Arthur Rosenfeld (USA)
Arthur H. Rosenfeld (born 1927) is an outstanding scientist, known for his innovative scientific and technological developments in the design and construction of energy efficient buildings, created by him and his team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Rosenfeld's many ideas have gone from concept to prototype, manufacture and market. The economic advantages and environmental benefits resulting from his research are widely spread across the globe and continue to influence the world.
Working as part of the Californian Energy Commission, Dr. Rosenfeld focused on energy efficiency research and development, as well as the dynamic formation of electricity prices. It is generally accepted that Dr. Rosenfeld's development of energy efficiency standards for construction and home appliances are a significant factor in maintaining the level of per capita energy use in California at a stable level. In 2010, the California Public Utilities Commission decided to allocate 3.1 billion dollars over three years (from 2010 to 2012) into a special fund for energy-efficiency programs. This decision was devoted to Arthur Rosenfeld in recognition of his achievements and contributions to energy efficiency and demand management, and his close working relationship with the California Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for utilities. Dr. Rosenfeld recently retired at the age of 83.
Dr. Rosenfeld’s influence in the area of energy efficiency is so great that a group of scientists proposed a new unit of energy conservation be named after him. One "Rosenfeld" is equal to electricity savings of 3 billion kilowatt-hours per year, which corresponds to the amount needed to replace the annual output of one 500 megawatt coal-fired power plant.
“He recognised early on, earlier than anyone else I think, that really great gains will come from energy efficiency, that there’s an enormity to be gained by this approach,” said Richard Muller, a physicist who took one of Rosenfeld’s graduate courses in 1965.
Dr. Rosenfeld is semi-retired but still actively promoting energy efficiency. He is currently Distinguished Scientist Emeritus at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Professor Emeritus of Physics at University of California, Berkeley. He also serves on the Board of the non-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.