This week Eccalon CEO Andre Gudger was featured at the third annual Advanced Energy and National Security Interagency Roundtable co-hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and CNA’s Institute for Public Research in Golden, Colorado. During his remarks, Mr. Gudger focused on the national security implications related to global oil consumption, cybersecurity in an evolving manufacturing industry, foreign acquisitions of U.S. technologies, and the future of climate change.
“There is no question that we live during a time where the cross-sectional exchange of ideas between our governing, academic, and industrial bodies needs to exist. This is apparent more so now than ever as we are beginning to inhabit a world where the underlying relationships between advanced technology, military operations, diplomatic efforts, and economies are forming under a singular, cohesive infrastructure”, said Andre to a group of innovators, technologists, and current and former government officials.
The objective of the interagency roundtable was to assess the challenges and opportunities facing the global energy industry in meeting the increasing demand over the upcoming decades, and to assess the national security implications of an emerging energy technologies sector .
The NREL is the United States’ primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. It is one of 17 Department of Energy national labs that provides the U.S. with strategic scientific and technological capabilities, and the only one with the sole mission of advancing energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, and renewable power technologies. The CNA maintains a core focus on global and homeland security with research areas that address challenges relating to cybersecurity, energy dependence, and advanced tech.