2015 IEEE Annual Green Technology Conference
April 15-April 17
Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans, LA 70113
The 7th Annual IEEE Green Technologies Conference (GREENTECH 2015) was conceived to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time: securing green and clean energy sources for the 21st century to protect the environment and help build a more resilient power grid. This will require a collaborative effort from many disciplines of engineering, science, architecture and policy as well as among utilities, vendors, regulators, and academics. Electrical energy industry is in a critical phase, as initiatives we take today will affect how the grid will be operated for many years to come.
Message from the General Chair
Welcome! On behalf of the 2015 GreenTech organizing committee, we would like to extend our warmest welcome to the 7th Annual IEEE Green Technologies Conference held in the beautiful, historic city of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. While this city is known for its rich history, diverse culture, lively music, and world-class cuisine, it is also a city that exemplifies resilience after Hurricane Katrina. Following the storm, New Orleans has experienced a “green” renaissance through rebuilding homes using natural resources and sustainable architecture, installation of residential solar panels, and an influx of clean energy jobs. New Orleans is the perfect setting for GreenTech 2015 and will provide many opportunities for learning, networking, and having a good time. This year’s theme, “Economic and Environmental Sustainability: Surviving Change and Building the Future” acknowledges the necessity to promote green technologies through advancement in research to meet economic initiatives while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. The technical program consists of many diverse topics including renewable generation, distributed generation, smart grid, grid resiliency, energy storage, micro grids, reduction of greenhouse gases and more. Researchers and professionals from academia and industry have contributed to the technical program. Tutorial sessions will be offered on two diverse topics: Preparing Proposals for DOE Funding Opportunities presented by National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Photovoltaic System Requirements presented by the International Association of Electrical Inspectors. In addition, a panel of invited experts will discuss timely issues on green technologies during the Plenary Session. We thank our authors and presenters for their technical contributions, our exhibitors and patrons for their support, and our attendees for their active involvement in this conference. We also recognize the timely peer reviews of the technical papers by the Technical Committee members. We are excited to welcome keynote speakers, invited lunch presenters, and invited plenary session panelists. In addition, this conference would not be successful without the dedication of the many volunteers, and we thank everyone involved in the conference planning for their tireless commitment and efforts. Finally, we thank all researchers, industry professionals, and students who are working in the field of green technology for their support and promotion of IEEE GreenTech over the years. Without their efforts and interest, it would be impossible to have a successful conference. We hope you have a very productive conference and enjoy your time in in our historic city of New Orleans! Finally, as we like to say in New Orleans – Laissez les bons temps rouler … Let the good times roll!
Mark McCulla, GreenTech 2015 General Conference Chair