The United States Energy Transition

ANU Energy Change Institute will host a public lecture by the Director of the United States National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Dr Martin Keller. NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research.

Dr Keller will speak on the US Energy Transition from 6.00pm.   

Before becoming Director of NREL in November 2015, Dr Keller held a number of key appointments both in industry and in government research laboratories. Originally from Germany, Dr Keller received his PhD in microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany. Dr Keller was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013.

About the speaker

Martin Keller became the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) director on November 30, 2015.  NREL is the Department of Energy's primary laboratory for energy efficiency and renewable energy research and development.  NREL is operated for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) by Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Alliance).  Martin also serves as the President of Alliance.

Martin joined Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in July 2006.  He was appointed to the role of Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL on July 1, 2009.  On November 1, 2010, a new directorate was formed, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and he was asked to lead this newly-established directorate.  As Associate Laboratory Director of this directorate, he was responsible for the energy, biological, and environmental research programs at ORNL supported by DOE, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Institutes of Health. Martin served as the Founding Director of the DOE BioEnergy Science Center, and, before being named Associate Laboratory Director at ORNL, he served as the Director of the Biosciences Division.

Between 1996 and 2006 Martin held a series of research management positions within Diversa Corporation, a publicly-traded biotechnology company in San Diego.  Martin joined Diversa Corporation in June 1994 as a consultant to build and develop the microbiology expertise within Diversa, before joining Diversa Corporation full time in 1996.

Martin was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2013. Martin received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Regensburg, Germany.


18:00 - Welcome and introduction - Prof Ken Baldwin, Director, ANU Energy Change Institute

18:05 - Lecture by Dr Martin Keller

18:45 - Q&A

19:00 -  Drinks and light refreshments

19:30 - End

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