Ken Alston, California Clean Energy Fund

Ken Alston, California Clean Energy Fund

Ken Alston is Investment Manager at the California Clean Energy Fund, which since 2004 has invested in clean energy and transportation sector startups. His work includes the $24 million CalSEED fund (supported by the California Energy Commission) and developing international partnerships. Prior to joining the California Clean Energy Fund, Ken worked at the White House and at the U.S. Department of Energy. At DOE he was Special Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Energy.

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Roger Basu, CTO and Co-Founder, Coreshell Tecnologies

Roger Basu, CTO and Co-Founder, Coreshell Tecnologies

Roger Basu is CTO and Co-Founder of Coreshell Technologies, a company focused on introducing novel electrode coatings into Lithium-Ion batteries in order to mitigate capacity fade during cycling and enhance energy density. Roger was previously a senior device engineer at Heliotrope Technologies, where he developed next-generation Lithium-Ion electrochromics. Prior to that,

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Dr. Vince Battaglia, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Vince Battaglia, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Vince Battaglia heads the Energy Storage Group at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Dr. Battaglia received his degree in Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley. His research interests span from macroscopic modeling of battery systems to electrode fabrication practices to battery design for the grid. Vince has contributed to over 110 refereed journal articles, holds five patents, and is the author of one book, The Newman Lectures on Mathematics.

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Danielle Cass, Director, Silicon Valley Initiative, Amnesty International

Danielle Cass, Director, Silicon Valley Initiative, Amnesty International

Danielle Cass is Director of Amnesty International’s new Silicon Valley Initiative, which aims to connect with the technology sector to transform the human rights movement. She explores how technology can expand Amnesty’s reach and impact, how to mitigate the risks of technologies that pose a human rights issue, and how to leverage technologies to protect human rights and human rights defenders.

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Professor Gerbrand Ceder, Berkeley Lab/UCB

Professor Gerbrand Ceder, Berkeley Lab/UCB

Prof. Gerbrand Ceder is The Chancellor’s Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley and is a Sr. Scientist at Berkeley Lab. His research interests lie in computational and experimental materials design for clean energy technology and in Materials Genome approaches to materials design and synthesis.  He has published over 400 scientific papers, and holds more than 25 U.S. and foreign patents.

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Dr. Marca Doeff, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Marca Doeff, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Marca M. Doeff is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Vice Chair of the Battery Division and Fellow of the Electrochemical Society, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She is a principal investigator working in multiple battery programs funded by the U. S. Department of Energy. She has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and abstracts.

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Tien Duong, Technology Development Manager, U.S. DOE, Office of Vehicle Technologies

Tien Duong, Technology Development Manager, U.S. DOE, Office of Vehicle Technologies

Mr. Tien Duong currently manages the Advanced Battery Materials Research (BMR) Program and the Battery500 Consortium. The BMR program conducts battery research with a strong emphasis on developing, modeling and diagnostics of new materials. These materials will be utilized in future battery technologies anticipated to be ready for commercialization in the next ten to fifteen years. The Battery500 Consortium is working toward demonstrating a battery cell of 500 Wh/kg of specific

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Peter Frischmann, Founder and CEO, Sepion Technologies

Peter Frischmann, Founder and CEO, Sepion Technologies

Following a lifelong passion to power cars with solar energy, Peter Frischmann has devoted the past 15 years to advanced materials development for breakthrough energy storage technologies.  He co-founded Sepion Technologies in 2015 to commercialize must-have membrane components that boost the energy density, safety, and lifetime of Li-batteries. His background in self-assembly and synthetic

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Mateo Jaramillo, CEO, Form Energy

Mateo Jaramillo, CEO, Form Energy

Mateo Jaramillo is co-founder and CEO of Form Energy. Form Energy is working to develop breakthrough low cost, long duration energy storage solutions that will enable the electric system to be 100% renewably powered. He was formerly Vice President of Products and Programs for Tesla’s stationary energy storage program, an effort he started. In that role, he was responsible for Tesla Energy's product line and business model definition,

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Danny Kennedy, California Clean Energy Fund

Danny Kennedy, California Clean Energy Fund

Danny Kennedy leads the California Clean Energy Fund (CALCEF), connecting entrepreneurs everywhere to capital to build an abundant clean energy economy that benefits all. This includes overseeing the CalSEED.fund of $25m for very early stage companies driving innovation and building equity in the California economy. Additionally, CalCEF runs a network of incubators and accelerators globally called New Energy Nexus. Kennedy is also the President of CalCharge

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Dr. Mark Lefebvre, Director of Open Innovation, Samsung SDI

Dr. Mark Lefebvre, Director of Open Innovation, Samsung SDI

Mark Lefebvre, Ph.D., serves as Director of Open Innovation for Samsung SDI, world leading lithium-ion battery manufacturer serving IT, EV and ESS markets. In role as technology scout, Mark builds the link between the North American battery community and SDI’s internal battery portfolio and development roadmap identifying, vetting and supporting collaboration and investment opportunities with entities building and offering innovative battery materials and system solutions.

