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Mar. 29, 2012 SVForum Quebec Smart Energy

On Thursday, March 29, 2012 in Palo Alto at SAP, SVForum presented “Clean Tech Breakfast Series: Smart Energy in Everyday Living – Innovative Technologies from Quebec, Canada.” Rami Branitzky of SAP moderated panelists Gary Dillabough of The Westly Group, Stephane Labelle of EH2 Solar, Simon Leblond of CAN2GO/SCL Elements and Denis Leclerc of Ecotech Quebec. They discussed the current and future smart energy opportunities in Quebec and Canada in general.

Quebec is an example of how making hard environmental policy decisions pays off in the long run. They started enforcing cap and trade regulations for carbon emissions. They decided not expand their nuclear energy program in favor of getting ninety-eight percent of their power from sustainable hydroelectricity. They encouraged a balanced economy of agriculture, manufacturing and high tech. They supported healthcare, immigration and education systems to create a workforce of talented people who did not have to worry about crushing college loans or healthcare costs but were free to start their own companies. Today Quebec has over four hundred clean tech companies focusing on energy efficiency and storage, water treatment and waste management, aerospace and alternative fuels.

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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.

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