Tuesday, July 24 • 2:30pm - 4:45pm
Energy Innovations

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Strengthening Innovation Ecosystems 

Federal agencies and state governments make significant investments in the research and development of energy technologies to address critical National mission needs.  There remains at this time however, significant unrealized commercial potential from these investments due to the “valley of death” that exists between a research prototype and a commercialized product.  New coordinated regional public-private partnerships are needed to bridge the valley of death and accelerate the development and deployment of these energy innovations.  

The Northwest Energy Innovation Alliance (NEIA) is a consortium that has been formed to address this challenge.  The NEIA marshals the Northwest (NW) Region’s innovation capabilities, resources, markets and opportunities to accelerate the transition of energy technologies to increase U.S. prosperity, competitiveness and job creation.   The NEIA consists of member organizations from five NW states (AK, ID, OR, MT, WA) representing strong regional energy research, technology, business, financial and educational assets.  It aims to develop a globally competitive energy industry sector in the Northwest

… that draws upon energy-focused R&D from regional institutions
… and is globally recognized as one of the sought-out locations    
… for energy companies, professionals and policy makers to locate.

In short, the NEIA aspires to make the NW region an energy technology peer to California and New York.

The NEIA drives energy innovation through coordination of its members’ capabilities and programs that span the energy technology lifecycle - from research and development to prototyping, technology validation, pilot projects, and commercial demonstrations.  Alliance members’ efforts will be aligned along a common Innovation Value Chain for transforming ideas and early stage prototypes into commercial outputs.  This panel will feature NEIA members discussing approaches to strengthening innovation ecosystems, with a focus on the NW energy sector.

  • Malin M. Young, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Science and Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Mike Hagood, Director, Regional Initiatives, INL
  • Tom Ranken, CEO and President, CleanTech Alliance
  • David Kenney, President & Executive Director, Oregon BEST
  • George Roe, Research Professor, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Alaska Center for Energy and Power

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Mike Hagood

Director, Regional Initiatives, INL
Michael Hagood is the Director of Regional Initiatives at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), where he provides leadership in advancing energy and security innovation in support of Northwest and Intermountain West energy transitions. Mike works across the INL mission areas, the Center... Read More →
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David Kenney

President and Executive Director, Oregon BEST
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Tom Ranken

CEO and President, CleanTech Alliance
Tom is President & CEO of the CleanTech Alliance. Under his leadership, membership has grown by a factor of eight to 300 companies, research institutions, and other organizations in six U.S. states and two Canadian provinces.Prior to joining the Alliance, Tom co-founded and was CEO... Read More →
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George Roe

Research Professor, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, Alaska Center for Energy and Power
George Roe is a member of the research faculty at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, affiliated with the Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP) where he serves as deputy director.  His work focuses on development, adaptation and integration of energy grid technologies, working in conjunction with industry, utilities, federal agencies and communities. He is the principal investigator for the Alaska Center for Microgrid Techn... Read More →
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Malin Young

Deputy Director for Science & Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Dr. Malin Young began serving as Deputy Director for Science and Technology at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in October 2015.  She is responsible for integrating PNNL's science and technology capabilities to address critical challenges in science, energy, the environment... Read More →

Tuesday July 24, 2018 2:30pm - 4:45pm AKDT
Cedar Ballroom

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