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BC hosts second Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development webinar

Posted at 8:51 PM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 10:38:37-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Bakersfield College's Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development (TT&WD) hosted over 100 attendees for Wednesday morning's webinar focused on The Future of Fuels.

Guest speakers included Adam Bratis, associate laboratory director from National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Kelly Murillo, project manager marketing development of SoCalGas; and Michael Carr, manager US West Coast Policy and Business Coordination of Shell Oil Company. Stuart Witt, owner and founder of S.O. Witt and Associates Consulting and former CEO of Mojave Air and Space Port, served as webinar moderator.

Earlier this fall, the Kern Community College District and Bakersfield College announced a partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the County of Kern to explore innovative workforce development opportunities for the Kern County region. The group has been conducting a series of webinar presentations focused on energy, technology transfer and workforce development.

Wednesday's webinar participants heard first hand from subject matter experts on upcoming research on bioenergy solutions, the economics of technology transfer relevant to Kern County and technology trends in fuel fabrication. Dr. Bratis shared details of Biomass production and its impact on a bioeconomy.

"So much great information is being shared in these webinars and it wouldn't be possible without the support and willingness from our contributing industry and subject matter experts," said Director of Energy Technology Transfer and Workforce Development, Liz Rozell. "I am so excited to see these important presentations happen, resulting in engaged discussion and even tremendous engagement in the chat. I look forward to continuing the robust conversations about energy technologies and exploring possible solutions and directions for Kern County's future with our next webinar in February."

Recordings from the webinar will be available on the BC website.