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Energy Innovations: Conversations on Emerging Technologies

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm


Trying to figure out what to make of emerging clean energy technologies? 

Join small group discussions, led by experts, diving into the latest on a variety of clean energy technologies. Topics will include geothermal, long duration energy storage, fusion, bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and thermal energy storage.


Achieving Scalable, Low-Cost Elimination of Scope 1 Boiler Emissions with Electrified Steam // Ashwin Salvi, AtmosEnergy // Want to meet your carbon goals at a low cost while increasing energy resiliency? Discuss how electrified steam production offers solutions on a global scale.


At the Food - Energy Nexus with Carbon Negative Food Production // Kathleen Alexander, Savor // The food sector is a major source of net-GHG emissions and its associated energy use is ripe for decarbonization. New technology can re-wire the inputs and use GHGs to create proteins and fats with high energy and land-use efficiency. This table will discuss opportunities and challenges at the food/energy nexus .


Capturing Climate Opportunities Using Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) // Marc Bradbrook, Drax Group // Using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage – BECCS - offers an opportunity to advance sustainable energy systems while activity removing carbon from the atmosphere. This table will discuss how it works and the opportunities for scalability.


Climate-Smart Fertilizers and Agriculture // Joshua McEnaney, Nitricity // Production, distribution, and application of fertilizer chemicals contribute as much as 7% of global GHG emissions. What are the routes of decarbonization of these critical agricultural inputs? How else is our agricultural system intertwined with fossil fuels? This table will discussion the intersection of energy, fertilizers, and agriculture.


Deep Decarbonization Using Net-Zero Sustainable Fuels // Dr. Jonathan "Jo" Melville, ARPA-E // Whether produced from biological feedstocks, renewable electricity, or another sustainable energy source, net-zero synthetic fuels (such as hydrogen, ammonia, ethanol, and SAF) enable the decarbonization of many heavily emitting transportation and industrial sectors. This table will discuss the technical challenges and market opportunities for the production, distribution, and use of synthetic fuels as drop-in replacements for incumbent fossil hydrocarbons.


Geothermal Energy: Value, Innovations, and Challenges // Dawn Owens, Fervo Energy // Explore the recent innovations in geothermal technology, emphasizing its transition to a scalable and cost-effective energy source. We will discuss geothermal hurdles faced by buyers and sellers and the opportunities found in technology, interconnection, and financing.


Levering Thermal Batteries to Clean Up Industrial Emissions // Justin Briggs, Antora // Manufacturing accounts for 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions, largely from burning fossil fuels to produce the heat and power required for processing materials. Discussion of how thermal batteries can scalably eliminate these industrial emissions at lower cost than fossil fuels.


Shifting the Feasibility Perception in Net Zero Real Estate Retrofits// Joselyn Lai, Bedrock Energy // Retrofitting existing buildings' mechanical systems is a requirement for decarbonizing the massive operating emissions of our built world. Feasibility is improving, but decision-makers tend to focus on Net Zero new construction. This table will discuss the shifting value proposition of all-electric building systems, and ways we can help shift owners'/managers' investment considerations.


Tracking Scope 3 Emissions, Can Hardware Play a Part? // Hannah Siebar, Artyc // For many physical-world companies, Scope 3 emissions account for the majority of emissions and are the hardest to track. This table will try to understand what role real-time data can play in how we more accurately measure, monitor, and attribute Scope 3 emissions.


Nuclear Fusion as a Game-Changer to Decarbonize the Grid // Chuck Hanna, Constellation // Nuclear fusion offers a carbon-free pathway as we transition from fossil fuels and it's an exciting time as partnerships to make this transition a reality come to life. This table will discuss the latest developments in this market and opportunities and challenges for further adoption.


Preparing for the Electric and Hydrogen Grid Interface // Maya Kelty, The Ad Hoc Group // Deployment of low- and zero-carbon hydrogen is expected to play a critical role in global decarbonization. Many of the hydrogen generation technologies will be grid-connected, which will bring about opportunities and challenges to grid decarbonization and broader electrification efforts. How will standards for defining low-carbon hydrogen influence grid impacts? Who will or should be the first users? What are the opportunities and challenges for grid resiliency? This table will discuss the interface of the electric grid and the developing hydrogen industry.


Where Wind is Going // Kelly Snyder, EDP Renewables // A renewable energy stalwart, wind development opportunities continue to soar. Where and when is it smart to invest in wind energy projects? What's coming around the corner? This table discusses the latest trends and innovations to know.

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