February 5, 2016 - Energy Academic Group
Ocean Wind Power: Is it the Key for a Rapid Transition to Renewable Energy?
February 5, 2016
ME Lecture Hall
Dr. Maximilian F. Platzer
Distinguished Professor Emeritus, MAE Department, Naval Postgraduate School
In his lecture Dr. Platzer will argue that the time has come to develop innovative engineering solutions to reduce the global carbon dioxide emissions in order to avert irreversible climate change. He will first present the empirical evidence for global climate change, and then draw attention to the fact that the available global wind resources are quite sufficient to combat climate change if the winds over the oceans are exploited for power generation. He will show how large sailing ships can be used to convert the ocean wind power into hydrogen in order to convert the global fossil-based economy into a global hydrogen-based economy. He will conclude with an assessment of recent initiatives to combat climate change. In particular, he will draw attention to the recent call for a Global Apollo Program.
Dr. Max F. Platzer is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the Naval Postgraduate School and an adjunct professor of mechanical & aerospace engineering at the University of California, Davis. From 1960 to 1966 he was a member of Wernher von Braun's SATURN rocket development team at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. From 1966 to 1970 he was chief of the aeromechanics research section at the Lockheed-Georgia Research Center in Marietta, Georgia. He joined the Department of Aeronautics of the Naval Postgraduate School in 1970 and served as its chairman from 1978 to 1988, and again from 2000 to 2003. Dr. Platzer was awarded the title, Distinguished Professor in 1995, and earned the NAVAIR Compass Award for outstanding teaching in 1999. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Since 2006 he serves as editor of the international review journal, "Progress in Aerospace Sciences".
Dr. Daniel A. Nussbaum
Naval Postgraduate School
Principal, Energy Academic Group
Monterey CA 93943