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  • 1.  Technical Divisions Update! Fall Election Details for Technical Divisions!

    Posted 08-17-2022 03:50 PM

    Feeling like doing a deep dive into solar technologies? A great place to start is by visiting the Technical Divisions forums and keeping up to date with real professionals and system owners' testimonies and strategies for better tech or implementation strategies! Maybe you want to show your dedication to a renewable future by taking up the mantle of a chair or vice chair in the upcoming Fall Election? Make sure to check out the details below if this sounds right up your alley!


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    The Technical Divisions caucus at SOLAR 2022 was an opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the ASES Technical Divisions and the opportunities ahead.

     

    The Technical Divisions continued to be instrumental in reviewing conference proposals for correctness and contribution to the ASES mission, and then checking submissions to the conference proceedings volume published by Springer. Going forward, the Divisions will have more input in the conference planning through sending a delegate to the conference National Organizing Committee, and alignment of session themes with Division topics.

     

    The Divisions have been recruiting speakers for monthly ASES webinars. Divisions also contribute to Solar Today and are looking to do more with outreach through ASES's other communication avenues.

     

    One area for growth will be partnering with professional associations to offer continuing education credits for webinars. Webinars can also be linked to ASES student chapter activities and mentoring initiatives.

     

    Technical Divisions Fall Elections

     

    The Divisions are looking to expand our leadership pool to allow for more and better programming that fully represents the diversity of ASES and of renewable energy. To get involved, email a Division Chair. If you are interested in being a Division Chair or Vice Chair, email your bio (<400 words) and a position statement (<200 words) to technicaldivisions@ases.org. The deadline is September 12.

     

    Chair Openings:

    - Photovoltaics Division

    - Resource Applications Division

     

    Vice Chair Openings:

    - Photovoltaics Division

    - Solar Thermal Division

    - Grid Modernization and Storage Division

    - Energy Economics Division

    - Sustainability Division

    - Policy Division

    - Resource Applications Division

     

    Positions are two-year terms.

     

    The Divisions' leadership is charged with advancing the technology required to achieve a 100% renewable energy future. We integrate the perspectives of science, industry, policy and citizens. We believe knowledge and community are a powerful combination for change. We are strategically planning for the future, identifying educational opportunities for all solar stakeholders.

     

    The Divisions bring together members with similar interests in order to exchange information and ensure that ASES programs and publications are technically accurate. We are monitoring innovation that is on the cutting edge of solar and renewable energy technology innovation and focusing on integrating educational opportunities into each Division. Membership in any Division is open to ASES Business, Professional, Student, and Life Members with similar interests to exchange information on emerging innovation. Have an idea? Join us on the Technical Divisions forums of the ASES Online Community.



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    Nathan Freeman
    Student
    ASES
    Milford DE
    nfreemn93@yahoo.com
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  • 2.  RE: Technical Divisions Update! Fall Election Details for Technical Divisions!

    Posted 08-18-2022 09:37 AM
    Thanks so much Nathan for posting about the ASES Divisions!  I've been involved with the Solar Building Division for a couple of years and I can say that it is a super way to volunteer with ASES by sharing your particular professional expertise - so don't be shy about nominating yourself for Division Chair or Vice-Chair. And if you would mainly like to assist a division in an unofficial capacity, you can also reach out to the individual chairs with your ideas for helping, or post your thoughts in the Division Forum.  https://ases.org/about/about-us/divisions/

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    Debbie Coleman, Vice-Chair Solar Buildings
    Sun Plans
    debra28@sunplans.com
    https://www.sunplans.com
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  • 3.  RE: Technical Divisions Update! Fall Election Details for Technical Divisions!

    Divisions Leader
    Posted 08-19-2022 10:52 AM
    Thanks, Nathan and Debbie!  As noted, the Technical Divisions are a great way to get involved with a specific area related to solar energy, and we are always interested in engaging with new members.

