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Side Events & Workshops 2018

Bring your company workshops and side events to Horizon18

Tour of the Greater Boston Food Bank

Tuesday, October 9, 4-6pm

Join the first event of Horizon 18 and take the tour of the Greater Boston Food Bank. This is a true Clean Economy Success Story! The Greater Boston Food Bank installed Viking Cold’s Thermal Energy Storage through an Eversource utility-sponsored program to add efficiency to their refrigeration system and to shift more demand outside of the peak period. The results are already saving the non-profit energy and dollars. Join industry energy professionals from around the globe, state and local government officials, as well as representatives from Eversource, Viking Cold Solutions, and the Greater Boston Food Bank to start networking, have a bite and a sip, and see how Thermal Energy Storage is saving energy to help feed more hungry Bostonians.

Shuttle service to the Food Bank departing the Hilton Back Bay hotel at 3:30 and 4:30. Transportation to the Greentown Labs event or back to the hotel after the event.

Please RSVP to: dvance@vikingcold.com

SAVE THE DATE! Horizon18 Kickoff Event

Join us for a Horizon18 kickoff event at the Greentown Labs Global Center for Cleantech Innovation on October 9 from 5:30-8:30pm. Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States, along with World Climate Ltd., NECEC, and MassCEC would like to welcome all of the cleantech and climate leaders from around the world to Boston for an exciting few days of discussion, collaboration, innovation, and community.

The event at Greentown Labs will serve as an entry-point to the conference, helping to facilitate connections, partnerships, and fun! Attendees will hear brief remarks from Greentown Labs’ CEO, Dr. Emily Reichert; World Climate Ltd CEO, Jens Nielsen; NECEC President, Peter Rothstein; MassCEC CEO, Stephen Pike; and have an opportunity to tour the incubator facility.

Refreshments and appetizers will be provided

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Sustainable Development Goals | Translating Global Needs into Business Solutions

Wednesday, October 10, 1-2pm 

The 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), if achieved, can transform the world we live in. They have attracted unprecedented interest from companies, investors, NGOs and policymakers. Despite this, many people remain overwhelmed by the challenge of transforming these goals into tangible outcomes for industry and society. By focusing on the application of SDGs, this workshop positions organizations to access SDG-related market opportunities estimated at $12 trillion.

Participants will gain insights into and discover steps towards operationalizing the sustainable development goals and translating this work into business value. In an open and collaborative environment, you will explore with peers and thinkstep experts how to select SDGs for strategy development and how to quantify the related impacts.

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5 Channel Center Street=Conserving Energy, Preserving History

Fraunhofer CSE will give a tour of their “Living Lab” on October 10, 2018, 5:30-6:30pm at 5 Channel Center Street in Boston. The Living Lab leverages cutting-edge design and historic architecture alongside in-house research facilities.

Visitors get an inside view of innovative commercial and residential energy-saving technologies, and Fraunhofer CSE’s solar PV, smart grid, and building materials labs. 5 Channel Center Street was originally constructed in 1913 for the wholesale leather merchant W. Herbert Abbott, designed and built by the Boston Wharf Company. The majority of the structure has been left almost unchanged since its construction over 100 years ago. The building was scheduled for demolition, but in 2010, working closely with the Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission and National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Planning Program, Fraunhofer CSE developed a retrofit plan that could deliver energy savings and still preserve the building’s historic character. The retrofit incorporates a variety of energy-efficient systems, materials and measures to create significant reductions in whole-building energy consumption.

In addition to serving as Fraunhofer CSE’s research headquarters in Massachusetts, the ‘Living Lab’ is also a venue for sustainable energy education. The Lab’s first floor offers an interactive educational exhibit, designed to showcase new innovations developed to facilitate the widespread adoption of commercial and residential energy-saving technologies. The Living Lab leverages cutting-edge design concepts and historic architecture alongside in-house research facilities, including a pilot solar module fabrication line, dedicated thermal testing laboratory, residential energy storage systems and extensive characterization/environmental testing resources.

