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Published on June 8th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

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Solar Legend Hans-Josef Fell, Best-Selling Author Marcin Popkiewicz, & 3 Top Cleantech Entrepreneurs Join Cleantech Revolution Tour

June 8th, 2017 by  


We continue to line up wonderful, world-leading speakers for our coming Cleantech Revolution Tour conference in Berlin and Wrocław (register here). We have 5 new blockbuster presenters to announce today.

Hans-Josef Fell is one of the most legendary people in the modern solar revolution. He may not have the name recognition of a certain solar + EV + rocketship billionaire, but he was one of the key political figures who got the Enegiewende (clean energy revolution) rolling in Germany, which kickstarted the global solar revolution to a considerable extent, and is thus one of the visionary figures of the modern solar era most deserving of thanks across the solar industry (and, therefore, society). Here are some more specifics:

Hans-Josef Fell, member of the German Parliament from 1998–2013 and spokesperson for energy policy of the Alliance 90/The Greens, is an internationally known political advocate for 100% Renewable Energy. He is President of the Energy Watch Group (EWG), Ambassador for 100% Renewable Energy and Senior Advisor at DWR eco GmbH. Hans-Josef Fell is the father of the German Renewable Energy legislation (EEG), which has been a model policy for almost 100 countries worldwide.

His present and past professional positions include:

  • President of the Energy Watch Group (Since 2014)
  • Ambassador for 100% Renewable Energies (Since 2014)
  • Voluntary Senior Advisor DWR eco (Since 2014)
  • Member of German Parliament (1998–2013)
  • Alderman in Hammelburg (1990–1998)

Hans-Josef Fell’s previous political posts were:

  • Spokesman for energy policy for the Green Parliamentary Group (2005 – 2013)
  • Spokesman for research and technology policy for the Green Parliamentary Group (1998 – 2005)
  • Spokesman of the Parliamentary Group for the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Rapporteur for Technology Assessment for the Parliamentary Group
  • Member of the Bundestag’s Defence Committee and Committee on Economic Affairs
  • Spokesman of the Committee for Education, Research and Technology Assessment
  • Chairman German-Chinese Parliamentary Friendship Group

Awards Hans-Josef Fell has received include:

  • Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (2014)
  • Energy Award powered by Joule & RENEXPO® for life’s work; Bavarian Order of Merit (2012)
  • Bonda-Award of the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA) (2006)
  • German Biogas Award, Dr. Heinz Schulz Memorial Medal (2003)
  • First German Geothermal Award (the „Hard Rock Drill“) (2002)
  • German Solar Industry Award (2002)
  • “Nuclear-Free Future Award” – most important award of the international anti- nuclear movement (2001)
  • Solar Award of the International Solar Energy Society, German Section (DGS); Energy Globe Award (2000)
  • Solar Award of the European Solar Energy Association EUROSOLAR (1999)

Marcin Popkiewicz is another energy revolutionary, this time from neighboring Poland, where the revolution is not running at full speed yet but where Marcin’s contributions are stimulating an era of cleantech leadership. As a best-selling author who clearly has the mission of CleanTechnica in his bones, we are very happy to have Marcin joining us for a Cleantech Revolution Tour conference for the first time. In English and then Polish, here’s a bit more about his past work and success:

Marcin Popkiewicz is a megatrend analyst and journalist focusing on interconnections between economy, energy, resources, and environment. He’s the author of best-selling books World at the Crossroads and Energy Revolution. But why?, and also editor of naukaoklimacie.pl (Climate Science) and ziemianarozdrozu.pl (Earth at the Crossroads). Marcin is also President of the Polish Chapter of ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil), a member of the INSPRO (Institute for Civil Affairs) Program Council. He’s also a laureate of numerous awards, including: “Renewable Energy Promoter,” “Journalists for Climate 2015,” and “Economicus 2016” in the category “The best book propagating economic knowledge.”

Marcin Popkiewicz — analityk megatrendów, ekspert i dziennikarz zajmujący się powiązaniami w obszarach gospodarka-energia-zasoby-środowisko. Autor bestsellerów Świat na rozdrożu i Rewolucja energetyczna. Ale po co?. Redaktor portali ziemianarozdrozu.pl i naukaoklimacie.pl. Przewodniczący polskiego oddziału ASPO (Association for the Study of Peak Oil), członek rady programowej INSPRO, członek rad ds. zrównoważonego rozwoju Pragi Północ i Słupska. Laureat m.in. głównych nagród „Promotor Energetyki Odnawialnej”, „Dziennikarze dla klimatu 2015” oraz „Economicus 2016” w kategorii „Najlepsza książka propagująca wiedzę ekonomiczną”.

