The Nordics is generally viewed as one of the most innovative cleantech regions in the world. Here you will have a chance to meet some of the most exciting companies from the region. These innovative companies have grown in this Nordic innovation system with unique expertise, generous public funding and a solid home market. They are now coming to Toronto and Boston to find partners, investors and customers and to reach a platform from which they can get their unique solutions out on the North American market.
Cleantech Scandinavia will also bring a selection of its Nordic members, VCs and Corporate VCs and to make it even more interesting we are also showcasing some of the rising cleantech stars from Toronto and Boston, creating an event with excellent networking and business opportunities.
There will be two Showcase events – one in Toronto on the 28th and one in Boston on the 30th September. The events are organized in a partnership with Cleantech Scandinavia, MaRS Cleantech in Toronto and GreenTown Labs in Boston.
This is a unique opportunity to meet some of the best cleantech companies from the Nordics, Toronto and Boston at one and the same event. You will also meet investors and industry actors from all three regions, creating a platform for investors from the three regions to form partnerships for potential co-investments and other business partnerships.
Participation will be by invitation only.
Av. Insurgentes Sur 553 Cold. Escandon
11800 Mexico City (Distrito Federal)
The MIT Photovoltaics Research Laboratory, in partnership with the Mexican Energy Secretariat (SENER) and with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, is organizing a workshop in Mexico City on October 5th and 6th.
This innovation and technology-driven workshop will facilitate the dialogue between:
· Massachusetts and Mexican companies along the entire PV value chain, from early-stage investors to module and energy storage manufacturers
· Mexican government representatives
· Applied research and development experts
· Establish partnerships and personal connections between Massachusetts and Mexican stakeholders
· Gain insights into recent Mexican energy policy reforms and associated opportunities
· Discover a path for emerging technologies to maximize the return on R&D investment
Discussions will be led by speakers from MIT, Harvard, MassCEC, NREL, and Fraunhofer CSE.
Day 1 – October 5th
Day 2 – October 6th
New energy reforms in Mexico
Opportunities in the Mexican energy landscape
Mechanisms, sources, opportunities, and roadblocks in the
Companies, government, and R&D experts share products,
services, and expertise
Maximizing return on R&D investment
Strategies to increase the pace of innovation through R&D
Accelerating Tech Innovation in PV from lab to market
Surviving the valley of death
Facilitating US-Mexico business collaboration
Linking experienced entrepreneurs from US(MA) and Mexico
Reliability standards for PV deployment
Ensuring sustainable growth of PV (systems) in Mexico
Join the New England Israel Business Council (NEIBC) and MassChallenge for a special breakfast featuring Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy of the state of Israel.
The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) is charged with execution of government policy for support of industrial R&D. The goal of the OCS is to assist in the development of technology in Israel as a means of fostering economic growth, encouraging technological innovation and entrepreneurship, leveraging Israel's scientific potential, enhancing the knowledge base of industry in Israel and encouraging R&D collaboration both nationally and internationally.
Avi Hasson, joined by innovation leaders and visionaries, will discuss how innovation and technology drive growth in the global economy.
Avi Hasson,Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy, Israel
Confirmed panelists include:
Consul General Susie Kitchens, British Consul General in Boston
Joel Schwartz, Senior Vice President and General Manager, EMC
John Harthorne, Founder and CEO of MassChallenge
8:00 - 8:30am Registration, Breakfast & Networking
8:30 - 9:30am Program
9:30 - 10am Conversation & Networking
IDEA2015 is an international forum shaping the next generation of energy for cities, bringing together experienced global industry leaders from across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East to discuss and debate the state and the future of energy.
After decades of business-as-usual, the utility industry is quickly transforming the way it generates, distributes and values energy, particularly as it relates to more sustainable and resilient cities and communities.
IDEA2015 will explore best practices in developing, owning and operating district energy, CHP & microgrids in cities, drawing from local operations including Boston campuses, pharma and biomedical industries, and medical institutions.
For more information and to register, click here.
