Global Conference 2011
What's Next for Clean Tech?
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 / 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
Soaring gasoline prices are sparking renewed investor interest in alternative fuels. But energy efficiency is clearly the hottest trend for 2011, with others being energy products tied to cloud computing and building controls. Scheduling technologies, power electronics and smart grid-oriented products are also on the radar. With investment approaching pre-recession levels, which technologies will win or lose? How will new policies and financing options impact development? Some experts predict a return to early-stage venture investing, as well as greater competition for solar and wind from natural gas. Will this be the year of the IPO? Will the Chinese market be a game-changer for the industry? What will be the near-term effects of the real or perceived scarcity of oil, rare earth elements and other commodities?
Senior Fellow, Milken Institute; Director, Compass Program, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights