Gerson Lehrman Group Clean Tech Summit

San Francisco, CA
Wednesday, November 19, 2008


November 19-20, 2008 | The Palace Hotel | San Francisco, CA


Summit Agenda
Last updated on 10/13/2008

Day One:
The Big Picture

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

8:00-9:00 AM Continental Breakfast for all attendees
9:00-10:30 AM Opening Sessions for all attendees

9:00-9:20 AM:
Clean Tech History 2006-2008

  • Brief investment trends history: 2006-2008
  • Venture capital and private equity: Investment sectors, reasons why, and the amounts
  • Capital markets: Performance of the clean tech sector vs. others

Speaker:
Estelle Lloyd, Venture Business Research


9:20-10:30 AM:
Current Clean Tech Landscape – VC Perspective

  • What is the potential impact of the Election on clean tech innovation?
  • How is venture capital affected by the current financial markets?
  • What is the growth outlook for VC funding in the clean tech space over the next 12 months?

Speakers:
Tom Baruch, CMEA Ventures
Dana Frix, Media and Technology, Chadbourne & Parke
Justin Label, BVP Menlo Park
Wes Raffel, Advanced Technology Ventures


Plus additional sessions only for GLG clients
10:30-11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Simultaneous Sessions for all attendees

Track One:
Two Billion Cars and California's Climate Policy

  • Future of Transport Fuels: Biofuels, electricity, and hydrogen
  • California’s Climate Policy: Incentives, innovation, and market instruments
  • Reducing Vehicle GHG Emissions: CA ZEV rules, vehicle GHG standards, and low carbon fuel standards

Speaker:
Daniel Sperling, UC Davis

Track Two:
Power Generation - Future Energy Sources

  • Finding energy independence
  • Creating synergy between fossil fuels and renewable energy sources
  • Generating power in 2020

Speakers:
Dana Frix, Media and Technology, Chadbourne & Parke
Joe Henri, SunEdison LLC
Mark Herlach, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan
Hal LaFlash, Pacific Gas and Electric Company


Plus additional sessions only for GLG clients
12:30-2:00 PM Luncheon
2:00-3:30 PM Simultaneous Sessions for all attendees

Track One:
Clean Technology and Intellectual Property

  • Maximization of IP valuation prior to funding
  • Emerging markets for buying and selling patents
  • Patent-law reform at the USPTO, in Congress, and in the Courts and the implications for early-stage technologies
  • Tips for VC interactions, including IP strategy, patents, trade secrets, and non-disclosure  

Speaker:
Ryan O’Connor, O'Connor & Co.

Track Two:
Policy – Shaping Innovation in Clean Tech

  • Resolution of the unfinished energy issues, including tax-extenders and appropriations by the 110th Congress
  • Administration's first 100 days, including potential key energy players in Washington, D.C.
  • Possible breakthrough legislation on climate change, energy, and/or a large-scale tax and incentive initiative for clean tech
  • Action the clean tech community can take to influence the new Administration and 111th Congress

Speakers:
Jason Burnett, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (former)
Peter Robertson, Crowell & Moring
Adam Umanoff
, Chadbourne & Parke
Brian Wynne, Electric Drive Transportation Association 


Plus additional sessions only for GLG clients
3:30-4:00 PM Break
4:00-5:30 PM Simultaneous Sessions for all attendees

Track One:
Water - Resources, Infrastructure, and Reuse

  • Constrained resources and water scarcity
  • Emerging environmental challenges
  • Necessary investments to bring innovation to market

Speaker:
Laura Shenkar, The Artemis Project

Track Two:
The Race to Clean Vehicles - Who’s Winning?  

  • Driving forces behind fuel-efficient autos: Regulators vs. consumers
  • Shifts in vehicle fleets: Changing product plans of big automakers
  • Market dynamics: Profitability in manufacturing clean autos

Speaker:
Walter McManus, University of Michigan


Plus additional sessions only for GLG clients
5:30-7:00 PM Networking Reception



Day Two: Going Granular
Thursday, November 20, 2008


8:00-8:30 AM Continental Breakfast for all attendees
8:30-9:15 AM Keynote address
9:15-10:45 AM Simultaneous Sessions for all attendees

Track One:
Biofuels - A Global Perspective

  • Brazil’s success in ethanol production 
  • Development of world biofuel and government policies

Speakers:
Miguel Dabdoub, Biofuels Chamber of the São Paulo State Government
Garland Middendorf, Wolf Lake Terminals
Rituraj Pathak, Vitale Nandan Bio-Pharma Sciences Pvt. Ltd.
Stefan Unnasch, Life Cycle Associates

Track Two:
Auto Emissions Standard and Regulations

  • Fuel economy standards for heavy duty vehicles
  • Impact of the mandated use of ethanol on automakers, suppliers, and consumers
  • Relationships between the market, fuel efficiency, and tailpipe emissions

Speakers:
Joshua Cunningham, UC Davis
Jason Mark, Energy Foundation
Richard Penna, Vann Ness Feldman
David Raney, Honda


Track Three:
The Carbon Market

  • Impact of legislation on carbon trading strategies
  • Outlook for greenhouse gas legislation in the 111th Congress
  • Effects of a new administration and changing partisan ratios in Congress on the content and timing of greenhouse gas legislation
  • Prospects for related energy, transportation, and other legislation

Speakers:
Rob McAndrew, Chicago Climate Exchange
Bruce Pasternack, CMEA Ventures
Peter Robertson,
Crowell & Moring
Jeff Turner,
Patton Boggs

Track Four:
CIO Panel - Green Opportunities in the Enterprise

  • Creating applications to eliminate printing expenses and material waste
  • Reducing travel and fuel usage through electronic and video-conferencing solutions
  • E-recycling and the reduction of energy consumption

Speakers:
Shirley Bridges, Delta Air Lines (former)
Robert Byrne, Byrne Advisory Services
Mark Egan, StrataFusion Group, Inc. 

