U.S. Department of Energy Announces 2012 Energy Innovation Summit

The U.S Department of Energy's third annual Energy Innovation Summit will be held in 2012 with Bill Gates and Energy Secretary Steven Chu slated to be keynote speakers.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) will hold its third annual Energy Innovation Summit from February 27 to 29, 2012 at the Gaylord Convention Center just outside Washington, D.C.

Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft; Susan Hockfield, president and professor of neuroscience at MIT; Lee Scott, former CEO of Wal-Mart; and other thought leaders will join Energy Secretary Steven Chu and ARPA-E Director Arun Majumdar as distinguished keynote speakers.

Now in its third year, the Summit is designed to unite key players from all sectors of the nation’s energy innovation community to share ideas for developing and deploying the next generation of clean energy technologies. The event is co-hosted by ARPA-E and Clean Technology and Sustainable Industries Organization (CTSI).

Last year’s annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit attracted more than 90 speakers and 2,000 attendees from 49 states and 20 countries. Attendees included members of research and development institutions, global corporations, technology entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and government officials.

The event will feature a technology showcase with more than 150 exhibits from DOE and ARPA-E-funded projects and applicants in areas such as energy storage technologies for electrical grids, power electronics, batteries for electric vehicles, energy-efficient building technologies, advanced carbon capture, and electrofuels. The showcase will also feature new ARPA-E programs that aim to advance alternatives to rare earth materials, plant engineering for fuel applications, advanced thermal storage, network integration architecture for the electrical grid, and power electronics for solar photovoltaic applications. A wide range of other energy technologies and new topic areas will also be discussed at the Summit.

In addition to an expanded showcase, the 2012 Innovation Summit will once again feature America’s top businesses focused on developing energy technology. The summit connects top corporate businesses with clean energy researchers and entrepreneurs with the goal of building lasting partnerships for commercialization. Some of last year’s corporate participants included Lockheed Martin, Dow, Dupont, Battelle and Bosch.

See the full list of speakers and get the latest news about the Summit program.