WISE Energy Day 2018


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AGENDA

8:30am – 9:00am
Coffee and Networking
9:00am - 9:25am
OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER

"THE PATH FORWARD: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY STARTS HERE"

David Roewade, Senior Sustainability Specialist, Region of Waterloo

9:25am - 9:30am
Break
9:30am – 10:45am

ACCESS TO CLEAN ENERGY FOR ALL: IS INNOVATION THE PROBLEM?


The vision is to deliver the next generation technologies, innovations and practical solutions that will drive the costs of energy services to ta level low enough for a revolution in energy access without the need for tax incentives and subsidies. The Affordable Energy for Humanity Global Change Initiative is an emerging international collaboration between the world's leading scientists, technology developers and practitioners on the topic of universal energy access. We believe in a future where modern, clean and reliable energy is affordable and available to everyone.

Our panel of social scientists, technology developers, and industry leaders will provide an insight into global energy poverty, off-grid and mini-grid systems, micro-pico-nano grids, and energy infrastructure challenges from a cultural, social, and environmental point of view.

PANELISTS

"Poverty Eradication Through Energy Innovation"

NIGEL MOORE, Manager, Global Programs and Initiatives, WISE, University of Waterloo

"Sharing Economy Applied to Energy Systems"

BISSAN GHADDAR, Associate Professor, Management Science, Ivey business School, University of Western Ontario; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Management Sciences, University of Waterloo

"New Variable Speed Diesel Generation Technologies to Increase Renewable Energy Penetration in Remote Community Microgrids"

CLAUDIO CAÑIZARES, Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering; Hydro One Endowed Chair; Associate Director, WISE; University of Waterloo

"Jaza Energy - Last Mile Distribution in East Africa"

SANDY McARTHUR, Director of Business Operations, Jaza Energy

MODERATOR

JATIN NATHWANI, Founding Executive Director, WISE; Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo

10:45am – 11:00am
Break
11:00am – 12:15pm

GETTING TO A LOW CARBON WORLD: CAPTURE OR UTILIZE?

Carbon emissions from fossil energy pose a global challenge. Will the pathway to utilization of carbon in products prove to be more cost-effective than capture and sequestration? Ambitious carbon reduction initiatives are necessary to lower targeted greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New technologies, innovative approaches to redesigning existing processes and a long term vision are all key components to making effective and sustainable change.

Our panel of academic experts and industry leaders will discuss the development of emerging technologies and the strategic importance of long range carbon reduction planning for environmental benefits at the local and macro levels.

PANELISTS

"Carbon capture and Utilization (CCU): Conversion Pathways and Techno-Economic Challenges"

DAVID SIMAKOV, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo

"Acceleration of Co2 Dissolution for Secure Undergound Sequestration"

YURI LEONENKO, Associate Professor, Geological Engineering; Geography & Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

"Pond Technologies Company Overview"

Peter Howard, Vice President, Sustainability, Pond Technologies, Inc.

"CarbonCure Concrete Technology"


ROBERT NIVEN, CEO/Founder, CarbonCure Technologies

MODERATOR

JOHN WILKINSON, Senior VP Sustainability, Greenfield Global

12:15pm – 1:00pm
Lunch
1:00pm – 1:30pm

DISTINGUISHED KEYNOTE: 

"21st CENTURY PROMISE OF BATTERY SCIENCE FOR A RESILIENT ENERGY FUTURE"

LINDA NAZAR, Professor, Chemistry; Canada Research Chair in Solid State Materials, University of Waterloo

1:30pm – 3:15pm

BLOCKCHAIN IN THE ENERGY SECTOR: BUST OR BONANZA?

Blockchain is a technology for storing and transmitting digital information that is decentralized, secure, transparent, chronological and reputed to be hackproof (CGI Group Inc., 2017). What are the implications of digitization and data mining for the power & energy sector in the short to medium term? What are the credible technological and policy options that can meet the test of economic competitiveness, sustainable business models, prosumer acceptance and financial viability?

Our panel of industry experts will talk about implementing blockchain solutions that can be a game changer in the power and utility sector but are not yet visible on the market.

PANELISTS 

"Can Blockchain Help us to Address the World’s Energy Issues?"

CHRISTIAN GORENFLO, PhD candidate, Information Systems and Science for Energy Group; Computer Science, University of Waterloo

"Technical and Economic Challenges of Distributed Energy Solutions with BlockchainTechnology"

THEOPHANIS C. STRATOPOULOS, Associate Professor, Information Systems, School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo

"Good Regulation is Hard to Find"

AMBER D. SCOTT, Founder & Chief AML Ninja, Outlier Solutions Inc.

"Blockchain-Based Incentive Systems (Reward Programs) in the Energy Sector"

MAREK LASKOWSKI, Lab Manager, Agent-Based Modelling Laboratory; Adjunct Professor, Information and Computing Technologies, York University

MODERATOR

JAMES BARNETT, Director, School of Accounting and Finance, University of Waterloo

3:15pm – 3:30pm
Wrap-up and Closing Remarks
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Reception, Innovation Showcase, Networking & Industry-Academic Collaboration

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