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Day Two of 2012 ARPA-E Summit Will Feature Bill Gates, Secretary Chu and America’s Top Energy Thought Leaders

February 28, 2012 - 7:02am


Washington D.C. – This week, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is hosting its third annual Energy Innovation Summit, which is designed to unite key players from all sectors of America’s energy innovation community to share ideas for how to lead the world in the development of next generation clean energy technologies, develop our nation’s energy resources, and build an American economy that lasts.

Tomorrow’s full agenda with speakers is below. For specific press requests, please contact Keri Fulton at

The Summit features a Technology Showcase displaying over 250 breakthrough energy developments from ARPA-E’s awardees and many other innovative companies. There will be exhibits from ARPA-E-funded projects and applicants in areas including grid-scale storage, power electronics, batteries for electric vehicles, building efficiency, advanced carbon capture and electrofuels.

WHAT:        ARPA-E’s Third Annual Energy Innovation Summit 

WHERE:     Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland

RSVP:         To register, visit: For on site assistance, contact Keri Fulton at or 202-586-4940.


7:00 AM Registration Open
Location: Foyer

8:00 AM Summit Open with remarks from ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar
Location: Hall A

8:10 AM Hall A Keynote Presentation by Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Location: Hall A

8:30 AM Congressional Comment and Introduction from Representative Steve Womack (AR)

Location: Hall A

8:35 AM Keynote Presentation by Lee Scott, BDT Capital Partners, Chairman; Walmart, Former CEO
Location: Hall A

9:00 AM Congressional Comment and Introduction from Senator Lamar Alexander (TN)

Location: Hall A

9:05 AM Keynote Presentation by Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corporation, Chairman, President and CEO

Location: Hall A

9:35 AM Fireside Chat

Moderator - John Podesta, Center for American Progress, Chair and Counselor

Lee Scott, BDT Capital Partners, Chairman; Walmart, Former CEO

Frederick W. Smith, FedEx Corporation, Chairman, President and CEO

Location: Hall A

9:55 AM Networking Break
Location: Foyer

10:10 AM Performer Video

Location: Hall A

10:15 AM Fireside Chat

Moderator - John Podesta, Center for American Progress, Chair and Counselor

Energy Secretary Steven Chu

Bill Gates, Microsoft, Chairman

Location: Hall A

11:00 AM Congressional Perspective from Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA)

Location: Hall A

11:10 AM Keynote Presentation by ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar

Location: Hall A

11:30 AM Networking Lunch

Location: Expo Hall

12:30 PM Technology Showcase

Location: Expo Hall

1:45 PM Panels

Future Grid: Beyond Smart Meters

Location: Hall A

What technologies and markets will we need to develop to move the electricity grid beyond smart meters? What are the potential benefits of success?

Moderator - Rajeev Ram, ARPA-E, Program Director

Deepak Divan, Varentec, President and CTO

Arshad Mansoor, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Senior Vice President, Research and Development

Paul De Martini, Newport Consulting Group, LLC, Managing Director

Andrew Ott, PJM, Senior Vice President, Markets

Barriers to Domestic Manufacturing

Location: Hall A

What are the key barriers for domestic manufacturing? What are the real world factors that a company weighs when determining where to manufacture products, and what can be done to affect those factors? What role does technology play in reinvigorating American manufacturing?

Moderator - Leo Christodoulou, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Program Manager

Christine Furstoss, General Electric Global Research Center, Manufacturing and Materials Global Domain Leader

Matthew Ganz, Boeing Research & Technology, Vice President and General Manager

Atul Kapadia, Envia Systems, CEO

Bruce Sohn, MEGE Associates, Principal

Thinking Globally about Transportation

Location: Hall 5

What blend of transportation options and advanced technologies — including vehicles, fuels, and urban systems — can fulfill global transportation demand while minimizing negative external impacts?

Moderator - Bryan Walsh, TIME Magazine, Senior Writer

Lawrence Burns, University of Michigan, Professor of Engineering Practice; Columbia University, Director of Program on Sustainable Mobility

Michael Ramage, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Executive Vice President (Retired)

John Viera, Ford Motor Company, Director, Sustainability & Vehicle Environmental Matters

Financing the Future Electric System

Location: Hall 2

What are the financing obstacles that inhibit deployment of advanced generation and transmission technologies? Where are the financing gaps in the private sector? What is the role of government in financing deployment? What options and financial structures are available to provide lower-cost of capital from both the private and public capital markets?

Moderator - Coral Davenport, National Journal, Energy and Environment Correspondent

Stuart Bernstein, Goldman Sachs & Co., Head and Partner, Clean Technology and Renewables Business

Michel Di Capua, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Head of U.S. Analysis

Bob Hemphill, AES Solar Power Ltd., CEO

Jacob Susman, OwnEnergy, Founder and CEO

3:10 PM Networking Break

Location: Foyer

3:30 PM Panels

Future Grid: Transforming Institutions

Location: Hall A

What novel business models and other institutional solutions exist to take advantage of new grid technology?

Moderator - Paul Hibbard, Analysis Group, Vice President

Richard Kauffman, U.S. Department of Energy, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Energy

Kristin Mayes, Arizona State University, Professor of Practice, Faculty Director, Program on Law and Sustainability

Clair Moeller, Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator, Inc., Vice President of Transmission Asset Management

Obstacles to a Manufacturing Workforce

Location: Hall C

What skill sets will be required for the future U.S. economy? How can we ensure that our workforce can meet those needs?

Moderator - Bart Gordon, K&L Gates, Partner; Former Representative from Tennessee

Stefan Heck, McKinsey & Co., Director, Leader of Global Cleantech Practice

Carrie Houtman, The Dow Chemical Company, Senior Public Policy Manager

Van Ton-Quinlivan, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office, Vice Chancellor for Workforce and Economic Development

Deborah Wince-Smith, The Council on Competitiveness, President and CEO

Thinking Globally about Access to Energy

Location: Hall 5

How can we make affordable modern energy services accessible to everyone in the world?

Moderator - Chris Hartshorn, Lux Research, Vice President - Research

Nawal Al-Hosany, Zayed Future Energy Prize, Director; Masdar, Director of Sustainability

Ashok Gadgil, University of California at Berkeley, Professor; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Director of the Environmental Energy Technologies Division

Russell Sturm, International Finance Corporation, Head, Climate Change Advisory

Johanna Wellington, GE Global Research, Advanced Technology Leader – Sustainable Energy

Unleashing Biology for Energy

Location: Hall 2

What has limited the use of biology in energy? Can those limitations be overcome to make biological systems transformational in solving energy challenges?

Moderator - George Whitesides, Harvard University, Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor

George Church, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Genetics; Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor of Health Sciences and Technology

Aristides A. N. Patrinos, Synthetic Genomics, Inc., Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Martha Schlicher, Monsanto Company, Vice President Bioenergy

5:00 PM Technology Showcase & Reception

Location: Expo Hall

Open to All Registered Attendees - Showcase closes at 8:00 pm