Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2014 – September

Green LAVAWelcome to the September 2014 Cleantech Calendar of events of interest to entrepreneurs, start-up executives, investors, service professionals and community leaders around Southern California.  These are the events, conferences and programs that focus on clean energy, sustainable development, reducing environmental impacts and highlighting progress.  Check back periodically for updates.  Some good shows still on the calendar for the end of August and through September including:   the PortTech EXPO, Women in Green Forum, PortTech Pitch, CTC Event on Water Desalination, Green Festival and the inaugural Graphene World Summit.

August 17 – 21 – SPIE Optics and Photonics 2014 is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America. Hear the latest research in optical engineering and applications, solar energy, nanotechnology, and organic photonics:  34 workshops, 47 events, 180 exhibitors and 3000 presentations.  SPIE Optics and Photonics is also the leading conference on green photonics technologies for energy, sustainability, conservation and environmental monitoring.  San Diego Convention Center

August 19 -20 – The inaugural California Adaptation Forum.  The Forum is designed to create a comprehensive network of multi-disciplinary adaptation leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing climate risks in California. We plan to craft a program reflective of the diverse needs and challenges California is facing.  Sheraton Grand Hotel Sacramento.

August 25 – The 5th Annual Women in Green Forum is the premier conference highlighting the efforts and successes of women in the environmental arena. The Forum is the largest international conference of its kind and brings together a wide range of environmental leaders ranging from corporate sustainability officers to technology developers to discuss innovative new products and designs and develop powerful professional networks. Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel, 7:30 AM – 6:30 PM.

Sept 2 – 5 – the Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products Symposium – an event co-sponsored by NREL and Iowa State University – focuses exclusively on thermochemical processing of biomass into fuels and chemicals. The program will feature speakers discussing recent scientific developments in this rapidly developing field. This forum offers a mix of plenary sessions featuring leading experts in the field, interactive breakout sessions, and ample opportunities to network with colleagues.  Participants will include academic, government, and industry researchers who are making thermochemical processing one of the most exciting developments in advanced biofuels.  Embassy Suites Denver Downtown Convention Center

Sept 4 – 5 – The Energy Policy Institute and Center for Advanced Energy Studies presents the 4th Annual Energy Policy Research Conference that will feature a keynote address by Dr. Stephen Chu, Nobel Prize recipient, former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and 12th US Secretary of Energy.   The event includes presentations and discussions about energy policy research with participants and panelists from academia, think-tanks and research institutes, NGOs, national laboratories, industry, and government.   Presenters are required to submit papers and discuss their research to advance the state-of-the-art, analyze policies, and foster research collaborations dealing with an increasingly carbon-constrained economy and regulatory environment.  The Westin on Market Street, San Francisco

Sept 4 – 5 – The Urban Land Institute  presents Building the Resilient City: Risks and Opportunities gathers together leading thinkers and practitioners to discuss topics at the cutting edge of resilience planning. Whether looking to minimize risks from climate change, increase the value of a development, or strengthen a community’s ability to bounce forward when disaster strikes, these discussions present the best practices for smart development and risk mitigation.  Hyatt Regency, San Francisco

Sept 9 – 11 –  The 7th Annual Utility Scale Solar Summit presents the latest insights into the market and to meet the key players.  The Summit focuses on the key trends impacting the utility scale sector and what they mean for the future of the industry. Leading utility-scale solar project developers, investors, lenders, utilities, equipment suppliers, construction contractors, EPCs and other key industry players will all be on hand to share their perspectives on how to meet the challenges of developing the next wave of utility scale projects, preparing for the post-2016 ITC era, and getting projects financed and completed. San Diego Convention Center

Sept 10 – The Clean Technology Council presents Yoram Cohen, UCLA Professor of Engineering to discuss Water Desalination: Inventing a Low Cost Technology.  Dr. Cohen has delivered a mobile water treatment technology that cuts the costs of getting the salt out of brackish groundwater and agricultural runoff.  Bottled water costs from $1 to $3 per liter.  The system treats water at a cost of about $1.50 per 1,000 liters.   His Smart Integrated Membrane System eliminates the need for on-site maintenance crews and can be remotely controlled to cope with changing water quality conditions and reduce membrane fouling. The complete plant fits in a 40-foot cargo container that treats up to 25,000 gallons of water a day, enough to provide 50,000 people with clean, potable water for reuse in irrigation and household uses.  Total Wine Conference Center, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Sept 10 – 11 – Greentech Media presents Soft Grid 2014 – Data, Analytics and Software-Defined Utility.  Massive data sets, real-time analytics and application-specific software platforms are unlocking opportunities for vendors, utilities, third-party service providers and energy consumers. Join us as we explore how to effectively manage, analyze and take action on the data generated by grid networks and intelligent, energy efficient endpoints to enable an energy system of the future. SRI International, Menlo Park

