CBS Newsletter
Winter 1993
pg. 14

Visitors Far and Wide

From left: Minister Danilov-Daniljan, Evan Mills (Assistant Director, Center for Building Science), Victoria Mats (interpreter and Soviet energy analyst), and Len Grossman (PG&E Energy Center) tour the PG&E Energy Center in San Francisco.

The Russian Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Victor I. Danilov-Daniljan, spent three days in California as the Center's guest. The Minister presented information on current Soviet energy and environmental dilemmas and participated in a day-long roundtable discussion with representatives of major utilities, manufacturers of energy-efficient technologies, energy regulators, nongovernmental organizations, and Center scientists.

Julian Aizenberg, one of the former Soviet Union's (FSU) foremost lighting experts, spent several days at LBL discussing opportunities for collaboration on energy-efficient lighting. In a special seminar, Aizenberg provided an overview of the Soviet lighting situation, presenting data previously unavailable to the West in the days before Glasnost. During their discussions, the Center's lighting technology experts learned that there has been substantial progress on advanced technologies such as hollow light guides; 45,000 such systems are installed across the FSU, while very few are installed in North America. For many years, Aizenberg has directed a major lighting research group in Moscow and has edited a leading Russian-language journal on lighting called Svetotechnika.

Center researchers toured the San Francisco Airport Traffic Control Tower. Note the harsh contrast created by shaded and unshaded windows, and the upward tilt of the computer monitor to avoid reflections on the screen.

The Center's scientists have had several meetings with representatives of the Federal Aviation Administration, including the director of the FAA's Facility System Engineering Service. The main topic of discussion was how to design the airport traffic control tower of the future using advanced building technologies and strategies to achieve an improved indoor environment. Advanced glazings, lighting systems, and indoor environmental controls offer substantial promise for this very specialized type of facility.

One vision of the Tower of the Future: Modular construction and advanced materials.

Gul Najam Jamy, Deputy Chief of the National Energy Conservation Center of Pakistan (ENERCON), came to LBL seeking information on energy-efficiency R&D in the U.S. and on field experience from DSM programs here. ENERCON's near-term aim is to train auditors, demonstrate the commercial viability of efficient lighting technologies and practices, and show that there are new business opportunities for importers, local producers, auditors, and lighting designers. The program's five-year goal is to retrofit about 10% of Pakistan's total commercial building stock (roughly 300-500 buildings).

One of the key topics attracting ten members of the British Parliament to LBL was how to integrate energy regulation and market mechanisms to achieve the proper balance of supply- and demand-side investments in the energy sector.

A delegation of six members of Thailand's Parliamentary Committee on Environment visited LBL as part of a study tour on alternatives to introducing nuclear power to the electricity supply system in Thailand.

Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Tonga and her Consul General graced the Center with a visit to hear how energy efficiency could help her island nation. Tonga, whose main exports are pumpkins and vanilla, is the only South Pacific nation to have avoided colonization. Representing 16% of all import costs, energy is critical to Tonga's economy and development process. The Princess's main interest was to learn from the Center how the national utility and other elements of the energy sector could promote increased energy efficiency to reduce the need for costly imported petroleum.

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