The Technical Symposium is the event for the technical and scientific communities to present and share innovative research in the 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, Professor at the University of California Merced, Research Fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
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.
Zhihua Qu, Ph.D., Pegasus Professor & Chair of ECE Department, SAIC Endowed Professor, CECS at University of Central Florida
Sector: Energy Storage
Zhihua Qu received the Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, in June 1990. Since then, he has been with the University of Central Florida (UCF), Orlando. Currently, he is the SAIC Endowed Professor in College of Engineering and Computer Science, Pegasus Professor and the Chair of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and the Director of FEEDER Center (funded by Department of Energy). His areas of expertise are nonlinear systems and control, with applications to autonomous systems and energy/power systems. His most recent work focuses upon cooperative control and plug-and-play operation of networked systems, distributed optimization and game algorithms, and resilient networked controls. In energy systems, his research covers distributed energy resources, dynamic stability of power systems, anti-islanding control and protection, distributed generation and load sharing control, distributed VAR compensation, distributed optimization, and cooperative control. In robotics and autonomous vehicles, his research deals with control of nonholonomic systems, real-time path planning, and tele-operated systems. Dr. Qu served on the Board of Governors, IEEE CSS and is currently serving as the chair of IEEE CSS Technical Committee on Smart Grid. He also serves on the board of ECEDHA (ECE Department Chairs Association) and as the secretary of SCEEE (Southeastern Center for Electrical Engineering Education). He has served as an Associate Editor for Automatica, IEEE ACCESS, IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. He is an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer.
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 with Solar Power International, paves the way for greater integration between the energy storage and solar markets. As the largest energy storage event in North America, ESI features over 165 exhibitors and 7,000 attendees interested in energy storage technology, and three full days of education investigating policy advances, market forecasts, new technology and applications as well as additional relevant, timely industry-developed content designed to grow the storage market.