Cleantech Week and Stanford Energy Leadership Panel

Over the past week, several Stanford Energy Club members took part in Cleantech Open’s annual Cleantech Week by participating in job fairs, panel discussions, and intellectual discourse on the future of the cleantech industry.

“Cleantech Week merges the cleantech industry and the climate movement to create new business opportunities, highlight solutions, engage citizens, cultivate partnerships, and spur further massive investment—following the $320 billion of global capital invested in the cleantech space last year alone. Five days, 40+ events in downtown San Francisco with 100s of our best startups, 1000s of participants, and thought-leaders from our network of driven corporate partners like Coca-Cola, Ford, Siemens, and Autodesk.”

The week kicked off with a Global Forum and kick off event with guest speakers from the California Clean Energy Fund. On Tuesday, the discussion focused on a group of female energy entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges, opportunities, and pathway of mutual support for women in clean energy. On Wednesday and Thursdays, both investors and startups came to SF to pitch their ideas and offer support for burgeoning fields and opportunities within this space. The week ended with a Cleantech Job Fair and Panel Presentations from LED Lighting companies, Greenlining institute, and our very own Stanford Energy Club video competition winners.

Each of our panelists were chosen by the SEC Project’s team as video competition winners to participate in the Global Energy Forum 2017 in Beaver Creek, Colorado in late January. The talk titled “Stanford Student Research and Energy Leadership,” began with these videos that each highlighted an aspect of their research at school or personal interests outside of the classroom. Laura Dafov and Zach Burton, PhD students in Geological Sciences, highlighted the importance of methane hydrates and extraction in areas that are not close to conventional sources of energy (such as New Zealand, Japan, and select countries in the Gulf of Mexico). Dan Sambor and Vikhyat Chaudhry, MS students in Civil and Environmental Engineering, talked about their involvement with installing microgrids in Half Moon Bay, a project that will be implemented this summer in small villages in Alaska as part of a collaboration with Professor John Dabiri who focuses on vertical axis wind turbine design and implementation. Austin Sendek, PhD student in Material Science, mentioned his work on using machine learning to find highly conductive solid state electrolytes from a database of over 12,000 materials, while Tim Yeskoo, PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering, talked about his work on optimizing portfolios based on distributed energy. The Cleantech Open’s annual week of events brought thousands of speakers, interested students, investors, entrepreneurs, and researchers to focus on the central theme #WeAreTheFix and how individual action can lead to collective action.

Written by the Stanford Energy Club