Cleantech Leaders Put Their Heads Together In D.C.

The recently concluded U.S. Department of Energy ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, of which EarthTechling was a media partner, brought together some of the best and brightest minds over the course of several days to discuss cleantech innovations. The summit is a result of the works of the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), which launched in 2009 to help spur cleantech breakthrough technologies, and has helped to date a total of more than 180 projects, for $521.7 million in awards across 12 program areas.

The third annual Summit, according to a fact sheet released by ARPA-E,  included 107 speakers and attracted 2,440 attendees from 49 states and 26 countries. Attendees included members of research and development institutions, global corporations, technology entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and government officials.

image via ARPA-E

One of the key highlights for us, besides some of the speakers mentioned below, was the Technology Showcase, which brought into public light “over 240 breakthrough energy developments from ARPA-E’s awardees and other innovative companies in areas including grid-scale storage, power electronics, batteries for electric vehicles, building efficiency, advanced carbon capture and electrofuels.” We highlighted some of the more interesting ones the other day in this photo gallery.

As for the speakers, we’ve gathered some videos put out by the DOE highlighting the most interesting talks that went on at the event. They run in length between half-an-hour and an hour, but are worth it to hear the wise words of global leaders trying to help spur more innovation and development in technologies that can not only help make companies a profit, but also help save the world at the same time.

In this first video, according to the DOE, Bill Gates joins Energy Secretary Steven Chu to discuss how America can meet and prosper from 21st century global energy challenges.

In this second video, Arun Majumdar, director of ARPA-E, discusses his organization’s role in meeting 21st century energy needs with American innovation.

In this final video, former President Bill Clinton, in his ARPA-E keynote, addressed the importance of government investment in research that will help move the world toward a cleaner and more secure energy future.

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