Clean Energy Reception at MIT15 Jun

While attending the Clean Energy Reception at MIT on June 14, 2011, I heard talks given by the President of MIT, Dr. Susan Hockfield, the Governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, and the former Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm. MIT is making great strides in terms of their program, the MIT energy initiative (MITEI), founded by President Hockfield two  years ago. Governor Patrick summarized accomplishments in the renewable energy sector regarding standards, efficiency, loan programs and tax credits. Governor Granholm made the case for enacting policies to encourage the development of clean energy technologies, such as a national renewable portfolio standard. At present, only 29 states have such standards (e.g., 20 percent electricity generation from renewable sources by 2020).

An overarching question was, “Who is winning the clean energy race as of 2010?” The United States has slipped to third  place behind China and Germany in terms of monetary investment and installed renewable energy capacity for wind, solar, biofuels, efficiency, and other renewables.

During the public question and answer session following the speeches, I suggested that there is a time period for the development and massive commercialization of new engine technologies and fuels for 137-million passenger cars in the United States. That period is 11 years from now because by the United States will be totally dependent on imported crude oil then. Seventy percent of U.S. crude oil is consumed by transportation, while the rest is used in manufacturing many products, such as plastics. (Please see post of June 14th).

Conclusion: No one at this reception seemed to be aware of an 11 year window, or any window for that matter.

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Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.

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