SPEAKERS FROM GREENCONNECTIONS 2019
MARTIN EDLUND, CEO of Minesto (Sweden)
With its award-winning and patented renewable energy technology, Swedish developer Minesto introduced a step change in marine energy, offering predictable, clean and cost-effective electricity generation from low-flow tidal streams and ocean currents. Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto shared how the company is working to commercialise its unique product to make it an essential part of the future renewable energy mix.
LANE SHARMAN, Co-Founder & Chair of San Diego Energy District Foundation (U.S)
Lane Sharman innovates business models and he is at the forefront of energy and water innovation. In his speech you learned about one of his major accomplishments, the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), an extremely hot topic in San Diego right now. He also explained why he actually started the CCA movement in San Diego Oct 2011 in the first place…
NICOLE CAPRETZ, Founder & Executive Director of Climate Action Campaign (U.S)
Nicole Capretz was the primary author of the City of San Diego’s groundbreaking, legally binding 100% clean energy Climate Action Plan adopted in late 2015. Nicole has since played a pivotal role in helping other cities in the region adopt similar 100% clean energy climate plans. At the Conference you heared Nicole talk about San Diego’s progress on its climate Action Plan and what the next steps are for reaching our climate goals.
JOSH GERBER, Founder & Principal of 33 North Energy (U.S)
Josh Gerber is a grid-scale battery storage and technology expert. In his speech Josh talked about the latest advanced energy technologies and what are those new opportunities that are changing the Cleantech landscape.
CHRISTOPHER RIDGEWELL, CEO of AW-Energy (Finland)
Christopher Ridgewell is a naval architect and has been following wave energy for many years. He has written articles about the biggest renewable source of energy: the ocean. In his speech, he exposed how Californians could benefit sea as a renewable energy source. Christopher represents AW-Energy, which is concentrating on wave energy technology. The company's flagship product is WaveRoller, that is able to convert ocean wave energy to electricity.
KELLY RATCHINSKY, Project Manager of Innovation Norway (U.S)
Kelly Ratchinsky is passionate about innovation in the cleantech, marine, and mobility industries. Kelly manages finding new growth opportunities for Norway; seeking both Invest in Norway and Export opportunities. Kelly is an Ocean Engineer who worked as an Offshore Project Engineer laying oil pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico. Kelly earned her MSc Ocean Engineering with a focus on autonomous vehicles and renewable energy systems. At the Conference she and Eirik Lonning spoke more about "Norway as a test market for high-tech green solutions"
GÖRAN FREDRIKSON, Vice Chairman & Co-founder of Waves4Power (Sweden)
Wave energy has for generations been the sustainable energy source that many dreamed of harnessing but so far none have commercially succeeded. Waves4Power – as one of but a handful of companies – have demonstrated survival of a full-scale system and have done it in the roughest waters available off the coast of Norway. Göran Fredrikson spoke about how they manage to deliver green energy solutions by generating affordable electric power from ocean waves.
NIKO KURUMAA, International Sales Manager of Netled (Finland)
Netled provides turn-key vertical farming systems and innovative greenhouse lightning solutions for their customers. Niko Kurumaa spoke about challenges the traditional lettuce farming faces, and, what kind of technologies Netled provides to tackle these issues.
ERIK SOLHEIM, Former Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (Norway)
Erik Solheim is a well known global leader on environment and development as well as an experienced peace negotiator. He served as Norwegian minister of Environment and International Development from 2005-12. Currently he is senior adviser at World Resource Institute and Convener of the Global Coalition for Green Belt and Road, and serves as the CEO of the Plastic REVolution Foundation. In his speech you heard him talking about: Out Ocean - how green business can help save the oceans.
EIRIK LONNING, Advisor on EU Funding - Innovation Norway (Norway)
Eirik’s background is in European energy policy, with experience from London and Brussels. He is currently working in Norway on securing soft-funding for pre-commercial projects within energy and cleantech. Given his understanding of energy in Europe, he has currently been seconded to Silicon Valley to work with cleantech projects.
At the Conference he spoke together with Kelly on "Norway as a test market for high-tech green solutions".
Jonah Margulis, Country Manager- Aker Solutions (U.S)
Jonah Margulis is the U.S. Country Manager at Aker Solutions, responsible for all operations in the U.S. He has 18 years of experience in the energy industry ranging from nuclear power to subsea oil & gas, and most recently renewables. Over the last ten years, he has specialized in developing and commercializing new technologies for the subsea oil & gas market with a focus on intervention and boosting applications. He is passionate about the success and importance of offshore floating wind and he believes that Aker Solutions can have a lasting positive impact on this emerging industry. In his speech you heard him talking about "The Business Case for Offshore wind".
Robert Wilder, CEO & C0-Founder of WilderHill Clean Energy Index® (U.S)
Dr. Rob Wilder is CEO & co-founder of WilderHill Clean Energy Index® (ECO), first for climate change solutions and live since 2004: an Index tracker has had over $1.5 billion in assets. Recently he founded the Clean Ocean Index (OCEAN); co-founded WilderHill New Energy Global (NEX) for sustainable energy, is CEO of WHNEF, founded WilderHill Progressive Energy (WHPRO), and Wilder NASDAQ Global Energy Efficient Transport (HAUL).
TESTIMONIALS AND PAST ATTENDEES
“Green Connections 2018 was very well organized, and had a good mix of speeches, panel discussions, and networking breaks. It was a really positive experience for Alelion to participate and it gave us a good opportunity to present our company and offer. A lot of new useful contacts were established within different business areas during the conference. I can really recommend this conference and we will for sure be back next time the themes suit us.”
"Green Connections was an exceptional experience and a great opportunity to meet and network with industry leaders and build relationships between the San Diego area and Sweden. I found the organized visits to local facilities and meetings arranged by SACC to be very helpful and I have no doubt that through this event, CorPower has been able to establish new connections with endless potential."
-Daniel Petcovic, CEO
Corpower Ocean (Sweden)
"The Green Connections conference was an unbeatable opportunity for us at Bioendev to make connections and build valuable relationships for the future. The conference was very well organized and provided high value for everyone who participated, and it was an experience that opened up many new doors for us in the expansion of our business".
-Johan Berggren, CEO