Starting Monday, Honolulu and the Hawaii Convention Center will host an international conference focusing on finding solutions for sustainability and clean energy initiatives worldwide. The conference is expected to draw 1,200 attendees from more than 30 countries.
The fifth annual Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo (APCESE) takes place September 9-11, running concurrently with the Islands & Isolated Communities Congress and International OTEC Symposium. All three gatherings will address the central theme of how government, business, technology and innovative forward thinking can collaborate to ensure a secure energy future for people globally, especially those living in isolated areas.
Now in its fifth year, the Summit has undergone a remarkable transformation from a conference that was initially created to support Hawaii companies working in clean energy, to one that is now attended predominately by companies and leaders from international markets, especially Asia and the Pacific Rim. Event organizers say nearly 90 percent of this year's exhibitors are from outside Hawaii.
Anticipated to generate buzz among Summit attendees is the Shizuoka, Japan delegation. Among Shizuoka's exhibit highlights will be one of the world's fastest electric cars and its driver, "Monster" Tajima, who just nine weeks ago won the Electric Division of the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado Springs, Colo. Tajima's car goes 200 kilometers per hour – without making a sound – except for the tires contacting the road.
Tajima joins Dan up on the Hawaii News Now roof for an exclusive interview.
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