Remarks from British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak, followed by a panel discussion with perspectives from government, industry, advocacy, and academia.
For more information, click here.
Featuring British Columbia Delegation
- Honourable Mary Polak: Minister of Environment of British Columbia
-Susanna Laaksonen-Craig: Head of the Climate Action Secretariat of British Columbia
Panel of experts:
- Christopher Knittel, Economist and Director of the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
- Ross Beaty, Founder and Chair of PanAmerican Silver Corp. and Alterra Power Corp.
- Merran Smith, Executive Director of Clean Energy Canada
- Senator Michael Barrett, 3rd Middlesex district, sponsor
of carbon fee and rebate bill in Massachusetts
- Daniel Gatti, MA Campaign for a Clean Energy Future, Executive Director of Climate XChange
Moderated by Robert C. Armstrong, Director of MIT Energy Initiative
Hosted by: MIT Energy Initiative and MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
Presented by: Massachusetts Campaign for a Clean Energy Future
Join NEWIEE and Prince Lobel Tye for an informative afternoon with the Honorable Dagur B. Eggertsson, Mayor of Reykjavik, Iceland. Presently all of Reykjavik’s electricity and heat is primarily generated by renewable energy in the form of geothermal, which is so inexpensive that some residents open their windows in winter to cool down their dwellings. Reykjavik however, still relies on imported oil and gas to fuel their vehicles, which can be very costly.
Learn more about the rewards and challenges of being 100% renewable for electricity, but still dependent on foreign oil to fuel the country’s vehicles. Attending with Mayor Eggertsson will be Rikardur Rikardsson, Director of Sales and Business Development and Bjorgvin Sigurdsson, Executive Vice President of Business Development, at Landsvirkjun, the National Power Company of Iceland, and Hlynur Gudjonsson, Consul General and Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Iceland in New York, as well as other Iceland officials. We hope to see you at this informative and enjoyable event. Refreshments will be served, with plenty of networking. Attendance is complimentary, but please RSVP through Eventbrite.
Security and diversity of supply are key drivers for US and UK energy markets; and as these energy mixes change, the way in which our gas and electricity networks operate, also need to adapt. Regulators and utilities are focused on backing innovative projects which aim to help make the energy networks smarter, accelerate the development of a low carbon energy sector as well as deliver financial benefits to consumers. The projects help develop crucial knowledge and expertise which is being shared across the industry and markets.
As these markets around the world look to identify emerging technologies and opportunities that could increase the efficiency of operations, enhance overall safety and provide a reliable network that delivers a high quality of supply, inevitable commercial opportunities arise.
Join us to explore how UK and US networks are evolving to ensure a cleaner and more sustainable energy future and how your company can take advantage of these transatlantic opportunities.
The featured speakers will be Dr. David Hodgoson, Sector Specialist who has worked with UK Trade and Investment since 2009 and now focuses his efforts to support companies seeking to invest in the UK’s energy sector. David has a particular emphasis on Energy networks (transmission, distribution, smart grid, energy storage and energy vectors.
And Marcy L. Reed, President of National Grid in Massachusetts. She is responsible for the financial, operational, and customer service performance of the business in Massachusetts and manages the relationships with regulators, government officials and the communities National Grid serves.
For more information and to register,click here.
The Tufts University's Fletcher School is hosting a Symposium on Tuesday, February 17th from 1pm to 4pm regarding “Mexico’s Energy Reform: Regulatory Policy, its Execution and International Perspective.” A luncheon will be served starting at 12:30pm and following the symposium, attendees and students are invited for an informal gathering with the conference speakers.
Register here to join distinguished speakers from Mexico who have been actively involved in implementing the reform or shaping the design of the energy markets.
Governor Deval Patrick today announced the winners of the first Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership (MIIP) water innovation challenge. The Governor made this announcement with Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson during the U.S. - Israel Connected Summit “Going Global with Water Tech” forum. Following the forum, Governor Patrick joined representatives from Massachusetts-based Desalitech Inc., Director General of the Israel Ministry of Economy Amit Lang, representatives from the City of Ra’anana, the Israel Water Authority and City of Newton Mayor Setti Warren to celebrate the start of construction on a new municipal water treatment facility in the City of Ra’anana.
