The one question that united representatives from industry, R&D and politics on both days of iSEnEC 2018 was: How can the transition to a new energy mix succeed? What conditions need to be created, not least by policymakers, so that renewable energies can be properly integrated in the supply system while taking economic, social and ecological factors into consideration? These were the issues discussed by around 500 international delegates when they gathered at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg on 17 and 18 July. At this second round of iSEnEC, the trending topic across all presentation series was sector coupling, and in this conjunction the role of chemical hydrogen storage (LOHC). At the accompanying foyer exhibition, 11 companies provided information and presented their innovations and main research areas.
The congress programme, consisting of 16 presentation series with a total of 160 presentations, covered the entire renewable energy chain from generation through transport and storage to efficient utilisation. The agenda reflected the following thematic segments: Integration, Cities, Buildings, Building Materials, Wind, Solar, Combined Heat and Power, Smart Grid, Storage, Markets, Simulation & Modelling, Green Production, Renewable Resources, Start-ups, Mobility, and Electrolysis and Fuel Cells. Delegates came from 20 countries, mostly from Europe but also from North America and China. Developers, decision-makers and strategists from the business, R&D and political segments took the opportunity to seek information and share knowledge at the highest professional level.
Nature shows us how
Keynote speaker Professor Robert Schlögl, Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society, suggested that we learn from nature.
By this he means developing a complete cycle based on renewable resources for the energy supply of the future. To achieve this we not only need corresponding technologies and an integrated, systematic approach to all components, but also a commitment by policymakers to create reliable frameworks. This was emphasised by Dr Toni Hofreiter, Party Chair Bündnis 90/GERMAN GREENS in the German Parliament, in his keynote address, as well as by other speakers.
After the two days of the congress, the scientific director and conference chair Professor Wolfgang Arlt gave a positive verdict: “The feedback from delegates, speakers and exhibitors was excellent. The chairs of the presentation series praised the high quality of the sessions and the eagerness of those present to get involved in the discussions. The wide range of topics is what sets iSEnEC apart. Once again we managed to conduct the debate about the future of renewable energies in the necessary depth.”
NürnbergMesse organises the dialogue platform iSEnEC in close cooperation with its partners Bayern Innovativ, ENERGIE CAMPUS NÜRNBERG, ENERGIEregion Nürnberg e.V., Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Green Factory Bavaria, HI ERN, Stadt Nürnberg, Georg-Simon-Ohm Hochschule, ZAE Bayern, and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. The event receives funding from the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology. The objective of the event is also to raise the visibility of these capabilities in the Nuremberg metropolitan region nationally and internationally.