ASPIRE Forum 2016 Sustainable & Alternative Energy with Bloom
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- KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bloom Energy
- Kindra Martone, Vice President, Global Data Center Sales & Alliances, Centurylink
- Carla Boragno, Vice President and Site Services, Genentech
- Dan Cooper, Vice President, Critical Infrastructure, Data Center Management and Data Center Strategy, Time Warner Cable
- Thomas Friedman, Noted Author and New York Times Columnist, NA
- Susan Mac Cormac, Partner, Morrison & Foerster
- Audrey Choi, Chief Executive Officer, Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing
- Mike Petouhoff, Global Energy Manager, Apple Inc.
- Eddie Schutter, Head of Global Datacenter Network & Security Services, eBay Inc.
- Marty Sedler, Director Global Utilities & Infrastructure, Intel
- Kevin De Leon, President Pro Tempore, California State Senate
- Romie Basra, Vice President, Senior Relationship Manager, Wells Fargo Global CleanTech Group
- Barry Kingsland, Head of Energy, Vodafone
- Dave McCurdy, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Gas Association
Sustainable & Alternative Energy with Bloom
The Aspire Forum is a convergence of innovative pioneers in the industry of energy and technology.
It’s great to see familiar faces, people who have been here last year, new faces; welcome one and all. It has been a year since we got this dialogue going. What has happened in the world? What has changed? First thing, the report just came out in 2015 and it has been the warmest year since we started recording climate and temperature since 1880, that’s a hundred and thirty six years.
We can dialogue and discuss and hear about what the latest trends are and really think about what the vision ought to be for energy management, energy distribution, and energy generation in the future.
Everything we do requires energy and the way we do it today is just not scale to grow.
Energy is the ultimate scale problem. If you don’t have scale, you don’t have a solution. What you have is a hobby; but I wouldn’t try to affect the climate as a hobby.
Susan Mac Cormac:
Business itself is going to have to fundamentally change; take actions to reduce carbon, to increase focus on environmental sustainability.
The world in 35 years from now is going to have nine and a half billion people and have astronomical increases in food, energy, water resource demands, emissions; how do you think about that and actually say that’s a business opportunity?
Our mission is to try to reduce Apple’s carbon footprint to zero. Overall, you can see our facilities are growing worldwide, but our carbon footprint is actually quantitatively reducing.
There’s the standard sustainable energy programs that are out there, but we’re looking for unique and disruptive ideas that help to create this microclimate environment.
We want to be able to set examples and innovate. We want new technologies to take over. We don’t just want solar. We want things that are going to transform the entire energy market. We currently have 47 operating projects in 14 countries with 13 different technologies. The power goes out every single day, sometimes 2, 3, 4 times. When it goes out, we have to start diesel generators that burn very dirty oil which may or may not come on. As of about a month ago, we have fuel cells operating in India, Bangalore.
Kevin De Leon:
We can not continue on the trend that we are and maintain our environment without doing something different.
We have a hundred million square feet of real estate, a lot of branches and consumers we interface with. The more we can get smart and utilize that and take it back to others on our team, it’s a big benefit.
Being passionate and driving towards the impact of energy and what that means in our future.
We’ve had so much incredible progress in the last 30 years. We’ve seen the growth of technology. We’ve seen growth of development, disruptive technologies.
As we try to change this industry, which is so large and the market size is so big, the impact it has on people’s lives across the board is enormous. We as a country can not move forward unless the dialogue happens. There’s give and take, and we find an effective solution that takes us in a different way.