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Cleantech Forum San Francisco Goes Virtual

It’s clear to us a live event in January 2021 would be unsafe because of the continuing pandemic. But the challenge of the climate crisis is too important to set aside. Investors, corporates, financiers and innovators need to stay connected and build networks that enable change and the solutions we’re all committed to.

Announcing a new date

Our partners, sponsors and long-time friends support us in the creation of a virtual Cleantech Forum San Francisco that will take place on 19-21 January 2021. It will be an opportunity to start the new year with a bang, re-set priorities and turbo charge your rolodexes, your dealflow, and your thinking for the year ahead.

The announcement of the 2021 Global Cleantech 100 and our Cleantech Forum Europe (now 12-14 January 2021), will open up the potential for crossover benefits.

Prioritizing teams

We all miss in-person gatherings. Over the next month, our team is committed to delivering the things you care about most in the best possible online format. Both virtual Forums will encourage and incentivize you to adopt a team-access approach, so your colleagues can take part and share the experience and opportunities on offer, and reduce the screen time per individual.

We hope you and your team will join us for the January 2021 Cleantech Forum season.

Who Attends

The Forum connects the latest generation of start-ups with investors and corporates looking for new partners.

Meet the people who attended our 2020 Forum.

 

What People Have to Say About the Forum

“One of the best conferences I have ever been to”
Gregorio Oberti, Managing Director, PwC

“Startups, entrepreneurs, investors, corporates – all the most influential leaders and innovators of the global cleantech industry gather at Cleantech Forum San Francisco to attend meaningful discussions and identify new trends, emerging innovations and their deployment. It really is a MUST in the cleantech industry.”
Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder & Managing Director, Cycle Capital Management

“It was an absolute blast! Loved my first Cleantech Forum. What amazing people you gather. Feeling inspired and motivated.”
Claire O’Connor, Senior Advisor, International Affairs, US Department of Energy

“Thank you for a great forum! I was humbled by the smart and experienced people I met, it was great rubbing shoulders with such intelligent people. And I’m following up with several of them!”
Kathy Giori, Vice President, Arduino

Agenda

Our 2020 Agenda

 Welcome to the Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies, Unexpected Allies

Our 2020 Forum theme Welcome to the Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies, Unexpected Allies will highlight what is occurring in response to the somewhat abnormal and chaotic next decade ahead (compared to the 2010s).

By 2030, we have the inconvenient challenge of needing to have halved carbon emissions globally, and we are clearly not on track. Meanwhile, societal forces are gathering in strength year on year to push brands, employers, elected governments, etc. into doing a whole lot more at pace.

All of this has us thinking that orderliness and the normal pace of things might go out the window, and corporations will have to struggle with the need to do more faster and adopt different strategies (where survival over growth might become the predominant imperative for a while). Part of adopting different strategies and transforming industries will also require different thinking and new business relationships.

Join us for Cleantech Forum San Francisco, and come ready to discuss new and innovative solutions to our pressing climate crisis.

Featured speakers

January 27, 2020

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  • Concordia Room
    Pre-Registration

    Registration opens for invite-only and pre-Forum activities.

  • Franciscan Room
    Entrepreneur Coaching

    All entrepreneurs are invited to participate in a coaching session to discuss a range of topics around the building of a company. Relevant topics include Marketing and Communication Strategies for connecting with the right audience; Exit Plans: when to strategize exit plans; Choice of Entity: C-Corps, LLCs and the emergence of Public Benefit Corporations; and Project Financing: when to effectively project finance, do’s and don’t’s. This informal session is designed to be interactive with dialogue and case studies, and entrepreneurs are encouraged to come prepared with specific questions in mind.

  • Franciscan Room
    Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking (Invite-Only)

    The Entrepreneur & Investor Speed Networking session will connect investors, corporates, and entrepreneurs via a facilitated ‘speed dating’ format. Entrepreneurs will have the chance to meet with multiple investors throughout the session. To be equitable for all participants, this session is designed as ‘blind’ for both the entrepreneur and investor/corporate; participants will only know who they will be meeting at the start of the session.

    Limited seating and by invitation only.

    This session is now full. 

