Catching the Sun


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ASME Energy Forum Webinar - Catching the Sun

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How do you harness solar energy after the sun goes down? Learn directly from innovators who are building or operating large-scale solar power plants that can make clean, emissions-free electricity 24-hours a day.

Featuring experts from BrightSource Energy, ACCIONA, and AREVA Solar, this webinar provides key insights into advances in concentrating solar power, which focuses sunlight to provide high-temperature thermal energy.


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Presentation 1: Central Tower Technologies

Presenter:
Binyamin Koretz
Director, Strategic Planning and IP,
BrightSource Energy

Presentation 2: ACCIONA's Nevada One Solar Plant

Presenter:
Robert Cable
Plant Manager, Nevada Solar One;
ACCIONA Energy North America

Presentation 3: AREVA Solar CLFP Technology

Presenter:
Sarah Fafard
Technical Sales Manager for the Americas;
AREVA Solar, Inc.

Moderator
Alan Brown
Associate Editor, Mechanical Engineering ASME

Alan Brown is an associate editor at ASME's magazine, Mechanical Engineering. He has been writing about the intersection of engineering, science, technology and economics for more than 30 years, and has contributed to outlets as diverse as Scientific American, US News & World Report, NASA, Fox News, Inside Science News Service, and a variety of professional society publications.


About the Presenters

Binyamin Koretz is Director, Strategic Planning and IP at BrightSource Energy, a solar thermal technology and project developer. Mr. Koretz has worked in Cleantech for 25 years, first at solar-thermal pioneer Luz Industries and for many years as vice-president of business development at electric-vehicle developer Electric Fuel Ltd. Previously, he worked in the transportation and telecommunications industries in the U.S. after receiving a B.S. in Civil Engineering from MIT and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. Before joining BrightSource Energy in January 2007, Mr. Koretz was a consultant to start-up companies and venture capital firms working in solar energy and fuel cells.

Binjamin Kortez

Binyamin Koretz

Director, Strategic Planning and IP,
BrightSource Energy


As Plant Manager, Robert G. Cable is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Nevada Solar One (NSO) for Acciona Energy, a role he has served since 2007. Mr. Cable brings more than 20 years of renewable energy experience to Acciona Solar Power. Prior to becoming the Plant Manager at NSO, he served as the Construction Site Manager to Acciona Solar Power (formerly known as Solargenix Energy). In this role he represented the owners during construction of Nevada Solar One, the largest solar thermal electric power plant to be built since the last SEGS plant in 1990. His leadership in the renewable energy sector included his contribution to 11 solar thermal power plants ranging from 1 to 80 megawatts in size. He was involved in the Construction and Operation & Maintenance phase of the SEGS I – IX plants, located in California's Mojave Desert. Mr. Cable's work has been instrumental in the operational successes that have resulted throughout the evolution and advancement of solar thermal energy plants in the United States. Mr. Cable earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University- Pomona.

Robert Cable

Robert Cable

Plant Manager, Nevada Solar One;
ACCIONA Energy North America


Sarah Fafard is the Technical Sales Manager for the Americas for AREVA Solar, Inc, a concentrated solar thermal technology provider. Sarah has worked in the power and construction industry on various fossil, nuclear, and renewable projects. She received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

AREVA Solar, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a subsidiary of AREVA Renewables. The company specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of solar steam generators for its global power generation and industrial customers in a dependable, competitive and environmentally responsible manner.

Sarah Fafard

Sarah Fafard

Technical Sales Manager
for the Americas;
AREVA Solar, Inc.


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