Technology to Help Meet Germany's Cleaner Energy Future

Germany is increasingly recognizing the importance of domestic unconventional resources and renewable energy to enhance its energy security and reliability of supply. Lower Saxony takes a distinctive leadership role in the development of German domestic energy. One-hundred fifty years after the discovery of oil in Lower Saxony, the region provides more than 90 percent of Germany's domestic natural gas production and is a leader in the use of wind energy. This event will explore the potential for unconventional resources and renewable energy as part of Germany's future while focusing on Lower Saxony's important role as a center for research and development, as well as energy production and innovation.

The program was generously sponsored by ExxonMobil.


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Event Agenda and Presentations

Welcoming Remarks
Edward Djerejian, Founding Director, Baker Institute


PDF icon His Excellency Christian Wulff, Prime Minister, Lower Saxony, Germany

The following text served as the basis for a speech given by Prime Minister Wulff on October 1st, 2009, at Rice University. It is, however, not the verbatim speech



Moderator: Amy Myers Jaffe, Wallace S. Wilson Fellow in Energy Studies, Baker Institute

PDF icon "Unconventional Gas: An Important Resource for the Future"
Tim Cejka, President, ExxonMobil Exploration Company

PDF icon "Policy, Business and Technology: The Virtuous Cycle"
Antonio Coutinho, Chief Energy Management Officer, Horizon Wind Energy

PDF icon "Challenges in Geothermal Well Bore Construction"
Friedhelm Makohl, Vice President of Marketing, Baker Hughes, Inc.

Question and Answer Period

Reception to Follow


Speaker Edward Djerejian

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Thu, Oct. 1, 2009
2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago