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NEXT: Solar power - energy of the future?

The Crawford Family Forum

Your electric bill goes up, or the grid goes down… traditional power generation has served us well over the years, but with an aging system and increased demand, relying on it for all our energy needs has drawbacks. Is our sun the answer? Even with the falling price of fossil fuels, solar equipment and installation prices are diminishing as well, with California leading the nation in adoption of this technology. But increased efficiency and energy storage are necessary for solar to become practical for both the individual consumer and commercial use.

In our series, NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow, host Mat Kaplan and his guests asked “What’s next in solar?” 


Mat Kaplan: host of KPCC’s science series, “NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow;” host of Planetary Radio for The Planetary Society


Harry A. Atwater, Jr.: Howard Hughes Professor of Applied Physics and Materials Science; Director of the Resnick Sustainability Institute at the California Institute of Technology

Paul Basore: Director of the Materials Applications and Performance Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado

J.R. DeShazo: Director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California at Los Angeles; Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Public Policy in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA


“NEXT: People | Science | Tomorrow “-- the Crawford Family Forum series on the convergence of science, technology and society.