This free 1 hour webinar is co-hosted by Colorado Energy Research Collaboratory (energy research partnership since 2007 between Univ of CO Boulder, CO School of Mines, CO State University, National Renewable Energy Lab) & Center for the New Energy Economy at CO State University & Maryland Energy Innovation Institute
Webinar host and info: Maury.Dobbie@ColoradoCollaboratory.org 970-682-5707 (cell/text)
Fireside Chat Moderator: Bill Ritter, Former Colorado Governor now Director, Center for the New Energy Economy, Colorado State University
Keynote speaker: Ellen Williams, Former U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E Director, Distinguished University Professor, Director, Earth Systems Science Interdisciplinary Center, University of Maryland
To read speaker bios: https://cercsymposium.org/free-webinar-oct-27-2020/
Webinar description: Anthropogenic climate change is real, and innovation is essential to creating our future energy system in which greenhouse gas emissions are close to zero. Innovation is needed to improve performance and drive down costs of existing clean-energy technologies, and serve as an engine for economic growth by creating the new technologies that will address the hard problems of sustainable industry, agriculture, infrastructure and transportation.
Great innovation requires global vision combined with regional actions linked to local social and economic priorities, workforce strengths and resource availability. The opportunity is here for the U.S. to leverage the full potential of its innovation ecosystems, by embracing the diversity of regional strengths & targeting federal and state planning accordingly.
We will explore the diversity of regional clean energy efforts across the US, and zoom in on Colorado’s notable success in fostering a vibrant community of innovative clean energy start-up companies. The results illuminate how relatively modest funding can be effectively directed to grow state-level Clean Energy Innovation Systems.