Transformations in Energy Technology: Innovations for a Secure Energy Future

May 8, 2018 - 9:00 am

Transformations in Energy Technology: Innovations for a Secure Energy Future

Opening remarks by:
Randolph Bell
Director, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council

A conversation with:

David Eyton
Head of Technology
Carol Battershell
Principal Deputy Director, Office of Policy
US Department of Energy

Moderated by:
Amb. Richard Morningstar (Ret.)
Founding Chairman, Global Energy Center
Atlantic Council
Please join the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center on Tuesday, May 8 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. for a wide-ranging discussion about the role of technology in shaping the future of global energy.

The energy industry is changing faster than at any time in our lifetime. It faces two huge challenges: firstly, providing more energy than ever before to meet the world’s increasing demand; and secondly, transitioning to a lower carbon future. Drawing upon analysis conducted by BP and its partners, Eyton will discuss some of the major longer-term signals out to 2050, as well as key findings in transport, power and heat, while Battershell will discuss the US Department of Energy's work on technology innovation, including Lab Technology Commercialization and the Energy Storage Xlab Summit. Their conversation with Amb. Morningstar will also cover the key game-changing technologies for the energy industry and the challenges we face.

A light breakfast will be provided.

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Carol J. Battershell is principal deputy director in the Office of Policy at the US Department of Energy. In this position she is one of the Agency’s senior executives and works closely with members of the secretary of energy and under secretaries offices.

In her ten years with the Department of Energy (2008-2018), Carol led multi-billion dollar technical programs; ran the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy field operations office which at its peak was responsible for approximately $7 billion of grants, research and construction; and was a key contributor on two multi-Agency energy policy reviews.

Prior to the Department of Energy, Carol worked for twenty-five years (1983-2008) in the energy industry for BP. With BP she worked in a variety of locations in the United States, and spent ten years living and working in Europe.

In her career at BP she held roles in operations management, strategy development, financial management, and policy development. She began her career as a refinery environmental engineer in Ohio. Her last role at BP was in London as vice president, policy and strategy for BP Alternative Energy where she was instrumental in developing the business case for an $8 billion investment to launch that new division.

Carol holds a BS in Engineering from Purdue University with a specialization in environmental engineering and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Carol was an Arotech Board member (2016-2017) as well as the Nominating Committee chair and an Audit Committee member. Carol completed the Kellogg Business School Board Director Development Program.

She currently serves as an ambassador for the Clean Energy Education and Empowerment Initiative, a women in clean energy organization.

Carol previously served as a member of the California Fuel Cell Board, the European Union Hydrogen Initiative Advisory Council, and was appointed to the US Department of Energy Freedom Car and Fuel Partnership Advisory Board.

Randolph Bell is the director of the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center (GEC), where he has oversight of the budget and revenue of the Global Energy Center, including GEC research and programs in Washington and elsewhere and its affiliated conferences, the Atlantic Council Istanbul Summit, and the Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum. From 2014–2016, Randy was director of business development and new ventures at the Atlantic Council, where he led the Council’s Global Energy Center launch campaign and oversaw the Council’s corporate and individual giving. From 2011–2014, Randy was managing director at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS)–US, where he had overall responsibility for the operations of the IISS’s Washington, DC office, including coordination of finance, administration, programming, and fundraising. From 2010–2011, Randy was manager of national security at the Markle Foundation, where he worked on cyber security, intelligence community information sharing, and technology policy issues. He has published on African, South Asian, and cyber security issues. He has an MPP from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was a Public Service and Belfer International and Global Affairs Fellow, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College.

David Eyton is group head of technology at BP and is accountable for technology strategy and its implementation across BP, including corporate venture capital investments and conducting research and development in areas of corporate renewal. In this role, David sits on the UK Energy Technologies Institute and Oil & Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments Boards.
Prior to this, David was BP’s Exploration and Production (E&P) Group vice president for technology. In this role David was responsible for research and development, technical service work, digital and communications technology, and procurement and supply chain management for BP’s Upstream business.
David joined BP in 1982 from Cambridge University with an Engineering degree. During his early career, he held a number of petroleum engineering, commercial, and business management positions. In 1996, he was named general manager of BP’s North West Shelf interest in Australia. David later managed Wytch Farm in the UK and then BP’s Gas Businesses in Trinidad. Following that assignment, David was vice president of Deepwater Developments in the Gulf of Mexico.
David is a fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining and Institute of Directors, and also a trustee of the John Lyons charitable foundation.
Richard Morningstar is the founding chairman of the Global Energy Center at the Atlantic Council. He served as the US ambassador to the Republic of Azerbaijan from July 2012 to August 2014. Prior to his appointment, since April 2009, he was the secretary of state's special envoy for Eurasian energy. Prior to that, Morningstar lectured at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and Stanford Law School. From June 1999 to September 2001, he served as US ambassador to the European Union. Prior to this, Morningstar served as special adviser to the president and secretary of state for Caspian Basin energy diplomacy, where he was responsible for assuring maximum coordination within the executive branch and with other governments and international organizations to promote United States policies on Caspian Basin energy development and transportation. From April 1995 to July 1998, he served as ambassador and special adviser to the president and secretary of state on assistance for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union. From 1993 to 1995, he served as senior vice president of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). Morningstar also served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the Costar Corporation from 1990 to 1993, and as president and chief executive officer from 1981 to 1990. He was an attorney with Peabody and Brown (now Nixon and Peabody) in Boston from 1970 to 1981, where he became a partner in 1977. Morningstar served as a commissioner of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (1989–93). Prior to returning to the government in 2009, he served as director of the American Councils for International Education, a trustee of the Kosovo-America Educational Foundation, and a trustee of the Eurasia Foundation. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Morningstar received his BA from Harvard in 1967 and JD from Stanford Law School in 1970.