Title :

40 Years of Sustainable Energy Research

Speaker :

Dr. WONG King-Lap

Fellow, American Physical Society


Venue :

Room 215, William M. W. Mong Engineering Building, CUHK

Date :

Oct 24, 2012, Wednesday
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Abstract :

This talk gives an overview of the present energy industry from the speaker’s perspective. It begins with an outline of the major events since the OPEC oil embargo of 1973. The driving forces that influence decisions on energy policies will be identified. In such a dynamic and diversified field, this talk will emphasize new developments in renewable energy research, namely, biomass energy, wind energy, solar energy and the smart grid. A real case will be described at the end as a successful example to demonstrate the deployment of distributed solar energy in a modern society.

Biography :

Dr. Wong graduated from the physics department of CUHK in 1968. He obtained a MS degree in experimental nuclear physics from University of Delaware in 1970, and a PhD degree in experimental plasma physics from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1975. After one year as a postdoctoral research associate in Columbia University, he went to work for Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) at Princeton University from March 1, 1976 until he retired in December 2011 at the rank of principal research physicist. PPPL is a US Department of Energy premier laboratory managed by Princeton University. It has been dedicated to the development of controlled nuclear fusion energy since 1954. Dr. Wong was elected as a fellow member of the American Physics Society in 1993. He was a co-winner of the John Dawson Award in 2004, awarded by the American Physical Society for important breakthrough research in plasma physics. Although Dr. Wong’s expertise is in fusion energy research, he maintains a broad interest in all forms of energy research and various climate change issues.

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