    Co-hosted by: Tokyo Gas / Acario Innovation

  • Stanford Room
    Executive Summit: Resiliency, Risk & Response - Adapting to the Chaos of Climate Change

    This Executive Summit will be a cross-sector discussion of opportunities around climate adaptation: who is taking resilient action, how we can better understand risk and where the innovations are in response?

    Recent reports highlight increasing demand for climate-related opportunities totaling $2 trillion, with $236 billion through new solutions to adaptation needs. Cities, infrastructure owners, designers, builders and financial services are taking steps to prepare and take advantage of opportunities through planning, reporting, technology, new approaches and new markets. Engage in conversations with key participants across the value chain during this afternoon Summit.

    This Summit is invite-only and limited in size (to 60) so that participants can easily engage in conversation, and places be allocated evenly across the value chain and across stakeholders (e.g. corporates, investors, start-ups, etc.). Please email forums@cleantech.com if you are interested in participating, with a brief description of your relevance to the topic.

  • Concordia Room
    Registration & Official Opening

    Registration opens, ahead of the official opening of the 18th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco at 4.45pm.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Welcome to the 18th Annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco! Thoughts for the 2020s – from the 2020 Global Cleantech 100

    We will open the Forum by sharing a few insights from the 2020 Global Cleantech 100, and celebrating and meeting some of the companies. The 11th annual edition was released on Thursday January 16, thanks to the incredible and ongoing support of Chubb. Each company speaking in this segment has accepted the challenge to provide us a quick, but provocative Thought for the 2020s.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Bringing Beauty and Value to Wastewater Treatment

    Organica Water has now been on the Global Cleantech 100 seven times, and so enters our Hall of Fame. Their co-founder will share a sense of their journey in words and pictures, what they have achieved and learned, plus his thoughts on where the 2020s might take municipal water treatment. The story will conclude with mention of their broadly-applicable automated facility design software, which they spun out as a new company two months ago.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Thoughts for the 2020s – from a 2020 Global Cleantech 100 expert panelist

    Your co-host of tonight’s opening reception will add a Thought for the 2020s to our collection, and update us on the $1 billion fund, OGCI Climate Investments – its progress and impact since launch, and its viewpoints on the decade ahead.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Changing the Rules of the Game for the 2020s: Ditching Dogma and De-Rigging the System

    As we hit the 2020s, our last shot at staying within reasonable global temperature rises, we’re excited to have with us Bertrand Piccard, explorer, pioneer and Chairman of the Solar Impulse Foundation. His 2016 Round-The-World Solar Flight, which itself followed his completing the first non-stop circumnavigation of the world in a balloon, was only the first phase in his vision.

    The second phase explains why he is here. The Solar Impulse Foundation is currently selecting #1000 SOLUTIONS that can protect the environment in a profitable way. Bertrand will then go around the world again to deliver these solutions to governments, corporations and institutions to demonstrate to them that more ambitious policies and more rapid action programs are possible. The solutions exist. The demand-side is the problem.

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    Believing that way more needs to be done by policy to grip the climate emergency (and its inherent opportunities) and to tilt the balance of the playing fields, to accelerate the adoption of sustainable and transformative innovations, Cleantech Group is committed to do what it can to help Bertrand and the Solar Impulse Foundation’s mission. Nothing could be more beneficial for this innovation community than people with the right access loudly and unapologetically lobbying for fast change to the rules of the game, and pushing back on the powerful forces at play, who are casting doubts and slowing change down.

  • Olympic Room
    Extra Time with Bertrand Piccard, the Solar Impulse Foundation and their #1000 SOLUTIONS program

    The main plenary room needs to be vacated at 6pm sharp. Bertrand and the team from the Foundation welcome anyone to come across the foyer to the Olympic Room and spend some time with them to follow up from his keynote and hear/learn more about becoming one of their #1000 SOLUTIONS. No more than 50 can be allowed into this room at any one time.

  • Networking Area
    Welcome Reception

    The opening night Welcome Reception is co-hosted by OGCI Climate Investments.

