Part of North America Smart Energy Week

September 24-27, 2018Anaheim Convention CenterAnaheim, CA

The Technical Symposium is the event to for the technical and scientific communities to present and share innovative research and in the on solar, storage, and smart energy industries at SPI & ESI, which are already the events for business and policy thought leaders. No other platform provides this opportunity for collaboration and access to the industry.


Moving the industry forward with innovation

The Technical Symposium features three days of scientific content, including poster and keynote presentations from industry leaders. Being a part of The Technical Symposium at SPI and ESI pairs the best scientific and technical content with business opportunities at the largest solar and storage event in North America.

 Meet the 2018 Committee Chairs

Sarah Kurtz, Reliability Group Manager, NCPV Co-director, Research Fellow, PhD at National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Sector: Photovoltaic

Sarah Kurtz obtained her PhD in 1985 from Harvard University and has worked since then at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, CO.  She is known for her contributions to developing multijunction, GaInP/GaAs solar cells, supporting the Concentrator Photovoltaic (PV) industry, and, more recently, her work with PV performance and reliability. Her work has been recognized with a jointly received Dan David Prize in 2007 and the Cherry Award in 2012.  Currently, she is managing the PV Reliability Group at NREL and working to facilitate the growth of the PV industry through improved understanding of the performance and reliability of PV.

Prof. Andrea Alberto Mammoli, Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering at University of New Mexico
Sector: Smart Technologies

Andrea Mammoli is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of New Mexico, and Director of the Center for Emerging Energy Technologies, an organization within the School of Engineering dedicated to research on the integration of distributed energy resources on the electricity grid through system architecture and controls. Mammoli has been active in the field of distributed energy systems since 2005, with projects including solar-assisted HVAC in commercial buildings, building-scale energy storage, distribution-level PV and battery systems, and microgrids, in the context of optimization and controls leading to better economics and enhanced resilience. He conducts research in collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, among others. Mammoli obtained a Ph.D. in mechanical and materials engineering in 1995 from the University of Western Australia, and was Director's Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1995 and 1997 in the Energy and Process Engineering group, prior to joining UNM.

Qilin Li, Pegasus Professor & Chair of ECE Department, SAIC Endowed Professor at CECS, University of Central Florida
Sector: Energy Storage

Dr. Qilin Li is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Rice University.  Dr. Li received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Engineering from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her B.E. degree in Environmental Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.  She received her post-doctoral training at Yale University and was on the faculty of Oregon State University before joining Rice University.  Dr. Li’s research focuses on advanced technologies for drinking water treatment and wastewater reuse including adsorption, membrane separation, advanced oxidation and environmental nanotechnology, and environmental impact of nanotechnology.  She was the recipient of the Roy E. Campbell Faculty Development Award, ES&T Excellence in Review award, Major Advisor for WQTC Best Student Paper Award, and Parsons Engineering Science/AEESP Doctoral Thesis Award.

About Solar Power International

Solar Power International (SPI) generates success for solar energy professionals and the global solar industry. SPI sets the standard for solar events as the fastest growing and largest solar show in North America as recognized by Trade Show Executive and Trade Show News Network. SPI has also been among the Gold 100 for eight years running and named "Stickiest Show Floor" by Trade Show Executive for the innovative ways in which attendees stay engaged and most recently, "Best Use of Technology" for the Smart Energy Microgrid Marketplace. With over 750 exhibiting companies and 20,000 attendees, SPI is the largest solar exhibition in North America.

About Energy Storage International

Energy Storage International, co-located Solar Power International paves the way for collaboration between the energy storage and solar markets. As energy storage increases the power of solar by storing and releasing energy on-demand where it is needed on the grid, both utilities and others in the solar supply chain can take advantage of increased revenue and customer satisfaction. With over 165 exhibiting companies, ESI is the largest energy storage exhibition in North America.