Track 4: Charting the Future of Clean Energy in Asia

Track Chairs:

Dan Millison

Manager,
Transcendergy L.L.C.

Wei-Nee Chen

Chief Corporate Officer,
Sustainable Energy Development Authority, Malaysia

This Thematic Track will cover prospective developments above and beyond the mainstream efforts in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and access to energy. Topics of interest include key trends and developments that are changing the energy sector, including topics such as the rapid evolution of energy storage, translating national climate targets (NDCs) into actual investments, accelerating the clean energy transition beyond the +2.7 degrees codified in the Paris Climate Agreement, and exploring food-energy-water-resilience nexus. An overarching phenomenon is the 4th industrial revolution, which is disrupting the world’s economies and will definitely disrupt energy businesses and related activities in food and water sectors.

Session 4: Managing the Energy Transition
The reality of climate change and the need to increase a country’s energy autonomy and security have driven countries to initiate an energy transition from fossil fuel based to sustainable energy based resources. This session will bring together officials and experts on energy transition, to discuss the interventions and policies that are effective, and how these policies can be adapted to help developing countries to promote their clean energy agenda in their country. Topics to be addressed include: integrating variable renewable energy and electric vehicles into the grid, the role of regional cooperation, and other major transformations in the energy ecosystem.

Session 8: The Food-Energy-Water-Resilience Nexus: Part I – Scorched Earth or an Abundant Harvest?
Water is an integral component of almost all energy production: steam turbines run on water, large hydropower plants disrupt river flow, and shale energy development uses enormous volumes of water. Conflicting patterns of energy production and water use threaten the transition to a sustainable clean energy future. This session will explore linkages between renewable energy and water, hydropower sustainability, energy and water linkages in irrigation, and the case of China.

Session 12: Technology Innovation: Part I – Feng Shui and the Hydrogen Economy
The clean energy future will be built largely on traditional solar and wind energy resources. Where these mainstream technologies may not be applicable, there are abundant untapped resources from the earth and the sea. Low-temperature geothermal resources are widely available for energy services other than electricity. Concentrating solar power is also evolving to service a variety of energy applications. Marine energy systems, floating solar, and hydrogen technologies are on the verge of potentially rapid growth. This session will provide a status report on these technologies.

Session 16: The Food-Energy-Water-Resilience: Nexus Part II – Gigatech Solutions for Gigaton Problems
The interrelationships of food-energy-water- and resilience cannot be overlooked, given the fact that most developing countries which have huge energy demand growth potential are also water stressed. We can envision a world with 100% clean energy, but that will not matter if we cannot feed 9 billion people. Gigatech solutions for gigaton problems include: climate-proof drinking water via atmospheric water generation, urban and vertical farming for industrial-scale organic food production, 3-D printing of sustainable building materials from seawater, and financing options for these disruptive systems.

Session 20: Technology Innovation: Part Il – The 4th Industrial Revolution: A New Paradigm for Energy
The 4th industrial revolution is fusion of technologies characterized by velocity, scope, and systems impact, and is evolving at an exponential rather than a linear pace. Traditional energy businesses and services are being disrupted by integration of digital and telecommunications technologies to re-create energy services as an internet of things. Advanced energy storage will facilitate further disruption and the paradigm shift. The session will explore novel energy storage solutions, and digital disruption of the energy sector.