Thursday Oct 13, 2011 000000103100Friday 14 Oct 2011
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM MDT
Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton Street
A Sustainable Energy Future for Emerging Economies Focus on Africa
iCAST partners with The Global Commerce Forum on its 4th Annual International Conference on Energy, Logistics & the Environment
Fossil-fuel energy has fostered industrialization, economic growth and prosperity in the developed world. The question is, “Should emerging and developing nations develop their energy infrastructure from these same traditional energy sources, or are there now other, better options available to them?”
Thursday, October 13
|7.00 AM – 5.00 PM||Registration|
|7.15AM – 8.15 AM||Breakfast/Networking Coffee|
|8.15AM – 8.30AM||Welcoming Remarks
|8.30AM – 9.15AM||Key Note Speaker #1|
|9.30AM – 10.30 AM||Panel Session I: Africa’s Natural Gas Resources
This panel will present a detailed overview of natural gas reserves in Africa, trends in natural gas exploration, and technologies, basic geology and production, trade volumes, and how natural gas is a sound foundation for sustainable economic development and growth. Discussions will cover centralized systems including the advantages of natural gas over other fossil fuels.
|10.30AM – 11.00AM||Networking Break|
|11.00 AM – 12.00 PM||Panel Session II: Africa’s Renewable Resources
This session will focus on appropriate technologies in the clean energy space such as smart grid in emerging and developing nations, solar, wind, bio – fuels, hydro, geothermal, and energy efficiency. Decentralized energy systems including applications to rural lighting and power, cooking technologies, communication, utility/industrial scale renewable implementation and marketing challenges will also be discussed.
|12.30PM – 1.15 PM||Luncheon and presentation of Awards
Key Note Speaker # 2
|1:30PM – 3.00PM||Panel Session III: Natural Gas and Renewable Resources as Complementary Energy Systems and their Integration into Existing Systems
This panel will discuss how energy from natural gas and renewable sources can complement each other to form a solid basis for economic development. A combination of the two sources of energy can provide access to energy in urban and rural areas. The panel will also review how natural gas and renewable based energy systems can be integrated into existing energy infrastructures.
|3.00PM – 3.30 PM||Networking Break|
|3.30PM – 5.00PM||Panel Session IV: Case Studies
This panel will present real case studies of projects that are either in progress or have already been successfully implemented.
|5.30PM – 7.00PM||Networking Reception
This unique networking opportunity complements the conference and encourages you to have deeper discussions with those who peak your interests under a relaxed atmosphere.
Friday, October 14
|7.30 AM – 5.00 PM||Registration|
|7.30AM – 8.30AM||Breakfast/Networking Coffee|
|8.30AM – 9.15AM||Key Note Speaker #3|
|9.30AM – 10.30AM||Session V: Challenges of Implementing Natural Gas and Renewable Energy Projects
The panel will present the challenges pertaining to financing energy projects in developing and emerging regions particularly Africa. The varying energy policies, existing institutions, human capital development and other issues that impede implementing projects in Africa and how to navigate through them will be discussed including the business opportunities that these challenges bring.
|10.30AM – 11.00 AM||Networking Break|
|11.00AM – 12.30PM||Session VI Case Studies in Natural Gas and Renewable Energy
In this session, actual projects in the clean energy space and the impact they have on the population in a developing country will be discussed. Case Studies will be presented by experts who are currently engaged in actual projects in developing countries. Social entrepreneurs working on social enterprises and NGO’s executing projects are the presenters in this session.
|12.30PM – 1.15PM||Luncheon
Key Note Speaker # 4
|1.30PM – 3.00PM||Session VII The Politics of Energy in Africa
This panel will examine the investment flows to Africa from other countries such as the United States, China and Japan including the European Union countries focusing on their foreign policy towards Africa and the changes that need to be made to accelerate sustainable economic development in Africa.
|3.00PM – 3.30PM||Networking Break|
|3.30PM – 4.30PM||Session VIII Wrap up: Putting it Together and Next Steps
This panel will discuss the lessons learned from the conference discussions including the challenges of implementing the projects, marketing natural gas and renewable energy products and how to engage investors and governments. Finally, the next steps will be discussed.
Check out the promotional video on the Denver Metro Area TV station’s channel 56, 57 and 219 or https://www.denveropenmedia.org/project/general/show/global-commerce-forum
For more information, please visit http://globalcommerceforum.org