January 28, 2020

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  • Concordia Room
    Registration & Continental Breakfast

    Welcome coffee and light breakfast will be served in the general networking area.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Thoughts for the 2020s – from the 2020 Global Cleantech 100

    Our opening session will start by completing the Thoughts for the 2020s challenge we started last night. Each company speaking in this segment has accepted the challenge to provide us a quick, but provocative Thought for the 2020s to get the morning off to a fast start.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    The State of Global Cleantech: Trends, Companies and People to Keep an Eye On

    Second, Cleantech Group will provide its annual “state of cleantech” looking back at 2019 (and to some degree the 2010’s), providing insights on what is trending, who to look out for, and a “temperature take” on the health of our global innovation community. We will briefly introduce you to 2-3 players, as we unfold the story.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Welcome to the Chaos of the 2020s: Urgent Actions, Unusual Strategies, Unexpected Allies

    We think it would be fair to say our theme is in good health, certainly compared to a few years back, and that, all things being equal and normal, we’d be justified to expect tailwinds to bring more progress and success over the coming decade, were it not for one inconvenient issue. It’s 2020 and we see no reason to expect anything other than a totally abnormal decade. By 2030, the world faces the inconvenient challenge of needing to have halved carbon emissions globally, and we are clearly not on track. They continue to rise.

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    We will introduce our overall Forum theme and provide some examples of the urgent actions, unusual strategies and unexpected allies we might see in the 2020s. We are expecting (and indeed hoping for) a totally abnormal and chaotic decade. If it isn’t, we will surely have achieved systemic lock-in to climate suicide, and attention and capital will shift from mitigation solutions to adaptation (some of which will be featured in the pre-event Climate Resiliency Summit).

    2-3 guest speakers will join the discussion to provide their own take on the 2020s, on both what could and should happen.

  • Metropolitan Foyer
    Networking Break

    From this point on, the majority of the Forum’s programming will take place in parallel tracks, offering you a wider variety of subjects to choose from and continuing our more casual and conversational Interaction Track. Sessions in the Interaction Track are deliberately informal and sized to be interactive. To encourage easy flow of conversations between the named speakers and participants, there are no stages, microphones or slide presentations. You are here to listen and talk to each other!

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    There are two formats in this year’s Interaction Track. In one the seating arrangement for approx. 50 will be semi-circular and close to the speakers leading the session. In the other, known as Briefings, about 20 people will get the chance to sit around a boardroom table to hear from a combination of a Cleantech Group analyst providing an overview/landscape of the innovation theme in question and 1-3 CEOs pertinent to that theme.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Edge Computing in Energy

    Energy assets are now generating more useful data than infrastructure can move efficiently. For oil & gas, power utilities and other energy players across the value chain, edge computing can enhance production capabilities, improve process, extend asset life and create opportunities for the deployment of additional capabilities. This session will explore the new computing framework and why stakeholders in the energy market should be paying close attention.

  • Franciscan Room
    The Rising Stars

    Five leaders from debut companies on the 2020 Global Cleantech 100 list inspire us with their innovations and the impact they can make in the next five to ten years.

  • Interaction Track
    Stanford Room
    Carbon to Value: Catalyzing Today’s Opportunities in CCUS

    Plausible expansions of renewable technologies are expected to be insufficient to meet the enormous levels of global greenhouse gas reductions required under the Paris Accords. Carbon removal, reduction and utilization through myriad pathways is now recognized as a vital piece of the GHG mitigation puzzle. Examples include hydrocarbon pyrolysis, chemical conversion, mineralization, bio-reduction and geological injection. But can these solutions scale and integrate into highly optimized incumbent market verticals?

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    This workshop will discuss near-term opportunities for carbon capture, utilization and storage, and will help establish a clear picture of how market participants can capitalize on the technology today.

    Co-hosted by: SoCalGas

  • Interaction Track: Briefing
    Boardroom
    Sustainable Aviation: Electric aircraft propulsion to decarbonize urban mobility & short-haul commercial aviation

    While automakers develop autonomous and electric vehicles to decarbonize personal transport and relieve congestion, other companies are looking to the next frontier – the sky. Innovators are developing electric aircraft to revolutionize urban mobility and short-haul aviation. In this briefing, Cleantech Group analyst Cassidy Shell will provide an overview of the market and 1-2 industry executives will provide a deeper dive into technologies under development and the path to commercialization.

