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Secretary Chu sits down with Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.

Last week, attendees at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit heard from a variety of leaders from across the research, business and government sectors who spoke at the conference of nearly 2,400. These speakers, along with the startup companies and innovators in attendance, converged outside of Washington, D.C., to offer their take on how America can tackle our energy challenges.

One of the top-level highlights from the Summit included this fireside chat between Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates. The two leaders  exchanged ideas about how small businesses and innovators can overcome the roadblocks that many startup businesses and emerging technologies face on the path to success.

Watch the video above to hear the conversation, which covered their views on everything from R&D to nuclear power to commercialization (and everything in between). For more highlights from the Summit, check out this wrap-up article or visit  for coverage of the conference.