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WFES 2011
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Highlights for Tuesday, 18 January 2011
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L-R: Amory Lovins, Chairman, Rocky Mountain Institute; Ditlev Engel, Global CEO, Vestas; H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; Christine Eibs Singer, CEO, E+Co; and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Director General, Zayed Future Energy Prize
WFES 2011On Tuesday, the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011 was organized around the theme of “Business Forum.” Participants heard a keynote address by Truman Semans, Principal, GreenOrder, and former Executive Committee Member, US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), US, who said we are entering an age of “radical transparency,” characterized by: “private regulation,” in which supply chains must reveal information regarding production practices; increasing transparency of government actions. In the morning, participants also heard a panel discussion on renewable energy featuring high-level executives, followed by parallel sessions on green cities, global energy policy and carbon capture and storage. In the afternoon, participants attended parallel sessions on wind power, business opportunities, green buildings, electric vehicles, and energy efficiency.

In addition to the plenary and parallel sessions, delegates participated in side events throughout the day, including a roundtable on hydrogen technology convened by UNIDO, an EU-GCC meeting of the Clean Energy Network, a presentation on solar photovoltaics at the US pavilion, and advice to young future energy leaders by MIT president Susan Hockfield.

In an evening reception at the Emirates Palace, H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, awarded the Zayed Future Energy Prize, which celebrates achievements that reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability, to Vestas. In the awarding ceremony, Rajendra Pachauri, Chairman of the Jury for the Prize and of the IPCC, called award recipients "torch beares for change." On behalf of Vestas, CEO Ditlev Engel, announced half of the award money would be donated to the other three Prize finalists.

Plenary Session: Business Leaders in Renewable Energy – Insights from the Executive Suite
In this plenary session, speakers highlighted, among others: the importance of addressing energy efficiency in buildings; investments in solar energy, biofuels, and CCS; the success in Germany and China with feed-in tariffs; how to transition from an oil to an energy company; the lack of educational programs to train students on new energy technologies; the importance of transmission lines and types of storage are important for increasing the share of renewables; and the role of the financial crisis in forcing short-term policies on long-term issues.
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L-R: Andrew Beebe, Suntech Power, US; Arnaud Chaperon, Electricity and Renewable Energies, Total, France; Tom Curtis, Deutsche Asset Management, US; Errol Barnett, CNN International; and Dominic Emery, BP Alternative Energy, UK
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Truman Semans, Principal, Green Order, US, and former Executive Committee Member, US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP)
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Arnaud Chaperon, Electricity and Renewable Energies, Total, France
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Participants listening to Truman Semans’ speech.
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Dominic Emery, BP Alternative Energy, UK
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René Umlauft, CEO Renewable Energy, Siemens, Germany
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Frank Wouters, Director, Masdar Power, United Arab Emirates
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Ditlev Engel, Global CEO, Vestas, Denmark
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L-R: Artem Volynets, First Deputy General Director, EN+ Group, Russian Federation; Errol Barnett, CNN International, US; René Umlauft, CEO Renewable Energy, Siemens, Germany; Frank Wouters, Director, Masdar Power, UAE; Ditlev Engel, Global CEO, Vestas, Denmark; and Philippe Joubert, Alstom, France

Parallel Session on Green Cities: Planning and Infrastructure for Sustainable Communities
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Susan Roaf, Heriot Watt University, UK
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Dan Vermer, Duke University, US

Parallel Session on Global Energy Policy – How Policy is being Implemented in Developed and Developing Nations
Virginia Sonntag-O’Brien, Executive Secretary, REN21
Paul van Son, CEO, Desertec Industrial Initiative
Participants during the session.
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L-R: Paul van Son, CEO, Desertec Industrial Initiative; Rakesh Radhakrishnan, Navigant, US; Virginia Sonntag-O’Brien, Executive Secretary, REN21; Mohammed Al-ta’ani, Jordanian Renewable Energy Society; and Ibrahim Oweiss, Georgetown University, Qatar