  • Metropolitan Foyer & Ballroom
    Networking Lunch
  • Olympic Room
    Lunch Session: Oceans in the 2020s: The next innovation frontier

    Over the past decades, oceans and their inhabitants have been the primary victims of overfishing, plastic waste and rises in water temperature and acidity. In the face of the oceanic crisis, a new generation of innovators and investors is bringing new technologies and business models to market to tackle this massive challenge. This session will highlight some of these projects, from cleaner marine data collection to bycatch reduction and coral reef rehabilitation.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    How to Help Your Company Prepare for a Cybersecurity Event

    Join our panelists for a mock data breach exercise so that you can understand the challenges and issues associated with a data breach and help to protect your organization from the inevitable. The panel will walk through the challenges and issues that companies face and discuss issues that need to be made, the difficulties companies have, and prepare you to think through how to protect your company through contracts, due diligence, and other techniques.

    Co hosted by: Morrison & Foerster LLP

  • Franciscan Room
    50 to Watch: The High-impact companies that could change it all

    In the face of the climate crisis, our new 50 to Watch list highlights some of the world’s most talented entrepreneurs tackling our most pressing challenges – from how we grow food to how we eat it, from how we move to our relationship with nature. This session will feature six of these outstanding early-stage companies who will be presenting their innovations.

  • Interaction Track
    Stanford Room
    Low Carbon Fuels: Connecting The Dots From Production to Propulsion

    The targets are ambitious and the engineering is audacious, but without a high price on carbon, how can low carbon fuels compete? This session will discuss solutions to the current industry barriers, from production limitations and the role that CCUS is playing, to blending limits and integration into the existing infrastructure.

    Co-hosted by: Evok Innovations

  • Interaction Track: Briefing
    Boardroom
    Indoor Farming: Hi-Tech, Automated, and Profitable?

    Indoor farming is more productive per acre than traditional agriculture while using a fraction of the resources. However, the technology can be expensive, operational costs high, and economic success depends on highly variable and localized fresh produce market conditions. In this session we will look to understand the key economic and technological challenges facing indoor growers and system developers.

  • Transition Break
  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Time to be Inclusive and Pragmatic Before It’s Too Late: Advanced nuclear technologies must be a significant part of the solution set

    At this Forum in 2010, we recognized the good work and leadership of the Ecopragmatist, Stewart Brand, with an award. Ahead of his time, he was then explaining why, to solve the challenges we have of rising energy demand with a need for radical decarbonization at scale, nuclear had to be part of the solution set – including the newer, innovative versions that promise a revolution in economics and industrial utility for nuclear energy.

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    A decade later, this is still not accepted wisdom, and the runway to climate success is now ten years shorter. This session will explain the 2020 context, why and how innovations in nuclear energy have to be part of the solution set, and when, by using three examples of applications: electricity, industry and transport use cases.

    Co-hosted by: ClearPath and the Nuclear Energy Institute, in partnership with NuScale Power, Oklo and Terrestrial Energy

  • Franciscan Room
    From Chemical to Biological: Building Microbiomes for Healthy Soil and High Yield

    The planet needs a clean alternative to synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Innovators have turned to biological tools to fix nitrogen in the soil and control pests. In this session, we explore why this movement is receiving such strong support, and discuss the challenges with adopting biological alternatives to chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

  • Interaction Track
    Stanford Room
    Cleantech Leaders Unite: 10 Years Out - What is the Optimal Roadmap for the Energy System Transition?

    Using the IPCC Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C as a focal point, cleantech executives and sustainability experts from the US and Canada will present and debate optimal roadmaps toward energy system transition. Electrification, hydrogen, bio-based fuels, carbon capture, utilization and storage, changes in agricultural practices – what is the optimal roadmap that can lead to the deep emission reductions required to limit warming to 1.5℃?

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    This Executive Roundtable will be a cross-sector discussion around how we can raise our level of ambition and accelerate rapid technological change. Come learn from these cleantech leaders and CEOs who are forging a path toward the future with market-ready well-capitalized solutions, and innovative business models.

    Co-hosted by: Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Centre

  • Interaction Track: Briefing
    Boardroom
    Decarbonizing Heavy Industry

    Global industrial GHG emissions represent about 24% of all GHG emissions – more than all from transportation and almost as much as from power. Lowering industrial GHG emissions won’t be easy, but it is possible. This briefing will discuss some of the promising innovations including the electrification of heat and the use of alternative technologies for high-temperature heating and waste heat recovery.

