Dear All,

TEKPOL SolarTwins Seminars welcomes you in the 2021 - 2022 Academic Year (Spring) with new seminars and panels in the new online format with the Theme of "Energy, European Research Area and Social Science and Humanities Aspects" in collaboration with "SolarTwins: Solar Twinning to Create Solar Research Twins (No: 856619) Project and ODAKTr Initiative.

Our next seminar on June 3, 2022, will be held at 12:00-13:00 ( 11:00-12:00 CET) on Zoom. The language will be English.

This seminar will be given by Prof. Dr. Derek Baker ( METU Mechanical Engineering and ODTÜ GÜNAM) entitled as "ODAKTR: Concentrating Solar Thermal (CST) as a key enabling technology for Turkey's Clean Energy Transition" moderated by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Semih Akçomak ( METU TEKPOL).

Registration is required.

Before Thursday ( June 2, 2022 ) evening, you can register by the link:

https://forms.gle/xg5XQgK26Cq6zjTA6

Seminar connection link will be shared with registered participants on June 3, 2022, before noon.

Hope you see you all.

Middle East Technical University Science and Technology Policies Research Center– METU TEKPOL

About the seminar:

This seminar targets both non-technical and technical researchers. ODAKTR is a bottom-up national initiative that aims to leverage METU and ODTÜ-GÜNAM's participation in a cluster of 7 accepted, on-going, or completed Concentrated Solar Thermal (CST) EU projects to accelerate Turkey's Clean Energy Transition (CET). A conceptual overview of CST technologies and applications is presented. The strategic role CST plays in Europe's CET and Green Deal that is motivating Europe's large investments in CST Research and Innovation (R&I), and the potential for CST to contribute to Turkey's CET and Green Deal Action Plan are discussed. All of METU and ODTÜ-GÜNAM's EU CST projects are strongly aligned with EU-SOLARIS, which is one of 41 European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERICs) Landmarks on the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) 2021 Roadmap. The potential to use ERIC's as cost-efficient pathways to Turkish scientific excellence and to a secure, sustainable, and prosperous Turkey are defined. The current state of and future prospects for Turkey's affiliation with EU-SOLARIS and other strategic ERICs are discussed.

About the speaker:

Dr. Derek K. Baker is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Middle East Technical University (METU) and a researcher in the CST research division of Turkey's Centre of Excellence on Solar Energy ODTÜ-GÜNAM. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering at The University of Texas-Austin in 2000, was an Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University, California, from 2000 to 2002, and joined METU in 2003. He is coordinating the multi-national European Union (EU) Horizon 2020 (H2020) SolarTwins project, and is the institutional principal investigator or a researcher on the accepted, on-going, or completed EU projects CST4ALL, Horizon-STE, GeoSmart, SFERA-III, INSHIP, and EU-SOLARIS. He has supported the evaluation of a diverse set of EU Horizon Europe, H2020, and Innovation Fund calls including for CST, decarbonization of energy-intensive industries, ocean energy technologies, energy storage technologies, smart grids, and cross-cutting solutions.