renewable energY november 10th 7.30am - 11am PDT 16.30 - 20.00 CEST
november 11th 7.30aM - 11AM PDT 16.30 - 20.00 CEST
november 12th 7.30AM - 11AM PDT 16.30 - 20.00 CEST
The UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was adopted in September 2015 with 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity.
The Swedish American Chamber of Commerce in San Diego strives to be a "one-stop-shop" for Clean Tech businesses and promote trade of sustainable Scandinavian technologies. The following goals of UN's Envision2030 is of particular importance; SDG7 Affordable & Clean Energy; SDG9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities; and SDG17 Partnerships for the Goals. The focus on Clean Energy investment and an increase in the use of renewable energy has resulted in new jobs and economic growth - while decreasing the carbon emission. Join us on the 10th of November at Green Connections in order to step up the efforts to address climate change.
Smart buildings can connect and integrate with solutions and functions that will optimize the use of electrical grids and minimize the impacts on the global environment. As result lowering energy costs while still fulfilling its mission.
Smart buildings obtain this by interacting with other building operators and occupants in order to streamline processes that will reduce costs, increase safety, productivity and quality of life for everyone working and living in the building.
This is why we are focusing on solutions for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security and other systems at Green Connections 2020.
Energy Storage is the missing piece that will facilitate the transition to Greener and Cleaner energy. Working as a complement to any generating asset, Energy Storage reduces greenhouse gas emissions, increases grid reliability and reduces costs. Energy Storage plays the important role in managing the high demand of electricity, so that when wind and solar energy production is captured it can later be dispatched when it is needed. This is why we want to focus this year’s Green Connections on future solutions for Energy Storage.
SPEAKERS of gc 2020
Our speakers are industry, academic and government leaders who represent the future of CleanTech, sustainability and renewable energy from the Nordics and Southern California.
CEO of Azelio
Co-Founder & Chair of San Diego Energy District
VP Business and innovation: area Sustainable Cities, RISE
Chief Executive Officer, Malta Inc
Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, Embassy Of Sweden Washington
Country Manager, Eolus
Head of Statkraft, North America
Senior Vice President Sustainability, Skanska AB
Consul General at the Finnish Consulate General in Los Angeles
Director of Innovation Norway in Silicon Valley
Personal Assistant to CEO, Evoy \
Head Business Development Manager CleanTechnology, Alfa Laval
Adjunct Professor and Senior Expert Gas Turbines, Siemens Energy AB
Vice President Partnerships and Strategic Solutions, Volvo
Leading Development Analyst, Wärtsilä
ANNIKEN RAMBERG krUTNES
Norwegian Ambassador in the United States
CEO of SAMS Norway
Head of Electricity and Automation, Öbo
PhD Student in Electrical Energy Storage, Uppsala University
CEO, Elonroad AB
CEO, Sensative AB
Director of Sales and Marketing, PowerCell Sweden AB
Country Manager of Aker Solutions
LANE SHARMAN CO-fOUNDER AND CHAIR OF SAN DIEGO ENERGY DISTRICT
Lane is a social, serial entrepreneur based in Southern California. With his warm, positive spirit and outstanding knowledge in CleanTech and clean energy, Lane has managed to grow an enormous network in Southern California and become a well known name on the subject of clean energy. The Chamber is extremely proud to have Lane, an expert as well as our friend, as an official speaker on November 11, on the theme renewable energy.
Lane's accomplishments include an open source patent for hydroelectricity from atmospheric water generation at elevation; launching the first independent water credit exchange in California, Borrego Water Exchange; leading the Community Choice Aggregation energy movement in San Diego. This resulted in the first San Diego Community Choice Energy program to launch in 2018 (Solana Energy Alliance); and, evolving the San Diego Energy District and the Center for Community Energy as thought leaders for the energy transition.
Lane Sharman spoke on November 11. Theme: Renewable Energy.
