2014 marks 60 years since the most significant breakthrough in the history of solar energy - a solar cell capable of directly converting enough sunlight into electricity to generate useful amounts of power.
To celebrate the occasion, we have dedicated a special area of the Intersolar North America exhibition floor to PV60 - History Becoming the Future, a touring exhibition that brings the remarkable story of modern solar technology to life. Co-designed by the Renewables 100 Policy Institute and solar historian John Perlin, it features a collection of rare archival films and photographs, formerly classified documents, and even original 1954 Bell Laboratories modules.
Join us in celebrating the milestones of PV solar technology!
For more information on the PV60 exhibit and its world tour, visit: http://www.renewables100.org/index.php?id=322
Following Intersolar’s Official Opening Ceremony in which we will honor the solar pioneers, this year’s Welcome Reception will not only kick off the most-attended solar exhibition & conference for the U.S. solar industry, we will also celebrate PV60 – History Becoming the Future! With fingerfood and, with a backdrop of the city of San Francisco at the Pacific Terrace at the InterConinental Hotel, it‘s the perfect way to unwind from the first day at the conference, or continue your business meetings in a more social atmosphere.
Opening Ceremony on Monday, July 7, 5:30pm
Reception on Monday, July 7, 7:00pm
Location at the InterContinental Hotel
Special Guest - author of "Let it Shine - The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy" John Perlin
Special Exhibit: PV 60 – History Becoming Future
Tuesday, July 8, – Thursday, July 10
Location at the West Hall, Level 1, Booth #7033
Host John Perlin author of "Let it Shine - The 6000-Year Story of Solar Energy" Book signing on site
Even as concern over climate change and energy security fuel a boom in solar technology, many still think of solar as a twentiethcentury wonder. Few realize that the first photovoltaic array appeared on a New York City rooftop in 1884, or that brilliant engineers in France were using solar power in the 1860s to run steam engines, or that in 1901 an ostrich farmer in Southern California used a single solar engine to irrigate three hundred acres of citrus trees.
Fewer still know that during the Renaissance Galileo and his contemporaries planned the construction of sun-focusing mirrors as the ultimate weapon to burn enemy fleets and towns, that Leonardo da Vinci planned to make his fortune by building half-mile-long mirrors to heat water, or that the Bronze Age Chinese used handsized solar-concentrating mirrors to light fires the way we use matches and lighters today. In this definitive history of solar technology, John Perlin tells a story that goes back more than six thousand years to when the Stone Age Chinese built their homes to make maximum use of the sun’s energy in winter. The book profiles the fascinating characters who made the solar revolution possible, revealing a group of unknown pioneers, like Gustav Vorherr, who opened up the first school of solar architecture in the 1820s, as well as solar advocates known for other accomplishments, such as Socrates, who 2,500 years ago gave a detailed discourse on designing passive solar homes. Read more