Clean Technology 2009
renewable energy


wind pictures

Symposium Chair

Daniel L. Laird Daniel L. Laird
Staff Researcher
Sandia National Laboratories

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Donald L. Birx Donald L. Birx
Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research
University of Houston
John D. White John D. White
Managing Director
The Wind Alliance
David Dreessens David Dreessen
Battery Ventures


From large scale wind farms to small off-grid rural applications, existing and emerging renewable technologies are changing the face of power generation. This symposium focuses on the state-of-the-art in renewable technology development and deployment, emphasizing the need of consistent R&D funding & incentives to help in the delivery of new renewable technologies into individuals, society and energy industry at large. Below is a list of non-exclusive topics for consideration, please submit your abstract today and we look forward to your participation.

*If interested in organizing a specific business panel or symposium, please contact Regina Ramazzini .

Topics & Application Areas

  • Small Turbine Technology
  • Novel Designs
  • Large Turbine Technology
  • Offshore Technology
  • Advanced Materials
  • Grid Integration
  • Other

Symposium Sessions


Monday May 4

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect
1:30 Wind Energy
4:00 Wind Energy

Tuesday May 5

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect

Wednesday May 6

8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnect
8:30 Keynote Panel: The Future of Energy
 Renewables: Wind, Geothermal, Hydro

Thursday May 7


Symposium Program


Monday May 4

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Matthew Laudon, NSTI and Patti Glaza, CTSI
8:00 The Nanotech Revolution in Renewable Energy
D. Arvizu - Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), U.S. Department of Energy, US (bio)
8:30 Nanotechnology and the Obama Administration
T. Kalil, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, US
9:00 Innovation for a Secure Future
R. Johnson - CTO, Lockheed Martin, US (bio)
9:30 The Next Big Thing is Really Small
R.J. Kumpf - CAO, Bayer Material Science, US (bio)
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1:30 Wind EnergyRoom 310 BE
 Session chair: Daniel Laird, Sandia National Lab, US
1:30 Wind Energy - Technology Overview
D. Laird, Sandia National Lab, US (bio)
1:55 Wind Energy - Industry Overview
D. Dreessen, Battery Ventures, US (bio)
2:20 Challenges, Opportunities, and Prospects - Why It May Be Our Best Near-Term Option for Energy, Security, and Carbon Reduction
D. Birx, University of Houston, US
2:45 The Winds of Change- The Formation of The Wind Alliance
J.D. White, The Wind Alliance, University of Houston, US (bio)
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4:00 Wind EnergyRoom 310 BE
 Session chair: Daniel Laird, Sandia National Lab, US
4:00 Performance of CDM-supported Wind Power Projects
N. Chokani, S. Grassi, G. Kocer, G. Mavridis, R.S. Abhari, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, CH
4:20 Large Improvements in Wind Resource Utilization Using Quad Array Turbines
E. Salter, Greenward Technologies, Inc., US
4:40 Offshore Wind: Global and US Outlook
S. Kopits, Douglas-Westwood LLC, US

Tuesday May 5

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Jeff Moseley, Greater Houston Partnership, Shushana Castle, Clinton Global Initiative Member/Millennium Water Alliance, US
8:00 Welcome TechConnect World to Houston
J. Moseley, Greater Houston Partnership, US
8:15 Can Uncle Sam Cure What Ails Clean Tech?
P. Dickerson, HaynesBoone, former COO Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, DOE, US (bio)
8:45 Welcome to Houston
B. White, City of Houston, Mayor, US (bio)
9:00 Flying into the Future: Continental’s Commitment to the Environment
L. Kellner, Continental Airlines, CEO, US (bio)
9:30 RUSNANO: Driving the Nanotech Industry Growth
A. Chubais, RUSNANO, CEO, RU (bio)
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4:00 POSTERSExpo Hall

Wednesday May 6

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8:00 Keynotes: Nanotech & Cleantech & TechConnectTheater AB
 Session chair: Patti Glaza, CTSI, US
8:00 Energy in the 21st Century: Muir, Patton, and Gandhi
R. James Woolsey, VantagePoint Venture Partners, US (bio)
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8:30 Keynote Panel: The Future of EnergyTheater AB
 Session chair: Patti Glaza, CTSI, US
- D. Beneby, Exelon, President, Exelon Power, US (bio)
- M. Kapner, Austin Energy, US (bio)
- C. Frasier, Shell, VP Americas, US (bio)
- M. Simmons, Simmons & Company, US (bio)
- J. Renaud, GE Ecomagination, US (bio)
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1:30 POSTERSExpo Hall
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Renewables: Wind, Geothermal, HydroExpo Hall
- Design and Analysis of a Small-Scale Vertical-Axis Wind Turbine
J.P. Abraha, G. Mowry, R. Erickson, University of St. Thomas, US
- New Technique for Identifying Optimal Generating Units Parameters
S.F. Abdel Samed, Helwan University, EG
- Hydroelectric Technologies and Geographical Prospects in Louisiana
R. Langlois, I. Leevongwat, P. Rastgoufard, University of New Orleans, US
- A Study of Water Generated Electric Turbines
J. Sutton, JC Oil and Gas Consultants, LLC, US
- The Business Of Geothemal Power: From Conventional To Unconventional…‘Sedimentary Basins’
R.J. Erdlac Jr., Erdlac Energy Consulting, US
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