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09 June 2011

International leaders to convene in Geneva to debate future energy and cleantech solutions

The different discussions around climate change and energy security have shown the importance of the introduction of new energy sources and the development of existing ones. The challenge of the coming years will be how to implement them and even more so to understand what will be the disruptive developments in this field.
The European Future Energy Forum to be held 10-12 October will see a world-class debate over three days on ‘Making Innovation Happen for a Sustainable World’. Speakers confirmed join the debate include government leaders, business CEO’s, NGOs, investors, innovators and visionaries within the field of cleantech.
The conference programme has now been announced and will centre around 6 themes…
Inspiration – building the vision
See the world through the eyes of visionary leaders, who will explain why they are passionate about the future of energy and what it means to them and us; with keynote presentations from Swiss President Micheline Calmy-Rey;  the newly appointed CEO of E.ON Climate and Renewables, Mike Winkel; President of the inspirational Solar Impulse, Bertrand Piccard; CEO of the Zero Race challenge, Louis Palmer; Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Energy, Walter Steinmann; President of EPFL, Patrick Aebischer; and Founder of the Solar Planet Foundation, Raphaël Domjan.
Innovation – changing the future
A series of sessions that will create an ‘Ideas Storm’ giving delegates a chance to gain an insight into the latest cutting edge technology and ideas that will evolve or disrupt the energy markets of the future. Speakers will include Ortus Energy’s CEO, Neville Hargreaves; Head of R&D at SRB Energy Research, Dr. Christoforo Benvenuti; Directory of the Nanon Devices Laboratory at EPFL, Mihan Aadrian Ionescu; Chief Technology Officer of Flexcell, Diego Fischer; and Founder of ABCD Technologies, Giacomo Benvenuti.
Policy and regulation – creating the framework
A chance to understand and influence future policy frameworks to support the implementation of future energies; whilst taking a look at past experiences to determine best cases and mistakes to avoid. This series of interactive sessions and workshops will see Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy at the European Commission; Founder and Director of Science at Ecofys, Professor Dr. Kornelis Blok; and Solar Energy Partner, Greg Story, amongst others joining the debate.
Finance – assuring return on investment
Dedicated sessions aimed at the banking and finance community to highlight important opportunities in this evolving marketplace and to analyse how to reduce risks, avoid pitfalls and create profitable solutions for everyone. Speakers will include the Head European Policy at Climate Change Capital, Ben Caldecott; Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Schneider Electric, Alastair Pim; Chairman and CEO of Cascadia Capital, Michael Butler; and Traficon partner, Ira S. Rubenstein.
Infrastructure – feeding the need
This element of the programme will focus on working on an international level to understand the needs to distribute future energy production as well as debate the creation of smart-grid systems that will sustain multi-entry points and finding solutions to overcome the issues of energy storage. Speakers will include Vice President of Smart-Grid Business Development at Alcatel-Lucent, Peter Johnson; Chief Technology Officer from Sentec, Ed Colby; Vice President of Smart Grid Strategy at Schneider Electric, Scott Henneberry; and Professor Mario Palone from the Smart Grids Laboratory at EPFL.
Future Energy Mix – a recipe for success
With the demand for renewable energy solutions growing throughout the world, these sessions will take a more in-depth look at the many possibilities that exist and how to match the appropriate technology and to different frameworks in order to define the best recipe for the future energy mix. This is also an opportunity to gain an insight into the best examples of implementation, analyse the issues and challenges of renewable energy solutions and find out what it will all cost compared to existing energy sources. Speakers joining the debate include CEO of Suzlon Wind Energy Corporation, Andris Cukurs; the International Hydropower Association’s Executive Director, Richard Taylor; Managing Director of Solar Frontier, Wolfgang Lange; Hilti’s Managing Director of Industry and Energy, Stefan Odenthal; and Director of Clean Energy at Ricardo, Paul Jordan.
Speaking about the upcoming conference André Schneider, Conference Director for the European Future Energy Forum commented ‘This event is unique as it will not only allow us to debate the broader issues around future energy, with an outstanding cast; but it will also give specific insights in future technology evolutions that will shape this field in the coming years”.
Cleantech Exhibition
Alongside the conference will be an international Cleantech exhibition where we are looking for companies who have `Cutting Edge` ideas and technology to present their products and services. Within the Cleantech Exhibition programme there will also be opportunities for visitors to the exhibition to attend free knowledge transfer sessions related to Energy Efficiency.
Registration for both the conference and the exhibition are now available online at www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com/register with special discounts available until 30 June.
‘This is a fantastic opportunity for the international cleantech community to get together and find real solutions for issues that affect us all. This year the State of Geneva are hosting both a drinks reception for all delegates and exhibitors, and a VIP dinner.’ said Event Director, Jo Tyler. ‘We are also pleased to announce new networking opportunities through a series of face-to-face meetings that delegates will be able to organise in advance.’
For more information see www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com
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Please contact:
Jo Tyler, Event Director [email protected]
Apply for press passes free of charge now online at www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com/Media
Notes –
The European Future Energy Forum (EFEF) is an initiative developed with Masdar - Abu Dhabi’s multi-faceted, multi-billion dollar investment in the development and commercialisation of innovative technologies in renewable, alternative and sustainable energies. EFEF was launched in 2009 following the success of the World Future Energy Summit held annually in Abu Dhabi. Now established as an annual event in its own right this will be the 3rd European Future Energy Forum following high-quality forums in Bilbao and London.
The move to Geneva in 2011 will create a central hub for international business and government leaders to once again meet and find solutions to the Future Energy issues that we continue to face. The theme for the Forum this year will be ‘Making Innovation Happen for a Sustainable World’ with a conference programme that aims to generate inspiration and knowledge transfer across energy sectors and geographic regions, whilst bridging the gap to actually finding solutions to turn the big ideas into feasible results.
This event brings together businesses and organisations that have solutions and opportunities for the global renewable energy and environmental technology market with large international investors and government decision makers. For further information see www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com 
Established in 2006, Masdar is a commercially driven enterprise that operates to reach the broad boundaries of the renewable energy and sustainable technologies industry – there by giving it the necessary scope to meet these challenges.
Masdar operates through five integrated units, including an independent, research-driven graduate university, and seeks to become a leader in making renewable energy a real, viable business and Abu Dhabi a global centre of excellence in the renewable energy and clean technology category. The result is an organisation greater than the sum of its parts and one where the synergies of shared knowledge and technological advancement provide this commercial and results-driven company with a competitive advantage that includes an ability to move with agility and intelligence within an industry that is evolving at great speed.

