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World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012

Highlights for Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Masdar
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HH General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, visits the booth of the UAE Department of Municipal Affairs

On Wednesday, the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) 2012 was organized around the “Technology & Innovation Forum” theme. In the morning, participants heard a keynote address and panel discussion by technology leaders and entrepreneurs during two plenary sessions. In the afternoon, Participants attended parallel sessions on issues including solar technology, energy storage, energy-smart infrastructures, carbon capture and storage (CCS), bioenergy, 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 pavilions and conference suites.


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Technology Leaders in Future Energy - Insight from the Innovators


In a keynote address to the session on Technology Leaders in Future Energy, Alex Burns, CEO, Williams Formula One (F1), explained that the entrepreneurial and engineering culture of Williams F1, one of the world’s lead car-racing teams, delivers rapid and evolving solutions to complex technical challenges. He described how the flywheels that Williams F1 is developing for hybrid racing cars are being adapted to improve energy efficiency in public buses, sports cars, and metro trains.


Alex Burns, CEO, Williams F1
Keynote speaker Alex Burns submits every
engineering and design modification to the question:
“Does this change make the car go faster?”

Jason Pontin, Editor-in-Chief, MIT's Technology Review, chaired the session. Panelists agreed smart grids need to store and deliver high amounts of renewable energy. Jan Mrosik, Siemens, emphasized smart metering and smart response. Kazuo Furukawa, Chairman, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), said energy storage remains a large gap. Santiago Arias, Torresol, emphasized that energy can be stored and converted according to environmental conditions and demand for electricity. Ben Kortlang, Amonix, described the challenges for clean technologies to be economically viable at a large scale without subsidies. Kathy Pepper, Exxon Mobil, described the potential for producing biofuels from algae. Bill Sims, CEO, Joule Unlimited, said his company’s engineered microorganisms represent a low-cost, fungible, and a modular renewable fuel platform that eliminates biomass needs. Charles Soothill, Alstom Power, explained that a mixed renewable portfolio can address power generation intermittency, and underscored, among others: carbon capture and storage (CCS); transmission grids; and energy efficiency, storage and density. Andrew Beebe, Suntech, proposed the development of a five-year roadmap for eliminating all energy subsidies.


Panel on Technology Leaders in Future Energy

Santiago Arias, Torresol
Kathy Pepper, Exxon Mobil

Kazuo Furukawa, New Energy and Industrial
Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Jan Mrosik, Siemens

Ben Kortlang, Amonix
Bill Sims, Joule Unlimited

Andrew Beebe, Suntech
Charles Soothill, Alstom Power

Insights from the Entrepreneurs


Moderator Chris Hartshorn, Lux Research, described the panel’s goal as identifying the benefits and challenges for entrepreneurs in the clean technology sphere.

Noting that favorable government policies are key for clean technology entrepreneurship to thrive, Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO, Aemetis, called for strong regulatory frameworks to enable entrepreneurs to make short-term technology development commitments, as well as long-term financial commitments.

Jennifer Holmgren, CEO, LanzaTech, spoke on innovation to create a new energy future, explaining the importance of entrepreneurial companies in furthering clean technologies globally. She described her company’s work in gas fermentation.

Stressing that clean energy is the greatest entrepreneurial opportunity of this generation, Steve Crane, CEO, LightSail Energy, welcomed non-traditional funding sources to provide capital to start-ups and entrepreneurs. He noted that numerous regulatory issues are obstacles to introducing renewables.

Christine Gulbranson, Symphony Equity Partners, described the energy innovation cycle, highlighting potential “valleys of death” in both technological development and commercialization phases, before moving into maturity and price competitiveness.

In the ensuing discussion, participants considered, among others, the: advantages of start-ups in managing early-stage innovation; capital-intensive nature of energy companies; influence of the regulatory environment; need to offer energy products that will help companies expand their markets; and value of an “accelerator” approach enabling start-ups to access networks and strategic partnerships.


Panel on Insights from the Entrepreneurs

Steve Crane, LightSail Energy
Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech

Christine Gulbranson, Symphony Equity Partners
Eric McAfee, Aemetis

Chris Hartshorn, Lux Research
Participant asks the panel a question.

Innovation in Solar Technologies - Part I


(L-R): David Eaglesham, First Solar; Rhone Resch, Solar Energy Industries Association; Robert Seiter, Ernst & Young; Eicke Weber, Fraunhofer-Instituts für Solare Energiesysteme ISE; Haiyun Sun, Trina Solar; Adrian Wood, Siemens

Adrian Wood, Siemens, speaking on
the need to get the energy mix right.
Rhone Resch, Solar Energy Industries Association, speaking
on the potential of PV in Germany, the US, and Saudi Arabia

The Role of Nuclear Energy in a Sustainable Energy Future


(L-R): Ahmed Al Mazrouei, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation; Homam Albaroudi, The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf; Matt Brown, Pöyry Management Consulting; Ibrahim Babelli, King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KA CARE); Mike Waite, Westinghouse Electric Company

What's Next for Carbon Capture & Storage


(L-R): Liv Monica Bargem Stubholt, Aker Clean Carbon; John Barry, Shell; Simon-Pierre Monette, Booz and Company; Bernd Holling, Linde AG; Bader Al Lamki, Masdar; Saif Al Sayari, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company

Energy Storage Technical Challenges: Market Opportunities


(L-R): Timothy Patey, ABB; Alex Katon, International Power-GDF Suez, Middle East, Turkey & Africa (META) Region; Jurgen Weiss, Brattle Group; Jarl Pedersen, Xtreme Power; Tom Zhao, Building Your Dreams (BYD)

Innovation in Solar Technologies - Part II


(L-R): Eicke Weber, Fraunhofer-Instituts für Solare Energiesysteme; Simon Bransfield-Garth, Eight19; Daniel Calderon, Masdar Power; Matteo Codazzi, CESI; Sami Khoreibi, Enviromena; Paul van Son, Dii GmbH (Desertec)

Bioenergy: Biomass for Power Generation


(L-R): Anselm Eisentraut, International Energy Agency (IEA); Bart Dehue, Vattenfall; Ausilio Bauen, E4tech; Ralph Sims, Massey University Centre for Energy Research (MUCER); Olivier Dubois, UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Raffi Balian, Bureau of Energy, US

Digital Energy: Smart Infrastructure


(L-R): Edward Abbo, C3; Eyad Alqadi, GCC and Pakistan Cisco; José Alberich, A.T. Kearney; Jörg Schrottke, A.T. Kearney; Sjaak Antheunissex, Alcatel Lucent; Gianluca Marini, CESI; Stephan Singer, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

Around the Conference


Ulrich Eberl, Siemens, speaking at
Intelligence in Future Energy Systems side event
Informal discussions continued throughout the day

One of a handful of electric vehicles on display at the exhibition forum
Exxon Mobil side event

Jetion Solar booth
Pratt & Whitney exhibit

MoU Signing Ceremony with
Masdar Institute Science & Technology and IRENA
Participants break for tea


Sun Edison exhibit
UAE Department of Municipal Affairs booth
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