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26 September 2011

Cleantech innovation sees international growth, but how will technology really make a difference?

 The Clean Energy Patent Growth Index (CEPGI)[1] last week reported a high in the granted US patents in the Cleantech sector, whilst in Europe international experts are planning to gather in Geneva to debate how the latest cutting edge technology will evolve or disrupt the energy markets of the future


The European Future Energy Forum will be held 10-12 October at Palexpo in Geneva with the ‘Making Innovation Happen for a Sustainable World’. André Schneider, Conference Director explains ‘We have created sessions within the conference programme where people with very new and potentially disruptive ideas will come to explain their vision, how they think it can make a difference and how it will impact us’.


With speakers at the conference including representatives from national and regional government, decision makers from large international corporations, academic experts and financial institutions; the conference will address what the latest technology is, how it will impact the market and what is required in terms of policy, finance and infrastructure to facilitate real business development in the future energy and cleantech markets.


Speakers attending include President of Switzerland Micheline Calmy-Rey;  Patrick Aebischer, President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL); Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Managing Director and CEO, Masdar; Mike Winkel, CEO, E.ON Climate & Renewables; James Leape, Director General, WWF International; Prof. Dr. Fred Moavenzadeh, President, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology; Philip Lowe, Director General for Energy, European Commission; Fabricio Hernández Pampaloni, State Secretary for Energy, Spain and Bertrand Piccard, President, Solar Impulse. For the full programme see www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com/conference


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.


Registration for both the conference and the exhibition are now available online at www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com/register  


For more information see www.EuropeanFutureEnergyForum.com


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Maude Hug, Senior Consultant, Dynamics Group [email protected] +41 22 308 62 23 or

Jo Tyler, Event Director [email protected] +44 1444 240254

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.


[1] Published by the Cleantech Group at Heslin Rothernurg Farley & Mesiti P.C. – see http://cepgi.typepad.com/heslin_rothenberg_farley_/