2016 Sustainable Transportation Summit Agenda

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Hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), the first ever Sustainable Transportation Summit will bring together transportation and mobility leaders to discuss the technology, policy, and market innovations that hold the potential to shape the transportation system of the future.  

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Day 1: July 11, 2016      

12:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Plenary Sessions

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12:30 – 1:00 PM          Registration
1:00 – 1:10 PM            Welcoming Remarks

                                               Mr. David Friedman
                                               Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
                                               U.S. Department of Energy

1:10 – 1:30 PM            Opening Keynote Address

                                              The Honorable Ernest J. Moniz
                                              U.S. Department of Energy

1:30 – 1:45 PM            Keynote Address: Innovation in the Transportation Sector

                                             Ken Washington 
                                             Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering
                                             Ford Motor Company

1:45 – 2:30 PM            Fireside Chat #1: Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in Transportation

Perspectives from various sectors on policies and technologies that could play pivotal roles in meeting the Obama Administration’s bold targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 83% by 2050.

                                             The Honorable Jennifer M. Granholm

                                             Former Governor of Michigan 

                                             Anthony Eggert
 Program Director
                                             Climate Works Foundation

                                             Dan Sperling 
     Founding Director
                                             UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies

2:30 – 2:50 PM            Keynote: Net-Zero Carbon Fuels

                                             Eric J. Toone
                                             Vice Provost and Professor of Chemistry
                                             Director, Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative
                                             Duke University

2:50 – 3:35 PM            Fireside Chat #2:    Net-Zero Carbon Fuels

Discussion on pioneering research in academic and laboratory settings that enable the production of fuels from sunlight and CO2 and to achieve net-zero carbon fuels.

                                              Mark Johnson

                                              Director, Advanced Manufacturing Office, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
                                              U.S. Department of Energy

                                              Harry Atwater
                                              Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis (JCAP)

                                              Jennifer Holmgren
                                              Chief Executive Officer

                                              Kathy Ayers
                                              Vice President for Research and Development
                                               Proton Onsite

3:35 – 4:05 PM            Break
4:05 – 4:25 PM            Keynote: Adoption of New Vehicle Technologies

                                             John Davis
                                             Executive Producer and Creator

4:25 – 5:10 PM            Fireside Chat #3: Adoption of New Vehicle Technologies

Discussion on how decision science and marketing can be used by OEMs and public partners to influence consumer’s decisions and behavior to adopt new technology and more fuel-efficient options.

                                              John Davis

                                              Executive Producer and Creator

                                              Vassilis Papayannouilis

                                              Vice President of Urban Analytics
                                              Metropia, Inc.

                                              Mary Beth Stanek
                                              Director, Vehicle Technologies and Government Relations
                                              General Motors

                                              Maya Shankar
                                              Senior Policy Advisor, Behavioral Science
                                              White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

5:10 – 5:30 PM            Keynote Address: Future of Mobility

                                              Amory Lovins
                                              Rocky Mountain Institute

5:30 – 5:50 PM            Keynote Address: Future of Mobility

                                              Chunka Mui
                                              Author, Driverless Cars: Trillions Are Up for Grabs

5:50 – 6:35 PM            Fireside Chat #4:  The Future of Mobility

Perspectives from various sectors on how new technologies, such as vehicle connectivity and automation, and mobility services like car-share and ride-share could impact the movement of people and goods over the short- and long-term.

                                              Chunka Mui

                                              Author, Driverless Cars: Trillions Are Up for Grabs

Justin Fishkin
                                             Chief Strategy Officer
                                             Local Motors

                                            Mark Platshon
                                            Managing Director
                                            The Autonomous World Fund

                                            Russ Musgrove
               Managing Director of Global Vehicles
                                            FedEx Express

6:35– 6:45 PM            Closing Remarks

                                           Reuben Sarkar
                                           Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation
                                           U.S. Department of Energy


Day 2: July 12, 2016      

7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Parallel Breakout Sessions

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7:30 AM – 8:00 PM         Registration

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM       Six Parallel Breakout Sessions

                                                *Networking Break: 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Track 1: EV Everywhere EV Market Acceleration

Overview: The EV Everywhere: EV Market Acceleration session will share EV Everywhere progress and new resources developed over the past six months and obtain stakeholder input to help frame and focus plug-in electric vehicle research and market acceleration efforts in the coming years.

