Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Partners with the University of Arkansas, Announces Energy Innovation Event 

The Arkansas Advanced Energy Association in partnership with the University of Arkansas Divisions of Economic Development and Research and Innovation has announced a collaborative event, “Energy Innovation in Arkansas” on  Thursday, June 15 at the Arkansas Research and Technology Park. The event was prompted by a growing need to connect advanced energy industry stakeholders with potential research partners and funding opportunities to ultimately spur relevant solutions to the state’s expanding energy needs and markets. 
“The University of Arkansas is excited be part of this event which provides an opportunity to drive innovation and collaboration with our state’s energy industry, entrepreneurial ecosystem and researchers,” said Mike Malone, vice chancellor for economic development at the U of A. “We have the resources and know-how in Arkansas to make a significant positive impact in this sector.”  
Beginning at 9:30 am, the morning session will educate researchers and entrepreneurs seeking federal non-dilutive funding to commercialize energy technologies. Attendees will hear about the Department of Energy’s small business funding (SBIR/STTR) program from Eileen Chant, Ph.D., Outreach Program Manager at the U.S. Department of Energy.
The afternoon will begin with an industry overview panel to discuss a range of angles from state and federal funding opportunities, to private sector priorities, to alternative energy activities, to anticipated industry needs moving forward. 
Panelists include:Lisa Perry, Senior Manager, Energy Services, WalmartBecky Keogh, State Infrastructure Coordinator, Department of Finance and AdministrationGlen Hooks, Policy Manager, Audubon DeltaTom Waggoner, Managing Director, Syntex Industries LLCDouglas Hutchings, CEO, Delta Solar The panel will be followed by an ‘Innovation Showcase’ that will highlight innovations in energy taking place at the U of A and with entrepreneurs at ARTP and other innovative companies around the state. The event will conclude with a direct opportunity for engagement via networking.
“The climate of the energy industry in Arkansas is changing daily, as are the needs for new innovations and technologies to support its developing sectors,” said Heather Nelson, Board Chair of AAEA and Co-Founder, President of Seal Solar. “This type of collaboration can lead to advancements that will keep our state competitive in this space and ultimately benefit Arkansas ratepayers.”
Attendance is free to the public. For more event information and to register click here by June 1. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lauren at or 870.295.8454.