Purdue has become one of the leading universities in energy storage technologies, biomass, clean coal combustion, nuclear energy, and many other energy-related issues that continue to trouble local communities. In an effort to prepare our next generation of professionals, Discovery Park at Purdue University is organizing a three-day Regional Clean Energy Innovation workshop in partnership with the Department of Energy that will begin on June 8, 2016. The workshop will focus on clean energy challenges and opportunities in the Midwest region of the country. The Department of Energy plans to co-host these workshops in nine other universities across the country.
Several ESN board members will be speaking on various panels throughout the workshop, including John Bear, president and CEO of MISO; and Doug Esamann, president of Midwest and Florida Regions for Duke Energy. In addition, ESN’s President and CEO Paul Mitchell will be participating in the event to discuss public-private partnerships.
The Innovation Forum will begin on June 8, 2016 with a welcoming reception from 7 to 9 p.m. ET at the Birck Nanotechnology Center in Discovery Park. The formal program will begin at 7:30 a.m. with remarks by Indiana Lieutenant Governor Eric Holcomb, and a keynote by DOE Under Secretary Franklin Orr. The morning panels will focus on energy storage and biomass, followed by a lunch keynote by Jim Rogers, former chairman of the Duke Energy (confirmation pending). The afternoon panels will focus on critical materials and advanced manufacturing and wind energy and grid integration.