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MS&T’09 keynote panel on new energy opportunities

Published on November 5th, 2009 | By: pwray@ceramics.org

MS&T’09’s Opening Session featured a panel of speakers actively
working in renewable energy. The panelists – who included MIT professor
and A123 Systems cofounder Yet-Ming Chiang,
past ACerS president and Savannah River National Lab associate director
John Marra and Solar Power Industries’ Gregory Hildeman – spoke on the
topic of “New Energy Opportunities for Materials Science and


Chiang (batteries), Marra (nuclear) and Hildeman (solar) were
selected based on their particular expertise and standing within their
specific sciences. Al Romig, COO of the Sandia National Lab, moderated
the discussion and Q&A period. Ray Kenard,
who was to represent wind power, was
unable to attend.


After Chiang, Hildeman and Marra made their presentations, the
panelists took questions from the audience. I had to make a tape change
at the start of the Q&A section; consequently, the first question –
“Is there any danger of a shortage of lithium?” is missing, but the
answer from Chiang is not.


42 minutes.

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