“Addressing global water challenges requires innovation and investment in new technology, water management practices and infrastructure improvements,” said Governor Patrick. “Today’s announcements emphasize the innovative ideas resulting from the collaboration between Massachusetts and Israel. I look forward to our continued progress in making Massachusetts a leader for water innovation.”
This year’s MIIP winners, Triton Systems of Chelmsford and Applied Cavitation Technologies (ACT) of Israel, will be awarded joint funds of $250,000 from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and approximately $250,000 from Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS), which implements MIIP through MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Center for R&D.
The goal of the MIIP challenge is to reward companies in Massachusetts and Israel for partnering together to develop efficient clean water technologies. The companies will use the funding to develop and test devices to help reduce the amount of sewage sludge generated in the treatment of wastewater. Governor Patrick also announced today that MassCEC will provide up to $250,000 for a new round of the MIIP clean technology funding challenge, which will again be launched in partnership with MATIMOP. Challenge applications will be accepted later this year.
"Our long standing relationship with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has yielded great joint collaborations and we are looking forward to continuing to support and foster economic growth in both regions, focusing on areas of common interests, via R&D collaboration,” said Avi Hasson, Israel's Chief Scientist. "We are happy to see MIIP’s steady evolvement as a sustainable program for leveraging innovation and growth, and appreciate Governor Patrick's vision and leadership in initiating this collaboration.”
The MIIP was launched in 2011 as a direct result of Governor Patrick’s first Innovation Partnership Mission to Israel. During that ten-day trade mission in March 2011, a coalition of the state’s leading business executives and senior government officials explored growth opportunities of common interest for Massachusetts’ and Israel’s innovation industries. During that mission Governor Patrick and Shalom Simhon, Israeli Minister of Economy signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Jerusalem resulting in this partnership.
During today’s forum, Governor Patrick also announced MassCEC will work with MATIMOP and Israel NEWTech (an arm of the Israel Ministry of Economy) to launch the Global Water Innovation Network (Global WIN), a new initiative founded by Massachusetts and Israel, and intended to include potential partners around the world to collectively advance the adoption of water technologies in global markets.
“Massachusetts and Israel have forged a strong partnership around our shared goals of solving the world’s greatest water challenges,” said MassCEC Chief Executive Officer Alicia Barton. “This new water innovation challenge, coupled with the formation of Global WIN, will ensure that this collaboration continues, driving the deployment of cutting edge technologies and positioning Massachusetts and Israel to capture the economic benefits of this growing sector.”
"Our collaboration with the State of Massachusetts, and in particular with MassCEC, will continue to focus on challenges that the innovative industries in both states can jointly address", said Israel Shamay, head of the Office of the Chief Scientist's Americas Operations. "The next program round will focus on providing environmental and energy efficiency solutions for the oil and gas industry, and a special emphasis will be given to joint projects addressing beta sites and demonstration phase of the R&D process."
"Israel NewTech is very pleased to take part in building a global network of water Eco-system, together with MassCEC,” said Oded Distel, Director of Israel NEWTech. “Innovative water tech companies are facing similar challenges across the world. We believe that this kind of collaboration can assist introducing innovative products and services to the global market."
“The scale and complexity of our global water challenges are such that they cannot be addressed by yesterday’s solution,” said Chairman of the New England Water Innovation Network Earl Jones. “We must innovate – and innovate faster. Cooperation between two of the world’s leading hubs of water innovation, Massachusetts and Israel, as well as future members of Global WIN, is energizing in both its vision and potential.”
Desalitech Inc.’s new municipal water treatment facility in the City of Ra’anana will purify water from an old municipal well that closed because its nitrate content rose above public health limits for public consumption. The innovative plant will be built by Desalitech for Mei Raanana, the water corporation for the City of Ra’anana, and supply enough high-quality drinking water for 18,000 city residents daily.
“A primary goal of the project was to implement a best-in-class solution, achieving high quality drinking water while reducing production costs and environmental aspects. Desalitech’s solutions are uniquely capable of purifying water with maximum water use efficiency while consuming less energy than any other system we considered,” said Boaz Friedman, CEO of Mei Ra’anana. “This system represents a sustainability plan that will provide a reliable water source to the city.”
“It is a great pleasure for me to stand with our Israeli and Massachusetts friends and contemplate the extraordinary growth we have had in the last year,” said Nadav Efraty, CEO of Desalitech. “The world needs high efficiency water and wastewater treatment far more than most realize, and Desalitech’s products are unrivaled in their ability to meet this challenge. However, we could not be saving the water and costs that we are without the partnership and endorsement we have gotten both in the US and in Israel.”
"Desalitech is a success story that reflects the importance and vitality of the Massachusetts Israel economic relationship, and we are glad they call Newton home,” said Mayor Setti Warren. “I am thrilled to join them on Governor Patrick's mission as they announce this exciting new initiative in Israel."
Desalitech Inc., previously based in Israel, relocated to Massachusetts last year, following Governor Patrick's trade mission to Israel in 2011. The company focuses on reverse osmosis processes for industrial and agricultural water and wastewater treatment, greatly reducing negative ecological impacts while improving the productive and responsible use of natural resources. Desalitech was named in the 2013 Global Cleantech 100 as a top company in clean technology.
Gov. Patrick (center) and (from left to right) Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Innovation and Industry Support Senior Director Jeremy McDiarmid, SolarOne’s Founder and CEO Moneer Azzam, Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia and Massachusetts Clean Energy Center CEO Alicia Barton, and visit a SolarOne solar-powered streetlight installation on a road in Masdar City.
Governor Deval Patrick, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton and Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia yesterday visited the installation of a Massachusetts company’s solar-powered streetlights on a road in Masdar City to promote the Commonwealth’s growing clean energy sector as part of a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) led by Governor Patrick.
“Massachusetts companies are seeing their products succeed in the global marketplace, while creating jobs and economic opportunity here at home,” said MassCEC CEO Alicia Barton. “It’s exciting to see the signs of Massachusetts innovation halfway around the world.”
In 2009, SolarOne provided 306 solar-powered streetlights for parking lot and roadway lighting at Masdar City following a field test with competitors from all over the world. SolarOne’s streetlights were able to withstand a severe sandstorm and multiple cloudy days, setting them apart from the competition.
“We’re proud that the Massachusetts clean energy marketplace is vibrant and serves as a test bed for innovators who are bringing their technologies abroad,” said Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Mark Sylvia.
In May, SolarOne was awarded an $89,000 grant, with a $58,000 match, under MassCEC’s InnovateMass program, for a partnership with the City of Somerville and CIMCON Software to demonstrate the company’s networked, off-the-grid solar-powered lighting for pedestrian and bicycle paths in Somerville.
“Massachusetts and the UAE are leading hubs of sustainable technology innovation,” said Moneer Azzam, founder and CEO of SolarOne. “This experience and idea exchange will deliver payback with new economic engines, regional job growth and exciting new tools to address the planet’s energy and climate-change challenges. SolarOne is proud to exemplify this and thrilled to participate in this cooperation.”
The visit came as the group traveled to Masdar City, an urban development, 35 minutes southeast of Abu Dhabi that is heralded as a blueprint for the future of sustainable communities. In 2008, Masdar City broke ground and embarked on a journey to develop the world’s most sustainable eco-city, focusing on use of clean energy, electric vehicles and energy efficiency to reduce the city’s carbon footprint. The city is hub of innovation, and includes the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level established with the ongoing support and cooperation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The Massachusetts – UAE Innovation Partnership Mission is a mission to strengthen the state’s partnership with the UAE and expand business opportunities between the two countries in the clean-tech innovation, life sciences and academic sectors.