Sept 12 – 14 –  The annual Green Festival is a vibrant, dynamic marketplace where companies and organizations come to showcase green products and services, and where people go to learn how to live healthier, more sustainable lives.  Green Festival is America’s largest and longest-running sustainability and green living event;  bringing together the world’s most trusted companies, innovative brands, national and local businesses, pioneering thinkers, and conscious consumers in one place to promote the best in sustainability and green living. Los Angeles Convention Center

Sept 15 – 16 – The inaugural Graphene World Summit will focus on bringing together the scientific and business communities for technical collaboration, scientific exchange, and the successful development and commercialization of graphene and potentially other 2-D materials.  Planned sessions are designed to amplify and clarify the role of graphene in the future.  These sessions include the global path to standardization, innovation and commercialization; investment strategies; material development and production case studies; and game-changing applications and commercialization success stories.  Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley

Sept 15 – 17 – The Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summit and Expo (APRISE2014) convenes business, technology and policy leadership to examine the resilience in energy, agriculture, water and security.  APRISE joins with the 2014 Innovation Challenge programs – Defense Energy Challenge, Pacific Agriculture Innovation and Islands Innovation – and brings together global government leadership and hundreds of corporate executives to discover innovative technology and best practice solutions for Energy, Agriculture and Security.  Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept 16 – The PortTech Pitch concludes a the summer long program with the Final Presentations of cleantech start-ups.   The Pitch recruits cleantech teams from all over the globe, conducts business and presentation workshops and culminates in a set of final team presentations before a panel of judges – investors, service professionals and environmental specialists.  Attendance by invitation only.  Use link to request an invitation.  The Plaza at Cabrillo Marina, 4:00 – 8:00 PM

Sept 16 – 17 – The 7th Annual Renewable Energy Finance Forum – West (REFF-West) is the premier West Coast renewable energy finance event, uniting senior financiers, investors, and renewable energy executives from across the country since 2008.  With a focus on renewable energy development in the Western U.S., REFF-West will highlight financing trends for renewable power, clean technologies, and transportation; assess the future of federal and state policy and the role of financing innovations; identify early-stage investment opportunities; and discuss the region’s role in the international renewable energy marketplace. The conference also offers unparalleled networking opportunities, allowing you to meet senior representatives from both the energy and financial sectors.  The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

Sept 16 – 18 – The 16th Annual OLEDs World Summit  is the longest-running, preeminent technical and business event dedicated exclusively to the OLEDs industry – connecting researchers with customers and manufacturers in both the lighting and display sectors.   The OLED industry is growing exponentially, with more and more novel applications being developed for commercial use. The 2014 edition of the OLEDs World Summit will continue to focus on large displays and flexible devices, but also explore some of the more promising technologies currently in development, and help define a path towards commercialization.  Claremont Hotel Club & Spa in Berkeley

Sept 17 – The 5th Annual PortTech EXPO  is the largest maritime oriented cleantech conference on the West Coast this year.   The EXPO is a showcase for innovative clean technology and panel discussions about the trends within and opportunities for technology that enables operators and enterprises to address challenges with energy, safety, security, cargo handling, transportation and environmental impacts.  The EXPO attracts a large, diverse audience: maritime executives, port authorities, thought leaders, community and government officials, policy analysts, regulators, entrepreneurs, investors, service professionals, academics and students.  Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles, 8:00 AM – 3:00PM.

Sept 23 – 24 – The Cleantech Group presents Water Innovation Summit 2014 – an exploration of technology and business model innovation in the water and wastewater sectors, from both industrial and municipal points of view.  On the municipal side, sessions will explore topics including predictive maintenance, the Internet of Things Water, contaminant detection, and water reuse. We will also discuss water’s more industrial applications, including its role in oil & gas, mining, food and beverage, and agriculture.  Claremont Club and Spa in Berkeley

Sept 29 – 30 – Microgrids and Smart Communities conference will address microgrid drivers and initiatives at the national, state, and utility levels; regulatory and policy initiatives that encourage micro grid development; financing opportunities and challenges, and technical aspects. Further, we will introduce the concept of the “Smart Community” and address what the role of a microgrid is within this concept with case studies, presentations, and panel discussions.  Over the next five to eight years, the market for vendors of microgrid-related products and services is estimated to reach around $40 billion.  Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley

Sept 30 – Oct 2 – The 6th Annual Transmission Summit West provides the clearest window into leading utility and merchant transmission executives’ plans for new projects, partnerships and business strategies. They will address the business models, financing trends, strategies and practical lessons being learned in project execution and construction management for new transmission builds and upgrades. The Summit is the place to meet and network with other key stakeholders and find solutions to the problems facing the transmission business.  The Westgate Hotel, San Diego

Sept 30 – Oct 2 – Energy Storage North America is the largest grid storage event in North America focused on market developments and technology integration.  It brings together 1000+ attendees (customers, solution providers and partners) and hosts 40+ conference sessions, workshops and tours focused on the convergence of transportation, distributed, and utility-scale applications.  Concurrent tracks allow attendees a deep dive into the market structures, the policies powering them, and the opportunities to integrate projects of all sizes on the grid.  San Jose Convention Center


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