Dick LeFave,
Sprint Nextel (former)


Plus additional sessions only for GLG clients
10:45-11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM-12:30 PM Simultaneous Sessions for all attendees

Track One:
Biofuels - New Sources, Challenges, and Opportunities

  • Introducing new sources as feedstock
  • Eliminating food sources as feedstock options
  • Pricing and distribution of biofuels  

Speakers:
Amit Bhandari, BioUrja Trading
Kelly Olgilvie, Blue Marble Energy
Richard Penna, Vann Ness Feldman
Lawrence Sullivan, Kreido Biofuels

Track Two:
Advancements in Powertrain Technology

  • Future trends in diesel engine technologies
  • Market forecast of hybrid vehicle technology to 2015
  • Opportunities in Lead-acid, NiMH, Li-Ion, and Ultracapacitors  

Speakers:
Menahem Anderman, Total Battery Consulting

Louis Bailoni,
Ricardo Strategic Consulting
K.G. Duleep, ICF International.
Glenn Mercer, McKinsey & Co. (former)


Track Three:
Financing in the Solar Market

  • Building successful exit strategies
  • Funding for emerging solar technologies 

Speaker:
Jimmy Chuang, MMA Renewable Ventures

Track Four:
Increasing Efficiencies in Datacenters

  • Will energy efficiency affect the long-term competitive landscape for data center providers?
  • How will carbon reduction, energy-saving programs decrease operating costs?
  • How will energy supply and demand impact industry growth?

Speaker:
K.C. Mares, MegaWatt Consulting


Plus additional sessions only for GLG clients
12:30-2:00 PM Luncheon
2:00-3:30 PM Simultaneous Sessions for all attendees

Track One:
Post-Election Panel

  • Impact of the election results on environmental and energy legislation
  • New president-elect's energy platform, the prospects for climate change legislation, energy legislation, and other bills
  • Effect of new legislation on environmental and energy policy

Speakers:
Dana Frix, Chadbourne & Parke
Peter Robertson, Crowell & Moring

Track Two:
Emerging Technologies in the Wind Turbine Market

  • Technology evolution trends
  • Energy storage and wind power
  • Wind energy business models across the value chain

Speakers:
Carlos Pineda, General Compression
Ravi Vora, TransWind Energy
Brian Sheets,  SKYRON Systems Inc.
Steve Taber, Nordic Windpower


Track Three:
Future of Thin Film - Opportunities and Challenges

  • Supply and demand factors: Raw materials for first and second generation solar technologies
  • Current market share: Market penetration opportunities for second generation technologies
  • Third generation research: Promise of high efficiency, low cost productions

    Speaker:
    Satyendra Deb, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Track Four:
Implementing Smart Grid

  • Convergence of information and power delivery technologies
  • Transformation of century-old technology through two-way communication and automation
  • Information management for the smart grid

Speakers:
Andres Carvallo, Austin Energy
Ali Ipakchi, OATI
J. Michael Horwitz, Stanford Group


Plus additional sessions only for GLG clients
3:30-3:45 PM Break
3:45-5:15 PM

Simultaneous Sessions for all attendees


Track One:
Water Technologies and Opportunities for Investing

  • Process from prototype to finished product
  • Inroads and market share for new technology in the water and wastewater industry
  • Consolidation in a fragmented industry
  • Industry perspective (food processors, commercial laundries, etc) on the waste water industry 

Speakers:
Ariel Lechter, Clean Water Technology, Inc. 
Glenn R. Rink, AbTech Industries, Inc.
Laura Shenkar, The Artemis Project
Dr. Fatemeh Shirazi, Microvi Biotech Inc.

Track Two:
Wind Project Development - Market Dynamics and Opportunities

  • Financial incentives for project development
  • Operating and maintenance challenges
  • US market growth through 2015 

Speakers:
John Vanden Bosche, Chinook Wind Consulting
Adam Umanoff, Chadbourne & Parke
Ravi Vora, Transwind Energy








Track Three:
Green Opportunities in Communication Technology & Applications

  • The role of wireless broadband
  • What technologies enterprises should be watching
  • The importance of applications
  • The image vs. reality of being/becoming green tech

Speaker:
Robert Syputa, Maravedis Telecommunications Research

Track Four:
Making Consumer Electronics Green

  • Opportunities in the $150 billion industry
  • Applying green to the product lifecycle
  • Solutions to increase and make power more efficient
  • Actions to increase sustainability and recycling

Speakers:
Marc Alt, Marc Alt & Partners
Richard Brown, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Gary Feather, Sharp Laboratories of America
Rahul Sood, Hewlett-Packard Company


Plus additional sessions only for GLG clients
5:15 PM Summit Adjourns


 
 

Contact Information

  • Speaking Opportunities
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    Senior Council Manager
    Gerson Lehrman Group
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    ogibson@glgroup.com

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    Gerson Lehrman Group
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Payment Instructions

  • Full Conference Pass:
    $1195 before October 24;
    $1495 thereafter.

    Gerson Lehrman Clients
    GLG clients have access to more than a dozen client-only private sessions throughout the conference. For details, visit the Clean Tech Summit information page on the GLG Research Management PlatformSM (RMP) by clicking here.


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