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WFES 2011
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Highlights for Wednesday, 19 January 2011
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Highlighting the recent Cancún Climate Change Conference, Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, speaking to the Youth Future Energy Leaders, described outcomes, including finance and the establishment of a technology mechanism.
WFES 2011On Wednesday, World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2011 was organized around the theme of a “Technology Forum.” Participants heard a keynote address and panel discussion on technology leaders, followed by an innovators keynote address. Parallel sessions considered, inter alia: solar technology; hydrogen; energy storage; smart grids and super grids; carbon capture and storage (CCS); biofuels; future energy research; and education and nuclear power. Side events also took place in a variety of locations throughout WFES, including the Project Village, the Young Future Energy Leaders pavilion, roundtables and presentations in booths and pavilions.
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Plenary
Speakers addressed, among other topics: energy efficiency; integration of renewables into the power grid; demand management; the need for standardization; barriers to the adoption of new technologies; the Clean Development Mechanism; fossil fuel subsidies; carbon pricing; CCS; consumption and production; substituting natural gas for coal; consumer awareness; and advances in battery research.

Technology Leader’s Keynote Address
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Sara Ortwein, ExxonMobil, US, emphasized the importance of political leadership at the top level in Abu Dhabi’s efforts to address environmental problems.

Technology Leaders in Future Energy – Insights from the Innovators
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L-R: Pascal Brosset, Schneider Electric, France; Francesco Sessa, Enel Distribuzione SpA, Italy; Bjørn Haugland, Det Norske Veritas, Norway; Balu Balagopal, Boston Consulting Group, US; Amr Salem, Cisco, UAE; Ernest Moniz, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); Hervé Touati, E.ON, Germany; and Peter Vanacker, Bayer MaterialScience, Germany
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Bjørn Haugland, Det Norske Veritas, Norway
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Pascal Brosset, Schneider Electric, France
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Hervé Touati, E.ON, Germany

Innovator Keynote Address
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Mark Vachon, Ecomagination, GE, US, cautioned that waiting for government policy to drive innovation is a failed strategy, and said companies need to lead, particularly through demonstration projects.

Parallel Session on New Innovations in Solar Technology
Michael Geyer, Abengoa Solar, Spain
Participants listening to Michael Geyer’s speech.
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L-R: Christophe Desrumaux, Concentrix-Soitec, Germany; Milton Venetos, AREVA Solar, US; and Chair Ali Nourai, KEMA Consulting, US
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L-R: Jorge Unda, Sener, Spain, and Jos van der Hyden, First Solar, US

YFEL Side Event with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres
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Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, CEO, Masdar, UAE, meeting with Young Future Energy Leaders.
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Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC Executive Secretary

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Participants during the event.

Parallel Session on Energy Storage: Overcoming the Technology Challenges
Gene Hunt, Beacon Power, US
L-R: Akimichi Okimoto, NGK Co., Japan; Chair Ali Nourai, KEMA Consulting, US; Michael Lippert, Marketing & Business Development Manager, SAFT Batteries, France; and Gene Hunt, Beacon Power, US

Parallel Session on Biofuels: Finally Delivering on the Early Potential?
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L-R: Chair Jeremy Woods, Imperial College, UK; Ian O’Gara, Accenture, United Kingdom; and Wes Bolsen, Coskata, US
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Arnaldo Walter, State University of Campinas, being photographed by a participant.

YFEL Side Event
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International students in a showcase debate organized by YFEL on the proposal: “The USA must be brought up on charges in the International Court of Justice to collect for the worldwide environmental, health and economic damages caused by their CO2 emissions.”

Parallel Session on Smart Grids and Super Grids – The Key to Renewable Integration?
In this parallel event, participants addressed issues such as the drivers for smart grids; smart grid deployment in the Middle East; demand response; distributed generation/microgrids; electric car infrastructure; the need for smart “supergrids;” and the role of EU policies to drive utilities to switch to smart grids.
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L-R: Rudi Strubbe, Alcaterl-Lucent, Belgium; Chair Philipp Gerbert, Boston Consulting Group, Germany; Scott Hennebery, Schneider Electric; Richard Hausmann, Siemens, Germany; Frank Ackland, GE, UAE; and Jorge Cruz Morais, Energías de Portugal
Jorge Cruz Morais, Energías de Portugal
Participants listening to Jorge Cruz Morais’s intervention.
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Side event at the exhibition booth of the Japan Cooperation from the Middle East
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Parallel Session on Future Energy Research and Education
This parallel event addressed, among others, questions such as: the need to develop a high-level policy agenda; online resources and libraries; building R&D capacity; intellectual property regulations; expediting the development of human capital; understanding government and private sector priorities; and the open culture of intellectual enquiry.
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L-R: Dan Johnson, Provost, Zayed University; Wyatt Hume, United Arab Emirates University; Chair Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute, UAE; Peter Heath, Chancellor, American University Sharjah, UAE; and Rafic Zein Makki, Abu Dhabi Education Council

Parallel Session on Kick Starting a CCS Future – Overcoming the Regulatory and Financial Barriers
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L-R: Chair Bob Pegler, Global CCS Institute, France; Masaki Iijima, Mitsubishi Heavy Indurstries, Japan; Jamie Carstairs, Linnfall Consulting, UK; Andrew Beatty, Baker & McKenzie, Australia; and Hermann Kremer, Siemens, Germany

Parallel Session on Nuclear Industry
This parallel event explored current issues with the nuclear industry, including: the nuclear industry “renaissance”; capacity concentration in the EU, Japan and the US; climate change; concerns about nuclear waste; and uranium availability.
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L-R: Mike Tynan, CEO, Westinghouse, US; Vaclav Bartuska, Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security, Czech Republic; Gianluca Marini, CESI SpA, Italy; Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency and Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation, UAE; and Chair Fahed Al Qahtani, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, UAE

ExxonMobil Energy Outlook Forum
Participants during the event.
Nazeer Bhore, Exxon Mobil Corporation

Around the venue
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