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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.

October 2014

Power Lunch Lecture - Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy

October 1, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Presented by John Perlin, Author, Lecturer, Consultant — Solar Energy & Forest Preservation

John Perlin will present a lecture on his new book, Let It Shine: The 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy, which covers the development of all solar technologies, beginning with the ancient Chinese, Greeks and Romans who designed the majority of their houses to scoop up sunlight in winter. He will show that during the last 3,000 years people have used solar concentrators to focus sunlight to light fires, during the Renaissance, to solder metal, and by the 19th century, to run steam engines. Since the end of the 19th century, a solar water heater industry has developed and spread throughout the world; and that as far back as the 1870s, people learned how to convert sunlight directly into electricity. The myriad ways people have benefited from solar energy over the last 6,000 years raises the question: If years ago people successfully harnessed the sun’s energy, can’t we, with a far superior tool kit, do better, using their work as our foundation?

John Perlin has written four books on solar energy and forestry. He has put together four major exhibits on these subjects that have traveled throughout the world. His current book is Let It Shine: The 6,000 Year Story of Solar Energy. Mr. Perlin works at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Department of Physics and Student Affairs. He and his Nobel Laureate colleagues Drs. Walter Kohn and Alan Heeger produced the film, “The Power of the Sun,” a fifty-five minute presentation showing how Einstein’s discovery of the photon helped lead to the development of today’s booming photovoltaic industry. The film was inspired by his book, From Space to Earth. Mr. Perlin also consults for Student Affairs in the implementation of solar energy/energy efficiency for its buildings. He has lectured on solar and forestry topics throughout the world..

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.

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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3rd Annual Golden Solar Tour & Green Built Homes

October 4, 2014, 9:00 - 8:00 MST

Register at the American Mountaineering Museum (710 10th Street, Golden, CO), receive the map, guidebook, and take the self-guided tour. Visit each “green” home and talk with the home owners and volunteers about the green features of each home.

TOUR: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A self-guided tour of your sustainable community!

RECEPTION & GREEN EXPO: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Appetizers and local beverages
Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Exhibits and Green Car Display
 

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NREL Community Open House

October 14, 2014, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation’s only dedicated lab for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. Please join NREL leaders to learn more about NREL’s world-class research programs and the variety of new program topics and experiences the NREL Education Center (formerly known as the NREL Visitors Center) has to offer for student and adult groups. Brief walking tours of the Energy Systems Integration Facility will be offered.

Reservations: NREL is a secure facility. To attend the community open house, please call 303-275-4094 by October 8 to make a reservation. If you are not a U.S. citizen, e-mail Sarah Barba at sarah.barba@nrel.gov by October 6 for additional registration steps.

Directions: Travel to NREL’s main entrance, the East Gate, located north of Interstate 70 at 15013 Denver West Parkway, Golden, CO 80401.

When You Arrive: Education Center doors open at 4 p.m. Stop at the security gate to verify your registration and receive parking directions. Proceed to the Education Center. Visitors 18 and older must show a government-issued photo ID (driver’s license) to obtain a visitors badge.

Maps, directions and security requirements

  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • NREL-sponsored

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Sustainable NREL Walking Campus Tour

October 17, 2014, 9:00 - 10:30 am

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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