ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010

ARPA-E Energy Innovation Pre-Conference Workshop

Monday, March 1, 2010

7:30 - 5:30


9:00 - 9:30

Director’s Welcome

ARPA-E Director Dr. Arun Majumdar will provide an overview of ARPA-E’s vision and strategy.
9:30 - 10:30

ARPA-E Past and Present

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Panel discussion with ARPA-E’s current Program Directors on how ARPA-E conducted its first funding opportunity and is planning its future programs.
  • Arun Majumdar, Director, ARPA-E (moderator)
  • Shane Kosinski, Deputy Director for Operations, ARPA-E
  • David Danielson, Program Director, ARPA-E
  • Mark Hartney, Program Director, ARPA-E
  • Eric Toone, Program Director, ARPA-E
10:30 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 12:15

Morning Tutorial

Session 1: Energy Technology Commercialization
The basics of commercializing breakthrough energy technologies, with a view of the full life cycle of commercialization, including how to find good entrepreneurs and how to start a company.
  • Srini Mirmira, Program Director, ARPA-E (moderator)
  • Ric Fulop, Co-Founder, A123 Systems
  • Neal Hunter, Co-Founder and former CEO, Cree, Inc.
  • Jesko von Windheim, CEO, Nextreme Thermal Solutions
  • Peter Barris, Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates
Session 2: How to Take Advantage of SBIR (and Other DOE Funding Opportunities)
Overview of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at DOE as well as other DOE funding opportunities available for energy innovators.
12:15 - 1:45


1:45 - 3:15

Afternoon Workshop: Breakout with ARPA-E’s Program Directors

      Discuss the outcome of recent ARPA-E workshops conducted by ARPA-E Program Directors and other staff in four technology areas.

Session 1: Grid Scale Energy Storage Program (view material)

  • Mark Johnson, Program Director, ARPA-E
  • David Danielson, Program Director, ARPA-E
Session 2: Building Efficiency Technologies (view material)
  • Ravi Prasher, Technology Development Manager, Intel Corporation
  • Colin McCormick, Building Technologies Program, U.S. Department of Energy
Session 3: Power Electronics (view material)
  • Rajeev Ram, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Session 4: Energy Recovery from Wastewater (view material)
  • Mark Shannon, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
3:15 - 3:45

Afternoon Break

3:45 - 5:00

Afternoon Tutorial

      Session 1: Best Practices in Technology Transfer: Moving Ideas (and Idea-Makers) Out of the Lab
Best practices in moving technologies (and researchers) out of national laboratories and universities for commercialization.  For entrepreneurs and investors: how can you access exciting technologies (and inventors) in the national labs and in universities?
  • Scott Blake Harris, General Counsel, U.S. Department of Energy (opening overview)
  • Karina Edmonds, Director, Technology Transfer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology (and incoming Technology Transfer Coordinator, U.S. Department of Energy) (moderator)
  • Mike Davis, Associate Laboratory Director for Energy and Environment, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Lita Nelsen, Director, Technology Licensing Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Vern Norviel, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Paul Gottlieb, Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, U.S. Department of Energy

Session 2: Next Generation Energy Entrepreneurs
This panel will feature the inspirational stories of some of the next generation of U.S. energy entrepreneurs who are creating companies to move their disruptive energy technologies to the market.
  • David Danielson, Program Director, ARPA-E (moderator)
  • Riccardo Signorelli, Founder and President, FastCAP Systems
  • Bunmi Adekore, Founder and CTO, LumenZ, Inc.
  • Chris Rivest, Co-Founder, SunPrint, Inc.
5:00 - 6:00

Technology Showcase

      Showcase of over 100 exciting energy technologies, featuring awardees and top-ranking applicants from ARPA-E’s first solicitation as well as a select set of additional technologies.
6:00 - 7:30

Summit Opening Reception and Technology Showcase

      Reception around the Technology Showcase of 100 exciting technologies.
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