If you’re headed out to CERAWeek by S&P Global next week in downtown Houston, you’ll want to make the most of it. Scout out Houston tech innovators at this annual energy-focused conference with this list of must-attend panels, presentations, and networking opportunities.
CERAWeek, taking place in the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel, is focused is on the entire energy industry, and has several themes this year — including shifting geopolitics, supply chain and infrastructure constraints, tech and innovation, future of work, and more.
Most of the innovation-themed events are organized under the Agora track. While CERAWeek is a global affair, you’re sure to spot Houston-based executives, companies, and startups. Here are all the events you can’t miss if learning more about Houston energy innovation is your goal.
Monday: Scaling Startups: New and efficient financial models
New startups in the energy ecosystem are providing solutions to the grand climate and climate sustainability challenges. But exciting startups need to move beyond the drawing board to eventual commercial success through necessary funding. What financial models are most successful in bringing these startups to scale?
The panel is from 12:30 to 1:10 pm on Monday, March 6. More info.
Tuesday: Chevron | Global Innovation Hubs: Where to grow your startup
The world needs a robust energy innovation ecosystem to realize decarbonization commitments. Learn about how the ecosystem’s parts are interdependent and must work together for the system to thrive and for the world to advance an energy system that’s affordable, reliable and ever cleaner.
The talk is from 2 to 2:30 pm on Tuesday, March 7. More info.
Tuesday: Gulf Coast Hydrogen Hub
With an existing ecosystem of infrastructure, producers, and consumers, the Gulf Coast has ambitions to become a global hydrogen hub. What technologies will be used? How will companies trade low-carbon hydrogen across their shared infrastructure? Join this panel to discuss how the “Energy Capital of the World” plans to lead the low carbon future.
The panel is from 5:30 to 6 pm on Tuesday, March 7. More info.
Wednesday: The Role of Private Capital in Funding the Energy Transition
While public market funds run by institutional investors have been shifting allocations toward cleantech companies, they are often hamstrung by a limited universe of pure-play cleantech equities and index-tracking methodologies that limit their ability to take longer-duration bets. The real action for energy transition investors to date has been in private equity, where funds can take duration risk and have overcome liquidity limitations by successfully raising historically large funds. The pace of private equity dealmaking, which slowed in early 2022, has accelerated sharply again for cleantech since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the United States. How much of the pent-up private equity capital remains to be run through, and how will the even larger universe of public market investors gain access to these growing markets?
The event is from 7:15 to 8:20 am on Wednesday, March 8. More info.
Wednesday: Adaptation and Climate Resilience
We are witnessing a global rise in extreme weather events such as flooding, drought and heat waves. Climate change is having a variety of effects in different regions. Growing attention and investment is being directed to adaptation. What are different countries and regions doing to adapt to climate change? How will technology, policy and smart design combine to make the world more climate resilient?
The event is from 10 to 10:30 am on Wednesday, March 8. More info.
Wednesday: HETI Energy Ventures Pitch Competition
Over 15 startups and entrepreneurs will present to an audience of 1000+ investors, accelerators, and innovators for a chance to win one of many awards sponsored by Houston’s energy transition community.
The event is from 10 am to 3 pm on Wednesday, March 8. More info.
Wednesday: Cities Leading the Energy Transition – World Energy Cities Partnership Mayors
Cities are at the forefront for tackling the climate and energy challenges impacting us all. Hear from the cities of Houston, Esbjerg, Perth and Calgary as they describe their visions toward a more sustainable energy plan for their communities.
The panel is from 12:30 to 1:10 pm on Wednesday, March 8. More info.
Thursday: Energy Transition Hubs: How cities are leading the charge
Increasingly, governments are transforming their communities by accelerating energy transition policies and infrastructure. Listen to how these cities are creating the blueprints for a more sustainable habitat for their citizens.
The panel is from 8:30 to 9:10 am on Thursday, March 9. More info.
BONUS: Network at these company houses
CERAWeek’s Agora Partner houses exist showcase what companies are most excited about. Find your way to these three houses in between sessions to learn more about each business’s tech and innovation.
- Chevron: Back in its largest space yet, the Chevron house will highlight Chevron Technology Ventures portfolio companies, Chevron New Energies partnerships and tech experts, along with VR experiences and tech exhibits.
- Oxy: Oxy, an international energy company based in Houston, is featuring its application of new tech, including Direct Air Capture with geologic sequestration and other CO2 utilization technologies.
- ExxonMobil: ExxonMobil, which recently relocated its HQ to Houston, is talking about a lower-emission energy future — something that requires multiple solutions that can be implemented at scale to address some of the highest-emitting sectors of the economy.