Thank you for your participation to 2011 CaFFEET
“How to Achieve a Low-CO2 Industrial Plant”
October 25-26, 2011, at PG&E Headquarters, 77 Beale St., San Francisco

  • Five keynote speeches
  • Seven panel sessions
  • Technology Showcase
  • Cocktail reception at the French Consul General’s residence


The 2011 CaFFEET will bring together industrialists and experts in the seven levers which can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industry. They will confront opinions, present case studies and try to provide answers to key questions regarding the relevance of these levers. In particular energy efficiency lever will be benchmarked against the other ones. The concept of low-CO2plants will be illustrated, but also questioned.

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) will be invited to a Technology Showcase to present the innovative technologies they propose to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the industry.

Industry is responsible for almost 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in developed countries, including direct emissions (e. g. from fossil-fuel burned on site) and indirect emissions (e. g. from electricity purchase). As the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas becomes more and more prominent, there is no doubt that the industry will be bound to decrease its emissions. Several mechanisms are already driving it in this direction, such as the Kyoto Protocol, the Climate and Energy Package in the European Union, the Executive Order 13514 for US federal agencies, the Assembly Bill 32 in California, etc.

However, it turns out that getting large decreases of greenhouse gas emissions in industry is hampered, for at least two reasons:

  • the approaches assessed to reach those decreases are mainly focused on energy efficiency, and thus often lead to unattractive business models for stakeholders (e.g. the industrialist, the utility),
  • plants don’t have enough adequate in-house competences to manage large projects in this field.

A strategy to overcome those barriers and lead industrial plants to decrease their emissions could be based on the following principles:

  • considering seven levers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions : 1) energy efficiency, 2) on-site renewable energy, 3) fuel switching, 4) energy storage, 5) demand response, 6) carbon offsets, and 7) green electricity purchase. Studying their individual and combined effects should enable to identify and assess several possible business models,
  • using a holistic analysis of the plant that would identify the combination of levers that maximizes the emission reduction per invested dollar, and thus leads to a profitable business models for the stakeholders. The analysis should take into account the entire set of factors at play, including the types of processes, the local weather conditions, the carbon content of the grid electricity, the likely evolutions of the plant and the various costs,
  • setting up a partnership with an organization having competences on the seven levers, so as to ensure that all of them will be objectively allowed for in the analysis.
2011 CaFFEET agenda

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Keynote Speakers

 Romain Serman, Consul General of France

Jean Claude van Duysen,   R&D Director for the US, EDF

Carl Blumstein, Director, California Institute for Energy and the Environment, Chairman, ACEEE

Neal Elliott, Associate Director for Research, ACEEE

Jigar V. Shah, Executive Director, Institute for Industrial Productivity

Sheeraz Haji, CEO, Cleantech Group

Panel Chairs

Session 1: Energy-Efficient TechnologiesWhich impact on CO2 emissions?
Ammi Amarnath, Electric Power Research Institute
Laurent Levacher, EDF R&D

Session 2: Waste Heat Recovery – Is it worthwhile in any plants
Rick Tidball, ICF
Laurent Levacher, EDF R&D

Session 3: Extension of the Smart Grid Inside the Industrial Plant Is it the right time?
Francois-Xavier Rongère, Pacific Gas & Electric
Stéphanie Jumel, EDF R&D

Session 4: Industrial SymbiosisWhat are the barriers?
Denis Clodic, Mines ParisTech
David Dornfeld, UC Berkeley, Laboratory For Manufacturing and Sustainability

Session 5: On-site Renewable Energy The right thing to do?
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, EDF Optimal Solutions
Stan Rosinski, Electric Power Research Institute

Session 6: Industrial Demand Response – Is it industry’s role?
Ingrid Bran, Electric Power Research Institute

Session 7: Industrial Energy Storage – Can it be cost-effective?
Dan Rastler, Electric Power Research Institute

Confirmed Panel Speakers

Adam Hansel, DTL/Mori Seiki
Alfred Rosales, Rosamon Energia
Anneliese Schmidt, Antares Group
Bill Howe, EPRI
Colin Duncan, ORMAT
David Watson, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab – Demand Response Research Center
David Wooley, Energy Foundation
Elias Boulawz, ParisTech – Center for Energy and Processes
Eric Cutter, Energy and Environmental Economics
Geoffroy Ville, McPHy
Greg Wikler, EnerNOC
Jean-Paul Crouzoulon, Areva
Jesse Yu, Cogenra
Jim Davis, SAP
Jim McDowall, Saft
Pradeep Vitta, Southern Company
Philippe Machuel, SHELLY Software
Sam Chant, Southern California Edison
Tom Stepien, Primus Power
Sasank Goli, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab – Industrial Energy Analysis
Victor Valentin, E&J Gallo Winery