This is not traditional executive education. In fact, you might even call it an “orchestrated collision” of talent, technology and network. Through this collision, it is our mission to speed the creation of cleantech start-up companies led by experienced executives. The curriculum is not a lecture series, but a discussion dialogue with executives from industry, leading technology experts, and key ecosystem players. The program is extremely interactive and combines seminars, lectures, case studies, lab visits, webinars, site visits and a capstone project.
For the 2013 program we will weave foundational industry elements throughout the technology sectors. We believe that all aspects of the foundational curriculum have a certain degree of influence over the technology elements. Thus, to provide the greatest benefit to the Fellows, we will visit, and re-visit various foundational elements and their interplay with the technologies, throughout the span of the curriculum.
Advanced TransportationEnergy Efficiency & Building TechnologiesEnergy Generation and DeliveryEnergy StorageNatural GasWater & Waste Water Cleanup
Increases in all modes of travel globally are inevitable. Larger numbers of people will be driving passenger vehicles. On road delivery of goods and services will continue into the foreseeable future. Light commercial, helicopter and commercial airlines are projected to see continued growth over the next 20 years. Transit and mobility demands of all types are growing by necessity in densely populated areas across the globe.
We will examine advanced transportation technologies that may provide solutions to our transit, emissions and infrastructure challenges. In 2013, the Advanced Transportation track will cover:
Advanced vehicle propulsion
Energy efficient freight solutions
Aviation and aerodynamics
Buildings consume 40% of total U.S. energy and 70% of electricity generation at an annual expense of $400 billion. Approximately 30% of this energy is wasted. We will survey sustainable and energy efficient technologies, processes, and trends for lighting, heating, and cooling residential, commercial and institutional buildings – in existing and new built environments. We also explore business models enabling building owners and power utilities to cooperatively curtail electric loads.
Energy efficiency value chain and ecosystem
Buildings as systems
Energy efficiency drivers and opportunities for commercial building markets
The residential market for energy efficiency
Home energy management
Next generation lighting and HVAC solutions
Green buildings and integrated design
Supported by private innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as critical public sector support in the form of tax credits, grants, and loan guarantees, many clean energy technologies have grown robustly over this period while making significant progress in terms of price and performance.
Clean energy technology 101
Creating a path to subsidy independence
Integrating renewables onto the grid
Advanced materials for clean energy generation
The financial bottom line
Enhanced natural gas recovery systems
The future of cleantech funding
Scientific advances are driving down the cost and increasing energy density of energy storage solutions with the promise of accelerating adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy generation in the electric grid. The Energy Storage program provides an in-depth review of the current electrical storage landscape and the performance and cost targets for adoption.
Storage state of the art
Grid Storage Technologies/Markets
Opportunities and limitations of existing technologies and potential advances
Applications for the automotive industry
Applications for bulk energy storage
We look forward to expanding the 2013 curriculum to include a look at the synergies between cleantech and natural gas. The growth in the natural gas industry provides interesting opportunities, and challenges, for the cleantech market. While natural gas has long been viewed as a bridge-fuel, there are extensive opportunities for natural gas and cleantech to work together in the near-term to expand the role of both industries in the world’s fuel mix.
Cogeneration – the perfect partnership for cleantech and natural gas?
Biochemical and biofuels – how does cheap NG affect these markets?
How does cheap gas affect the expansion of wind and solar?
If you live in the west, you know the saying that “he who controls the water controls the world.” In 2013 the Cleantech Fellows Institute will be examining the critically important issues of water and waste water. We will touch on the global outlook for water availability but focus our attention on the technologies and innovative solutions being introduced to manage, monitor and clean the world’s water. Topics include:
Sustainable industrial water practices
Water and energy generation
Technologies to clean the world’s water
Irrigation, agriculture and technology
Access To TechnologyBig Data & Web IntegrationBusiness Viability ResourcesManufacturingPolicy & Regulation
Cleantech Fellows Institute provides unparalleled access to world class leading institutions and their technology .
The intersection of mobile, web, data and technology is impacting every sector including cleantech. We explore the ways talented executive can fully leverage the opportunities big data can play in cleantech.
In 2012 we confirmed that it was both necessary and critical to incorporate fundamental business elements throughout the coursework. In this way, we weave finance, fundraising, legal, patent, accounting and experiential elements into the curriculum. While some information will be presented as a stand alone session, elements will appear throughout the curriculum as it relate to specific technology sectors.
Without a doubt, manufacturing is the focus for many in the cleantech industry. Whether it is understanding outsourcing, working to reshore cleantech manufacturing jobs to the U.S. or working to expand local cleantech supply chains – the manufacturing discussion is front and center. During the course of the Institute we will tour cleantech manufacturing companies in Colorado, discuss the various factors that determine your manufacturing options, and look at unique manufacturing partnerships that help to grow the industry.
The cleantech industry provides a myriad of regulatory and policy challenges and opportunities. While government funding helped kick-start many companies in the cleantech industry, it is imperative for the long term sustainability of the industry that companies grow and thrive with as little government assistance as possible. Our policy and regulatory conversations will walk through the history of government funding and where we are today with current and pertinent state and federal energy policy. We will also investigate international policy and regulatory environments and their impacts on the growth of the cleantech market.