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Solar Fuels – Another Approach in Harnessing the Power of the Sun

28. Juni 2020, 18:00

Ein Vortrag organisiert durch die ICZ Mitgliederkommission.


When the term “Solar power” is used today in the public media, it is almost entirely connected with the use of PV (photovoltaic) cells, arranged in panels and placed on rooftops. However, this is only one possible method for using the solar energy, with important advantages but also severe limitations. In this talk a brief overview of the different methods of using solar energy will be presented, along with key aspects and challenges that both researchers and engineers face today in this field. The emphasis of the talk will be allocated for presenting ‘Solar Fuels Production’ – a relatively younger area in solar energy. In The basis of this approach includes using concentrated sunlight to drive thermochemical processes, such as the production of hydrocarbon fuels from water and carbon dioxide (along with other possible chemicals), utilizing different catalysts and materials. The aim of this talk is to expose the participants to new and exciting developments in the field of renewable energy, and to discuss some of the prospects and challenges in the field.


Dr. Alon Lidor holds a PhD from the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology since 2017. In 2018-2019 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Cologne, working in the Institute of Solar Research after winning a DLR-DAAD Fellowship. Since September 2019 he is a Postdoctoral Associate in Prof. Aldo Steinfeld’s research group (Professorship of Renewable Energy Carries) at ETH Zürich. Dr. Lidor is currently a Marie Curie Fellow, after being awarded an Individual Fellowship in 2019. His main research areas include solar energy, thermodynamics, heat transfer, energy systems and combustion theory. In addition to his passion for research, he is also an outdoor enthusiastic, enjoying both hiking and climbing.


Note: The presentation is for people who are interested about the topic, and is aimed for everyone – no prior scientific background is required.

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