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

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?

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

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

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  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  

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  

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 

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?

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

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

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

    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

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 

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 

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

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

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

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    Senior Council Manager
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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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