Fantastic first day at CEM7 'Start-ups and Solutions Showcase' in downtown San Francisco
One hundred clean energy-themed technologies and initiatives from across the US and 17 other countries, including Australia, all packed into a giant tent in the heart of San Francisco for a special showcase event.
It doesn't get much better for Aussie innovators like Wattwatchers and our close partners, Solar Analytics, who are sharing booth #253 with our team for the two-day event (June 1 and 2).
There's a distinctly Australian flavour around our booth, with Solar Analytics founder and CEO Stefan Jarnason and senior operations engineer and US advancer Vishnu Unnikrishnan bringing huge bags of Tim Tams and chocolate koalas.
The word is that Americans just can't do a chocolate bikkie like Australians, and at Wattwatchers we're making the case that they can't do Internet of Things energy observation and control like we can either.
The occasion is CEM7, or more formally the 7th Clean Energy Ministerial, which brings together the energy ministers and national delegations from 23 nations plus the European Union to plan and propel the transition to a global clean energy economy.
Together, the CEM members account for about 90 percent of global energy consumption. Their annual gathering this year is being hosted by President Barack Obama's Energy Secretary, Dr. Ernest Moniz, and is the biggest clean energy event on the international agenda since the historic UN climate agreement forged in Paris last December.
The cunning Tim Tam strategy ensured a steady flow of fellow Australians to our booth throughout day one, including retired politician and former Australian Greens leader Christine Milne and solar guru Danny Kennedy (both pictured - at centre and right - with Wattwatchers director Murray Hogarth).
Former Greenpeace campaigner and Sungevity co-founder Kennedy now heads the Californian Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF), which is co-hosting the Showcase together with the local Bay Area Council.
The official Australian delegation to CEM7 also visited our booth and spent time getting briefed on Australian 'New Energy' innovation at its intelligent cutting-edge best. With Australia in the midst of a long election campaign and the Government in caretaker mode, national Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is being represented by two senior public servants:
- John Ryan, Associate Secretary, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
- Rhondda Dickson, Deputy Secretary, Office of Climate Change and Renewables Innovation in the Department of the Environment
A number of representatives of the US Department of Energy (DoE), a wide range of energy industry figures from America and other countries, entrepreneurs, investors and community campaigners also visited the Wattwatchers-Solar Analytics booth. Must be the Tim Tams!