Lorne Whitehead, professor of applied physics at the University of British Columbia, will give a talk at 6 pm, Jan. 25 on the new SunCentral Core Sunlighting System, a device that harnesses daylight to illuminate the windowless cores of buildings. The talk will take place in the Ballroom of the UC Davis Conference Center and is free and open to the public.
UC Davis is partnering with the University of British Columbia to install and test one SunCentral Core Sunlighting System at the Veterinary Medicine Facility N-2 Building on campus, with a second installation planned. The system allows daylight to be used instead of or in conjunction with electric light throughout a building, saving energy and reducing carbon emissions.
Whitehead holds more than 100 patents, has founded numerous companies to support his inventions, and has performed research in wide-ranging fields such as fluid mechanics, power systems, electromagnetics, photonics, and electronics. His talk is presented by the UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center as the Don Aumann Memorial Lecture in Lighting Efficiency. The event is sponsored by PG&E and the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program of the California Energy Commission.
The Don Aumann Memorial Lecture in Lighting Efficiency was established in 2009 in memory of Aumann, the CLTC’s program director, who died in 2007.