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Does a magical formula to solve our global energy crisis already exist? In this talk about the spark of innovation, rocks and their roles in how the world uses energy, Frank van Mierlo builds an inspiring case for the certainty of innovation. He describes a robust relation that has stood the test of time and proves that we have the answers to plan our energy future. The solution isn’t under our noses, per se, it’s literally over our heads.

Frank van Mierlo is the CEO of 1366 Technologies, a solar technology company he started together with a team of MIT engineers in 2008. The goal of 1366 Technologies is to make silicon based solar cells competitive with coal generated electricity.

Frank holds engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford and a business degree from Insead.


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Frank van Mierlo

Frank van Mierlo

Frank van Mierlo is the CEO of 1366 Technologies, a solar technology company he started together with a team of MIT engineers in 2008. The goal of 1366 Technologies is to make silicon based solar cells competitive with coal generated electricity.

Van Mierlo’s previous venture was Bluefin Robotics Corp., a company that enjoyed double digit growth and was always profitable under his leadership. Bluefin became the leading robotics company in its field and is known for its technical competence and a customer-centric approach. The company maintained a strong balance sheet, a healthy cash flow and a team of highly qualified engineers. In May 2005 the company was sold to Battelle.

Frank holds engineering degrees from MIT and Stanford and a business degree from Insead.