The November HOC meeting, the last in this year's "Science" theme, will look to the future, specifically a future of clean energy. Benjamin Lee, a physicist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, will speak on Solar Energy and Sustainability. He writes:
Solar energy is a promising source of renewable energy, due to the widespread abundance of sunlight and technological developments allowing us to capture and utilize that energy. I will begin by presenting some background on the need for renewable energy, due to the finite availability of fossil fuels and their contribution to global climate change, as well as the needs of people in developing countries. I will also give an overview of different potential sources of renewable energy, including the wind, tides, geothermal, as well as solar. Then I will discuss the present status of solar energy, specifically concentrating on solar cells that convert sunlight directly to electricity. I will give a taste of active research and development for better, more efficient, and cheaper solar cells. Finally, I welcome the audience to envision a more sustainable future, based on our choices and aided by technology such as solar cells.
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Potluck dinner at 6 pm. Program at 7 pm. Potluck instructions are based upon the first letter of the last name. Please do not bring drinks for the potluck. Drinks will be available as concessions, so bring a few extra dollars for some soda or coffee.
A-B) Side Dish or Salad
C-D) Side Dish, Bread or Chips
K-R) Main Dish
S-Z) Main Dish