The following sessions can be selected as part of the “Energy / Transportation” track.

Updated February 9th, 2015. Please note: Program is subject to change. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Tuesday

9:30-10:45am

How a Billion Future Commuters will Get to the Office: Advanced Transportation Trends in China and Japan

 

From millions of electric scooters sold every year, to the installation of EV charging infrastructure and construction of fossil fuel free high speed rail, China and Japan are leaders in deploying alternative transportation technologies at scale. Do the demands of a rising middle class in China, and a call to find energy alternatives following Fukushima in Japan, provide opportunities for innovative firms to penetrate these markets in coming years?

 

Speakers:
Richard Dasher
: Stanford/U.S. Asia Technology Mngmt Cntr
Karl Kailing
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
Nihar Patel
: Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.
Lou Thompson
: Thompson, Galenson & Associates, LLC
Andrew Wylegala
: U.S. Embassy – Tokyo, Japan

Tuesday

11:00-12:15pm

Connecting a Continent: The Modernized Grid in the European Union

 

The smart grid market is rapidly developing in Europe and the region’s determination to become a low carbon economy is creating many opportunities for innovative U.S. companies to supply smart solutions to integrate sustainable, secure, low carbon energy sources. The European Commission, member states national governments and the private sector are backing smart grid technologies with significant investments and incentive schemes: The European Union forecast an investment of $80 billion in smart grids by 2030, with over $9 billion invested up to date. Where are the opportunities for U.S. companies to gain a foothold in the European market?

 

Speakers:
Claudia Colombo
: U.S. Embassy – London, England
Shannon Fraser
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
Lawrence Jones
: Alstom Grid, Inc.
Sonita Lontoh
: Trilliant
Nand Ramchandani
: OSIsoft

Tuesday

2:15-3:30pm

Developing Space to Sustain Humanity: A Special Panel Featuring NASA Experts

 

The 2014 NASA Strategic Plan calls upon the agency to meet the challenges of environmental change, and to improve life on our planet.  It also directs NASA to advance our understanding of the Earth and to develop techniques to improve the quality of life on our home planet.  NASA will do this by partnering with other federal government agencies, local governments, universities, international agencies, and others to provide science data products and applications that enable policy, business, and management decisions.

 

Speakers:
Chris Boshuizen
: Planet Labs
Dave Fiscus
: U.S. Commercial Service – Salt Lake City, UT
Gary Martin
: NASA
Sam Scimemi
: NASA
Rebecca Spyke Keiser
: NASA

Tuesday

4:00-5:15pm

Juicing the Grid: Alternative Energy Generation & Storage in India

 

India’s grid infrastructure has long been a significant challenge for the country’s economy. While the nation has attracted impressive investment, its power outages detract from the country’s continued economic advancement. India’s government has responded to its grid challenges with significant investment and policy initiatives targeting alternative technologies and advanced infrastructure to address its power needs. How can American companies address these market opportunities?

 

Speakers:
Sanjay Dani
: Serra Power Solutions
Chris Hickman
: Innovari
Hemantha Parvathara
: Astonfield Renewables
Tom Riley
: BrightSource Energy
Cynthia Torres
: U.S. Commercial Service - Los Angeles, CA

Wednesday

9:30-10:45am

Ubiquitous Commuting: The Software Revolution in the Global Auto Market

 

Advanced software applications are driving the future of the auto industry, including development of fully autonomous vehicles.   Many of the world’s major car companies operate R&D centers in Silicon Valley. Technology is disrupting the traditional automotive industry.   As autonomous vehicles become more common in the decades ahead, will the advent of software-connected driverless cars and the supporting infrastructure transform global urban landscapes by eliminating congestion and lowering pollution?

 

Speakers:
Kurt Buecheler
: Streetline
Doug Davenport
: Prospect SV
Kellie Holloway Jarman
: U.S. Commercial Service – Portland, OR
Liz Kerton
: Autotech Council
John Suh
: Hyundai Ventures

Wednesday

11:00-12:15pm

Razing the Roof: Bringing Solar to the Masses

 

Residential solar installation in the United States is expected to increase significantly in the next five years. This rise is enabled by the falling cost of solar panels, the rise of dedicated installers, and Wall Street financing that makes solar available to the masses. The increase in residential solar, particularly in high adoption areas like California and the Southwest, has the potential to impact the operation of centralized utility grids throughout much of the United States. Will other nations adopt these U.S – based innovations? Are there disruptive market opportunities for American companies as distributed energy generation becomes more commonplace globally?

 

Speakers:
Benjamin Cook
: SolarCity
Karl Karling
: U.S. Commercial Service – San Jose, CA
Mark McLanahan
: SunEdison
Tony Seba
: Stanford
David Williams
: Dissigno


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