Curriculum

This is not standard executive education and the curriculum is not a traditional lecture series.  Instead, our curriculum creates the opportunity for a discussion dialogue with executives from industry, leading technology experts, and key ecosystem players. The program is extremely interactive and combines seminars, lectures, case studies, lab visits, webinars and site visits.

During our 2017 intensive six-day sprint program, we will focus on the following concentrations: Energy Efficiency and Building Technologies, Energy Generation and Delivery, Energy Storage, Transportation, Air and Water technologies.

In addition, we will weave foundational industry elements throughout the technology sectors. Foundational elements to be examined include: energy policy, finance and investment, commercialization, international opportunities and challenges.

 

Technology Concentrations

Advanced TransportationEnergy & Building EfficiencyEnergy Generation and DeliveryEnergy StorageNatural GasWater & Waste Water Cleanup
Tesla_front Increases in all modes of travel globally are inevitable. Larger numbers of people will be driving passenger vehicles. On road delivery of goods and services will continue into the foreseeable future. Light commercial, helicopter and commercial airlines are projected to see continued growth over the next 20 years.  Transit and mobility demands of all types are growing by necessity in densely populated areas across the globe.

We will examine advanced transportation technologies that may provide solutions to our transit, emissions and infrastructure challenges.  The Advanced Transportation track will discuss the following:

Alternative fuels
Advanced vehicle propulsion
Energy efficient freight solutions
Transit
Personal mobility

Ribbon Cutting new Library at RSFBuildings consume 40% of total U.S. energy and 70% of electricity generation at an annual expense of $400 billion.  Approximately 30% of this energy is wasted.  We will survey sustainable and energy efficient technologies, processes, and trends for lighting, heating, and cooling residential, commercial and institutional buildings – in existing and new built environments.  We also explore business models enabling building owners and power utilities to cooperatively curtail electric loads.

Energy efficiency value chain and ecosystem
Buildings as systems
Energy efficiency drivers and opportunities for commercial building markets
The residential market for energy efficiency
Home energy management
Next generation lighting and HVAC solutions
Green buildings and integrated design

Plug with lightning Supported by private innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as critical public sector support in the form of tax credits, grants, and loan guarantees, many advanced energy technologies have grown robustly over this period while making significant progress in terms of price and performance.

Advanced energy technology 101
Creating a path to subsidy independence
Integrating renewables onto the grid
Advanced materials for clean energy generation
The financial bottom line
The future of funding

Scientific advances are driving down the cost and increasing energy density of energy storage solutions with the promise of accelerating adoption of electric vehicles and renewable energy generation in the electric grid. The Energy Storage program provides an in-depth review of the current electrical storage landscape and the performance and cost targets for adoption.

Storage state of the artBattery-LiIon
Grid Storage Technologies/Markets
Battery management
Opportunities and limitations of existing technologies and potential advances
Market opportunities
Applications for the automotive industry
Applications for bulk energy storage

burnerThe growth in the natural gas industry provides interesting opportunities, and challenges, for the advanced energy market.  While natural gas has long been viewed as a bridge-fuel, there are extensive opportunities for natural gas and advanced energy technologies to work together in the near-term to expand the role of both industries in the world’s fuel mix.

Cogeneration – the perfect partnership for cleantech and natural gas?
Fuel cells
Biochemical and biofuels – how does cheap NG affect these markets?
How does cheap gas affect the expansion of wind and solar?
Transportation opportunities

water dropletIf you live in the west, you know the saying – “he who controls the water controls the world.” The Energy Fellows Institute will be examining the critically important issues of water and waste water.  We will touch on the global outlook for water availability but focus our attention on the technologies and innovative solutions being introduced to manage, monitor and clean the world’s water.  Topics may include:

Sustainable industrial water practices
Water and energy generation
Technologies to clean the world’s water
Water management
Irrigation, agriculture and technology

Foundational

Access To TechnologyBig Data & Web IntegrationBusiness ViabilityManufacturingPolicy & Regulation
Energy Fellows Institute provides unparalleled access to world class leading institutions and their technology.

          
The intersection of mobile, web, data and technology is impacting every sector including advanced energy.  We explore the ways talented executives can fully leverage the opportunities big data can play in the advanced energy industry.
From the very start, we confirmed that it was both necessary and critical to incorporate fundamental business elements throughout the coursework.  In this way, we weave finance, fundraising, legal, patent, accounting and experiential elements into the curriculum.  While some information will be presented as a stand alone session, elements will appear throughout the curriculum as it relate to specific technology sectors.
Without a doubt, manufacturing is the focus for many in the energy industry.  Whether it is understanding outsourcing, working to reshore advanced energy manufacturing jobs to the U.S. or working to expand local advanced energy supply chains – the manufacturing discussion is front and center.  During the course of the Institute we will tour advanced energy manufacturing companies in Colorado, discuss the various factors that  determine your manufacturing options, and look at unique manufacturing partnerships that help to grow the industry.
The advanced energy industry provides a myriad of regulatory and policy challenges and opportunities.  While government funding helped kick-start many companies in the advanced energy industry, it is imperative for the long term sustainability of the industry that companies grow and thrive with as little government assistance as possible.  Our policy and regulatory conversations will walk through the history of government funding and where we are today with current and pertinent state and federal energy policy.  We will also investigate international policy and regulatory environments and their impacts on the growth of the advanced energy market.