JONAS EKLIND CEO OF AZELIO
Jonas is a businessman and business executive with extensive experience of leadership in technology based growth companies, especially in renewable energy. He has been involved throughout the chain from founding a company based on university research to IPO, and to sell a profitable company to investors. He has experience both from large listed groups and small entrepreneurial units but mainly from companies with an international operation. He also has extensive experience from international sales of complex technical systems.
Jonas has worked with all processes in a technology company, especially with innovation, product development, and transformation of innovation into commercial success and global market expansion. Jonas became CEO of Azelio in 2015.
Azelio is a Swedish clean-tech pioneer focused on transforming the future of renewable energy. A leading manufacturer and supplier of Stirling engine-based solutions, the company is now increasingly engaged in distributed and dispatchable renewable energy through its long-duration energy storage system: the TES.POD. With around-the-clock clean power production the TES.POD aims to accelerate the transition towards renewable energy, with the potential to improve the lives of millions around the world.
With over 160 employees spread across six locations throughout the world, Azelio has an international reach and is focussed on providing clean, reliable, and affordable energy to our clients and partners in some of the world & #39's leading renewable energy development arenas. By combining proven power production technology with an ingenious storage invention, Azelio presents a game-changer to one of the last major obstacles of a greener future: long-duration renewable energy storage.
Listen to Jonas Eklind on November 12. Theme Energy Storage.
KRISTINA MJÖRNELL VP BUSINESS AND INNOVATION: AREA SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES, RISE
Kristina is responsible for the Business and innovation area Smart Cities and Communities which involves planning and coordinating RISE future activities in the field. She has 20 years of experience working as project leader, platform leader, coordinator of research activities, networks, initiation, planning and realization of research and development projects. The work has been focused in the following areas: moisture management, indoor environment investigations, energy efficient and sustainable renovation, and smart sustainable cities, consulting and handling quality assurance system, developing and teaching courses for developers, consultants and contractors. She coordinates a national research environment involving about 30 researchers and as many companies and organizations.
She is also adjunct professor in Building physics and active in research and supervising PhD students. Kristina was former president of ENBRI (European National Building Research Institutes) board. She is a RISE representative in E2BA and supplementary member in EeB PPP Partnership board, member of advisory committee for the Norweigian initiatives KLIMA2050 and NZEN, on the Board of National Renovation Centre, Board of Swedish Moisture Centre, as well as Information Centre for sustainable buildings. She is also a member of IQS strategy group, Board member of Urban Futires, member of IVA (Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Science, involved in Division III and board of IVA Väst, CMB Centrum for management in the Building sector, and SBU Swedish Universities in civil engineering and built environment.
Listen to Kristina Mjörnell on November 11. Theme: Smart Cities, Smart Buildings.
RAMYA SWAMINATHAN CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MALTA INC
Ramya Swaminathan led the spin-out of Malta from X, Alphabet's Moonshot Factory (formerly Google X). She joined Malta from Rye Development, where she was CEO, co-founder, and Member of the Board of FFP New Hydro. Under her leadership, Rye Development grew to be the leading developer of new hydropower projects in the United States and its portfolio of development projects, held at its holdco affiliate, FFP New Hydro, advanced from concept through FERC licensing and late stage development financing. She was also responsible for the expansion of Rye’s platform into energy storage, with the addition of two sizable pumped hydro storage development projects in the Pacific Northwest. At Rye Development, Ms. Swaminathan led a multi-disciplinary team, with specialists in engineering and construction, regulatory and environmental aspects, and power marketing. She also led the company through several financing rounds, both at the platform and the project levels.
Prior to her work in the hydropower space, Ms. Swaminathan was a public finance banker, most recently as a Director at UBS, where she focused on public power clients and senior managed more than $10 billion in financings. Ms. Swaminathan holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Anthropology from Amherst College.
Listen to Ramya Swaminathan on November 12. Theme: Energy Storage.