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The Challenges and Opportunities to Address Contaminants in Wastewate

Wednesday, October 10, 5:30-8:00pm

Wastewater systems were designed to treat human organic waste. However, as the waste generated by our society has increased in complexity, so have the challenges of handling it. Pathogens, nutrients, metals, pharmaceuticals, and microplastics are some of the most threatening contaminants in our wastewaters. This expert panel will address which contaminants are of highest priority, whether treatment options are available, and the trade-offs and opportunities involved. Wastewater treatment is highly varied, reflecting more than a century of solutions developed in response to different geographic settings. Communities along coastlines, on the prairies, in urban settings, and in remote locations face different challenges in addressing this common concern.

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Future of Transportation

Thursday, October 11, 9-10am

On the heals of the draconian UN Climate report one of the greatest areas for carbon reduction is transportation.  Further, the economics and opportunity for compelling ROI offers exciting opportunities as we explore a variety of fuel sources combined with shifting modalities in the transport sector.  Join us for the Future of Transportation Workshop to discuss these exciting opportunities and forces resisting change.


Joshua Young, VP of Investor Relationships, Sensata
Alex Gruzen, CEO, Witricity
Tod Hynes, Founder & CEO, XL Fleet
Henrik Holland, Manager Corporate Development, Shell

The German Perspective on Clean Energy Solutions

Thursday, October 11 from 10:00-11:00am

The German Energiewende, often dubbed as energy transition, pursues ambitious goals in terms of greenhouse gas emission reductions, renewable energy production and energy efficiency improvements. Moreover, it reduces Germany’s dependency on fossil fuel imports and therefore its exposure to price andsupply risks. Against this background, Germany is pursuing international energy policy cooperations, with the goal of building trusting and lasting energy relationships with partner countries. The German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) as well as the German Consulates are supporting the German government in their aim to foster energy policy exchange with the US.

During this session at Horizon 2018, the audience will learn more about Germany’s energy transition and lessons learned. In addition, two German companies, also active in the US, will present their innovative clean energy solutions. The session will close with Q&A’s and room for discussion.

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Northeast 80×50 Pathway

Thursday, October 11, 11-12pm 

In June 2018,National Grid, one of the nation’s largest investor-owned utilities, released the “Northeast 80×50 Pathway,” a blueprint for drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 (“80×50”). National Grid’s goal is consistent with the states they serve – New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. The Northeast 80×50 Pathway includes in-depth modeling and analysis addressing the three most carbon-intensive sectors in the Northeast- heating, power generation, and transportation. Join Mackay Miller, Director of Strategy, National Grid, US and McKenzie Schwartz, Analyst, Regulatory Strategy, National Grid, US as they take a deep dive into the Pathway and the milestones necessary to reach a decarbonized future.

Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles to Multi-User Microgrids Development

Thursday, October 11, 1-2pm

NECEC and BU-ISE have collaborated on a research project to lean from leading microgrid projects in the northeast US, with particular attention on aspects of planning, developing, deploying, financing, and operating multi-user microgrids. These types of microgrids are relatively new but represent a leading architecture for resilient distributed clean energy systems. BU’s analysis and learning is being completed this fall and will be presented and discussed in this session.


  • Alistair Pim, VP Innovation & Partnerships, NECEC (Confirmed)
  • Kira Fabrizio, Associate Professor, Strategy & Innovation, Questrom School of Business, Boston University (Confirmed)
  • Will Agate Vice President, Microgrid Services, Ameresco (Confirmed)
  • Paul Tyno, Strategic Advisor on Energy Initiatives, Buffalo Niagara Medical Center (Confirmed)


Cleantech Open Northeast Regional Finals Showcase and Awards

Thursday, October 11, 4-9.30pm 

Meet over 30 Cleantech Open Northeast startup teams who will show off their solutions at the Cleantech Open Regional Finals Showcase. Come hear the top eight Finalists pitch and compete for $40,000 in cash, plus additional prizes. This is an opportunity to celebrate cleantech innovation as a way to secure our energy future, improve the environment, and build the cleantech economy.

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