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University of Minnesota conference to highlight renewable energy success stories

E3 2011 – scheduled for Nov. 7 – will feature research breakthroughs at the U of M, corporate success stories and Germany’s path to becoming a global energy leader

Media Note: To receive E3 conference media passes, contact Mary Hoff at or (612) 626-2670 in advance for the press registration code.

Contacts: Todd Reubold, Institute on the Environment,, (612) 624-6140
Jeff Falk, University News Service,, (612) 626-1720

October 24, 2011

Despite the economic downturn of the past few years, enterprising researchers, companies and countries have found success in the renewable energy sector. What’s their secret?

The "E3 2011: The Latest in Renewable Energy Innovation" conference, taking place Nov. 7 at McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis, will provide answers.

Hosted by the university's Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment, a program of the U of M's Institute on the Environment, the annual E3 conference explores the latest technical innovations, scientific breakthroughs and policy incentives in renewable energy. This year representatives from academia, business, industry, government, the media and other sectors will hear from entrepreneurs who are spearheading successful renewable energy ventures in the U.S. and abroad.

Events for the day include:
• A welcome from IREE managing director Dick Hemmingsen and university President Eric Kaler, followed by a brief look at IREE research from 2004 to today by IREE science director John Sheehan
• Industry success stories by executives from 3M, DuPont and Abengoa Bioenergy
• A presentation highlighting Germany’s path to becoming a global renewable energy leader by Friedo Sielemann, counselor for energy and environment with the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.
• A reflection on the journey from student to energy professional by university alumnus Kevin Hennessy, associate scientist with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute
• A keynote speech by Alexis Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic and host of The Atlantic's Technology Channel, on the business potential of green technology and how technology is changing humans' brains, consumption patterns and environments
• An afternoon filled with success stories and research breakthroughs from University of Minnesota faculty on green chemistry and sustainable polymers, using renewable resources to manage a campus’s carbon footprint and solar in cold climates
• A poster session highlighting renewable energy research in bioenergy; solar, wind and geothermal energy; conservation and energy efficiency; policy, economics and the environment; and special topics
• A Renewable Energy Happy Hour with a special performance by the improvisational group Music of the Sun.

The E3 conference is presented by IREE in partnership with lead sponsor Faegre & Benson, keynote sponsor the Consulate General of Canada, media sponsor Twin Cities Business, conference greening sponsor Ever-Green Energy, Corporate Success Stories sponsor Frederickson and Byron, P.A. and numerous other supporters.

Visit for the full conference agenda, registration details and speaker bios.

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