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Sustain OC's 8th Annual Conference & Expo: Energy Innovation

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UCI Applied Innovation

5141 California Avenue


Irvine, CA 92617

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Necessity is the mother of invention; the need for energy innovation is clear and present...We are rising to meet that demand.

On October 19th, Sustain OC will present its 8th Annual Conference & Expo focusing on Energy Innovation. Key stakeholders throughout the region will gather to collaborate on the latest in energy storage, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Among other topics, we will dive into how that technology is being adopted; what legislation is in place to foster that technology and where some of the largest public and private energy investors are placing their bets.

The formal program will conclude at 2:30 followed by a networking reception. Below is the outline agenda and bios for keynote speakers.


8:30 Registration / Breakfast / Networking / Expo

8:50 Opening Remarks
Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain OC
Jam Attari, Chairman, Sustain OC (Also introduces Michl Binderbauer)

9:00 Opening Keynote
Dr. Michl Binderbauer, President, TAE Technologies


9:30 Renewable Energy Panel
Tom Koutroulis, Director, OC Waste & Recycling (Moderator)

10:10 Net Zero Newhall: An Innovative First in Planned Communities
Steve Churm, Chief Communications Officer, Five Point Communities

10:25 Break

10:40 Energy Efficiency Panel

11:20 California Energy Commission: Paving a Path toward Innovation
Laurie ten Hope, Deputy Director of Energy Research and Development Division, CEC

11:40 Announcing! -- Energize California: The CEC L.A. Regional Energy Innovation Cluster
Amanda Sabicer, Director, Energize California, LACI

11:50 Sustain OC Award Presentations

12:10 Luncheon

12:40 Luncheon Keynote
Dipinder Saluja, Partner, Capricorn Investment Group

1:00 Huntington Beach’s Advanced Energy Community
Antonia Graham, Energy & Sustainability Projects Manager, City of Huntington Beach

1:20 Energy Storage Panel

2:00 Closing Keynote
Phil Graves, Managing Director, Tin Shed Ventures

2:20 Closing Comments

2:30 Reception / EXPO

Dr. Michl Binderbauer, President TAE Technologies

Dr. Binderbauer is the architect of Tri Alpha Energy’s research and development program and is a co-inventor of many of the company’s technological advancements. He has dedicated the past two decades to evolving Tri Alpha Energy’s knowledge and technology. He is an expert in reactor kinetics, equilibrium, and stability of advanced beam-driven Field-Reversed Configurations and aneutronic fusion systems. Recently, he has focused on reactor physics, engineering and enabling technologies, and a wide array of applications of Tri Alpha Energy’s core technologies — from medicine to isotope production and chemical processing. He holds more than 40 issued and pending U.S. patents and numerous international technology patents, and he has authored or co-authored many peer-reviewed publications in the areas of plasma physics and fusion. Dr. Binderbauer holds a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Irvine.

Dipinder Saluja, Managing Director, Capricorn Investment Group

Dipender Saluja is Managing Director at Capricorn Investment Group, an investment firm founded to demonstrate that it is possible to invest profitably while driving sustainable positive change. Capricorn manages about $5 billion in assets and strives for extraordinary investment results by leveraging market forces to accelerate large scale impact. Capricorn’s past and current investments include Tesla, Planet Labs, QuantumScape, Innovium, SpaceX, Twitter, and Saildrone. Prior to Capricorn, Dipender was Chief of Staff at Cadence, a global market leader in electronic design, where he built and managed businesses that worked closely with electronics companies around the world. Prior to that he was at Data General (EMC), Honeywell, ROLM (IBM), and the GF Energy Research Center. He is an electrical engineer by training, and attended UND, Univ of Minnesota and Stanford. Dipender serves on the boards of AST, Automatiks, Innovium, Joby Aviation, Navitas Semi, QuantumScape, RayVio, Sense and Sunpreme, and on the investment committee of PRIME. He is based in Palo Alto, CA.

Phil Graves, Managing Director, Tin Shed Ventures

As head of corporate development, Mr. Graves oversees Patagonia’s Tin Shed Ventures, which funds startups that generate environmental and social good, pulls eco-innovations through into Patagonia’s supply chain, and brings a startup mentality to the organization. Mr. Graves came to Patagonia with 10 years of experience consulting on corporate finance, investment, valuation, private equity, and M&A-related issues with Deloitte and PwC. Mr. Graves earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and master’s degree in finance from Texas A&M University. Phil also serves as a Board Member of U.C. Berkeley Haas’s Center for Responsible Business. He has been recognized by multiple organizations, including Global Corporate Venturing (“Powerlist 100”) and Texas A&M University’s Association of Former Students (“12 Under 12 Young Alumni Spotlight”). Outside of work he enjoys surfing, skiing, and exploring wild places with his wife and three young daughters.

ANNUAL AWARDS WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED during the Conference. Please click on the link to APPLY TODAY!

Sustain OC's Cleantech Company of the Year
Sustain OC / Van Vlahakis Sustainable Company of the Year
Sustain OC Sustainable Government of the Year

FOR SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION, please contact Scott Kitcher at scott@sustainoc.org or (949) 509-9300.


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