This holistic approach keeps Masdar at the forefront of this important global industry, while ensuring it remains grounded in the pursuit of pioneering technologies and systems that also are feasible. As a result, it delivers innovation to the market while deriving profits for its shareholders.

Masdar is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Government-owned Mubadala Development Company, a catalyst for the economic diversification of the Emirate
For more information about Masdar please visit www.masdar.ae 
The European Future Energy Forum is a joint venture between Turret Middle East and Bilbao Exhibition Centre. Turret Middle East a leading organiser of events and foundation partner of the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, launched the World Future Energy Summit and series of events with Masdar in 2007, before selling a share of the portfolio to Reed Exhibitions. For more information see www.turretme.com
Bilbao Exhibition Centre was host to the first European Future Energy Forum and continues to be a major stakeholder in the organisation of the event. As well as being one of the most modern trade fair and congress venues in Europe, they also organise a number of leading events of international profile in various sectors. For more information see www.bec.eu
Future energy is a central issue and concerns us all. This debate therefore requires a central location with easy access. Geneva is an ideal spot at the crossroads of southern and northern Europe, and the Palexpo Fair and Conference Centre is readily accessible by air, rail and motorway.
While the aim of EFEF is to enhance the discussion and the exchange of ideas between researchers, politicians and business representatives, Palexpo has pledged since its beginnings to develop an environment fostering dialogue and trust between the different players. It wants to be the ideal venue for positive discovery, exchange and interaction.
Palexpo organises the annual Geneva International Motor Show, which is not only one of the most important and attractive events in the automobile world, but also one of the most “leading-edge” with a dedicated pavilion and conference to green mobility.
Furthermore the state of Geneva and the Swiss government are providing strong support for the European Future Energy Forum, as Cleantech becomes a fast growing industry across Switzerland.