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A High BAR for BIG Ideas: Belt And Road for a Black Into Green Future – PART 2
Alexander Slocum Walter M. May and A. Hazel May Professor of Mechanical Engineering MIT slocum@mit.edu
Description: Increased energy demand will accompany the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, but if this recovery is met by hydrocarbons, the subsequent acceleration of climate change and accompanying domestic, international, and migration conflicts will dwarf the damage caused by COVID-19. This paper presents a means by which development of renewable energy systems can meet energy and employment needs and be financed through investments by hydrocarbon companies in lieu of carbon taxes and long-term visionary governments. The oceans figure prominently in sustainably emerging and setting a course to a bright future for all. Specific technology examples are provided with suggestions for short- and long-term development projects and strategies.

Speaker Bio:
Alexander Slocum is the Walter and Hazel May Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT and a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. He has 130+ patents and has helped develop 12 products that have received R&D 100 awards for “one of the one hundred best new technical products of the year”. He has helped start several successful precision manufacturing equipment companies and has a passion for working with industry to solve real problems and identify fundamental research topics. For the past decade his prime focus has been on renewable energy systems.

Aug 10, 2020 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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