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Jan.19, 2012 SVForum Clean Tech Sustainability

On Thursday, January 19, 2012 in Palo Alto at SAP, SVForum held a Clean Technology Conference on Sustainability. Industry leaders noted the continued demand for sustainable technolgies and business processes. A PWC report that $891 million dollars were raised by 80 startups during the third quarter of 2011.

Rami Branitzky of SAP welcomed the attendees. Chris Gill of SVForum introduced Thilo Koslowski of Gartner who gave the overview on electric vehicles. Koslowski then moderated Aaron Cohen of Coda Automotive, Harry Hobbs of InterContinental Hotels, Geoff Ryder of SAP and Byron Shaw of GM Advanced Technology. They discussed the market for new electric vehicles. It will take lots of subsidies and time convert a sizable portion of the existing fleet from gasoline to electric vehicles.

Abby Johnson of Abacus Property Solutions moderated panelists Asim Hussain of Bloom Energy, Alain Poivet of Sunplanter, Swapnil Shah of FirstFuel and Andrew Yip of PG&E. They discussed the long and short term advantages of green buildings.

Steve Bengston of PWC moderated panelists Jason Matlof of Battery Ventures, Rachel Sheinbein of CMEA Capital and Dylan Steeg of Intel Capital. The heyday of startups getting large investments for untried technologies without existing infrastructure are over.

Gil Perez of SAP moderated panelists Erich Klawuhn of Soladigm, Tsafir Oranski of Panoramic Party, Tamin Pechet of Banyan Water and Benzi Ronen of Farmigo. They talked about the specific advantages of their technologies.

Peter Graf of SAP gave the closing keynote.

John Jung and Kate Reimer of Greensmith answered questions about their advanced energy storage technology.

Copyright 2012 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

Aug. 3, 2011 SVForum Green Transportation

On Wednesday, August 3, 2011 in Menlo Park at Orrick’s Silicon Valley Office, SVForum held a Green and Clean Evening “Trends in Green Transportation.” Greg Heibel of Orrick moderated panelists Paul McGrath of RideSpring, Geoff Ryder of SAP, Brien Seeley of CAFE Foundation, Matt Trevithick of Venrock and Ian Wright of Wrightspeed. They discussed the trends and opportunities in a world of rising fuel costs and temperatures.

Oil prices continue to fluctuate upward forcing people to look at natural gas, with its own production and distribution costs. Getting the gas out of the ground can cause environmental and safety headaches. The amount or molecular density of natural gas pumped into a vehicle may vary if it is fueled on a hot or cool day, leading to “range anxiety.” Electric cars have the similar issues but are rapidly gaining storage capacity and charging stations. Besides, it is possible to generate electricity without burning any fuel and increasing greenhouse gases.

Public transportation is very efficient in energy but not always on time, as anyone waiting for a bus will tell you. Better location based services and social media for ride sharing can help. There are also personal space and security issues. People like “pod” space around them.

The ultimate futuristic transportation would be the auto-pilot flying car. No more delays or searches at an airport but door-door service in a quiet electric vehicle. The air traffic control would be managed at a better level than today’s archaic system. The skies might be friendly again.

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