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Unless otherwise notified, events listed here will be held at the NREL Education Center, 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO. The Education Center phone number is 303-384-6565.

August 2014

Education Center Learning Lab Closed August 5

August 5, 2014, 9:00 - 4:00 MST

The Education Center's Learning Lab will be closed to visitors Tuesday, August 5. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Education Center’s small display area which includes several video presentations describing NREL's research.

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After Hours Lecture - Using Balloons to Probe the Lower Atmosphere

August 7, 2014, 6:00 - 7:00 MST

Presented by Dr. Richard D. Clark, Professor of Meteorology, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, and one of many participants in DISCOVER-AQ

DISCOVER-AQ is a four-year campaign to improve the use of satellites to monitor air quality for public health and environmental benefit. Through targeted airborne and ground-based observations, DISCOVER-AQ will enable more effective use of current and future satellites to diagnose ground level conditions influencing air quality. Tethered balloons or aerostats are effective platforms for obtaining detailed measurements of the structure and evolution of the lower atmosphere. The balloons carry instruments that allow researchers to connect the measurements obtained by aircraft with those obtained at the surface. This talk will provide an overview of the operation here in Colorado and other DISCOVER-AQ locations, and examples of different weather conditions and the effects on air quality.

Richard D. Clark is the Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences and Professor of Meteorology at Millersville University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are boundary layers and turbulence, air chemistry, space weather, and science education. He has a Ph.D. in atmospheric science from the University of Wyoming ('87) and is a member of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), American Geophysical Union, and Sigma Xi. Clark has been an elected of the AMS Council (2008-2011) and is an AMS Fellow. He is presently serving his second term as a member of the Board of Trustees to the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). He was recipient of the 2006 Russell L. DeSouza Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Unidata Community and the recipient of the 2008 AMS Teaching Excellence Award. Clark is currently a principal investigator on a National Science Foundation project to study Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) and the NASA DISCOVER-AQ project investigating urban and regional air quality.

Contact the Education Center to make a reservation for this free public program.

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  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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Power Lunch Lecture - Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle Ride and Drive Event – Toyota FCHV-adv Highlander SUVs

August 20, 2014, 12:00 - 2:00 MST

Presented by Keith Wipke, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technologies Laboratory Program Manager

Curious about the newest hydrogen fuel cell hybrid vehicles (FCHV-adv) driving around NREL’s campus? Would you like to get behind the wheel?

These vehicles are representative of many fuel cell hybrid designs being proposed by automotive companies today. Toyota plans to introduce a fuel cell hybrid sedan to the U.S. commercial market in 2015.

Based on the Toyota Highlander mid-size sport utility vehicle platform, the FCHV-adv has a fuel cell system with light-weight high-pressure hydrogen gas tanks, an electric motor, a nickel metal hydride battery, and a power-control unit that determines the split of power from the battery or the fuel cell stack to power the vehicle. When the fuel cell is in use, hydrogen is fed to the fuel cell stack where it is combined with oxygen from the air. The electricity produced by this chemical reaction is used to power the electric motor and charge the battery.

Join us for a Power Lunch Lecture Series presentation followed by a Ride and Drive event with Keith Wipke and sign up for an opportunity to drive one of the fuel cell hybrid vehicles - advanced following the presentation.

Contact the Education Center to make a reservation for this free public program.  Participants are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy during the presentation.

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  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour

August 29, 2014, 9:00 - 10:30 MST

NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations. Visitors learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for themselves how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour is a vigorous, outdoor walking tour, so visitors are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dress for the weather. The tours start at the NREL Education Center and include the Research Support Facility, NREL Parking Garage, and Central Detention Pond. Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have photo ID. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

 

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  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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September 2014

Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour

September 19, 2014, 9:00 - 10:30

NREL exemplifies environmental sustainability throughout its operations. Visitors learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency research as well as see for themselves how the campus is demonstrating clean energy technologies, reducing waste, and eliminating atmospheric pollution. The Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour is a vigorous, outdoor walking tour, so visitors are urged to wear comfortable walking shoes and to dress for the weather. The tours start at the NREL Education Center and include the Research Support Facility, NREL Parking Garage, and Central Detention Pond. Participants must be 18 or older, a U.S. Citizen, and have photo ID. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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