A Sustainable World

Fuel Cell Energy - A Bridge Technology

April 21, 2015

Energy Innovation Center • 1435 Bedford Avenue • Pittsburgh, PA 15219

 

A G E N D A

 

12:00 Welcome: Patricia DeMarco; William Recker, CEO Energy Innovation Center

Buffet Lunch

12:30 PM Where We are Headed- A New Direction - Terry Collins

12:45 PM Where We Are Now- Power of 32 Base Line - Court Gould

1:00 PM Bridge Fuel Technology- Fuel Cell Energy, LLC - Ben Toby

1:30 PM Roundtable Discussion of Opportunities and Challenges

2:30 PM Optional Tour of Energy Innovation Center - Cam Hick

Videography: Kirsi Jansa, Filmmaker and journalist- Sustainability Pioneers

Sponsors: Fuel Cell Energy, LLC. The Pittsburgh Foundation Clyde W. and Ida Mae Thurman Fund

 

Speaker Biographies:

 

William Recker:

Board Chair of the Energy Innovation Center Institute, Inc., and Chairman of the Board of the Pittsburgh Community Kitchen. He is a founding partner and CEO of IronBridge Partners and a partner and co-founder of the Cranberry Business Park. Bill is an accomplished business leader whose skills in management, corporate structuring and financing were demonstrated as the CEO of several multinational corporations before his semi-retirement in the early 2000’s. He maintains a full schedule devoted to real estate investment, high tech start-ups and the advancement of the Pittsburgh region’s educational and training efforts to provide all elements of the energy industry with the optimum workforce for the 21st century. Bill earned his B.S. in Biochemistry from Duquesne University. In addition, he completed graduate studies and research in virology at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School. Bill has been married for more than 50 years, walked across Switzerland, biked across France and Spain and enjoys skiing, tennis, sailing, furniture making, jazz and being a grandfather.

 

Terrance Collins:

Teresa Heinz Professor in Green Chemistry, Director of the Institute for Green Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. A champion of green science, Terry Collins has been recognized internationally for his invention of a new class of oxidation catalysts with demonstrated potential for enormous, positive impact on the environment. Collins earned his undergraduate and doctor’s degrees from the University of Auckland. He became a member of the Carnegie Mellon faculty in 1987. Among his honors are the 2010 Heinz Award for the Environment, the inaugural Charles E. Kaufman Award of the Pittsburgh Foundation, the 2007 Award of The New York Metropolitan Catalysis Society, the Environmental Protection Agency’s 1999 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, the Pittsburgh Award from the American Chemical Society and Japan’s Society of Pure and Applied Coordination Chemistry Award, and many others.

 

Court Gould:

Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh, public-policy advocacy group that affects decision-making in the Pittsburgh region to integrate economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality into sustainable solutions for communities, businesses, and the region. Sustainable Pittsburgh addresses issues such as smart growth, transportation, energy, ecodistricts, and regional equitable development. The principles and triple bottom line rewards of sustainability underpin Sustainable Pittsburgh's niche role. He received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. His community involvement includes serving as board chairman of GTECH and as board member and past chairman of the Local Government Academy. He also is advisory board chairman for the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management and a member of the implementation committee of the Power of 32 regional visioning project.

 

Ben Toby:

Vice President of Sales for Fuel Cell Energy of Danbury, Connecticut, working with colleges, hospitals, utilities, municipalities, and industrial clients to deploy ultra-clean, highly efficient Direct FuelCell® power plants throughout North America. Prior to his current role, Mr. Toby was responsible for international sales for FCE, including the partnership with POSCO Energy of Korea, which led to the construction of the world’s largest fuel cell plant, a 59-MW installation near Seoul. Prior to FCE, Mr. Toby was Vice President of OEM Sales for Capstone Turbine Corp. in California, leading the company’s efforts to integrate micro-turbine technology into packaged systems marketed by Cummins, Mitsubishi, Enel Produzione, and Sumitomo Corp., among others. Mr. Toby started his career as a combustion engineer with G.E. Energy & Environmental Research of Irvine, California. He holds an M.S. degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. degree in Social Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He is an individual member of the Association of Energy Engineers and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM).

 

The Green Chemistry Roundtable is a project of Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D. Visiting Researcher and Writer in the Institute for Green Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University.