We are hosting Mr. Charles McConnell, Executive Director, Carbon Management and Energy Sustainability, University of Houston; Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy, at the Energy Transition Symposium, being held on September 29, 2021.
We interviewed Mr. McConnell in preparation for the symposium (video links are included below).
Mr. McConnell provides an energetic, vivid and expansive perspective on energy transition. It was invigorating to listen to his views and ideas on how to ensure the energy transition is successful.
Please enjoy the conversation and share your feedback on the interview.
And, see you on Sep 29!
About Mr. Charles McConnell:
• Industry business executive at Praxair, Battelle, and Department of Energy with National Laboratories management interaction and leadership as DOE Assistant Secretary of Energy. Recognized in domestic and global companies/trade associations; served in specific Subject Matter Expert testimonies in the House and Senate, industrial and opinion forums.
• Grew international sales and operations teams in Asia for Praxair. Expanded Praxair’s global footprint with $1.1B new investments in 6 new countries in Asia, South America, and Europe; generated sales growth of $850M/year.
• Grew Praxair domestic Hydrogen business by 200% over 5-year period to $450M/year concentrated in USGC.
• Developed PEMEX’s 1st large-scale on shore enhanced oil recovery project for nitrogen injection in southern Mexico with $150M investment.
• Established initial Praxair Asia HQ in Singapore and created regional country management team.
• Established and led Carbon management business unit while at Battelle.
• Business Manager of alternative energy business joint venture between Texaco and Praxair in gasification.
• Served as Presidential appointee as Assistant Secretary of Energy - Office of Fossil Fuel. Forged National Laboratory and Interagency collaborations with DOI, EPA, OMB, and other federal agencies; led interdisciplinary research between industry, academia, and strategic industry partners (over 50 Fortune 500 companies) in O&G, petrochemicals, and electric power.
• Directed DOE Office of Fossil Energy’s policy leadership, project management, and research and development of department's coal, oil & gas, electric power, and advanced technologies programs.
• Chaired sessions and continues in key role with International Energy Agency (IEA) and Energy Information Agency (EIA).
• Led US Strategic Petroleum Reserve and National Energy Technologies Laboratories operations and business management
• Serves as Board Member of the Energy and Environment Research Center in North Dakota.