ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

General 2012 Summit Program

(Program content and timing is subject to change as schedule is finalized)

Technology Developer Workshop - Monday, February 27

One-day focused program assisting researchers, entrepreneurs and technology developers to gain strategic insights into ARPA-E existing and future program priorities, including key criteria in proposal evaluation, discussions with ARPA-E program managers and energy commercialization advice and direction.

Morning Workshop Program (8:30 – 11:30)
ARPA-E Future Directions and Existing Programs (parallel sessions)
Speakers and Participants Include:
- Arun Majumdar, Director, ARPA-E
- Shane Kosinski, Deputy Director for Operations, ARPA-E
- Eric Toone, Deputy Director for Technology, ARPA-E
- Cheryl Martin, Deputy Director for Commercialization, ARPA-E
- Jonathan Burbaum, Biofuels Program Director, ARPA-E
- Mark Johnson, Grid Storage Program Director, ARPA-E
- Ravi Prasher, Building Efficiency Program Director, ARPA-E
- Rajeev Ram, Power Electronics Program Director, ARPA-E
- Karma Sawyer, Assistant Program Director, ARPA-E
- Dane Boysen, Program Director, ARPA-E


Networking Lunch (11:30 – 12:30)

Government Networking Program (12:30 – 2:00)

Government Agencies
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Army
- DOE Office of EERE
- DOE Office of Science
- U.S. Navy
- Office of Naval Research
- SERDP/ESTCP (DOD Environmental Research Programs)

- Department of Commerce
- DOE Office of Nuclear Energy
- DOE Tech Teams
- Small Business Administration
- National Science Foundation

Afternoon Workshop Program (2:30 – 5:00)
Technology Commercialization Programs (parallel sessions)
Hear from leading Investment, Corporate and ARPA-E Commercialization Experts on how to best move your innovation from the lab into the commercial, government or utility marketplace.

Networking Reception and Technology Showcase (4:30 – 8:00)
Come meet with the companies and research organizations poised to transform our energy economy, featuring recent ARPA-E award winners, finalists and other leading transformational technologies. Also visit the booths of most of the federal agencies and programs supporting energy innovation and commercialization in the U.S.

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, Tuesday, February 28

Join the nation’s key players in energy innovation, commercialization & investment. There is no comparable gathering of cleantech opportunities & influencers sharing ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of clean energy technologies. The Summit's unique combination of leaders makes it the perfect forum for developing energy solutions that will enable America to out-innovate our global competitors.

Tuesday Morning Summit Program (8:30 – 11:30)
Keynotes and Fireside Chat Participants Include:
- Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
- Bill Gates, Chairman, Microsoft
- Arun Majumdar, Director, ARPA-E
- Lee Scott, Chairman, BDT Capital; Former CEO, Walmart
- Frederick Smith, Chairman, President and CEO, FedEx Corporation
- Remarks by Congressional guests

Networking Lunch and Technology Showcase (12:35 – 1:45)

Tuesday Afternoon Summit Program (2:30 – 5:00)
Future Grid: Beyond Smart Meters - examining technologies beyond smart meters that can support a transformation of the electric grid to minimize cost, maximize reliability, and enable new power generation technology.
Future Grid: Transforming Institutions - Modernizing and transforming our electric grid will require a significant change to current grid institutions. What novel business models and other institutional solutions exist to take advantage of new grid technology?
Barriers to Domestic Manufacturing - What are the key barriers for domestic manufacturing? What are the real-world factors that make domestic manufacturing a challenge?
Obstacles to a Manufacturing Workforce - What skill sets will be required for the future economy? How can the US fill the gap to meet those needs?
Thinking Globally about Transportation - Taking a systems view of transportation energy in a global context.
Thinking Globally about Access to Energy - What do we need to make affordable electricity accessible to everyone in the world?
Unleashing Biology for Energy - What has limited the use of biology in energy? Can those limitations be overcome to make biology transformational?
Financing the Future Electric System - New power generation technologies face high capital costs and other challenges on the road to market. What will it take to draw more capital investment to next-generation technologies? What is the role of government in financing deployment? How can we encourage capital markets to provide low-cost, large-scale financing?

Technology Showcase & ARPA-E Energy Innovation Networking Reception (5:00 – 8:00)
Technology Showcase & ARPA-E Energy Innovation Networking Reception

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, Wednesday, February 29

Wednesday Morning Summit Program (8:30 – 11:30)
Keynotes and Fireside Chat Participants Include
- Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation
- Susan Hockfield, President, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Remarks by Congressional Leadership
- Special Guest Keynote - To Be Announced

Networking Lunch and Final Showcase Networking Program (12:15 – 2:15)

Wednesday Afternoon Summit Program (2:30 – 4:30)
A Revolution in Information and Energy - What can the IT revolution teach us about energy? What are the energy issues in information and communication technology? From grid operating systems to new data management applications.
The Future of Financing Energy Efficiency - Lenders need high-quality information to invest in efficiency improvements at large scale. How can we address the unique challenges to financing improved energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transportation? What is the role of government in catalyzing efficiency financing?
The Challenging Relationship between Energy, Water, and Agriculture - The US energy, water, and agricultural systems are inextricably linked. Many energy technologies are water intensive. Agriculture requires large, dependable sources of both water and energy. What are the risks and opportunities for advanced technologies in this space?
Making the Most of the Natural Gas Boom - How can we get the best value from our natural gas resources? How can we respond to challenges in production and transportation use?

Wednesday Evening Summit Program (4:00 – 5:00)
ARPA-E Leadership Networking Reception and Closing Program

Summit hosted by:

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