Ross Douglas comes from a deep green background as a career filmmaker focused on conservation and wildlife documentaries for National Geographic and the like. Shifting his focus to cleantech and urban mobility, he shifted himself from South Africa to Paris and launched Autonomy in 2016. Here are some more details on Ross and Autonomy:

Ross Douglas is a South-African entrepreneur who started his career making wildlife and conservation documentaries for broadcast including National Geographic. In 2005 he started Artlogic by creating an acclaimed art event with artist William Kentridge called 9 Films for Projection. The event was performed in New York’s Central Park, London’s Barbican and Berlin’s Guggenheim Museum.  He then launched the first African Contemporary Art Fair in the world and the first art fair in Africa. The Joburg Art Fair, now in its 10th year, has become the most important annual gathering for the African art community.

In 2014, he moved to Paris to follow his interest in urban mobility. Understanding that the way we move around cities is changing drastically, he set about creating the Autonomy brand and a world first event to host the disruption. The first edition of Autonomy was held in October 2016 and gathered 150 exhibitors from 22 countries, 150 speakers and 13 000 visitors. In order to move towards a more sustainable and efficient mobility, Ross Douglas encourages innovators, businesses and policy makers to collaborate and take into account the needs of urbanites. Autonomy’s second Urban Mobility Summit, which will take place from the 19th to the 21st of October 2017, will bring this vision a step closer to reality.

Daniel Priem has been around the cleantech block — in a good way. Driving 100% electric vehicles solar back in 1998 while with the California Environmental Protection Agency, he got the EV smile before any of us heard of a yet unborn Tesla Motors. He also has 10 years of experience in the solar industry, but more recently transitioned to a focus on mobility as a service (these days, carsharing and ridesharing). Here’s more:

Daniel is a Cleantech Evangelist. He studied Environmental and Business Management at the University of Applied Sciences Trier (Umwelt Campus) and has an MA in International Marketing and Sales (Technical University Mittelhessen /Victoria University Melbourne). During an internship in 1998 at the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal EPA), he had his first experience with EVs (Electric Vehicles) and was driving a couple of 100% EVs, which were charged with solar energy – that was a sparking experience in his life. 

Daniel worked for more than 10 years in the solar energy industry in sales, business development, and management positions for various companies (e.g., for Conergy, where he was one of the first employees). Later on, Daniel was working as a consultant, while still focusing on the cleantech industry. In his role as Startup Consultant Green Technologies for the Startup Dock of the Technical University Hamburg, he got into the world of innovation and startups. In 2015, Daniel was VP Europe for Floatility, a Hamburg-Singapore based  Mobility as a Service (MaaS) startup. Since then, Daniel has been very passionate about the world of new and urban mobility. In March 2017, Daniel joined the Silicon Valley–based tech company Ridecell, as Senior Account Director EMEA. Ridecell offers an intelligent mobility solution, by providing a white-label end-to-end platform for ridesharing and carsharing, as well as for autonomous services. Daniel is stationed in Hamburg and part of the European Ridecell entity Ridecell EMEA GmbH – his geographic focus is the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Poland, and CE/EE. He lives in Hamburg and has been “car-free” for 7 years – instead of owning cars, he is enjoying riding his bicycle, public transport, and all forms of carsharing and ridesharing.

Nazar Shymone-Davyda is an EV pioneer working to solve a critical challenge for early EV adopters. Charging at home is super convenient — beats the heck out of going to a gas station. But charging in public is still a relatively awkward experience many places. You need a card … or perhaps 15 … to use such stations. Nazar’s startup has a solution. Here’s a bit more info:

Since 2016, Nazar has been cofounder and CEO of “Go To-U,” a charging platform that has built the largest 22 kW AC charging network in Ukraine, Georgia, Kazahstan, and Thailand. It is based on the innovative idea that public level 2 charging should be easy and convenient without any access cards and should be part of service but not a paid one. Nazar aims to make “Go To-U” a global solution for easy EV charging.

Since 2016, Nazar has also been cofounder of “Carpoint To-U” Hub Salon, a multibrand EV store.

We will be announcing more speakers in coming days, unveiling a very collaboration-focused and I think highly stimulating conference format, and delving into some of the speakers and startups above in more detail in the coming days. But don’t miss registering for the conference before the seats fill up!

Again, thanks to our key conference sponsors and partners for laying the underlying wiring for the coming conference, so that the speakers above and many others can deliver the volts and amps in a few weeks’ time. Those sponsors and partners include: Tesla Shuttle, Nissan, Janom, GreenWay, EV Volumes, The Beam, ELMO Carsharing, and EV Obsession.

Related: Cleantech Revolution — EV Leaders, Tesla Shuttles, Cleantech Entrepreneurship & Investing

 
 
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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. He's also the CEO of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he offers no investment advice and does not recommend investing in Tesla or any other company.



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