An upcoming conference at the University of Kansas will provide a comprehensive overview of energy with the hope of showing the way to a brighter future.
The KU Energy Conference is set for 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 12 at the Oread Hotel in Lawrence. The event brings together experts on a broad range of energy topics, including fracking.
Three keynote addresses are among the highlights of the conference. Daniel Sperling, author of “2 Billion Cars,” a book that details the global impacts of the proliferation of the automobile, will touch on transportation issues. Simran Sethi, a nationally renowned sustainability blogger and associate professor of journalism at KU, will speak about modern environmentalism and energy. KU alumnus Andres Carvallo, smart grid technology pioneer and chief executive officer of Proximetry, will focus on the integration of a wide variety of energy systems and the future of the power grid.
Another event of the conference is a presentation on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the process of injecting highly pressurized fluid deep underground to release natural gas, petroleum and other substances embedded in rock formations. Representatives from Chesapeake Energy will offer their insights on the fracking process. Josh Fox – director of “Gasland,” a film about the effects of fracking that was nominated in 2010 for an Academy Award for best documentary feature – will join the conference via Skype to discuss his viewpoint.