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Thursday, December 3, 2020

12:00 PM Conference Website Opens
12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Welcome Address
Tom Costabile, CEO, ASME
Brian Wodka, Conference Chair
Bob Stakenborghs, Program Chair

Keynote: Achieving the Clean Energy Promise
Alice Jackson, President, Xcel Energy Colorado
We will be kicking off ACES2020 with a keynote focused on bringing together the tools and knowledge required to help organizations overcome challenges and shape the future of clean energy around the world.

1:30 PM to 1:35 PM Room Change and Network
1:35 PM to 2:05 PM

Plenary: Investing in Clean Energy
Arash Nazhad, Director, Citi Energy Investment Banking
Emerging interest in investing in sustainable energy has turned the spotlight on clean energy investments and financing these technologies’ innovation.

2:05 PM to 2:15 PM Networking Break
2:15 PM to 3:10 PM

Female Competitive Advantage in the Clean Energy Industry Panel
Emily Morris, Founder and CEO, Emrgy
Alana Duerr, Director, Offshore Wind North America, DNV GL
Suzanne Jaworowski, Consultant, IAEA

A group of women leaders come together to discuss how their style of leadership has led them where they are today and how they can inspire other women to achieve the same.

3:10 PM to 3:15 PM Room Change and Network
3:15 PM to 4:00 PM

Offshore Energy Technologies Panel
Dominique Roddier, Founder, Ocergy
Troy Helming, CEO, Pristine Sun
Tim Mundon, Vice President, Oscilla Power, Inc.

Offshore wind, floating solar, and ocean waves come together on how to create a balanced energy portfolio out at sea

Nuclear Energy Innovation Panel
Niko McMurray, Nuclear Program Director, ClearPath
Bret Kugelmas, Managing Director, Energy Impact Center
Joel Fetter, Advisor Technology-to-Market, ARPA-E
Judi Greenwald, Executive Director, Nuclear Innovation Alliance

Nuclear is a zero-emission clean energy source with a new wave of innovation under way.

4:00 PM to 4:10 PM Networking Break
4:10 PM to 4:55 PM

Geothermal Resources Panel
Jeremy Harrell, Managing Director, Policy, Clear Path
Will Petit, Executive Director, Geothermal Rising

Discussion on geothermal energy and how policy can help us unlock this hot resource.

Clean Transportation Panel
Ashwin Salvi, Director, Application Engineering, Achates Power, Inc.
Cody Biedermann, Co-Founder at Flux Hybrids and Former Director at SolarPack
Alex Ivanenko, Founder and CEO, HyPoint

Discussing how cars and air transportation can achieve cleaner and efficient mobility.

4:55 PM to 5:00 PM Room Change and Network
5:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Interview: Financing Clean Energy Projects
Jigar Shah, Co-Founder and President, Generate Capital
We sit down and have a conversation on how we can finance the energy transition.



Friday, December 4, 2020

10:00 AM to 10:15 AM

Welcome to Day 2
Brian Wodka, Conference Chair
Bob Stakenborghs, Program Chair

10:15 AM to 10:45 AM

Clean Energy Policy
Morgan Bazilian, Director, Payne Institute, and Professor of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines
A presentation on how clean energy policy has and will shape the future of the clean energy promise.

10:45 AM to 10:50 AM Room Change and Network
10:50 AM to 11:20 AM

Plenary: NREL Clean Energy Portfolio
Peter Green, Lab Director, NREL
We sit down and discuss NREL’s clean energy forecast and the energy portfolio evolution.

11:20 AM to 11:30 PM Networking Break
11:30 PM to 12:15 PM

Fossil Fuel Transition Panel
Briggs White, Technology Manager, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Abhinav Krishna, Executive Director, Strategic Partnership Development & Commercialization, Constellation Energy
John Hofmeister, Founder and CEO, Citizens for Affordable Energy

Discussing the current fossil fuel portfolio and how we can achieve the energy transition with different technologies.

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Panel
Mark Selby, Chief Technology Officer, Ceres Power Ltd, U.K.
Dr. Bryan Pivovar, NREL, DOE Hydrogen@Scale Program

Discussion of the vision for a hydrogen future and fuel cells.

12:15 PM to 12:20 PM Room Change and Network
12:20 PM to 12:50 PM

HB11 Energy: Laser Boron Fusion
Jan Kirchhoff, Director, HB11 Energy
We will also discuss this technologies’ benefits and how HB11 is overcoming some of the challenges and hurdles of energy generation.

12:50 PM to 1:00 PM Networking Break
1:00 PM to 1:45 PM

Water Power Technologies Panel
Tim Welch, Hydropower Program Manager, Wind and Water Power Technologies Office, US Department of Energy
Emily Morris, Founder and CEO, Emrgy
Jarlath McEntee, Chief Technology Officer at Ocean Renewable Power Company

Gia Schneider, CEO, Natel Energy
David Duquette, CEO, Littoral Power Systems, Inc.

How hydropower fits into the clean energy portfolio and how policy and standardization shape innovation and commercialization.

Thermal Mechanical Hybrid Energy Storage
Bill Conlon, President, Pintail Power
Michael Welch, Industry Marketing Manager, Siemens
Tim Allison, Director Turbo-machinery R&D, Southwest Research Institute
Milt Venetos, VP System, Pintail Power

What is the current energy storage needs, where do we see the technologies going, and their role in the energy transition.

1:45 PM to 1:55 PM Room Change and Networking
1:55 PM to 2:40 PM

Waste to Energy Panel
Marco Castaldi, Associate Professor, City College New York

Robert Do, President and CEO, SG H2 Energy
Using waste to energy to achieving cleaner energy.

Technology for Clean Energy Systems Integrity Management
Marius D. Ellingsen, Senior Process Feasibility Analyst, VRC Metal Systems
Peter Richter, General Manager, Impact Innovations
Sam DeBruin, Co-Founder and VP of R&D, SkySpecs

With clean and renewable energy facilities coming in operation, asset integrity management become a key element for sustainable production. We discuss different aspects of the integrity management plan for clean energy systems.

2:40 PM to 2:50 PM Networking Break
2:50 PM to 3:35 PM Grid Operations – Renewables
Ken Schuyler, PJM Manager, Renewable Services
Joel Jansen, Chief Operating Officer of AEP Onsite Partners

Relationship between the grid and renewables and how existing entities are working with the shift.
3:35 PM to 4:00 PM Conference Wrap-Up
Brian Wodka, Conference Chair
Bob Stakenborghs, Program Chair