Thursday January 27, 2011 4:00-5:00 p.m.
ME-EM building, Room 112
Dr. Kristin B. Zimmerman
General Motors Research and Development Center
Electrification of transportation is beginning to proliferate in global markets due to issues concerning energy security, displacement of petroleum, and lowering carbon dioxide emissions. The Chevy Volt is a game changer in this context. It offers a perfect platform to talk about the technology and infrastructural requirements to mainstream blended energy vehicles into personal transportation and mobility space. Key engineering skills in areas associated with chemistry. electronics, IT. and product design are increasingly in demand not only with the large auto OEMs, but throughout the automotive supply chain. This supply chain includes the electric utility sector which is interdependent on the attributes that plug-in capable vehicles bring to market. Some of the challenges include demand side solutions for local load management, vehicle to grid (V2G) advances in frequency modulation and other ancillary services. smart-grid communication technologies. community energy storage, and large scale distributed energy storage to support the proliferation of renewable energy generation.
We will define and discuss the aforementioned and uncover a few new entrepreneurial ideas to pursue.