Emerging Technology Conference Set Dec 78

first_imgHiroyuki Watanabe, director, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Division, Toyota Motor Corp. Roger N. Anderson, senior scientist, Energy Research Center, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Edward Morse, editor, Petroleum Intelligence Weekly Fred Juon, senior adviser, Latin America, Schlumberger Oilfield ServicesNoon: Lunch break1:30 p.m. Panel II: Automotive Moderator: Tony Finizza,energy economist, oil industry and U.S. auto collaboration University ofCalifornia&emdash;IrvinePanelists: Robert Manning, Council on Foreign Relations R. Bowen Loftin, professor of computer science and director of NASA/UH Virtual Environment Training Laboratory Department of Computer Science, University of Houston Norman Rostoker, professor, department of Physics & Astronomy, University of California&emdash;Irvine AddThis Stephen Gallogly, director, International Energy and Commodities Policy, U.S. Department of Statecenter_img Evidence is building that clean-burning coal could become a major energy source in the 21st century.“The emerging technology conference parallels the research andprograms the Baker Institute has initiated on energy supply and security issuesfocusing on the Persian Gulf, the Caspian Basin and, currently, on Asia,” BakerInstitute Director Edward Djerejian said. “As we enter the next century, newtechnologies and environmental issues will have a major impact on energy supplyand security. It is in this framework that we are bringing together an excellentgroup of participants to address developments in the emerging technology fieldand their significance.”###Conference schedule follows.Emerging Energy Technologies Conference James A. Baker IIIInstitute for Public PolicyRice UniversityDecember 7-8, 1998Monday, December 79 a.m. Opening Remarks Edward P.DjerejianDirectorJames A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, RiceUniversity9:15 a.m. Panel I: Oil and Gas Moderator: John L.Kennedy, editor, Oil & Gas JournalPanelists: Virtual reality technology is being employed to uncover oil and gas fields more accurately; Aaron Brady, oil analyst&emdash;Transportation Fuels Energy Security Analysis, Inc.Tuesday, December 89 a.m. Opening Remarks Amy Jaffe Energy ResearchCoordinatorJames A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, RiceUniversity9:15 a.m. Panel III: Power/Electricity Moderator: PeterHartley, professor of economics, Rice UniversityPanelists: Scott Weisner, president, Ballard Generation SystemsNoon: Lunch break2 p.m. Remarks Paul Grant Lead, TechnicalForecastStrategic Science and Technology2:30 p.m. Panel IV: Energy Industry and MarketImpactModerator: Robin Sickles, professor of economics, RiceUniversityPanelists: Share CONTACT: Mike Cinelli PHONE: (713)831-4794E-MAIL: [email protected] OF TECHNOLOGY ADVANCES ON ENERGY INDUSTRY FOCUS OF BAKER INSTITUTECONFERENCEElectric-poweredautomobiles–scheduled for sale in the United States in the year 2000–movingthrough Toyota assembly lines in Japan offer proof that technological advancesin the energy industry have passed the speculative stage.Toyota’s “Hybrid System” incorporates a 1.5 -liter gasolineengine and an electric motor, operating on electricity at low speeds andswitching automatically to the gasoline engine at higher speeds. The vehicleconserves fuel and dramatically reduces emissions. Best of all, it never needs to be plugged in to recharge abattery. The Toyota electric-powered car–and the energy andenvironmental issues it raises–will be one of several topics debated at the “Emerging Energy Technologies” conference set for Dec. 7-8, in Rice University’sBaker Hall. The event will be sponsored by the university’s James A. Baker IIIInstitute for Public Policy.The event is free and open to the public, but seating islimited. Featured panelists will include: Hiroyuki Watanabe, director ofToyota’s Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Division; R. Bowen Loftin, director of theNASA/University of Houston Virtual Environment Training Laboratory; NormanRostoker, professor of physics and astronomy at the University of California atIrvine; and Christopher Wardell from the World Bank.“This conference will address the question of where technologyis going to take the energy industry,” said Amy Jaffe, energy researchcoordinator at Rice’s Baker Institute. “We’ll be investigating whether we willbe less dependent on traditional energy sources in 10 or 20 years and what rolepublic policy should play in the process.”Additional evidence that technology is redefining the energysector: Christopher Wardell, representative, The World Bank Super conductive transmission lines could replace pipelines as a means of distributing electricity produced from distant gas fields directly to power grids; andlast_img read more