Green Energy Innovation Expo

Miss the event? Check out the highlights here.

Time Event
9 - 9:45  a.m. Welcome and Fireside Chat
Program Opening Remarks by Mary Critharis, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, USPTO

Fireside Chat with David Turk, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, moderated by Dr. Vanessa Chan, Chief Commercialization Office, DOE
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.

Government Perspectives on Green Energy Technology Transfer Panel 
Agency leadership from the USPTO, NOAA and DOE will discuss their perspectives on green energy technology transfer, upcoming initiatives, and intellectual property policy. 

  • Derrick Brent, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO 

  • Sarah Kapnick, Chief Scientist for National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 

  • Vanessa Peña, Senior Manager, Technology Transfer Policy, Office of Technology Transitions at the Department of Energy 

  • Moderated by John Bittman, Acting Director, Technology Partnerships Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology  

10:45 - 11 a.m. Break
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Industry Green Energy Technology Needs (The “Reverse Pitch”) 

Green Energy industry representatives will discuss corporate R&D technology needs in the green energy space, and the direction of green energy innovation. 

  • Paul Streaker, Principal, Strategy and Innovation, Washington GasGary Ezekian, President and CEO, OxiCool Development CenterCarol Hirschmugl, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, COnovate
  • WJ Gesang, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Epower Engine Systems
  • Jay Bowman, Co-Founder and CEO, EPower Engine Systems
  • Dr. Yasser Zaghloul, Director, Intellectual Property Group, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Dr. Yan Eric Yang, Principal Engineer and Project Manager, Solid-state Battery Project, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Dan Tong, Hunt, Guillot & Associates. Representative of Amogy
  • Maki Ikeda, Energy Innovation Center Director, Baker Hughes
  • Dr. Meng Jiang, Chair of Technical Advisory Committee, United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC)
  • Valerie Lisi, Carrier
  • Harry Boston, BGS


  • Moderated by Andy Maas, Incoming Chair of the AUTM Board and Associate Vice President for Research -Technology Transfer Director, Office of Innovation & Technology Commercialization at Louisiana State University

12 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch on your own
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. The Anatomy of a Deal: Green Energy Licensing Basics Panel Discussion 

A diverse group of green energy licensing experts will provide a high-level overview of a licensing negotiation and the basic terms and concepts of a green energy licensing agreement. 

  • Nirav Desai, Director, Sterne Kessler ​
  • Eric Payne, Senior Licensing Executive and Licensing Team Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
  • Ben Solomon, FedTech 
  • Moderated by Rahul Das, Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO
2:15 - 2:30 p.m. Break
2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Startup Pitch Competition
The best federally funded green energy technology startups will pitch their technologies to a group of green energy investors (angel investors, venture capital, corporate venture, etc.).   


  •  Paul Zielinski, Executive Director, FLC


  • Kacy Gerst, Vice President of Science and Technology, Galvanize Climate Solutions 
  • Max Tuttman, Principal, The AdHoc Group  
  • Griffin St. Louis, Program Manager, TEDCO Maryland Innovation Initiative

Start-up Finalists.  These eight finalists were chosen from a diverse array of clean energy startups and will be given an opportunity to pitch their technologies to the investor judges.  A winner will be chosen at the end of the program.

Ashlawn Energy
Ashlawn Energy’s patented VanCharg™ vanadium redox flow battery energy storage system enables multi-family and commercial office building owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to avoid paying fines from new environmental laws and pay off-peak rates to save on utility charges.  Ashlawn Energy’s video pitch

AquaLith Advanced Materials
AquaLith™’s goal is to be the dominant player in creating the new lithium-ion battery technologies. AquaLith™’s innovation is the creation of new high-energy-density, low-cost, abundant and safe materials for the three key materials for lithium-ion battery anodes, cathodes and electrolytes.  

Framergy, Inc.
The team at Framergy and the University of Louisville (UoL) have teamed up to develop a series of battery materials that are based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). To date, the team has shown that next generation batteries can be achieved that have high charge/discharge cyclic efficiency, while also eliminating the problem of battery flammability. Framergy's video pitch

Linc Research Inc.
Linc Research Inc.’s technology reduces the dynamic movement of floating maritime platforms (like Floating Offshore Wind Turbines) which will increase the total energy output of the Wind Turbine. Not only does calming the pitching, yawing, etc. lead to a more efficient energy generation system, it also can lower the wear and tear on the components of the system. Linc Research Inc.’s video pitch 

Natrion Inc.
Natrion sets itself apart from other solid-state battery companies with its new ceramic-polymer composite solid-state electrolyte called Lithium Solid Ionic Composite (LISIC). Natrion™’s LISIC technology can be seamlessly integrated into existing battery gigafactory manufacturing lines without any process or machinery modifications. Other current solid-state battery technology requires entirely new production methods, battery cell formats and supply chains. LISIC, meanwhile, is a drop in solution characterized with low cost of implementation and potential to be rapidly deployed at scale.

Princeton Fusion Systems
Princeton Fusion Systems is a small business focused on developing small, clean fusion reactors for both terrestrial and space applications. The Princeton FRC reactor is built upon a foundation of over 15 years of research and experience at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. It is their mission to develop the Princeton FRC compact fusion reactor into a portable power plant that can provide power in off-grid locations and in modular power plants. Princeton Fusion Systems video pitch 

RUTE Foundation Systems - remote
This rapid demand for solar energy is creating land-use competition between solar developers and agricultural communities. Yet, there are 650 million acres of cattle land in the U.S. and no high-clearance solar tracking solution to open that market to solar. RUTE SUNTRACKER is a cattle-grade solution that uses cables to achieve less steel and cost parity with conventional solar.  RUTE Foundation Systems video pitch.

ThermoAI uses AI to optimize industrial operations by finding the ideal settings to achieve near perfect combustion. The efficiency gains from ThermoAI current pilots, if implemented in only the electricity generation industry, would have the possibility of doubling the impact on greenhouse gas emission reduction as the entire wind and solar industries combined.  ThermoAI video pitch.

3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks
  • Stephen Susalka, Chief Executive Officer, AUTM