CEREL 2012 Annual Program Conference

Council of Energy Research & Education Leaders (CEREL)

2012 Annual Program Conference

October 16-18, 2012


Hosted by the Energy Biosciences Institute
University of California- Berkeley
Visiting UC-Berkeley





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Conference Agenda

Day 1 – Tuesday, October 16, 2012


8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Pre-Conference Tours:

Trifecta of Energy Efficiency – University of California; Davis West Village Development, Lighting Technology Center, Western Cooling Efficiency Center & Robert Mondavi Winery

Hot Solutions from the Underground – Calpine Geothermal Power Plant

5:00 PM

Orientation for New Members & First-Time Participants

 Faculty Club

6:00 PM

Welcome Reception

 Faculty Club

6:30 PM

Networking Dinner

 Faculty Club

Day 2 – Wednesday, October 17, 2012

7:30 AM

Continental Breakfast
**CEREL Executive Committee Meeting


8:30 AM

Welcome & Introductions: Overview & Goals of the Meeting Susan Jenkins, Managing Director, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California, Berkeley, CEREL President



9:00 AM

Plenary Session: Transitioning to Sustainable Energy Systems

Keynote Address: Clearing the Policy Path to a Greater Reliance on Renewable Energy Steven Weissman, Lecturer in Residence; Director of the Energy Program, Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, Law School, University of California, Berkeley

Keynote Address: Implementing a Low-Carbon Sustainable Energy SystemDan Kammen, Professor of Energy and Society; Professor of Public Policy; Professor of Nuclear Engineering; Director of Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory (RAEL), University of California, Berkeley




CITRIS Center Auditorium

10:00 AM



10:30 AM



Breakout Sessions (concurrent)

Energy and Water

Moderator: Carolyn Remick, Executive Director, Berkeley Water Center, University of California, Berkeley

Peter Gleick, Co-founder and President, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment & Security

Cynthia Truelove, Director/ Visiting Scholar, Water-Energy Policy Research Initiative, Program for Water in the West, Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University Water and Energy in California

David Zilberman, Professor and Robinson Chair, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California- Berkeley – Water and Biofuels


New Developments and Opportunities in Energy Efficiency

 Moderator: Nicole Woolsey Biggart, Director, Energy Efficiency Center; Chevron Chair in Energy Efficiency; Professor of Management; University of California, Davis

Anthony Eggert, Executive Director, Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, University of California, Davis

Alan Meier, Senior Scientist, Building Technology and Urban Systems Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Jane C. S. Long, Principal Associate Director at Large, Global Security Directorate Fellow, Center for Global Security Research Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory -- CA Energy Future Study

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch


1:00 PM

Panel Sessions (concurrent)

Moving Innovations from Lab to Marketplace: Funding Technology Transfer 

Moderator: Braden PenhoetExecutive Director, Innovation Policy & Law, Berkeley Energy and Climate Institute  

Dan Reicher, Executive Director, Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance; Professor of the Practice of Law, Stanford University

Paul Frankel, Managing Director, California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF)

Kevin Kopczynski, General Partner, Rockport Capital




Energy Education and Communications

Moderator: Steve Salley, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University

Shirley Vincent, Director of Education Research, National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Census of Non-Traditional and Broad Energy Education Programs

DaNel Hogan, Einstein Fellow, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, US Department of Energy Principles of Energy Literacy

Brian Steel, Co-Director, Cleantech to Market Program, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Michael Ranney, Professor, Science Education, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley 

2:30 PM


3:00 PM- 5:30 PM

Workshops (concurrent)

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA ) as a Policy Tool for Renewable Energy 
Arpad Horvath, Professor, Civil Engineering, UC Berkeley
Corinne Scown, Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
Vadim Sokolov  and David Dieffenthaler, Argonne National Lab GREET 2.0
Nicholas Santero, Senior Consultant, GaBi Software, PE International

Innovation, Entrepreneurs and Start-ups in the Energy Sector
Sponsored by: Morrison & Foerster LLP
Andre Marquis, Director, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship, Haas Business School
Anita Choi, Patent Attorney, Morrison & Foerster
Douglas Crawford, Associate Director, QB3 Garage
Kevin Kopczynski, General Partner, Rockport Capital

Energy Education: Developing an Interdisciplinary Field
Instructors: David Blockstein
Executive Secretary, Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL), National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE)
To outline the major challenges facing those who want to develop courses, concentrations, certificates, minors, and degree programs on energy and to identify mechanisms for meeting the challenges. The workshop will build both on the immediately preceding Energy Education and Communications symposium and the personal experiences of all workshop participants. Workshop participants will identify key challenges in forming new courses, minors, and degree programs for energy education in different types of institutions. They will develop a list of “lessons learned” and identify ways that CEREL can help to advance the field of energy education. Roundtable discussion


6:00 PM

Reception, Dinner and Dome Show

Chabot Science Center and Planetarium

Day 3 – Thursday, October 18, 2012

8:00 AM

Continental Breakfast

 CITRIS Center

9:00 AM

Plenary Panel & Discussion: US-Asia Energy Issues

Keynote Address: S. Julio Friedmann, Chief Energy Technologist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab; Co-Director, US-China Clean Energy Research Center on Clean Coal and Carbon Capture and Storage

Moderator: Tim Carr, Marshall Miller Professor of Energy, West Virginia University, CEREL President-elect


CITRIS Center Auditorium

10:00 AM


10:30 AM

Breakout Sessions (concurrent)

Asian Energy Opportunities and Challenges

Moderator:  Nagi Naganathan, Dean, School of Engineering, University of Toledo

Vishal Shrotriya, Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Solarmer Energy, Inc.

Satoshi Konishi, Professor of Advanced Energy Institute, Kyoto University, Japan

John ByrneDirector; Distinguished Professor of Energy & Climate Policy, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware 

Zainuddin Abdul-MananDean, Faculty of Chemical Engineering; Professor and Founder, Process Systems Engineering Centre (PROSPECT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia


Emerging Energy Technologies and Platforms

Moderator: Heather YoungsSenior Bioenergy Analyst, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of California, Berkeley

 Heinz Frei, Department Head, Science-based Scale Up, Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP), Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Amit Gokhale, Senior Research Engineer, Biofuels Scaleup and Process Development, BP

Jeff ReimerFaculty Scientist, E.O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

12:00 PM



1:00 PM

Meeting Wrap-up: Insights & Opportunities – Susan Jenkins, CEREL President

1:30 PM

Site Tours:

Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), and Advanced Biofuels Production Demonstration Unit, Berkeley National Lab and the University of California- Berkeley
Advanced Light Source and Molecular FoundryLawrence Berkeley National Lab

Friday, October 19, 2012

BERC Energy Symposium

Berkeley Energy & Resources Collaborative (BERC) hosted its annual Energy Symposium and Innovation Expo: Tensions in Energy: Aligning Investments, Innovation and Policy.


Energy Links

Scientific American:Technology Transfer: From Lab to Marketplace
EERE/DOE: Energy Literacy 
UC Berkeley's Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business 

 CEREL Member programs in good standing, received one complimentary registration and up to 3 additional discounted additional registrations ($200 each) for the Annual Program Conference. The registration fee for Energy leaders whose universities are not members of CEREL was $600, of which $300 may be applied to CEREL membership if they join within 4 months of the meeting.