Book launch — Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet
Solar energy, once a niche application for a limited market, has become the cheapest and fastest-growing power source on earth. Its potential is nearly limitless — every hour the sun beams down more energy than the world uses in a year.
In his new book, Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Save the Planet, author Varun Sivaram warns that the world is not yet equipped to harness erratic sunshine to meet most of its energy needs. And if solar’s current surge peters out, prospects for replacing fossil fuels and averting catastrophic climate change will dim.
The book is both an overview of the current state of solar and a manifesto making the case for sustaining current levels of growth through three kinds of innovation — financial, technological and systemic.
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About the author
Varun Sivaram is the Philip D. Reed Fellow for Science and Technology at the Council on Foreign Relations and lecturer at the Georgetown McCourt School of Public Policy. He has advised both the mayor of Los Angeles and the governor of New York on energy policy and was formerly a consultant at McKinsey & Co. Varun holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and was one of Forbes 30 under 30 in the Law and Policy field for 2017.
Jairam Ramesh, former Minister of Environment and Forests, India
Upendra Tripathy, Director General, International Solar Alliance
Kanika Chawla, Senior Programme Lead, CEEW
Aparajit Pandey, Associate Fellow, ORF (Moderator)
The timing of this event is from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.