Monday, April 21, 2008, 12:00 pm — Berkner Hall Auditorium
<p>With oil now around $100 per barrel, solar power is no longer impractical, notes BNL's Vasilis Fthenakis, who, with two of his collaborators, authored "A Grand Solar Plan," the cover story of the January 2008 issue of Scientific American.</p> <p>As Dr. Fthenakis will detail in his special, open-to-the-public Earth Day lecture co-sponsored by the Brookhaven Lecture Committee and the Environment & Waste Management Services Division, the three solar experts propose covering thousands of square miles of the Southwest U.S. with photovoltaic arrays. These would convert sunlight into electricity, which would then be distributed across the U.S. ï¿½ï¿½" ending foreign-oil dependence, reducing the trade deficit, cutting air pollution, and slowing global climate change.</p> <p>Given oil's record price, the time for solar power as an affordable and technically implementable solution is now ï¿½ï¿½" if, according to Dr. Fthenakis, the U.S. makes the commitment and investment.</p>
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