Energy Innovation Summit to Highlight ARPA-E Research Projects
U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu recently announced that the inaugural "ARPA-EEnergy Innovation Summit" will take place March 1-3, 2010 at the GaylordNational Hotel & Convention Center in Washington, DC. The event willserve as a forum for members of the scientific and research communities,investors, technology entrepreneurs, corporations with an interest in cleanenergy technologies, policymakers and government officials to share ideas,collaborate, and identify key technology opportunities and challenges. The event will be hostedby the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy(ARPA-E) and organized by the Clean Technology and Sustainable IndustriesOrganization (CTSI), with key support from the National Venture Capital Association(NVCA) and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
The summit willspotlight some of ARPA-E's first round of 37 winning research projects and willfor the first time showcase many of the more than 250 highly rated researchprojects – out of the nearly 3,700 concept papers submitted – from theorganization's first $150 million solicitation. Participants will hearfrom distinguished speakers such as Secretary Chu, ARPA-E Director Dr. ArunMajumdar, and a number of the nation's leading energy innovators.
Panel topics willinclude:
- identifying game-changing technologies
- building regional energy innovation clusters
- the role of energy in our national security, and
- successfully developing and commercializing energy technology breakthroughs.
In addition, the conference will be preceded by a one-day program ofworkshops where researchers, entrepreneurs and investors can meet ARPA-E'sProgram Directors, discuss the goals and directions for ARPA-E's technologyprogram areas, and learn the outcomes of previous invitation-only workshops onthese topics. The pre-conference day also will offer tutorials on topicssuch as best practices for commercializing breakthrough energy technologies andtaking advantage of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.