Unlike previous years (see our coverage of all that here), the 2011 version is a two-day affair, with panels on everything from petroleum demand to hydrogen fuel cells, from electric vehicle infrastructure to advanced biofuels. As we said, the seminar cuts a broad swath across the green car scene, and you're invited to check the whole thing out here. We're told that there will be an archive of the presentations available in the near future, but you don't want to be the last on your block to know what was said, do you? (Okay, if you are that type of person, check back soon for our on-the-scene highlight reports. We got your back.)
In its third year, this special event is designed to explore the complexities, challenges and opportunities facing the automotive industry as we move toward the ultimate goal of sustainable mobility. The 2011 seminar will take an in-depth look into the future of transportation fuels, specifically the societal, economic and environmental impacts of our future fuel choices. From batteries to biofuels, automakers are transitioning to a complex new era that will span cultural, regional, regulatory and business boundaries. The focus of our industry is shifting to mobility systems tailored to specific regions or markets vs. individual models or technologies. This new approach will require a dramatic shift in thinking on the part of automakers, legislators and customers.
The seminar will be conducted as a single wave, with a day and a half of panel presentations. Panelists will briefly present their topics followed by ample time for panel discussion and Q&A.
The seminar will commence with a keynote address by Dr. Robert Topel , of the University of Chicago school of business, on the economics of climate change followed by panel sessions focused on fuels of the future – electricity, hydrogen and additional liquid fuels.
Invited panelists discussing current and future liquid fuels include:
* Dr. Peter Wells , of Neftex petroleum consulting, presenting supply and demand petroleum modeling and the implications for future fuels.
* Dr. Steve Kay , from UC San Diego, exploring the role of genomic restructuring in advanced bio fuels.
* Dr. Dawn Manley , of Sandia National Laboratory, discussing future fuels for future engines.
The hydrogen panel will explore the creation of the fuel itself to the infrastructure required to support the market. Invited panelists include:
* Dr. Sandy Thomas , president & co-founder H2Gen Innovations, Inc., discussing hydrogen infrastructure.
* Dr. Scott Samuelsen , UC Irvine, exploring the role of distributed generation in hydrogen.
* Dr. Alan Weimer , from UC Berkeley discussing the role off high temperature solar in low carbon hydrogen.
The electricity panel will begin with an introduction to the Department of Energy's Future Transportation Fuels (FTF) Study by Linda Capuano , study director, followed by a discussion on electricity as a future fuel. Invited panelists include:
* Jaycie Chitwood , from Toyota, discussing the preliminary findings of the FTF Study Electricity subgroup.
* Tony Markel , from National Renewable Energy Laboratory, reviewing the impacts of accessory loads on electric vehicle range.
* Dr. Jan Kreider , of JFK & Associates, discussing the real world impacts of electric vehicle infrastructure.
If you are unable to join us in person this year, we invite you to watch the panels streaming live online on Tuesday, April 5 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM Pacific and Wednesday, April 6 from 9 AM to 12 PM Pacific.
Click on this link to view the live stream: http://www.toyota.com/esq/events/2011/2011_Sustainable_Mobility_Seminar.html