The transition to a post-fossil fuel economy requires industrial production of inexpensive carbon-neutral electricity and fuel on a global scale. Unfortunately, conventional clean-energy technologies cannot support current or projected global energy demands. Viable solutions ultimately rest on emerging technological and scientific breakthroughs, as well as the leadership that promotes an atmosphere of investigation and investment.
Despite political wrangling and missed opportunities, 2010 was marked by robust expansion of alternative energy investment. Industry leaders, energy experts, and financiers have come to understand the need for technological innovation as the catalyst that will invent future solutions for the world's energy demands. This optimism, however, is tempered by a myriad of challenges including global economic uncertainty, high research and development costs, and partisan politics.
The Yale Climate & Energy Institute's second annual conference, Technology Innovations For A Secure Energy Future, will focus on some of the scientific advancements in clean energy production, and the obstacles hindering the transition to a post-fossil fuel economy. The event's discussion and analysis of our clean energy future will be framed by leading experts in climate, finance, policy, and science.
We invite you to join the Director of the Yale Climate & Energy Institute, Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, and other Yale faculty and alumni in the climate and energy fields, as well as distinguished experts from around the world, for conference events on April 9, 2011 in New Haven, Connecticut.