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Posted: December 3, 2009

Solar Energy Options Explored at Licensing Executives Society Annual Meeting

(Nanowerk News) Solar energy is rapidly emerging as one of the solutions to expanding global clean energy needs and a way to reduce carbon emissions into the environment while providing much needed electricity in many parts of the world.
At the recent Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, a two-part session on solar energy explored some of the new technologies and offered a forum for discussion on how these technologies could be licensed and implemented.
M. Rashid Khan, Ph. D, Deputy Director of the Technology Program/Intellectual Assets Management of Engineering Services at the Saudi Arabian Oil Company, organized and moderated the two sessions on solar. Khan also served as the Champion of the Solar Energy Research Center for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, where he developed the Intellectual Property Policy for the university. He authored a paper entitled, "Potential of Solar Energy in Desert Region as a Source of Clean Power," which describes how the deserts of Middle East have the potential to provide most of the power needed in the region, and may also become sources of energy for Europe in coming years.
"Saudi Arabia receives one of the highest solar irradiation intensity levels on Earth," Khan says. "Located in the center of the so-called 'sun belt,' Saudi Arabia is part of a vast region reaching from the western edge of North Africa to the eastern edge of Central and South Asia that boasts one of the best solar energy resources on Earth. The region is attracting the attention of a growing number of European leaders, who are embracing proposals to harvest this solar energy for their nations."
In a solar workshop entitled, "Innovations in Solar Energy: Opportunities in An Emerging World," Khan described how this technology can be developed to generate these large amounts of clean energy in both rich and poor nations.
Several other speakers also described their own solar energy research, making the session a strong overview of many aspects of current developments in the field. They included:
  • Kieran Drain, Ph.D, President and CEO, NanoGram Corporation, speaking on "Innovation in Silicon meets the Cost Demands to Accelerate Mass Solar Deployment"
  • Tony Seba, Ph.D, Serial Entrepreneur and Lecturer at Stanford University, speaking on "Solar Innovation Outside the Gears"
  • Reinhold Dauskardt, Ph.D, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Stanford University, speaking on "Reliability Challenges for Emerging Solar Technologies"
  • Ryan Williams, Ph.D, Director of Research Development at the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaking on "Laboratory to Marketplace: Bridging the Gap in Solar Innovation"
  • Tim Maloney, a solar investigator, speaking on "Low Cost Heliostat Power Tower Program for the Third World"
  • "The world is moving rapidly to the point where these technologies will not only be desirable - they will be absolutely necessary for both rich and poor nations," Khan said. "By presenting these ideas and knowledge at the LES Annual Meeting, we were able to raise awareness of them among many intellectual property licensing executives who can help drive them forward." Khan can be reached at Rashid.Khan.1@aramco.com.
    About the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)
    The Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), Inc.is a professional society comprised of approximately 5,000 members engaged in the transfer, use, development, manufacture, and marketing of intellectual property. LES members include a wide range of professionals, including business executives, lawyers, licensing consultants, engineers, academicians, scientists and government officials.
    Source: Licensing Executives Society (press release)

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