July 18, 2006 at 12:12 PM EDT
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Invites Konarka's CEO to Participate in Panel Discussion on National Energy Policy

Konarka's CEO Howard Berke speaks on "The State of Energy Technology" at U.S. Chamber of Commerce - July 19, 2006 - Washington, D.C.

Konarka Technologies, Inc., an innovator in developing and commercializing Power Plastic(TM) that converts light to energy, today announced that CEO Howard Berke is speaking on the panel, "The State of Energy Technology", at the national energy summit, "An Open National Discussion on U.S. Energy Policy". Representing the solar industry, Mr. Berke is among a handful of business leaders that will provide key insight at the event, which features the U.S. Secretary of Energy, Samuel Bodman, as keynote speaker, and the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne. Hosted by the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the event takes place on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 in Washington, D.C.

WHO:    Konarka's chief executive officer, Howard Berke

WHAT:   Speaking on the panel, "The State of Energy Technology" at
        national energy summit, "An Open National Discussion on U.S. 
        Energy Policy"

WHEN:   Wednesday, July 19, 2006, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST

WHERE:  Hall of Flags, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H Street,
        N.W., Washington, D.C.

During this roundtable, energy stakeholders will discuss the current state of technology and explore development efforts for emerging technologies designed to address both short- and long-term energy challenges. In addition to Mr. Berke, panelists include Mr. Dennis Duffy, vice president, Regulatory Affairs at Cape Wind Associates; Mr. Donald L. Paul, vice president and chief technology officer at Chevron Corporation; Mr. Richard Sheppard, senior vice president, project development at Rentech, Inc.; and Dr. Joe C. Turnage, senior vice president at Constellation Generation Group.

Mr. Berke has nearly 30 years of hands-on management experience launching, building and leading both public and private technology companies. He advises start-up companies and entrepreneurs in a wide range of fields including medical devices, biotech informatics, software, networking, telecom and energy technology. Berke serves as Konarka's delegate to the World Economic Forum's Technology Pioneers. He sits on the board of directors for the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and has guest lectured on entrepreneurship at Yale, Harvard, MIT and elsewhere throughout the world. Berke received his MBA from the University of Chicago and his BA from Yale University.

"An Open National Discussion on U.S. Energy Policy" will address the tough questions that accompany the implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It is co-sponsored by the Alliance for Energy and Economic Growth, a broad-based coalition of more than 1,250 members who develop, deliver or consume energy from all sources. The coalition represents consumers; energy companies involved in all phases of energy exploration, production and transmission; agricultural groups; and business and labor organizations - all of whom are united in support of a comprehensive national energy plan.

About Konarka Technologies, Inc.

Konarka builds products that convert light to energy - anywhere. Konarka is the leading developer of polymer photovoltaic products that provide a source of renewable power in a variety of form factors for commercial, industrial, government and consumer applications. Konarka's photovoltaic nanotechnology is focused on delivering lightweight, flexible, scalable and manufacturable products. Konarka has a broad portfolio of patents, technology licenses and an accomplished technical team. Nobel Laureate Professor Alan Heeger (UC Santa Barbara) is a director, co-founder and chief scientist for Konarka. Konarka Technologies is headquartered in Lowell, Mass., U.S.A., with European headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and research and development facilities in Austria and Switzerland. For more information, visit http://www.konarka.com or contact Tracy Wemett, BroadPR, at +1-617-868-5031 or tracy@broadpr.com.

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