Lunch Break Sessions

The "Solutions for a Sustainble Future" series offers you highly informative insights into promising strategies and solutions for the further development of our energy system and opens up perspectives on a sustainable energy future that is both livable and economically attractive. 

Within a themed week, you will gain different perspectives and valuable impulses on one topic area at a time in several illuminating lunch break sessions.

Week 3: Mobility

In this lunch break session, George Niland will introduce ChargeUp Europe, the new industry association representing the EV charging sector which works towards the efficient rollout of charging infrastructure to deliver a seamless driving and charging experience for EV drivers.

He will explain why we are at a critical moment for EV charging in Europe, with key policy and legislation upcoming at EU level that will set the framework for charging across the European Union and highlight what ChargeUp Europe is advocating and working for in these new policies. 

Speaker: George Niland, spokesman for the ChargeUp Europe office

Language: English

Program partner: ChargeUp Europe

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The electrification of the transport sector requires a technology mix of battery and fuel cell vehicles. The use of fuel cells in combination with green hydrogen can also decarbonize energy-intensive applications, for example in the heavy-duty and logistics sector.

With HyWays For Future, EWE AG is coordinating one of the first three nationwide model regions for the integration of hydrogen mobility. The project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), will see the first applications for hydrogen in local public transport, passenger car fleets and in the area of waste collection vehicles with fuel cells enter commercial operation. This will lay the foundation to create a market for green hydrogen in the transport sector in addition to the industrial sector. 

The presentation explains the project and the role of the transport sector in the development of the hydrogen economy.

Speaker: Dr. Geert Tjarks, Hydrogen Business Unit, EWE AG

Language: German

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The transport transition is both a challenge and an opportunity. Public transport is a central component of the environmental network and the most important lever for environmentally friendly mobility. Public utilities and transport companies have the opportunity to position themselves even more attractively in the connected mobility offer of the future through user-centred innovation. With examples and use cases from Germany and around the world, you can expect exciting impulses for the design of sustainable and future-proof business models in the mobility market.

Speakers: Linus Frank (CEO) and Ben Gallmeister (Manager Strategic Partnerships), both Vesputi GmbH

Language: German

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The market for charging infrastructure for electric cars is developing rapidly. The availability of charging solutions is helping electromobility to achieve sustainable acceptance among the population. At the same time, the punctual load on the network infrastructure increases at peak times. 

Behind-the-meter intelligent charging and energy management systems prevent grid congestion and ensure that charging in fleets and residential properties works smoothly and often without grid expansion. The upstream grid infrastructure remains critical. Through open interfaces, an intelligent charging and energy management system also allows control by the distribution network operator, which means that charging infrastructure can be used as a controllable consumption facility in accordance with the German energy act (EnWG, §14a). In addition, the web session will show how electric cars can stabilize the transmission grid as a virtual power plant.

Speaker: Matthias Suttner, Head of Key Account Management Wholesale, The Mobility House GmbH

Language: German

Program partner: The Mobility House GmbH

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In view of current developments, it is becoming abundantly clear that the end of combustion engine vehicles has in fact manifested itself. Since politicians in many countries have set the course for electromobility and created strong purchase incentives with subsidy measures, electrically powered vehicles have recorded strong growth potential in the automotive market. 

The battery is indisputably one of the central elements in an electrically powered vehicle. Functionality, reliability, durability, charging time and range of the battery are the performance indicators that influence purchasing decisions and thus determine the success of the product. Furthermore, the battery is the cost driver for e-vehicles today. In addition, questions of system integration arise due to the increased power consumption as well as the further use of used batteries.

In our presentation we want to describe starting points from an IT perspective to create the ecosystem. Harnessing the power of digital twins, blockchain or new platform economies can create significant added value, but require clear strategic choices. Placement in the newly forming ecosystem sets this course.

Speaker: Matthias Böhmer, Partner Management Consultant, Atos

Language: German

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Week 2: Digital Services

In order to achieve the climate targets, the Federal Government has presented a Climate Protection Programme 2030. The building and energy sectors have great potential to contribute to achieving these goals. 

