2017 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

ARPA-E held its eighth annual ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit February 27 - March 1, 2017 at the Gaylord Convention Center, right outside of Washington, D.C. 

Attendees heard from top leaders, policy and business experts, including Lynn Good, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy; L. Rafael Reif, president of MIT; Ajay Royan, co-founder and Managing General Partner of Mithril Capital Management; Thomas Siebel, founder, chairman and CEO of C3 IoT; Thomas Hager, author of The Alchemy of Air; and Saul Griffith, founder and CEO of Otherlab. 

Each year at the Summit, ARPA-E Program Directors and Fellows give a "Fast Pitch" - a rapid-paced succession of exciting current program concepts as well as some completely new, “out-of-the-box” ideas. The Fast Pitches are available below:  

ARPA-E Program Director/Fellow 2017 Fast Pitch Presentations

Monday, February 27, 2017  - First Session 
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Dr. Chris Atkinson - “Blowing Hot and Cold: Advanced High-Efficiency Heating and Cooling Technologies”
Dr. Sonja Glavaski - "Highly Resilient and Utilized Energy Infrastructure"
Dr. Addison Killean Stark - "High-Temperature Waste Heat Utilization: Towards Flame-Temperature Topping Cycles"
Dr. David Tew - "Better Together:  Fuel Cell and Heat Engine Hybrid Systems"

Monday February 27, 2017 - Second Session 
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Dr. Paul Albertus - "IONICS: A Solid Foundation for a New Generation of Electrochemical Cells"
Dr. Joseph King - "Putting Hot Air to Work"
Dr. Joseph Manser - "Automotive Batteries: From Car to Grid and Back Again"
Dr. Ji-Cheng Zhao - "Can Methane Hydrate be Converted Into Carbon-Neutral Energy?"

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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Dr. Jennifer Gerbi - "SENSOR: Saving Energy Nationwide in Structures with Occupancy Recognition"
Dr. Joseph Rollin - "Beyond Biogas: Upcycling Wet Wastes"
Dr. Eric Schiff - "Building-Integrated Solar Energy: Hybrid Hope or Hybrid Hype?"
Dr. Marc von Keitz - "Half Baked Methane: Higher Value and Lower Emissions Through Pyrolysis"

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - Second Session 
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Dr. Kristen Brown - “The New Megalopolis: The Role of Interconnection in Achieving Urban Resilience”
Dr. Joe Cornelius - "Counting Calories: Building the Internet of Energy-Smart Food"
Dr. Isik Kizilyalli - "Solve the Hard Problem: Materials Harder than Diamond"
Dr. Jason Rugolo - "Vehicle Fuel Consumption in the Age of Autonomy"

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - Second Session 
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Dr. Michael Haney - "The 'Last Mile': Can we Realize the 10,000 Times Wireless Energy Reduction Opportunity?"
Dr. Michael Ohadi - "Turn up the Temperature: High Efficiency Power Cycles"
Dr. Fadl Saadi - "Smarter Structures: Synchronizing Building Envelope Technologies"
Dr. Grigorii Soloveichik - "Next Generation Fuel Cells: Fast, Furious, and Flexible"

2017 ARPA-E Summit Panel Session Presentations:
In addition to the Fast Pitches, the ARPA-E Summit holds a number of dynamic panel sessions featuring subject matter experts. Panelist presentations that have been approved to be publicly posted are available below. 

Applying Machine learning to the Energy Sector – Monday, February 27 at 2:10pm
Mr. Jim Gao, Energy Lead, DeepMind 
Dr. Sahika Genc, Senior Machine Learning Scientist & Researcher, GE Global Research
Dr. Max Hutchinson, Lead Architect of Machine Learning, Citrine Informatics

Harnessing Biology for Novel Manufacturing – Monday, February 27 at 3:30pm
Mr. Gavin McIntyre, Chief Scientist, Ecovative Design

Organic Entrepreneurship: Getting to Scale with Wits and Hustle – Tuesday, February 28 at 11:20am
Moderator: Mr. Tod Hynes, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, XL Hybrids 
Dr. Gaëtan Bonhomme, Former Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Kurion (Acq. by Veolia) 
Dr. Michael Palmer, Director of Research, Peloton Technology, Inc. 

Innovative Capital Solutions for Innovative Energy Technology – Tuesday, February 28 at 11:20am
Moderator: Dr. John Tuttle, Senior Commercialization Advisor, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) 
Dr. Sean Knierim, CEO & Portfolio Manager, Eastbrook Investors, Founder & Partner, SidePorch 
Mr. Peter Mockel, Principal Industry Specialist, International Finance Corporation 
Mr. Jeffrey Sirr, Head of CIP N.A. and Emerging Strategies, Munich Re 

The Energy Implications of the Changing Urban Environment – Wednesday, March 1 at 9:00am
Mr. Gary Hsueh, Senior Transportation Planner, Arup 
Mr. Brad Stertz, Director of Government Affairs, Audi of America