PETER F. GRINDE-HOLLEVIK Personal Assistant to CEO, EVOY
Peter Hollevik is a new figure in California's sustainable business environment. As a part of Leif A. Stavøstrand's Evoy-team and a student of Data Science in Sustaibable Development and Engineering at Berkeley, he seeks climate change mitigation in the intersections of data science and startups. As a result, he's a mentee at Undergraduate Laboratory @ Berkeley, and in the process of completing The SCET Certificate in Entrepreneurship & Technology. In his spare time, Peter loves spending time in the mountains and on the ocean - preferably on electrical- or sailing-vessels.
Listen to Peter F. Grinde-Hollevik on November 11. Theme: Renewable Energy.
RAMYA SWAMINATHAN HEAD OF ELECTRICITY & AUTOMATION, ÖBO
Jonas Tannerstrand is the Head of Electricity and Automation for Öbo. He has been awarded the Inspirer of the Year/The Örebro Region Energy Award, and is very well known and praised for his work at Tamarinden - Sweden’s smartest district. Tamarinden is as close as it gets to a completely self-sufficient area located in Örebro, and has no equivalent in the world. What makes this project so unique is the way it is supplied with energy - the houses share energy between each other. Tamarinden represents the future of Swedish communities, and is an inspiration for the rest of the world.
Listen to Jonas Tannerstrand on November 11. Theme: Smart Cities / Buildings.
KARIN OLOFSDOTTER AMBASSADOR OF SWEDEN TO THE UNITED STATES
Her Excellency Karin Olofsdotter took up her post as Ambassador of Sweden to the United States on September 1, 2017.Ambassador Olofsdotter has long been a strong advocate for Swedish trade and diplomatic relations with the United States. Trade and economic growth remain top priorities for the Ambassador, along with defense cooperation, public diplomacy, and strong collaboration with the international community.
H.E. Olofsdotter brings extensive experience in trade promotion to her current post. Prior to assuming the role as Ambassador, she served as Director-General for Trade at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Olofsdotter has also held the position of Deputy Director-General and Head of the Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR. Ambassador Olofsdotter is also an accomplished diplomat. Her career in the Foreign Service started in 1994 with her first posting to the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow. In the years following, she worked in security policy and defense issues as well as in numerous leadership posts within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, including serving as Chief of Staff for several of its Ministers.
H.E. Olofsdotter has served as part of the Swedish delegation to NATO as well as at the Swedish EU Representation in Brussels, working with European security policy and defense issues.
Ambassador Olofsdotter was appointed Director of the Ministers’ Office in Stockholm before being asked to serve as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC in 2008, a post she held for three years. In 2011, she entered her first ambassadorial position as Ambassador of Sweden to Hungary.
H.E. Olofsdotter has a strong affection for the United States, having lived, studied, and worked in different parts of the country: first as a high school exchange student, later, while at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and again during her different diplomatic postings to the country.
Listen to Karin Olofsdotter on November 11.
MADELEINE GILBORNE HEAD BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER CLEANTECHNOLOGIES, ALFA LAVAL
Madeleine is a member of the Energy Division’s executive management team responsible for the business development of CleanTechnologies. Apart from being divisional responsible for investment and acquisitions, Madeleine leads the divisional transformation to the future energy market including Energy storage, Hydrogen, Power-to-X and Carbon Capture and Storage.
Madeleine has been with Alfa Laval since 2014 working with strategy and business development in corporate functions, digital transformation as well as with marine service. Before joining Alfa Laval, Madeleine has worked as business development manager for innovative recycling at the waste management company Stena Metal. Madeleine holds M.Sc. degrees in Industrial Engineering and Management as well as Biotechnology from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.
Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of first-rate products in the areas of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling. With these as its base, the company aims to help enhance the productivity and competitiveness of its customers in various industries throughout the world. Alfa Laval define their challenges and deliver sustainable products and solutions that meet their requirements – mainly in energy, the environment, food and the marine industry.