8:00 – 8:20 AM        Welcome and Meeting Purpose/Objective

                                 Robert Graham 
         EV Everywhere Director
                                 U.S. Department of Energy

8:20 – 9:00 AM        EV Everywhere Stakeholder Report Out

  • Philip Sheehy, Technical Director, ICF International (Infrastructure)
  • John Di Stasio, President, LPPC (Grid Modernization)
  • Kelly Barr, Senior Director, Environmental Management, Policy, and Compliance, Salt River Project (Grid Modernization)
  • Gina Coplon-Newfield, Director, Electric Vehicles Initiative, Sierra Club (State Engagement)
  • Joel Levin, Executive Director, Plus In America (Education/Awareness)

9:00 – 10:00 AM      Technology Drivers Panel
What core technologies will make a difference in the PEV space tomorrow and the years to come

  • Tony Posawatz, President and CEO, Invictus iCAR LLC
  • David Howell, Deputy Director, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Bob Graham, EV Everywhere Director, U.S. Department of Energy (Moderator)

10:00 – 10:15 AM     Networking Break   

10:15 – 11:00 AM     Best.Drive.EVer Awareness Panel
Awareness/interest – only part of the story. Connecting the dots to a final sale

  • Wayne Killen, Electric Vehicle Architect, Audi of America, Inc.
  • Randy Johnson, Director of Electric Transportation Development, Southern Company
  • Bob Graham, EV Everywhere Director, U.S. Department of Energy (Moderator)

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM     Building the Future on the Success of the Past Panel
"Prior transitions have successfully continued the progress with electric drive development – what does the future hold."

  • Christine Harada, Federal Chief Sustainability Officer, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Patrick Davis, Vice President, Strategic Marketing Innovations, Inc.
  • Bob Graham, EV Everywhere Director, U.S. Department of Energy (Moderator)

12:00 PM                             Adjourn

Track 2: Charging Location Dynamics: From Homes to Workplaces to Transportation Corridors

Overview: Now in its third year, DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge has generated multiple lessons learned and success stories to inform additional deployment across the country.  How can we leverage this experience to catalyze PEV charging deployment across the country, connecting not only homes and workplaces but also communities and major metropolitan areas to enable affordable and convenient PEV charging nationwide?  This session will highlight lessons learned, facilitate discussion about remaining barriers to expanding workplace charging programs, explore plans for corridor charging, and brainstorm the possibility of extreme power charging, a potential game-changer for accelerating PEV use. 

8:00 – 8:10 AM        Overview of Charging Programs at the Department of Energy: Past, Present, and Future

                                 Nick Bleich
                                 General Engineer
                                 Vehicle Technologies Office
                                 U.S. Department of Energy

8:10 – 8:30 AM        Presentation/Keynote: The State of PEV Charging: A Foundation for the Future

                                 Becky Knox (Invited)
                                 Director of Retail Energy Policy
                                 Edison Electric Institute

8:30 – 9:00 AM        Panel Presentations and Discussion: Workplace Charging Challenge Lessons Learned and Success Stories

                                Jeff Allen
                                Executive Director
                                Drive Oregon

9:00 – 9:30 AM        Facilitated Group Discussion: Barriers to Expanding your Workplace Charging Program

  • Nick Bleich, General Engineer, Vehicle Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Sarah Olexsak, Senior Sustainability Officer, White House Council on Environmental Quality 

9:30 – 10:00 AM      Presentation and Discussion: Business Case for Financially Sustainable Public Charging Infrastructure

                                Nick Nigro
                                Atlas Public Policy

10:00– 10:30 AM     Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 AM    Panel Presentations and Discussion: Transportation Corridor Planning and Engagement

  • Diane Turchetta, Transportation Specialist, DOT/Federal Highway Administration
  • John Halliwell, Senior Project Manager, Electric Power Research Institute

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM    Lightning Presentations and Discussion: The Complexities of Extreme Power Charging: 150 KW Systems and Beyond

  • Rich Quattrini, Senior Director, ChargePoint
  • Ted Miller, Senior Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • EEI Member Utility Representative (Invited)
  • Chris Michelbacher, Research Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory

12:00 PM                   Adjourn

Track 3: Clean Cities & SMARTMobility

Overview: As part of a series of interrelated SMART/Clean Cities workshops, this session will bring together Clean Cities and SMART Mobility stakeholders to discuss opportunities to align programs for mutual benefit.  Special emphasis may be placed on very near-term options for Clean Cities to incorporate real-world data and connectivity technologies.

