nameplate wind and solar energy — about 20 x the 2015 total installed capacity in CA. About 58% of that will be Hydrogen transportation fuel, if ITS-STEPS at UC Davis is correct: in 2050 fuel cell vehicles will predominate in personal, bus, and truck service. In 2050, Hydrogen fuel will be a bigger market for renewable energy than the electricity grid.