gastech 2024

Major energy conference announces return to Houston

Next year, Gastech returns to Houston for the first time since 2019. Photo via Gastech Event/LinkedIn

In one year, a global energy industry event will make its return to Houston.

Gastech, billed as the world’s largest exhibition and conference for the natural gas, LNG, hydrogen, low carbon solutions, and climate technologies, will take place in Houston September 17 to 20, 2024, according to the organizer, dmg events. It'll be the first time the event takes place in Houston since 2019.

“Gastech is a global event that draws tens of thousands of attendees and millions of dollars in economic impact to its host city, and we are incredibly excited to have in Houston," Michael Heckman, president and CEO of Houston First Corp., says in a press release.

"The conversation around the future of the energy industry is a different one today than it was just five years ago when Gastech was last here," he continues. "We believe the role Houston is playing in leading the energy transition to a low carbon future makes this an ideal place to host this important global event and we look forward to expanding on the success we had in 2019 when Gastech returns next year.”

Gastech 2023 concluded in Singapore last week. According to the organization, the event attracted 750 exhibiting companies and 44,957 attendees.

"Houston used to be known as an oil and gas capital. But we realised early on that it was important to be the energy capital," Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis, says in the release. "On behalf of everyone in the city of Houston, we want you to know that everything really is bigger in Texas. Singapore has set a high bar, but we are going to raise the bar even higher in Houston – it will be a great conference.”

Expecting a similar crowd of over 40,000 attendees and 800 exhibitors, the conference, supported by Houston First and the Bilateral Chamber, will take place at George R Brown Convention Center and will set up 20 country pavilions showcasing international companies, per the release. While the agenda for the event has not been announced, programming will focus on the biggest energy industry trends, net zero strategy, next-generation energy solutions, project funding, energy transition, and more.

“Energy has been the foundation of what the city of Houston has stood for," Andy Icken, chief development officer for Houston, says in the release. "We have in Houston over 300 energy companies today and they will welcome you to our city.”

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Grace Rodriguez (left) and Juliana Garaizar have partnered up — along with their teams — to collaborate on the Equitable Energy Transition Alliance and Lab. Photos courtesy

A group of Houston's innovation and energy leaders teamed up to establish an initiative supporting equitability in the energy transition.

Impact Hub Houston, a nonprofit incubator and ecosystem builder, partnered with Energy Tech Nexus to establish the Equitable Energy Transition Alliance and Lab to accelerate startup pilots for underserved communities. The initiative announced that it's won the 2024 U.S. Small Business Administration Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, or GAFC, Stage One award.

"We are incredibly honored to be recognized by the SBA alongside our esteemed partners at Energy Tech Nexus," Grace Rodriguez, co-founder and executive director of Impact Hub Houston, says in a news release. "This award validates our shared commitment to building a robust innovation ecosystem in Houston, especially for solutions that advance the Sustainable Development Goals at the critical intersections of industry, innovation, sustainability, and reducing inequality."

The GAFC award, which honors and supports small business research and development, provides $50,000 prize to its winners. The Houston collaboration aligns with the program's theme area of Sustainability and Biotechnology.

“This award offers us a great opportunity to amplify the innovations of Houston’s clean energy and decarbonization pioneers,” adds Juliana Garaizar, founding partner of the Energy Tech Nexus. “By combining Impact Hub Houston’s entrepreneurial resources with Energy Tech Nexus’ deep industry expertise, we can create a truly transformative force for positive change.”

Per the release, Impact Hub Houston and Energy Tech Nexus will use the funding to recruit new partners, strengthen existing alliances, and host impactful events and programs to help sustainable startups access pilots, contracts, and capital to grow.

"SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Stage One winners join the SBA’s incredible network of entrepreneurial support organizations contributing to America’s innovative startup ecosystem, ensuring the next generation of science and technology-based innovations scale into thriving businesses," says U.S. SBA Administrator Isabel Casillas Guzman.

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This article originally ran on InnovationMap.

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