  • Metropolitan Foyer
    Networking Break
  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Urban Mobility: Lessons Learned and Future Innovative Solutions

    Mobility services are creating more congestion, more emissions and more frustrations in cities. With almost 70% of the world’s population expected to be in urban areas by 2050, ride services and micro-mobility (bikes, scooters, etc.) may become part of the solution, but have overwhelmed cities whose already overloaded infrastructure was designed for personal cars, trucks and varying degrees of public transit. In addition, new technologies (autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, etc.) are ushering in new mobility models.

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    What can be learned from these experiments? What is the role of mobility services and autonomous, connected vehicles? And how do they complement public transit?

  • Franciscan Room
    Plastic in the 2020s: A rags to riches story?

    Plastic has been a revolutionary substance, but since its invention over 100 years ago our appetite for plastic continues to grow at an alarming and dangerous pace. Plastic is overflowing in our environment, threatening ecosystems and the resources they provide. However, the emerging solutions to close the loop on plastic from design to end-of-life are vast. This session will explore these innovations from biodegradable additives, to sensors which could reduce contamination and many more. We will also focus on corporate decision making and sustainable trade-offs, how to improve the system which underpins plastic recycling and whether innovation can enable a profitable trading market for waste.

  • Transition Break
  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    OK, Boomers: Let’s get serious on where we really are and what together we need to get done!

    We thought it would be fun to end the day with a non-confrontational and non-digital cross-generation interaction between two pioneer investors in our field (the “Boomers”), fielding questions from and putting questions to, two upcoming future leaders, with a particular focus on how they all see the decade ahead in terms of trends and business scenarios. 2030 (and the goal of halving emissions) is less than 10 years away.

    Areas of discussion will likely range from what might happen (as ugly as that could be) to what they hope will happen to address the critical problem set.

    Co-hosted by: CELI (Clean Energy Leadership Institute)

  • Metropolitan Foyer
    Evening Reception

January 29, 2020

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  • Concordia Room
    Registration & Continental Breakfast
  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    WCS Talks @ Cleantech Forum San Francisco

    Our partner, Women in Cleantech & Sustainability (WCS), hosts an annual TED-style conference each November, featuring both a female-focused start-up pitch competition and a series of WCS Talks, with some of the brightest minds and most inspiring stories from the clean economy revolution.

    Founder and Chairwoman Lisa Ann Pinkerton will host this session, featuring a short pitch from eIQ Mobility, the 2019 WCS pitch competition winner and three dynamic 10-minute talks,  as follows:

    • Natalie Hollier, If The Internet Was A Country, It Would Rank 6th In Terms Of Co2 Emissions
    • Rachel Major, Be The CEO Your Parents Always Wanted You To Marry
    • Urvi Nagrani, Why Your Startup Should Participate in Public Policy
    • Sila Kiliccote, CEO and founder of eIQ Mobility

    Co-hosted by: Women in Cleantech & Sustainability (WCS)

  • Transition Break
  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Long Duration Energy Storage: Solutions for Variable Renewables and Grid Stability

    Over the next decade, the need to store and discharge energy over weeks, months and seasons will become vital. Urgent action is needed to bridge the gap between variable renewables and grid demand, reducing the risks incurred by diminishing fossil-fuel baseload power. Solutions providing multiple hours of charging and discharging are beyond the economics or capacity of conventional batteries, and technological innovation is needed to enable a new energy era, which we can be dependent of renewables through the year.

    Co-hosted by: Cycle Capital Management

  • Franciscan Room
    Food Loss: How Can Innovation Solve This $300 Billion Problem?

    About 30% of all food grown is lost to waste along the supply chain. To solve this problem, innovators are building new markets for food that would otherwise go to waste, tracking products more closely through the supply chain, optimizing retailer purchasing to avoid over-supply, and reducing food waste in food service industries. This session will explore which technologies will have the biggest impact on efficiency and profitability to reduce food waste in the supply chain and within food service kitchens.

  • Interaction Track
    Stanford Room
    Sustainable Forestry and Wildfire Prevention

    Increasingly extreme weather events are becoming more frequent across the globe, from prolonged droughts to wildfires and torrential rains. While mismanaged forests can worsen these incidents, trees are central to carbon capture, preserving soil life, biodiversity and retaining moisture in dry areas. This session will discuss the innovations, business models and practices that can help us expand the world’s forests and keep them healthy in the decades to come.

