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    AY 2014-2015 WISER/Galvin Lecture Series

    Joint Seminar

    Hosted by:
    IIT Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Co-sponsored by:

    IIT Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research
    and
    Chicago Council on Science and Technology

    Wednesday, February 11 | 3:15 pm - 4:30 pm

    Perlstein Hall Auditorium - Room 131
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    10 W. 33rd Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60616

    "Should America Launch a Major Push into Solar Energy?"

    Philip Dowd
    Founder and Senior Executive
    (Retired)
    SunGard Data Systems

    Abstract

    Many Americans want to start now to develop alternatives to burning fossilized carbon.  Solar energy is one of those options.  This presentation will provide a back-of-the-envelope analysis of what it would take to power the entire U.S. economy with solar energy.  The result is a power system that includes solar power plants that cover approximately 200,000 square miles and close to 1,000 extremely large pumped storage batteries―all at a capital cost of about $65 trillion.

    Bio

    Philip Dowd is retired founder and senior executive of SunGard Data Systems, a large specialized provider of software and processing solutions for financial services, higher education, and the public sector. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. Currently a trustee at Carnegie Mellon University, Dowd is an active philanthropist in the Chicago area, and an avid golfer and sailor.


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