Seminar: Chuck Hawkins

“Limitations of Renewables and Baseload Energy Sources”
Thursday, Feb. 6, 10:00 am
Larsen 239

Brought to you by the UF POWER LAB and the IEEE POWER & ENERGY SOCIETY – Gainesville Chapter.
Space is limited—to reserve your seat, please RSVP to Mario Baquedano at


Abundant energy is the base for advanced societies. America succeeded only because of a coal base that drove our manufacturing machines, and now we add the increased national power needed to drive our computers.  We are being squeezed by two forces. The first is that our coal and oil burning does inflict lethal (yes, lethal) damage. The second is that coal and oil have finite resource lifetimes. They are a fixed resource that we burn huge amounts of by the minute.

What are the energy options? That is what this talk is about. Let’s look at the pluses and minuses of each energy path. We wake up each morning and mainly burn coal and oil as we have for over 100 years. We are hindered by lack of a national policy on energy such as China has. There is a logical path, and that is the main thrust of this talk and the accompanying book. My fifth book, “Limitations of Renewables and Baseload Energy Sources,”is offered free to the public.


Dr. Charles Hawkins is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico and an Affiliate Professor at ECE Florida. His research and graduate teaching was in IC test engineering, reliability, and failure analysis. He has also worked with the CMOS IC Development Group at Sandia National Lab in New Mexico for 20 years and did on-site research at Intel, AMD, Philips Research Labs, Signetics, and Qualcomm.

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