8:00 – 8:10 AM        Welcome and Introduction

                                 Jacob Ward
                                 Vehicle Technologies Office
                                 U.S. Department of Energy

8:10 –  8:30 AM       Transportation Working Group Smart/Clean Cities thinking to-date

                                 Dennis Smith
                                National Clean Cities Director, Vehicle Technologies Office
                                 U.S. Department of Energy

8:30 – 8:40 AM        SMART Mobility Big Idea

                                 Kev Adjemian
                                 Director for the Clean Energy and Transportation Division 
                                 Idaho National Laboratory

8:40 – 9:30 AM        SMART Mobility Pillar Presentations

  • Keith Kahl, Oak Ridge National Lab (Multi-Modal)
  • Eric Rask, Argonne National Lab (Connectivity and Automation)
  • Chris Gearhart, National Renewable Energy Lab (Urban Science)
  • Anand Gopal, Lawrence Berkley National Lab (Mobility Decision Science)
  • Kev Adjemian, Idaho National Lab (Vehicles and Infrastructure)

9:30 – 9:50 AM        DOT Smart City Challenge

                                 Mark Dowd
                       Deputy Assistant Secretary
                                 U.S. Department of Transportation 

9:50 – 10:00 AM      Case Study: Vehicle Electrification at the Crossroads of SMART Mobility in Austin, TX

                                 Karl Popham
   Emerging Technologies and EV Manager
                                 Austin Energy

10:00 – 10:10 AM    Guided Discussion: Structure and Charge

  • Jacob Ward, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Dennis Smith, U.S. Department of Energy

10:10 – 10:30 AM    Networking Break

10:30 AM – 12:00 PM   Guided Discussion
This joint session will bring together DOE’s Clean Cities and SMART Mobility teams to discuss how DOE can best partner with industry and community stakeholders to accelerate the adoption of SMART/Sustainable transportation policies, practices, and vehicle technologies.  Feedback from participants will help to inform DOE’s future planning and program strategies.

12:00 PM                  Adjourn

Track 4: Co-Optima

Overview: This session will introduce the advanced biofuel community to the Co-optimization of Fuels and Vehicles (Co-Optima) program and what fuel properties engines expect.  First a panel will set the stage with speakers from industry, regulatory agencies, and academia; this will be followed by a series of more-detailed technical presentations on such topics as the role of octane, degree of flexibility in bio- and/or conventional-fuel refining.

8:00 – 8:15 AM        Welcome

                                Reuben Sarkar
  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Sustainable Transportation
                                U.S. Department of Energy

8:15 – 10:00 AM      Panel discussion of big-picture issues confronting Co-Optima

  • John Farrell, Laboratory Program Manager, Vehicle Technologies, National Renewable Energy Lab (Co-Optima Introduction)
  • Paul Machiele, Fuel Center Director, Office of Transprtation and Air Quality, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA Rules)
  • John Eichberger, Executive Director,  Fuels Institute (Infrastructure Barriers)
  • Laurel Harmon, VP Government Relations, LanzaTech (Opportunities for Scale-Up and Market Development)

10:00 – 10:30 AM    Break

10:30 – 11:45 AM     How Engines & Fuels Work Together

  • Chuck Mueller, Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff, Sandia National Labs (What Do Engines Want For Breakfast?)
  • Derek Splitter, Research Scientist, Fuels, Engines, and Emissions Research Center, Oak Ridge National Lab (History of Octane)
  • Dan Gaspar, Project Manager, Energy Processes and Materials Division, Pacific Northwest National Lab (Degree of Flexibility in Biofuel Manufacturing) 

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM   Open discussion

12:00 PM                      Adjourn

Track 5: H2USA

Objective: This session will feature three panels to discuss the H2USA Partnership and new “H2@Scale” concept. The first panel will provide an overview of H2USA, a public-private partnership between DOE, industry, state agencies, and other key stakeholders to address key challenges in deploying hydrogen infrastructure.  The second panel will dive into stakeholder perspectives on hydrogen and infrastructure.  Finally, the third panel and second half of this session will introduce attendees to a new initiative by DOE called “H2@Scale” which offers the potential of renewable hydrogen as a flexible, clean energy carrier that enables aggressive market penetration of renewables while also deeply decarbonizing our energy system.