Parallel Session on CCS: From Pilot to Implementation – Sharing the Knowledge
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L-R: Bernd Holling, Linde Group, Germany; John Barry, Shell International Upstream, UAE; Walid Fayad, Booz & Company, Middle East; Jeff Chapman, CEO, Carbon Capture and Storage Association, UK; Bob Pegler, Global CCS Institute, France; Sherri Stuewer, ExxonMobil, US; and Peter Brooks, Executive Director, Worley Parsons Energy Services, Australia

Parallel Session on What’s Next for the Wind Industry?
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L-R: Alfonso Faubel, Alstom Wind, Spain; Peter Jørgensen, Energinet.DK, Denmark; Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council; Ashok D’sa, Suzlon Energy, India; and Morten Albaek, Vestas, Denmark
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Peter Jørgensen, Energinet.DK, Denmark
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Steve Sawyer, Secretary General, Global Wind Energy Council
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Ashok D’sa, Suzlon Energy, India

Parallel Session on Transforming International Policy and Strategy into Real Business Opportunities
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L-R: Jürgen Weiss, The Brattle Group, US; Siobhan Smyth, HSBC, UK; Tom Curtis, Deutsche Asset Management, US; Peter Sharratt, WSP Group, UK; and Neil Auerbach, Hudson Clean Energy Partners, US
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L-R: Tom Curtis, Deutsche Asset Management, US; Peter Sharratt, WSP Group, UK; and Neil Auerbach, Hudson Clean Energy Partners, US
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L-R: Siobhan Smyth, HSBC, UK, and Tom Curtis, Deutsche Asset Management, US

Parallel Session on Case Studies – Green Buildings Shaping our Physical Environment
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L-R: Kentaro Kawaguchi, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan; Mili Majumdar, The Energy Resources Institute (TERI), India; Chair Husam Al Waer, University of Dundee, UK; Susan Roaf, Heriot Watt University, UK; Matthew Plumbridge, Department of Municipal Affairs-Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Afshin Afshari, Masdar City, UAE
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Afshin Afshari, Masdar City, UAE
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Susan Roaf, Heriot Watt University, UK
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Matthew Plumbridge, Department of Municipal Affairs-Emirate of Abu Dhabi, UAE

Parallel Session on e-Mobility – On the Cusp of Deployment
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L-R: Henrik Fisker, CEO, Fisker Automotive, US; Herbert Kohler, Daimler, Germany; Chair Pierre Loing, Nissan International; Paul Mulvaney, ESB eCars, Ireland; Robin Voogd, LeasePlan Emirates, UAE; and Hiroshi Osawa, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Japan
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Henrik Fisker, CEO, Fisker Automotive, US

Parallel Session on Master Class – The Economics of Green Buildings: Calculating the cost and the value
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L-R: Mili Majumdar and Priyanka Kochhar, TERI, India

Parallel Session on Energy Efficiency – Carbon Reduction: Unlocking the Energy Efficiency Potential
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L-R: Clemens Wolters, Deutsche Babcock Middle East; Oliver Behrend, E.ON-Masdar Integrated Carbon, UAE; Hervé Touati, Carbon Sourcing Emerging Technologies and New Markets, E.ON, Germany; and Chair Mohsen Khalil, Global Head, Climate Business Group, IFC

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Frank Calzonetti, University of Toledo, US, explains the research collaboration his university fosters with industry partners interested in photovoltaic technologies.

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WFES attendees take time to learn and exchange policy, industry and technology ideas in a small roundtable discussion.
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Gustav R. Grob (center), Fellow of the Energy Institute, London, discusses geothermal energy potential with roundtable participants.
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Scott McGuigan (left) and Jay Witherspoon (second from left), CH2M Hill, UAE, present integrated models for sustainable energy systems to roundtable participants.

The Zayed Future Energy Prize Award Ceremony
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L-R: Ditlev Engel, Global CEO, Vestas and H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
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H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces
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