With less than a month to go, Horizon is looking forward to convening local leaders and global players in Boston, September 19th and 20th.
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Horizon19 Institutional Partners Holland Innovation Network, Cleantech Scandinavia, and the Danish cleantech cluster CLEAN have invited a promising cohort of start-ups and SMEs from Europe and Canada. These enterprises are pioneering solutions in the cleantech and smart city sectors within energy efficiency, sustainable buildings, smart grids, transportation, and the Internet of Things, to name a few. All are ready to enter the US market and collaborate with American stakeholders to expand the reach of technologies.
Grid and infrastructure innovation will be key topics at Horizon19, and Partners such as Bloom Energy are leaders in the industry. The importance of their work is introduced below, and their Vice President of Commercial Strategy and Customer Experience Asim Hussain will speak on economic and social impact at Horizon19.
Bloom Energy’s mission is to make reliable, clean energy affordable for everyone in the world. The company’s product, the Bloom Energy Server, delivers highly reliable and resilient, Always On electric power that is clean and sustainable. Their customers include 25 of the Fortune 100 companies, and leaders in cloud services, healthcare, finance, utilities, and many other industries.Climate Change and an Aging Grid: Always On Microgrids for Energy Resiliency
Asim Hussain, Vice President, Commercial Strategy & Customer Experience, Bloom Energy
According to the Eaton Blackout Tracker, 36.7 million people were affected by more than 3,500 power outages in the U.S. in 2017 alone. These outages lasted twice as long as the year before, keeping the lights off for an average of nearly eight hours per disruption. Fast forward to 2019, and utilities in California are informing their customers to be prepared for four to five day outages.
Extreme weather events are a major driver of this trend; data shows that droughts, forest fires, and storms have doubled over the past four decades and other disasters such as floods have quadrupled. The unprecedented weather events that swept across the U.S. in 2018 and 2019 alone are telling – Florida’s Hurricane Michael, California’s Camp Fire, and the Midwest’s polar vortex, just to name a few. As catastrophic weather events continue to escalate, prolonged grid outages will follow.
Unfortunately, outages are not limited to weather events – In August 2019, Southern California experienced an outage due to a substation fire that left 28,000 customers without power and forced the John Wayne Airport into a full operational stop. On the east coast, the New York blackout that plunged 72,000 customers into darkness in mid-July was similarly caused by infrastructure – according to the utility, the culprit was “a flawed connection.”
Director of Business Development at Opendatasoft
As the Director of Business Development, Rachel is responsible for defining growth. She helps organizations with their digital transformation efforts, developing data sharing products and services. Previously, she was at the US Treasury, Office of the US Trade Representative, the U.N., and the Clinton Foundation… Read more
Other Notable Speakers
Mayor of the City of Newton, MA
Vice President of Smart Cities at Willdan
Deputy Director of the International Council on Clean Transportation
Date: September 19-20, 2019
Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center