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ASME's Advanced Clean Energy Summit Webinar Series*

Join our hosts, Bob Stakenborghs and Brian Wodka, on our journey to discover different clean energy solutions and chat with diverse industry leaders.



Webinar VIII: Hydrogen makes zero-emission air transport possible‚Äč

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  • Alex Ivanenko, Co-Founder and CEO at HyPoint, Inc.

Description: During this episode, Bob and Brian are joined by Alex Ivanenko, Co-Founder and CEO of HyPoint, the Silicon Valley startup developing the next generation of zero-carbon emission hydrogen fuel cell systems for air transportation and urban air mobility.

HyPoint, Inc. is developing the next generation hydrogen fuel cell system with Zero CO2 emissions and game-changing energy performance for the air transportation and urban air mobility market. Get ready for an entertaining webinar!


Webinar VII: Wind Turbine Drone Inspections


  • Sam DeBruin, Co-Founder and VP of Research and Development at SkySpecs, Inc.

Description: During this episode, Bob and Brian are joined by Sam DeBruin, Co-Founder and VP of Research and Development at SkySpecs, Inc.

SkySpecs develops software and services for enterprise wind asset management. With SkySpecs' autonomy and analytics software, inspections and maintenance of critical infrastructure can be carried out faster, safer, and more efficient than they've ever been.

  • As the wind turbine fleet around the world ages, an increasingly important aspect of day to day operation is inspecting the moving components, particularly the blades. These are obviously the single most important facet of the highly complex system that is a wind turbine.
  • While these blades are robust, they are exposed every day to the harmful effects of the sun, rain, ice and snow as well as foreign object debris impact. So how do you maintain these critical infrastructure components operational? Routine inspection can be a key in early discovery of problems and the prevention of catastrophic failures. But, access to structures that are typically hundreds of feet in the air and hundreds of feet long is problematic, to say the least. Cue remote autonomous inspections via drones!
  • Learn the ins and outs of this intriguing new field of inspection from one of the industries largest providers of autonomous airborne inspection services, SkySpecs. After conducting nearly 33,000 inspections in over 19 countries, SkySpecs knows the details of delivering these inspections. Through the webinar, you will learn about the hardware, software, and people required to deliver these difficult inspections. SkySpecs will share some actual inspection details and results.


Webinar VI: HB11's Energy – Laser Boron Fusion


  • Jan Kirchhoff, Director at HB11 Energy
  • Thomas Mehlhorn, Scientific Advisor at HB11 Energy

Description: During this episode, Bob and Brian are joined by HB11 Energy’s Director and Scientific Advisor. Jan Kirchhoff and Tom Mehlhorn it down with our hosts to discuss fusion in general and what is different about HB11 from the traditional high temperature approaches. We will also discuss this technologies’ benefits and how HB11 is overcoming some of the challenges and hurdles of energy generation.


Webinar V: Decarbonizing with Large Scale Energy Storage


  • Bill Conlon, Founder and President at Pintail Power LLC

Description: Large-scale energy storage is needed to support expansion of Variable Renewable Energy (VRE). Dispatchable, long-duration storage that is cost-effective at utility-scale will accelerate decarbonization, while enhancing flexibility and reliability of the electric grid. Appropriately located storage can also facilitate deployment of distributed energy resources (DERs) and mitigate grid congestion.

In this webinar, Bill Conlon, founder and President of Pintail Power LLC, will discuss the drivers of long-duration, large-scale storage as well as key figures of merit for evaluating storage characteristics including cost, performance, scalability, siting and sustainability. The ASME PTC-53 Performance Test Code for Energy Storage Systems—currently in draft form—will be presented as a framework to quantify and compare charging and discharging processes and alternative storage media.

Dr. Conlon will also describe several energy storage systems including hybrids that integrate directly with generation relative to their figures of merit. The performance of the Liquid Salt Combined Cycle™ (LSCC) developed by Pintail Power will be used as an example to illustrate relevant aspects of PTC-53 and implications for vendors, engineers and owners of Energy Storage Systems.


Webinar IV: Fear and Loathing of Nuclear Energy in the Modern World


  • Taras Lyssenko, Chief Business Development/Government Relations Officer at Explorer Aircraft
  • Roger Blomquist, Public Speaker
  • Ed Pheil, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder at Elysium Industries

Description: Our ACES Webinar Series' hosts, Robert Stakenborghs and Brian Wodka, will be joined by Taras Lyseenko, Roger Blomquist, and Ed Pheil on May 20 to have an open discussion on Nuclear Energy in the Modern World. Enjoy a different kind of webinar with this group of professionals regarding the major events that have shaped the collective mindset that opposes the advancement of nuclear energy, the misconceptions that help foment nuclear fear, and why bringing forth the next generation of nuclear energy is important.


Webinar III: Data Science and Digitalization in the Era of Advanced Clean Energy: Role of Standardization and Education


  • Egidio Marotta, Principal Technical Consultant at Seera Labs
  • Rafik Borji, Lead Data Scientist at TechnipFMC
  • Olufemi Osaloni, Electronic & Power System Engineer at FMC Technologies

Description: Energy Education requires energy literacy, defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as an understanding of the nature and role of energy within our planet earth, local communities, and our daily lives. The carbon energy industry is responsible for more than two-thirds of the emissions that cause climate change. This has a direct effect on the planet’s environmental health, and ultimately, human health. The goal of this webinar is to highlight examples of data science use in numerous industries, especially in clean energy. The concept of digital twin in “wind farms” and the role that data science education will have on meeting specific goals for worldwide workforce uplearning/upskilling as set out by the World Economic Forum.


Webinar II: The Role of Distributed Hydropower


  • Emily Morris, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Emrgy, Inc.

Description: In this webinar, Emrgy's founder, Emily Morris, will provide an overview of distributed hydropower and the advantages and risks associated with open canal deployment. Emily will also discuss the role of distributed hydropower within the portfolio of our changing energy environment today and how it may evolve in the coming years. We will also look at the international opportunity for distributed hydropower development as a path to sustainable and affordable energy access.

Emrgy Inc. is redefining hydropower through the introduction of distributed turbine “arrays”, which use the same deployment attributes that have enabled the solar power industry to grow exponentially in recent decades: modularity and flexibility.

In an energy economy shifting toward distributed, yet often intermittent, renewables, Emrgy’s unique hydropower innovation enables continuous, reliable clean energy generation in existing water infrastructure such as irrigation, water conveyance, or municipal waterways — without the need for constructing dams or modifying the infrastructure in any way. Emrgy has installed the first distributed hydropower array in Denver, Colorado and is now scaling its business through a worldwide manufacturing and sales agreement with GE Renewable Energy.


Webinar I: Global Energy Trends and Transition

Sponsored by: RMF Engineering, Inc.  


  • Michael Webber, Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE

Description: The worldwide energy sector is going through dramatic shifts in energy demand, end-uses, and sources. Population growth and economic growth are driving up total demand. Industrialization, urbanization, electrification and motorization are changing how we use energy. And a policy push for domestic, low-carbon and renewable fuels is changing our sources of energy. At the same time, we are entering an era where markets, technologies and policies are enabling dramatic capabilities for the production of oil, gas, wind, solar and bioenergy that is affecting global economies, the environment, and national security. In parallel, our energy and information sectors are merging to form smarter energy systems and more energy-intensive information systems. For this talk, Dr. Webber will give an entertaining and big-picture overview of global energy trends mixed in with humorous anecdotes, historical snippets, and unexpected examples that will give a surprising look into the future of energy, Webber will also explain how research and technology innovations will help us prepare for this future.

*As a not-for-profit organization, ASME does not endorse any company or its products and services. The opinions expressed are those of the guest speaker and do not represent the position of ASME.