Alfa Laval is an investor and partner to energy storage company Malta Inc. together with Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a $ 1 billion fund led by Bill Gates and supported by Jeff Bezos, Michael Bloomberg, Jack Ma, and Richard Branson. A vital part of Malta’s new energy storage solution is heat transfer technology supplied by Alfa Laval.
Alfa Laval has 17,500 employees. Annual sales in 2019 were SEK 46.5 billion (approx. EUR 4.4 billion). The company is listed on Nasdaq OMX.
Listen to Madeleine Gilborne on November 12.
CHRISTIAN STRIETZEL PHD STUDENT IN ELECTRICAL ENERGY STORAGE, UPPSALA UNIVERSITY
Christian Strietzel was born in Dresden, Germany moving to Sweden in 2009. He received a Master degree in Chemical Engineering specializing in Materials Science from Uppsala university and studied business and innovation management at the University of Colorado, Boulder. During his studies he received a scholarship by the prestigious German Academic Scholarship Foundation. After working with different projects within the truck industry, Christian has done research on organic proton batteries at the department of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials at Uppsala university. His special focus is the design and development of new organic materials suitable for proton batteries. As result of the research he and others in the team have invented a group of new materials that enable proton cycling and facile processing of the electrode materials, which is crucial for large scale production.
Recently Christian has been working on improving the materials and general battery chemistry to enable an aqueous proton battery ready for commercialization. Since initial results are promising, Christian leads the effort to prove the unique benefits of this technology in applications such as IoT and wearables both from a performance and environmental perspective.
Listen to Christian Streitzel on November 12, theme Energy Storage.
HANS-CHRISTIAN SCHULZE COUNTRY MANAGER, EOLUS
Hans-Christian started off his career being a technical consultant for a leading European technical consultancy firm, Grontmij, heading the wind power division in the Asset Management team.
He then became the Co-founder of the Swedish wind farm developer Svenska Vindbolaget, established 2008 and sold 2011 to Eolus Vind, the leading wind developer in Sweden and the Nordics, with over 1200 MW developed and constructed wind since 1990.
After leavin the role as deputy CEO, COO and Transaction Director, he lead the Swedish company Eolus' entry in the U.S. market. Hans-Christian is the Country Manager for Eolus, which is one of the market leading wind power developers. Eolus is highly experienced in the development, financing, operation and asset management of renewable energy facilities and offers local as well as international investors attractive and competitive investment into renewable energy projects. Eolus was listed on the public stock exchange at Nasdaq OMX Stockholm in February 2015. Hans-Christian also founded the company IOWN Renewables in 2014, where he serves as the Founder and CEO. IOWN focuses on the development, financing, and operation of renewable energy projects in North America, usually by acquiring controlling stakes in already initiated projects or companies. Hans-Christian is also board member in two other U.S. based power companies active throughout U.S., LATAM, EU and Asia.
Listen to Hans-Christian on November 10, theme Renewable Energy.
JENNY LARFELDT ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, AND SENIOr EXPERT GAS TURBINES, SIEMENS ENERGY AB
Jenny Larfeldt graduated as a mechanical engineer from KTH Stockholm in 1991. She defended her thesis concerning solid fuels combustion and achieved her PhD title at the department of Energy conversion at Chalmers University in 2000. She joined Siemens Energy in Finspång Sweden in 2004 as a manager for the R&D combustion team. After 2012 she changed into an expert carrier and is now responsible for green fuel strategy on the industrial gas turbine frames. Since June 2020 Jenny is also adjunct professor at Chalmers university.
Siemens Energy is one of the world’s leading energy technology companies. The company works with its customers and partners on energy systems for the future, thus supporting the transition to a more sustainable world. With its portfolio of products, solutions and services, Siemens Energy covers almost the entire energy value chain – from power generation and transmission to storage. Siemens Energy employs 91,000 people worldwide in more than 90 countries. In Sweden Siemens Energy has 2600 employees focused at the industrial gas turbine manufacturing site in Finspång.
Listen to Jenny on November 12, theme Energy Storage.