The use of autonomous decision-making systems will become even more important for energy producers, suppliers and heating manufacturers in the future. Using artificial intelligence (AI), e.g. for building control or district heating supply, an increase in revenue can be achieved by reducing energy consumption. A higher customer loyalty can also be achieved in this way when optimising self-consumption.

Signal Cruncher has developed its own AI in this field, which can help reduce energy consumption through centralised control of heat supply. This Lunch Break presents how the thermodynamics of an energetic system can be continuously learned with "reinforcement learning" and what possibilities self-learning optimization offers. 

Speakers: Claudia Becker, COO und Dr. Michael Theß, CEO, both Signal Cruncher GmbH

Language: German

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How can people be informed and motivated to save energy? And is there a way not to annoy those customers and to keep them? You just need to “make it fun”!

Smart home technologies and Internet of Things spaces create the possibility to reach customers on a whole new level and to increase their loyalty to a brand: First of all, a framework is needed to create a real life value proposition for energy users and consumers within the IoT space. To add to the functional value that those industries bring, it is important to create an emotional dimension to further engage with future consumers. This can be done by the intersection of gamification and branding where the end user can identify his digital lifestyle through the smart home.

In this lunch break, the experts from eleks will further explain this idea and reveal a product concept that seeks to add an added brand dimension to the smart energy and smart home industry with gamification tactics.

Speakers: Sigurður Árnason & Lubko Matsekh, both from Eleks

Language: English

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Is Artificial Intelligence technology finding its place in the energy industry? Definitely yes!

It is not only since the studies of the past years on "AI in the energy industry" that the technology proves that an applicability in the industry can be of great benefit. Previously focused areas of application tended to include technology approaches around data and the Internet of Things (IoT), from anomaly detection to time series forecasting. Increasingly, however, it is now becoming clear that new areas of application for the energy industry are also emerging in the field of image processing.

In this session, find out in which application fields AI is already supporting with image recognition. Andre Wilsdorf, Business Consultant at Avarto Systems, reports on experiences and projects that have emerged from the technology.

Speaker: André Wilsdorf, Arvato Systems

Language: German

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Week 1: Decarbonization

An increasing number of companies see climate protection and sustainability as central fields of action. This profound change affects in-house and third-party supply in industrial companies as well as modern supply concepts in regional and urban environments. But what does the energy transition mean for industrial companies and what role does the energy industry play? How can CO2 emissions be reduced and a reliable energy supply ensured at the same time? Discover in this session what contribution software and artificial intelligence can make to the energy transition.

Speaker: Claudia Lorenz, Senior Business Development & Sales Consulting, Bosch.IO

Language: German

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A new phase of the energy transition has begun, marked by a broad consensus on the need to decarbonize. But setting net-zero targets is one thing - making change happen is quite another.

To gain a deeper understanding of how German industries, plus municipal utilities and other energy companies, are approaching this challenge, Uniper has produced Index Net-Zero, a new survey of decision-makers and executives who are looking to develop and implement decarbonization strategies within their own organizations.

In this web session, you will find out what Index Net-Zero tells us about the different short- and long-term priorities these organizations are facing and the different perspectives on decarbonization technologies, targets and barriers. There will also be the opportunity to gain insights into Uniper’s approach as a partner for decarbonization solutions for industries, municipal utilities and other energy companies.

Speaker: Gundolf Schweppe, Leiter Energy Sales, Uniper

Language: German

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¾ of all risk managers include climate change in relevant risks for their companies. Regulatory requirements, climate-related changes in infrastructure, population growth, and capital flows impact the value of existing and planned assets. Most companies have recognized this issue but do not have appropriate valuation approaches. 

Baringa Partners has worked with clients to develop a model that identifies and measures risk for individual companies. In this web session, James Belmont provides insight into regulatory pressures, how the financial sector is dealing with them, and what this means for companies in the real economy.

Speaker: James Belmont, Partner (Finance, risk and compliance), Baringa London

Language: English

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