ASES Technical Divisions bring together members with similar interests in order to exchange information. Membership in ASES Divisions is a benefit of ASES Professional and Organizational membership.
Divisions Chair: David Comis
Includes direct energy conversion of the sun’s rays to electricity including photovoltaic (PV) energy technology, concentrating photovoltaic (CPV), and photovoltaic thermal technology (PV/T) that captures heat off the back side of PV cooling them thus making more electricity.
Passive solar heating and cooling, daylighting, Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), site design, building design tools and case studies.
Promotes the development, exchange, and use of information on the multiple environmental and societal benefits of renewable energy combined with energy efficiency and conservation.
Concerned with methods and processes which utilize solar flux for heat driven applications. Includes solar ponds, desalination of water, agricultural drying, process heat for industry, photo-enhanced processes (hazardous waste treatment), high temperature solar enhanced processes (water decomposition to form hydrogen), materials processing (high tensile strength fiber production by chemical vapor deposition), solar pumped laser, district heating and cooling, and solar cookers.
Plug-in vehicles (PHEV and EV), vehicle to grid (V2G) infrastructure, energy efficient community design, renewable hydrogen and biofuels.
The development, acquisition, and forecasting of solar radiation resources and dissemination to the end user.
Promotes the use of clean, renewable energy for supplying clean water for drinking, agriculture, and other beneficial uses. The Division supports stated ASES goals: providing sound technical and scientific information to interested persons on the use and development of renewable energy.
The Small Wind Division advances and promotes small wind, also referred to as “distributed wind turbines” (DWT), as key to global energy sustainability and promotes the development, exchange, and utilization of information on DWT, encourages research and education in the field, and promotes widespread development and use of renewable energy, with an emphasis on residential-scale applications.
Supports the deployment of concentrating solar power systems for utility-scale solar electric power. These are systems which use concentrated sunlight to create and store solar thermal energy for the purpose of driving a heat engine to produce electric power during times of peak utility demand.