Public Lecture by Prof. Bruno D’Aguanno: Entering the Solar Century
As part of his visit, Prof. Bruno D’ Aguanno from CIC Energigune, Parque Tecnológico, Miñano, Álava, Spain, will give a Public Lecture on Thursday the 7th of April, at 5.30 pm (room ENG207 in the Engineering Hub, building 13 on the university map). Everybody is welcome to join us in attending this interesting and accessible talk on renewable energies, concentrated solar power, and the role of thermodynamics in the energy debate about our future energy resources.
Entering the Solar Century
The role of thermodynamics to keep the energy debate clean
In this Lecture, accessible to the general public, Prof. D’ Aguanno will give an overview of the existing renewable energies based on the Sun and will contrast those with the non-renewable sources, using thermodynamics as a powerful tool of analysis. Thermodynamics is a descriptive science which allows a qualitative and quantitative description of our planet. Sustainability is instead a normative issue, and it belongs to the dimension of desirability (what kind of world do we want to live in today and in the future?). Thermodynamics is an essential tool in evaluating which resources to use and analyze the complex equilibrium between these resources and the waste materials produced. Therefore, thermodynamics contributes to clarify the natural constraints within which to move, before a choice about our future is made on the basis of some normative criteria.
Prof. Bruno D’Aguanno is a physicist with a background in Statistical Mechanics and Condensed Matter Physics. He is active in promoting and coordinating European projects on concentrated solar power, energy storage and the development of materials for energy.