Green Energy Innovation Expo

 Green Energy Innovation Expo

Green energy technology has never been more in demand. On May 17, 2023, the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC), AUTM, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will be sponsoring the Green Energy Innovation Expo, where we will highlight the impact of green energy in the fight against climate change.

The day-long event will be attended by some 300 members of the technology development and commercialization community who work in the green energy sector.

This event will facilitate partnerships between businesses and federal laboratories, universities, and private-sector innovators—including government-funded startups—offering a wide range of green energy technologies for licensing, including green hydrogen, energy storage, and wind energy.

Attendees will have the opportunity to showcase their innovation portfolios in front of key industry representatives and build collaborative relationships with other organizations operating in this field.

The summit will include:

  • panel discussions
  • a networking session for potential licensees and licensors
  • one-on-one partnering meetings
  • a pitch competition
  • a presentation from industry licensees about green technology needs

The day-long summit will begin at 9 a.m. ET and will be held at USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, in the Madison Building's Clara Barton Auditorium.

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Agenda subject to change

8–8:45 a.m.   Coffee

Coffee provided to attendees.

9–9:15 a.m.   Opening Remarks 

Program opening remarks by Mary Critharis, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

9–9:45 a.m.   Fireside Chat

Fireside Chat with David Turk, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) moderated by Dr. Vanessa Chan, Chief Commercialization Office, DOE

9:45–10:45 a.m.    Government Perspectives on Green Energy Technology Transfer Panel    

Agency leadership from the USPTO, NOAA, and DOE will discuss their perspectives on green energy technology transfer, upcoming initiatives, and intellectual property policy.

  • Derrick Brent, Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO;
  • Sarah Kapnick, Chief Scientist for National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA);
  • Vanessa Pena, Senior Manager, Technology Transfer Policy, Office of Technology Transitions at the DOE
  • Moderated by John Bittman, Acting Director, Technology Partnerships Office, National Institute of Standards and Technology 

10:45–11 a.m.    Break    

11 a.m. to Noon    Industry Green Energy Technology Needs (The “Reverse Pitch”)    

Green Energy industry representatives will discuss corporate R&D technology needs in the green energy space, and the direction of green energy innovation.

  • Paul Streaker, Principal, Strategy and Innovation, Washington Gas
  • Gary Ezekian, President and CEO, Oxicool Development Center
  • Carol Hirschmugl, Founder and CEO, COnovate 
  • WJ Gesang, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Epower Engine Systems
  • Dr. Yasser Zaghloul, Director, Intellectual Property Group, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. 
  • Dr. Yan Eric Wang, Principal Engineer and Project Manager, Solid-state Battery Project, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.
  • Maki Ikeda, Energy Innovation Center Director, Baker Hughes
  • Dr. Meng Jiang, Chair of Technical Advisory Committee, United States Advanced Battery Consortium LLC (USABC)
  • Dan Tong, Managing Director, Hunt, Guillot & Associates. Dan is representing Amogy
  • Valerie Lisi, Associate Director, HVAC Engineering Sustainability, Carrier Corporation
  • Harry Boston, President and CEO, Boston Government Services
  • Moderated by Andy Maas, Vice Chair of the AUTM Board

Noon to 1:15 p.m.    Networking Lunch    

Lunch on own

1:15–2:15p.m.    The Anatomy of a Deal: Green Energy Licensing Basics Panel Discussion  

A diverse group of green energy licensing experts will provide a high-level overview of a licensing negotiation and the basic terms and concepts of a green energy licensing agreement.

  • Nirav Desai, Director, Sterne Kessler
  • Ben Solomon, Founder and Managing Partner, FedTech
  • Eric Payne, Senior Licensing Executive and Licensing Team Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 
  • Moderated by Rahul Das, Patent Attorney, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO

2:15–2:30 p.m.    Break    

2:30–3:45 p.m.    Startup pitch competition

The best federally funded green energy technology startups will pitch their technologies to a diverse group of green energy investors.


  • Paul Zielinski, Executive Director, FLC


  • Max Tuttman, Principal, The AdHoc Group
  • Kacy Gerst, Vice President of Science and Technology, Galvanize Climate Solutions
  • Griffin St. Louis, Program Manager, TedCo Maryland Innovation Initiative

Start-up Finalists  

These eight finalists were chosen from a diverse array of clean energy startups and will be given an opportunity to pitch their technologies to the investor judges.  A winner will be chosen at the end of the program.

Ashlawn Energy’s patented VanCharg™
vanadium redox flow battery energy storage system enables multi-family and commercial office building owners to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) to avoid paying fines from new environmental laws and pay off-peak rates to save on utility charges.  Ashlawn Energy’s video pitch

AquaLith™’s goal is to be the dominant player in creating the new lithium-ion battery technologies.  AquaLith™’s innovation is the creation of new high-energy-density, low-cost, abundant, and safe materials for the three key materials for lithium-ion battery anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes.  

The team at Framergy and the University of Louisville (UoL) have teamed up to develop a series of battery materials that are based on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). To date, the team has shown that next generation batteries can be achieved that have high charge/discharge cyclic efficiency, while also eliminating the problem of battery flammability. Framergy's video pitch

Linc Research Inc.’s technology reduces the dynamic movement of floating maritime platforms (like Floating Offshore Wind Turbines) which will increase the total energy output of the Wind Turbine. Not only does calming the pitching, yawing, etc. lead to a more efficient energy generation system but also can lower the wear and tear on the components of the system. Linc Research Inc.’s video pitch 

Natrion sets itself apart from other solid-state battery companies with its new ceramic-polymer composite solid-state electrolyte called Lithium Solid Ionic Composite (LISIC). Natrion™’s LISIC technology can be seamlessly integrated into existing battery gigafactory manufacturing lines without any process or machinery modifications. Other current solid-state battery technology requires entirely new production methods, battery cell formats, and supply chains. LISIC, meanwhile, is a drop in solution characterized with low cost of implementation and potential to be rapidly deployed at scale.

Princeton Fusion Systems is a small business focused on developing small, clean fusion reactors for both terrestrial and space applications. The Princeton FRC reactor is built upon a foundation of over 15 years of research and experience at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory.  It is their mission to develop the Princeton FRC compact fusion reactor into a portable power plant that can provide power in off-grid locations and in modular power plants. Princeton Fusion Systems video pitch 

This rapid demand for solar energy is creating land-use competition between solar developers and agricultural communities.  Yet, there are 650 million acres of cattle land in the U.S. and no high-clearance solar tracking solution to open that market to solar. RUTE SUNTRACKER is a cattle-grade solution that uses cables to achieve less steel and cost parity with conventional solar.  RUTE Foundation Systems video pitch.

ThermoAI uses AI to optimize industrial operations by finding the ideal settings to achieve near perfect combustion. The efficiency gains from ThermoAI current pilots, if implemented in only the electricity generation industry, would have the possibility of doubling the impact on greenhouse gas emission reduction as the entire wind and solar industries combined.  ThermoAI video pitch.

3:45–3:55 p.m.    Final Remarks    

Stephen Susalka, Chief Executive Office, AUTM

Additional information

sponsor logos AUTM, Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) and the USPTO




This program is organized by AUTM, the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and the USPTO. It is hosted by the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, a unit of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). OPIA advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.

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