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Dear Members of the ASME Solar Energy Division,
We take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful 2010 and to inform you of several initiatives that your Solar Energy Division is taking to respond to the growing interest of finding sustainable ways to deliver energy. The Division has experienced a rapid growth in membership and conference participation; a reflection of how our profession is responding to this green energy era.
- Our annual International Solar Energy Conference was renamed in 2007 as the international Energy Sustainability (ES) Conference in partnership with the Advanced Energy Systems Division, and it is rapidly growing reaching 300 attendees in San Francisco this past summer 2009. This year, the conference will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 17-22, 2010. We hope you can join us there. More information on ES2010 can be found at; http://www.asmeconferences.org/ES2010/
- The Division’s Journal, Journal of Solar Energy Engineering, is equally experiencing growth and has become one of the prime journals in the field. Dr. Gilles Flamant from PROMES-France, is its new Editor in Chief, after a successful tenure by Dr. Aldo Steinfeld from ETH-Zurich.
- The Division recommended to ASME to initiative steps to implement standards for the solar industry as part of ASME portfolio of standards. We expect to unveil the first draft of such standards in 2011 at the Energy Sustainability Conference.
- To further improve our service to our engineering community, the Division will develop a series of short professional courses in solar and wind energy, solar chemistry, and energy efficient buildings, covering fundamental concepts and design methods in any of these topics. We hope to start some of these trainings in 2011. Short courses are intended to be delivered in 1-3 days, and to be offered at ASME Congresses, or at other National or International venues, or via webinars. We are looking for ideas from our membership for these courses. If you are interested in offering short courses, please send a short description of the course that includes the following information;
1. Title of the Course
2. Duration of the Course
3. Preferred Format to be Delivered (traditional lecture, webinar, both)
4. Short Description of Course Content (not to exceed 300 words)
5. Potential Instructor(s) and Contact Information
- Please forward your ideas to the following e-mail address; firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30th, 2010.
We expect to announce the first selection of short courses in May during the ES2010 Conference. We will contact those selected ideas for full development of the short courses.
Jorge E. González
ASME SED Chair, 2009-2010