AY 2014-2015 WISER/Galvin Lecture Series
IIT Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
IIT Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research
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
SunGard Data Systems
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.
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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