8:00 –  8:15 AM            Introduction and Session Objectives

                                     Sunita Satyapal
                                     Director, Fuel Cell Technologies Office
                                     U.S. Department of Energy

8:15 –  9:15 AM            H2USA Overview and Working Group Chairs Panel

  • Charlie Freese, Executive Director, Global Fuel Cell Activities, GM (moderator)
  • Bob Wimmer, Director of Environment and Energy, Toyota North America (Market Support and Acceleration)
  • Charlie Myers, President, Massachusetts Hydrogen Coalition (Financial Infrastructure)
  • Steve Ellis, Manager of Fuel Cell Vehicle Marketing, Honda (Locations Roadmap)
  • Karen Quackenbush, Senior Technical Specialist, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (Hydrogen Fueling Station)

9:15 –  10:00 AM          Stakeholder Perspective: Hydrogen Station and Delivery Activities, Challenges, and Opportunities

  • Dave Edwards, Director of Technology Partnerships, Air Liquide
  • Eileen Browne, Hydrogen Fueling Engineering Manager, Linde
  • Jeff Pallitto, Business Development Manager, United Hydrogen
  • Bill Elrick, Director, California Fuel Cell Partnership
  • Pete Devlin, Fuel Cell Technologies Office, U.S. Department of Energy (Moderator)

10:00 – 10:30 AM         Networking/Refreshment Break

10:30 – 10:50 AM         H2@Scale Panel Session (National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

                                     Bryan Pivovar
                                     Fuel Cell Group Manager
                                     National Renewable Energy Laboratory

10:50 – 11:00 AM   DOE Perspectives on H2@Scale

                                     Michael Pesin
                                     Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity
                                     U.S. Department of Energy

11:00 – 11: 30 AM       H2@Scale Stakeholder Panel Session: Opportunities and Feedback

  • Jeff Reed, Director of Business Strategy and Development, Southern California Gas Company
  • Suna Taymaz, Director of Corporate Strategy Development, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Mitch Ewan, Hydrogen Program Manager, Hawaii National Energy Institute,
  • Chris Voell, Director of AgSTAR and Program Manager for the Global Methane Initiative, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Michael Pesin, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Electricity, U.S. Department of Energy (Moderator)

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM    Facilitated Discussion on Next Steps and Request for Information

                                      Michael Pesin and Sunita Satyapal
                                      U.S. Department of Energy                        

12:00 PM                       Adjourn

Track 6: Biotechnology for Sustainable Transportation

Overview: Even as the deployment of renewable power such as wind and solar have served to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the utility sector, emissions from the transportation sector have remained largely unchanged. Effectively addressing climate emissions from the transportation sector will require simultaneously increasing vehicle efficiency and decreasing fuel carbon intensity. And recent advances in biotechnology and bioengineering can be leveraged to yield more efficient vehicles and cleaner fuels. This session will seek to introduce transportation stakeholders to novel biomaterials and engineered biological systems with unique applicability to vehicle efficiency and sustainability. Further, it will illustrate how synthetic biology tools can be employed to enable the production of new biomaterials and advanced low-carbon biofuel to benefit and promote a sustainable transportation sector. 

8:00 – 8:15 AM         Welcome
Tackling transportation sector climate emissions using biotechnology

                                 Dr. David Babson
                                Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office
                                U.S. Department of Energy                                  

8:15 – 10:00 AM       Biotechnology and synthetic biology for the transportation sector

  • Dr. Blake Simmons, Division Director of Biological Systems and Engineering, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:  Enabling advanced biofuels and bioproducts through the Synthetic Biology Foundry
  • Dr. Justin Whiteley, Postdoctoral Associate, University of Colorado at Boulder Building better batteries through biotechnology
  • Dr. Derek McPhee, Senior Director of Technology Strategy, Amyris Inc.: Perspectives on the use of renewable materials in the auto sector
  • Dr. David Babson, Technology Manager, Bioenergy Technologies Office (Moderator)

10:00 – 10:30 AM     Networking Break

10:30 – 11:45 AM     Panel discussion on emerging biotechnologies for clean cars and clean fuels

  • Which precursor chemicals are needed for next-generation fuels?
  • Which precursor chemicals are needed for next-generation materials?
  • What is the role of a synthetic biology foundry in enabling renewable fuels and materials?
  • What will a biotechnology enabled sustainable transportation sector look like?

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Open discussion

12:00 PM                     Adjourn