  • Metropolitan Foyer
    Networking Break
  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Smart Buildings 2030: An Accelerated Decade for Innovation

    Given the urgency of climate change, a different kind of thinking will be required over the next 10 years to make buildings more adaptive to the realities of the future. This session will bring together leading entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to discuss smart buildings of the future. Based on current trends, early-stage technology development and start-up creation, this panel will make predictions and answer audience questions about the exciting future for sensor-enabled, data-driven, occupant-focused buildings. While even today, smart technologies are being adopted in many buildings, there are many solutions that likely will see much wider adoption over the coming decade.

  • Franciscan Room
    Heavy Duty Transportation: How far can electrification take us?

    Cities and freight trucking companies are increasingly looking to decarbonize bus and truck fleets to meet emissions reductions goals and customer demand for low-emission supply chains. Electrification in this sector offers a solution to reduce emissions and operating costs. In this session we’ll hear from companies developing solutions to electrify heavy duty fleets, including drivetrains, charging infrastructure and energy management.

  • Metropolitan Foyer & Ballroom
    Networking Lunch
  • Olympic Room
    Lunch Session: Power-to-X: Storing renewable energy by converting power into X (gas, fuels, chemicals, or other products)

    Power-to-X is an emerging topic of interest across the energy industry used to reference technologies that create new opportunities for the use, conversion, and storage of surplus electric power. As renewable generation continues to grow worldwide, more and more areas face constraints in effectively placing power generated into the hands of consumers due to lack of load growth, transmission constraints, or mere over-supply. As such, Power-to-X markets have emerged, with technologies utilizing power to create fuels, chemicals, gas, and other products. In many cases, renewable power in Power-to-X, creates a carbon free replacement for existing feedstocks in a range of processes.

    In this one hour lunch workshop, a panel of individuals from a variety of industries will share their viewpoint of the Power-to-X field, and what exciting technologies have emerged in recent years

    Co-hosted by: Greyrock Energy

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Automating Construction: Are Building Sites On the Verge of Massive Technological Disruption?

    Construction is a $12 trillion industry, accounting for almost 13% of the global GDP and responsible for 38% of global emissions. While construction incumbents have historically invested very little in new technologies, with a recent spike in VC investment, it appears the sector is on the verge of major disruptive changes. In this session, we will introduce some of the leading players in this space to discuss the market dynamics and how innovation in automation will make building sites safer and more resource efficient.

  • Franciscan Room
    Innovation Showcase: Next-Generation Solutions to Watch Out For

    Cleantech Group has picked six impactful solutions to present to you this afternoon. This showcase will feature companies that apply AI to refrigeration and cooling systems, that use heat to power aircon, one with cleaner and more powerful engine solutions for the diesel sector, another with a next-gen wind turbine blade, a technology turning heat into electricity with no moving parts, and one with solar-activated nanomaterials that produce hydrogen-rich synthesis gas from recycled greenhouse gases.

    Two investors are on hand to provide brief comments and questions on each.

  • Metropolitan Foyer
    Networking Break
  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    Hydrogen: Converting Waste into Economic Opportunity

    It is widely believed that cost-competitive green hydrogen production could be developed over the coming decade. However, opportunities exist today that allow clean hydrogen to be obtained from a range of unfamiliar sources as a by-product. From industrial reclamation, food waste recovery to carbon to hydrogen, cost competitive solutions are being commercialized today. This session will explore some of these opportunities as well as exploring the large scale potential for these technology in today’s market.

  • Metropolitan Ballroom
    The Final Wrap

    Join us for a brief final wrap-up of our event before our Closing Reception!

  • Metropolitan Foyer
    Closing Reception

    Thank you for joining us for our 18th annual Cleantech Forum San Francisco!

My Visit

Venue

The 2020 Forum will be headquartered at Park Central Hotel, a modern and spacious hotel ideally situated in the cultural heart of downtown, walking distance from Union Square, Oracle ballpark, the Financial District, Embarcadero, Chinatown, and more. Park Central blends location, service and comfort, to create an exceptional property in one of the world’s favorite cities.

Park Central San Francisco
50 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Speakers

Our 2020 Speaker List

 

Sponsors

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