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Creating a Sustainable Energy System for the 21st Century and Beyond

Tuesday, September 28 - Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
Stanford University

The Global Climate and Energy Project held its 6th annual research symposium, "Creating a Sustainable Energy System for the 21st Century and Beyond."

The new two-day format included:

    Energy tutorials by leading scientists.  These talks covered the fundamentals of specific energy areas:

    • Sally Benson, Stanford: Carbon Capture and Storage
    • Nate Lewis, Caltech: Solar Energy
    • Yi Cui, Stanford: Battery Storage
    • Chris Field, Carnegie Institution's Department of Global Ecology: Biofuels

    Keynote speakers and panelists:
    • Thomas Friedman, The New York Times Columnist and Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, discusses the concepts advanced in his book "Hot, Flat and Crowded World."
    • Dr. Xu Kuangdi, Honorary Chairman of the Governing Board, Chinese Academy of Engineering; former Mayor of Shanghai, discussed “The Recent Situation and Development of China’s Energy Sector.”
    • Kristina Johnson, Under Secretary for Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and a Stanford alumna, provided the DOE perspective on addressing the energy challenges of our nation.
    • Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth blog and one of the most respected and influential journalists covering climate change and other global environmental issues, moderated a panel discussion about “The Energy Innovation Ecosystem.”
      Panelists included:
      • Uma Chowdhry, Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Technology Officer, Emeritus, Dupont
      • John Krenicki, President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Energy Infrastructure
      • Roy Johnson, former Chief Executive Officer, Calisolar
      • Richard Swanson, Co-founder and former President, SunPower

    The following panelists discussed “Information Technology Opportunities in the Energy Sector”

    • Paul De Martini, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Smart Grid, Cisco
    • Pat House, Co-founder, Vice Chairman, and Senior Vice President of Strategy, C3
    • Bill Weihl, Green Energy Czar, Google
    • Balaji Prabhakar, Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Departments, Stanford University
    GCEP principal investigators and student researchers highlighted their efforts and the latest technological innovations in solar energy, biofuels, advanced energy conversion and storage, the electric grid, and advanced carbon-based energy systems.



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