Wednesday January 23, 2013
5:15PM - 6:30PM
Dr. Mark Summers
Senior Manager, Renewable Energy
Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environmental Solutions
It has been said time and time again that energy storage is one of the main issues with solar and wind energy. These sources of energy can only be harvested intermittently, and therefore the ability to store energy and release it when energy is not being collected is crucial for being able to handle loads. We are pleased to present Dr. Mark Summers to talk to us about the solutions that Alberta Innovates is a part of, as well as what exists now for energy storage.
Mark Summers works as a research manager in the Renewable and Emerging Resources group at Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions (AI-EES). His role involves seeking and evaluating new and innovative technologies that can help the province of Alberta to meet its goals in the area of Energy and Environment, as well as managing technology development and demonstration projects on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Mark is also involved in similar capacities with the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC). Prior to his current role, Mark worked for the Alberta Department of Environment in the Climate Change Secretariat developing climate change policy and implementing the Specified Gas Emitters Regulation (SGER). Mark earned his PhD in the field of nanotechnology after completing undergraduate studies in the Engineering Physics program, both at the University of Alberta.