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    Gilbert Michaud
    Assistant Professor
    Loyola University Chicago
    gmichaud@luc.edu
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  • 4.  RE: Technical Divisions Update! Fall Election Details for Technical Divisions!

    Chapter Leader
    Posted 08-22-2022 11:17 AM
    Nathan, Debbie and Gilbert -
         I have been involved with the PV Tech Division for a few years, and as Chair for the past 2 years. I have a history with ases.org, after establishing Maine Solar Energy Assoc., (a non-profit educational corporation), as the Maine State Chapter of ases.org with Dr. Richard Komp about 15 years ago.
         Our focus has been solar education and more specifically, 'do-yourself-solar', (PV and thermal applications), see Dr Komp's book, 'Practical Photovoltaics, Electricity from Solar Cells', aatech, Publications, Ann Arbor, MI, (now 'out-of-print'). The focus of the book and Dr Komp's idea, is that there are many people around the world, who can and would take advantage of solar PV, if it was 'less expensive' and made more available for 'low-income' communities!
         Working with NGOs and funding from other non-profit organizations, Dr Komp (with no personal benefit), was instrumental in allowing many of these communities to take the opportunity to establish sustainable solar businesses, in a number of countries and most continents! He and others are well known as the solar D-I-Y folks from Maine! He succeeded with his inspiration, to allow those interested to 'Go Solar' ... around the world, as well as across the country, without the huge expense and profit motivation! Without the regulations and electricians that seem to add new 'requirements' regularly, which we all know here in the 'states' as one reason solar is so expensive! The Downeast Solar Center, Jonesport, ME, is a functioning 'off-grid' solar home with many unique innovations and many years sharing the solar technologies!
         MESEA has been known as the place to learn and share the technology 'For a Future', without the huge expense! Of course, Dr Komp was concerned with safety and keeping the basic operations in order! As he had put forth in his book and in his life's focus, we all need to do what we can to overcome the Climate Crisis that a 'run-away' petrochemical establishment is responsible for!
         We are still involved with sharing the do yourself solar technology, that is necessary to beat the 'climatic' demise of our planet, and the inhabitants! There are those that cannot, will not accept that 'regular folks' can learn and comprehend the basic tech used in electricity and solar PV! This fall, during the October Solar Tour week, we will present, another round of 'hands-on' solar PV assembly workshops, depending on the interest and the number of individuals interested! Thank you ... John Burke, dadsolar@yahoo.com

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    John Burke
    Director, MESEA, Maine
    Maine Solar Energy Association; Downeast Alternative Design Solar, Inc
    Jonesport ME
    dadsolar@yahoo.com
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  • 5.  RE: Technical Divisions Update! Fall Election Details for Technical Divisions!

    Posted 08-23-2022 09:34 AM
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    Thanks, John for being a part of the National Solar Tour Oct 1-2 which will have its virtual tours ongoing through the end of the year for anyone who would like to showcase their solar home or project for free! www.nationalsolartour.org  It only takes about 10 minutes to sign up a single Solar Site if you have 10 photos or a short video ready.  I've attached a cheat sheet to help people gather their information first. You don't have to give your exact address for the virtual tours. Thanks again John for posting about what you do.

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    Debbie Coleman
    Sun Plans
    debra28@sunplans.com
    https://www.sunplans.com
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  • 6.  RE: Technical Divisions Update! Fall Election Details for Technical Divisions!

    Divisions Leader
    Posted 08-25-2022 09:34 PM
    Thanks for sharing this, John.  I am always happy to hear of solar-related successes in Maine, especially as a native Mainer myself!  The LMI focus on solar by Richard Komp was likely novel at the time of his book, and is now something more mainstream and being pushed through governmental policy.  I have not met Komp, but would like to at some point.  Looking forward to hearing more about your Solar Tour workshops.  --Gilbert

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    Gilbert Michaud
    Assistant Professor
    Loyola University Chicago
    gmichaud@luc.edu
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