ASES Technical Divisions are comprised of ASES Business, Professional and Life members with similar interests who network and exchange information.

Divisions Chair: David Comis
Email: david.comis@earthlink.net

Division Activities Include

  • Publishing newsletters
  • Organizing webinars
  • Conducting an annual meeting of their members in conjunction with the National Solar Conference
  • Providing technical expertise to Conference Technical Review Committees
  • Keeping members informed of the latest developments in their area(s) of interest through their individual websites

Current ASES Divisions

Solar Electric Division
Chair: David Comis
Email: david.comis@earthlink.net
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.

Solar Buildings Division
Chair: David Panich
Email: Davidpanich@yahoo.com
Passive solar heating and cooling, daylighting, Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), site design, building design tools and case studies.

Solar Thermal Division
Chair: Ron Gehl
Email: Rgehl@eosresearch.com
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.

Wind Division
Chair: Trudy Forsyth
Email: trudyforsyth2@gmail.com
The 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.

Resource Assessment Division
Chair: Jan Kleissl
Email: Jkleissl@ucsd.edu
The development, acquisition, and forecasting of solar radiation resources and dissemination to the end user.

Energy Economics Division
Chair: Bill Ellard
Email: bellard@yahoo.com
Promotes renewable energy economics and choices that could affect the efficiencies of the energy markets. Of particular focus is solar, distributed generation (DG), existing energy sources, demand side management (DSM), smart grid technologies, and intelligent software to guide the powerful new grid of the future. Reshaping our energy economy to bring free market principles into energy markets helps to create new jobs and accelerates aggregate demand in our economy.

Sustainability Division
Chair: John Essig
Email: jessig@ases.org
Promotes the development, exchange, and use of information on the multiple environmental and societal benefits of renewable energy combined with energy efficiency and conservation.

Solar Today magazine has archives on the development and history of the renewable energy industry. For more technical content, visit our friends at Home Power magazine (now out of publication) for 30 years of archives of technical renewable energy articles.

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