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Zum CEO joins leaders at U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Clean Energy Roundtable at Stanford University

This week, Zūm CEO Ritu Narayan joined a panel of leaders at the Clean Energy Roundtable, an event presented by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations.

The event, which was held at Stanford University, was led by David Crane, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED), who is awaiting confirmation as Undersecretary of Infrastructure at the Department of Energy. He was joined by Arun Majumdar, Dean of the Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability; and more than a dozen executives at companies including Chevron, PG&E, Mitsubishi Power Americas, Electric Hydrogen, Bloom Energy, and Applied Materials.

The roundtable included a conversation on the challenges and opportunities facing industry leaders as they tackle the most pressing climate issues and highlighted ways in which the public and private sector can deliver clean energy at scale to accelerate deployment, market adoption, and the equitable transition to a decarbonized system.

“Zum is fully committed to improving sustainability, and we are proud to be the first and only 100% carbon neutral student transportation company in the U.S.,” Narayan said. “I appreciate this opportunity to discuss clean energy with business leaders and policy makers from around the country who share this commitment.”

The U.S. Department of Energy established the OCED to help scale the emerging technologies needed to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. OCED received more than $25 billion in funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) to prioritize clean hydrogen hubs; carbon management; advanced reactor demonstration program; energy improvements in rural or remote areas; industrial decarbonization; long-duration energy storage demonstrations; and clean industry demonstration.