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Janice Lin, Found and CEO, Strategen

Janice Lin, Found and CEO, Strategen

Janice Lin is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Strategen. She brings more than two decades of experience in clean energy strategy, market development, and corporate strategy to Strategen. During this time she has advised a diverse range of clients including renewable energy equipment manufacturers and service providers, large corporations diversifying into clean energy, and real estate developers building sustainable communities.

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Dr. Gao Liu, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Gao Liu, Berkeley Lab

Dr. Gao Liu is the Group Leader of the Applied Energy Materials Group in the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and specializes in materials and energy storage R&D. Dr. Liu has led research projects for the U.S. Department of Energy and industry. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 20 patents and patent applications.

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Rob Morgan, CEO Energy Storage, GE Power

Rob Morgan, CEO Energy Storage, GE Power

Mr. Robert Morgan, also known as Rob, has been Chief Executive Officer of Energy Storage Unit at GE Energy since May 2018. He is Chief Executive Officer of Energy Storage Unit at GE Power & Water. He has been Chief Strategy Officer of Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. since 2014 and serves as its Executive Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Morgan served as Chief Business Development Officer of Renewable Energy Systems Americas, Inc. since 2014.

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Dr. John Muldoon, Sr. Principal Scientist, Toyota Research Institute

Dr. John Muldoon, Sr. Principal Scientist, Toyota Research Institute

Dr. John Muldoon, Sr. Principal Scientist, Toyota Research Institute, received his B.Sc (Hons) in chemistry from Queens University of Belfast in 1997. He completed his Ph.D  at University of Notre Dame in 2002 under the direction of Prof. Brown studying air oxidation of organics using terminal oxo complexes of late transition metals. From 2002-2004 he worked as research associate at the Scripps Research Institute under Prof. Sharpless (Nobel laureate in Chemistry 2001) and Prof. Fokin

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Carla J. Peterman, Commissioner, CPUC

Carla J. Peterman, Commissioner, CPUC

Carla J. Peterman is a Commissioner at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). She was appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in December 2012. Commissioner Peterman is the assigned Commissioner to a number of energy, communications, and water proceedings including energy efficiency, alternative transportation, energy storage, and PCIA reform. The Commissioner's key interest areas include decarbonization policy, energy markets, and technology adoption.

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Drew Reid, CEO, Saratoga Energy

Drew Reid, CEO, Saratoga Energy

Drew Reid is CEO of Saratoga Energy in Berkeley, CA. Saratoga is developing an inexpensive production process to synthesize carbon nanotubes from CO2. Saratoga’s technology electrochemically separates CO2 into oxygen and graphitic carbon, an essential material in lithium-ion batteries. Carbon nanotubes produced by the Saratoga process is well suited for fast-charging electric vehicles, grid storage, and a broad spectrum of other energy and industrial applications

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Michael Slater, R&D Manager, Farasis Energy

Michael Slater, R&D Manager, Farasis Energy

Dr. Michael Slater is the R&D Manager at Farasis Energy where he leads the development of advanced lithium-ion chemistries and recycling technology. Prior to joining Farasis, Dr. Slater performed post-doctoral research at Argonne National Laboratory on lithium- and sodium-ion materials and systems for electrochemical energy storage. Dr. Slater holds a PhD in Chemistry from UC Berkeley

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Dr. Steve Sloop, Founder and CEO, OnTo Technology

Dr. Steve Sloop, Founder and CEO, OnTo Technology

Dr. Steven Sloop founded OnTo Technology in 2004 to host the LG/Apple battery recall and develop direct recycling technologies. The experience was seminal to understand opportunities and develop technologies to address safety, logistics, and efficiency in the advanced battery recycling market.  Sloop has developed a patent portfolio to address these issues including processes for safe discharge, battery deactivation, whole battery rejuvenation, cathode-to-cathode reclamation and recently

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