For immediate release: 05/13/2011 | NR-11-05-04

Media advisory: National summit to address challenges/solutions in clean energy innovation

Lynda L Seaver, LLNL, (925) 423-3103,

The United States faces critical energy challenges, from an overdependence on insecure foreign oil sources and growing threats to our environment, to a struggling economy.

While faster development and commercialization of advanced clean energy technologies can help our nation address these challenges, the process of conceptualization, product development, prototyping and commercialization of advanced energy technologies is very costly and can take decades to complete. This long and expensive process can make it difficult for companies to find financing -- exacerbating energy challenges and delaying innovation.

To address these issues, leading experts in clean energy technology will convene a National Summit on Advancing Clean Energy Technologies, May 16-17, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C. It also will be telecast live via the Web.

The summit will highlight the use of high performance computing as a resource for reducing clean energy development time and cost.

Participants will include members from the Obama Administration, Capitol Hill, science and academia, venture capital and industry. Speakers will include Dr. John Holdren, White House science adviser; Sens. Lamar Alexander, Tom Daschle and Byron Dorgan; former Sens. Howard Baker and Pete Domenici; LLNL Director George Miller and LLNL Deputy Director of Science and Technology Tomás DÃ-az de la Rubia.

Summit organizers include the Howard Baker Forum, the Bipartisan Policy Center and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

For a complete agenda, see the summit Website.

Founded in 1952, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provides solutions to our nation's most important national security challenges through innovative science, engineering and technology. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is managed by Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration.