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Gianluca Ambrosetti: Solving the energy crisis one sunflower at a time – W/Evaluation Form

Gianluca Ambrosetti: Solving the energy crisis one sunflower at a time

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Imagine a world where everyone has access to clean and affordable power, heating, refrigeration, drinkable water, and even fuel. Sometimes the solutions to our biggest challenges don’t have to be gigantic investments. Gianluca Ambrosetti describes a solar generator made of mostly everyday materials like mirrors, concrete, and aluminum foil that might actually change the way the world functions today. The best part? It should be available in thirty months.

Gianluca is the Head of Research for Airlight Energy, a Swiss-based supplier of innovative technology for the large- scale production of electricity using solar power and for energy storage. He holds a PhD in physics/nanotechnology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and an MSc in theoretical physics from the University of Bologna. Gianluca joined Airlight Energy in 2011 and is responsible for the development of the high- concentration solar photovoltaic system (HCPVT) currently being developed with IBM Research. In his free time he plays professional saxophone following in the footsteps of his famous jazz musician father.

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