Technology Game-Changers & The Energy Transition

Breaking the Energy Storage Bottleneck

While the cost for many renewable energy and EV technologies continues to drop, energy storage remains a critical factor limiting large scale market deployment.  As the industry evolves, new business models are emerging where companies make, apply and operate storage assets to allow the grid to work more reliably and cost-effectively while decreasing negative impacts. But what will it truly take to break the energy storage bottleneck? Find out in this session from leading industry experts and cutting-edge researchers.

The Future of Electricity & Grid Infrastructure: Powering the 21st Century Economy

Grids are getting smarter, but so are customers. Thanks to the sharp drop in installed solar panel costs, in many parts of the world the model of a large, centralized—and typically fossil-fueled—utility is unraveling. How are enlightened power providers responding to this shift and the others that are currently roiling the energy landscape? How will grids grow more resilient and better adapted to tomorrow’s variable-output sources? Our experts weigh in.

The Transition to a Clean Energy Economy: How fast will it happen?

The transition to a clean energy economy is gaining significant momentum. At the same time, modelling and projections are often based on historical data making them poor predictors for the actual rate of future change.

More specifically, Dr. Lovins will speak to our ‘disruptive oil future’:

“As it confronts troubling fundamentals, the global oil industry is scrambling to shrink capital budgets to fit halved prices. Yet oil-industry strategists rarely notice that their most basic challenge is not lowered prices but weakening demand, as customers find powerful new ways to save or displace oil.  As the world begins to embrace a low-carbon future and the prospect of profitably getting off oil by 2050, what are the strategic implications—and opportunities—for oil companies and resource owners?”

Mr. Tamminen will touch on how large capital investments are driving the transition:

“The transition is accelerating because renewable energy and alternative fuels are getting cheaper (especially when factoring the cost of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions), while governments and corporations are increasing demand (especially in light of COP21 results), but the great limiting factor – or accelerator – is finance. Terry Tamminen will provide insights into how the world invests "trillions, not billions" (to quote UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres), to move from the "brown" economy to the "green", faster than anyone expects.

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Gain insights from clean energy thought leaders on the key factors, policy actions, investment opportunities, and indicators to watch.

Ramping up to 100% Renewable Energy: Insights from Corporate Leaders

An increasing proportion of leading companies are committing to 100 percent renewable energy because over the long haul it just makes business sense. This session offers renewable-energy insights from policy and commercial perspectives. Gain practical advice from leading companies that have locked down their future energy supplies. What are the key enablers, strategies, dynamics, and capacities required?

Decarbonization: Discovery, Design and Decisions Shaping the 21st Century Economy

More than 150 governments have submitted plans to reduce carbon emissions by 2030. With full decarbonization of our energy and transportation systems the ultimate goal of the 21st century, how are various sectors and industries approaching this critical issue, taking action and ultimately avoiding a short-term view through deep decarbonization strategies that are technically feasible and affordable?

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Super Emissions: Radical Ideas to Close the Climate Gap

To effectively tackle Climate Change will require disruptive global thinking.  Capping temperature rise to no more than 2 degrees calls out for innovative and powerfully creative new technologies.  This interactive session explores the fusing together of diverse disciplines to generate radical new ideas, and catalyze action to mitigate “super emissions”.  These are the combined total of uncontrollable emissions from natural feedback loops (especially permafrost thaw), and the anticipated Gap between most likely outcome of COP21 and the desirable Carbon Budget.  The focus is to ‘break down the silos’ between behavioral and technological carbon solutions, and instead make change more impactful by integrating technology quantum leaps, with change theory, societal behavior analysis, new policy paradigms and business leadership.
The session is based on the Clean Energy Research Centre Climate Opportunity project, or CERCCO.