Los Angeles Cleantech Calendar 2015 – August

Green LAVAWelcome to the August, 2015 Cleantech Calendar of events of interest to entrepreneurs, start-up executives, investors, service professionals and community leaders around Southern California and beyond.  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.  This is the slow season for conferences and events (but not for the curator which is why this is late!) but what is out there is worth investigating including the wonderful Women In Green Forum, Fleet Technology Expo and Pathway 2050!

Jul 28 Update:  CHBC Summer Summit added.  Thanks, Mark!

July 29 – 30 – Following the success of the First Annual West and East Coast Microgrid Conferences, the 2015 West Coast Microgrid Conference continues to provide a platform for public and private sector professionals to demonstrate and discuss their successful microgrid projects and lessons learned.  Presentations will cover current deployments on alternative islanding philosophies, enabling technologies, successful design and architecture, microgrid economics and the regulatory landscape. New topics to be discussed at this year’s program include conducting proper cost-benefit analysis, integrating renewables to a high penetration, showcasing different methodologies for seamless islanding versus open transition, strategizing how to get assets on the balance sheet and propose it to management, cyber security, demand response efforts with microgrid capabilities, and more.  Irvine Marriott, Orange County, CA.

July 29 – 30 – California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) Summer Summit will focus on two key issues that are important to California’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while increasing the role of renewables in our energy portfolio.  Hydrogen and fuel cell technology will be part of the portfolio producing energy that is clean, quiet and compatible with existing transportation and stationary power generation needs.  SoCal Gas Energy Resource Center, Downey, CA.

July 29 – 30 – The EV Roadmap 8 Conference has established itself as one of the leading electric vehicle conferences in the United States. Founded by Portland General Electric and Portland State University, and now produced by Drive Oregon, the conference provides a “graduate course” in electric vehicle deployment.  We believe that widespread electric vehicle adoption requires a supportive “ecosystem” of stakeholders, from utilities and local governments to vehicle OEMs, charging providers, interest groups and drivers. The EV Roadmap Conference brings all of these stakeholders together in a highly interactive format to explore emerging trends, share best practices, and map the road ahead.  World Trade Center, Portland, OR.

July 30 – PortTech hosts a Phase 1 SBIR/STTR Workshop featuring  Martin Klechner III, PhD.  Attend this workshop to learn how to write successful proposals to any of the 11 government agencies that run Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.  San Pedro, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

August 5 – 6 –  Battery Power 2015 is an international conference highlighting the latest developments impacting mobile and portable battery systems for consumer and commercial products, including the Internet of Everything, power tools, smart phones, tablets, laptops and medical devices. The 13th annual event will be held at the Hyatt Tech Center, Denver, CO

August 8 – 13 – The 12th Annual American Renewable Energy Day (AREDAY): a deep retreat with global leaders in renewable energy and climate change mitigation.  This is America’s premiere global think-tank and networking event featuring Clean Energy World leaders in finance, investment, government,  the public and private sectors. Presentations, performances, film screenings and stimulating cross-sector dialogue.  As part of the program the American Renewable Energy Institute (AREI), in partnership with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), presents Startup Green, a two-day green innovation and accelerator program.  Westin Snowmass Lodge, Snowmass Village, CO

August 12 – The Clean Technology Council monthly meeting features Dr. Jim Stewart’s Healing the Earth with Seaweed Forests, using biomass from the ocean to produce renewable energy.  Dr. Stewart and PODenergy cultivate and harvest ocean kelp forests and produce biomethane to be used in place of fossil fuels.  The process sequesters CO2, recycles nutrients and improves biodiversity in near shore environments.  Total Wine & More, Thousand Oaks, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

August 20 – Pathway to 2050 is Advanced Energy Economy’s annual Sacramento event that brings together an influential group of advanced energy business leaders and state policy-makers to discuss opportunities to accelerate California’s economy through the growth of advanced energy.  Sacramento Convention Center, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

August 24 – The 8th Annual National Clean Energy Summit will bring together clean energy visionaries and leaders, public officials, business executives, energy policy experts, entrepreneurs, investors, citizens, and students, to discuss empowering Americans to develop our massive clean energy supplies, secure greater energy independence, and create jobs.  The Summit will focus on the benefits of public-private partnerships to deploy clean energy, and to invest in innovation and the infrastructure needed to modernize our nation’s electric grid. A dynamic setting for a conversation about moving the electrical grid towards a 21st century market for clean energy.  Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

August 24 – 26 – The Fleet Technology Expo is for all fleet types that are looking for ways to improve operational efficiency.  Educational sessions include strategies on reducing fuel use and maintenance costs to optimizing fleet software and data to alternative-fuel adoption. With additional sessions focused on emerging technologies, a huge Ride & Drive Event and an expo hall with the latest vehicles, equipment, software and other tools, Fleet Technology Expo provides attendees the means for smart and efficient fleet management.  Long Beach Convention Center

August 24 – 26 – The 7th Annual Asia Pacific Resilience Innovation Summits and Expo (APRISE2015) convenes business, technology and policy leadership across the global resilience pillars of energy, agriculture, water and security.  The joint Asia Pacific Clean Energy, Islands Innovation and Pacific Defense Energy events collaboratively seek out new solutions for the vanguard communities facing the impact of climate-change.  Hawai’i Convention Center, Honolulu

August 26 – The 6th Annual Women in Green Forum is the premier network and professional conference series for women in environmental careers, highlighting the leaders of the environmental movement.  The Forum brings together an international audience of women focused on environmental issues, including academic researchers, business experts, energy analysts, and technology developers. The WIGF will also appeal to regulatory agencies involved in developing the policies and legislation which will further the development and propagation of green technologies on our roads, in our homes and at our schools.  TreePeople Campus, Beverly Hills, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Green LAVA is the Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association focused on opportunities and challenges coincident with the design, development and deployment of sustainable products, services and businesses.  Green LAVA is generously supported by Stradling, LLP.