April 2014 Clean Technology Seminar

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There will be 2 talks in this seminar, the 1st talk by Dr. Sean Wang, President of ITRI, will share with you ITRI award winning technologies and discuss some collaboration opportunities. In the 2nd talk, Dr. William Kao will discuss with you the most recent trends and latest developments in clean technology.
Date:  April 22, 2014 (Tuesday) 7:00 - 9:00 pm (registration starts at 6:30pm)
Venue: ITRI Int’l, 2870 Zanker Rd., Suite #140, San Jose, CA
Admission: Free
Don't miss out on networking and exchanging your views with other participants.


2014: The Year of the Battery

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Taking Batteries from Bottleneck to Breakthrough

Event Co-hosts: City of Fremont, WorkSpace Fremont
Wednesday April 23, 2014 | 5:30p - 8:30p

Join us for an evening dinner at WorkSpace Fremont (Directions) to learn about The Cleantech Open 2014 accelerator program and how local companies are poised for near term impact in the battery technology arena.

Battery Fundamentals:  Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, Department Head - Energy Storage and Distributed Resources at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and Technical Advisor at ENOVIX will provide an overview of the technical and market fundamentals of battery technology laying the foundation for the rest of the evening's discussions.


Jeff Anderson, Managing Director of CalCEF and Executive Director of CalCharge will provide an overview of California's energy storage landscape and talk about CalCharge initiatives with Advanced Manufacturing, Battery University and Energy Storage Standards and Certification.
Rick Wilmer, CEO of Leyden Energy
With lessons learned from the solar industry, competition from within the US as well as from Korea, Japan and China, and the emergence of the occasional gigafactory, battery innovators are looking for ways to differentiate and thrive. Rick Wilmer, CEO of Leyden Energy, will talk about the rapid innovation challenge in the battery industry. Based in Fremont, Leyden Energy is developing solutions for high energy density and high power density applications.

Panel Discussion: Battery storage tipping points: The timing and impact of manufacturing innovations, advanced chemistries, grid responsiveness, and creative financing.

  • Where are the shorter term battery technology opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, and employees seeking a career in this field?
  • Where are the sweet spots among utilities, businesses, transportation, homes and devices and how are they related or not related?
  • How will storage financing models shape adoption, and who are the key players?
  • How has the pace of cost reductions changed in recent years and what is the outlook in the coming years. Is the moving target of $/kWH moving faster?
  • Can the industry support a wide array of technologies to cover the spectrum of applications or will there be a natural thinning out of chemistries and technology choices to achieve economies of scale?

Confirmed Panelists / Speakers

  • Cameron Dales, VP Operations & Business Development at Enovix and former VP, GM and Founder of Symyx Tools
  • Dan Lankford, Managng Director of Wavepoint Ventures, Advisor to Ballast Energy, former executive at Element Energy, Innergy Power Corporation, and BOLDER Technologies which he took IPO
  • Jason Li, Founder & CEO of Tenergy, Wharton MBA, PhD in Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • Mark Platshon, Partner at Birchmere Ventures, Sr. Advisor at BMW i Ventures, Co-Founder of Amprius
  • Tom Stepien, CEO of Primus Power and former executive at Applied Materials and Lam Research

The Cleantech Open: Overview of The Cleantech Open:

  • Over 850 companies served and more than $900 million raised
  • Learn about our 2014 Business Accelerator
  • Eight clean technology categories including Energy Distribution & Storage
  • Accelerate your startup with expert training, national visibility, and investor engagement
  • Up to $230,000 in cash and services awarded

Don’t have your own cleantech company? In addition to great networking, the event will include information about how you can get involved as a volunteer, mentor, judge, investor and more.
WorkSpace Fremont, 45401 Research Ave, Fremont, CA (Directions) Who Should Attend?
Energy storage professionals, energy entrepreneurs, investors, executives, policy makers, analysts, press and anyone interested in storage technology and systems as they relate to EV, grid, micro-grid, distributed energy and consumer electronics.

$30 - Online Advanced Registration ends April 21
$40 - At the Door
Tickets are non-refundable, but transferable to another party 

Interested in sponsoring this event or having a display table?
Contact Ken Lee: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 925-400-8408
Preliminary Program Agenda
5:30 - Registration, Networking, Catered Food & Refreshments
6:00 - Welcome and Overview
6:15 - The Cleantech Open accelerator
6:30 - Keynote: Leyden Energy
6:45 - Q&A
7:00 - CalCharge and Battery University
7:15 - Q&A
7:30 - Introduction to Panel
7:40 - Panel Discussion
8:10 - Q&A 

CIE/USA-SF Short Course – Chinese Medicine 101 (for the scientific and engineering minds)

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CIE/USA-SF Short Course Chinese Medicine 101 (for the scientific and engineering minds)

There is an emerging trend of the application of high-tech to the traditional Chinese Medicine.Many professionals in Silicon Valley are also very interested in learning more about the Chinese Medicine.CIE therefore will host a short course lectured by Dr. Andy Lee.The series is made up of 8 courses; each one 2 hours.

The location is at ITRI, 2870 Zanker Road, Suite 140, San Jose, CA 95134, USA.It will be lectured every other week on Thursday evening, starting on Jan 23, 2014 (1/28, 2/6, 2/20, 3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1)

Seating is limited to 80, based on first come first serve. Registration can be done at the bottom of the email, or go to
The fee of the class material for each course is $10 for CIE-SF member and $20 for non-member (to cover material, simple refreshment and miscellaneous cost).The total is $80 for CIE-SF member and $160 for non-member.Please bring exact amount to pay at each class.Enrolment in CIE-SF can be done on the spot.
Due to the nature of the course contents and the reading of classic Chinese literatures, the classes will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese.