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Date: 18 March 2014
Venue: Berlin
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The EU has set a target of getting 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2020. But integrating intermittent sources of generation such as wind farms and solar cells into existing electricity grids remains a huge technology challenge. The European Commission’s updated Strategic Energy Technologies Plan has made smart, flexible grids and systems integration a top priority under Horizon 2020. But which technologies are the most promising? How far off is a breakthrough in large-scale energy storage? And what market incentives can help speed the transition?

Germany, which is accelerating its transition to renewable energies, is at the forefront of grappling with these technology and policy questions. On 17-18 March in Berlin, we will draw together a select group of international experts in research, policy and industry to debate the renewable energy challenge and draw lessons from leading case studies in Germany, the US, China and Japan.


09:00  Doors open, coffee and breakfast

09:30  Welcome, Gail Edmondson, Editorial Director, Science|Business

09:35  Introduction, David Eyton, Group Head of Technology, BP

09:45  The renewable energy challenge – what is going wrong? 

Goran Strbac, Professor, Electrical Energy Systems, Imperial College London; member, Steering Committee, SmartGrids European Technology Platform

10:00  Session I – How to gain flexibility: the technology options

Martine Gagné, Head of Strategic Research Centre, Rolls-Royce plc: Flexible- generation power station

Stephan Reimelt, President & CEO, GE Energy Germany: Large-scale utility storage including batteries and compressed storage

Mark O'Malley, Professor of Electrical Engineering, University College Dublin (UCD); Founder and Director, Electricity Research Centre; Director, UCD Energy Institute: Demand response  

Giovanni De Santi, Director, Institute for Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, European Commission: Smart grids         

10:20  Open discussion

11:15  Coffee

11:35  Session II – Towards a European solution

Andras Siegler, Director of Energy, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Georg Menzen, Head of Division for Energy Research, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany; member, EC Steering Group on Strategic Energy Technologies

Paolo Frankl, Head of the Renewable Energy Division, International Energy Agency

12:00  Open Discussion

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Goran Strbac
Professor of Electrical Energy Systems at Imperial College London
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Giovanni De Santi
Director, Institute for Energy and Transport, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
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David Eyton
Group Head of Technology of BP
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Georg Menzen
Head of Division for Energy Research, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
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Stephan Reimelt
President & CEO, GE Energy Germany
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András Siegler
Director, Energy, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
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Karl-Friedrich Ziegahn
Program Manager, Renewable Energies, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Energy Center

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