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2019 // Nuremberg, Germany

iSEnEC Newsroom

iSEnEC 2018: The technology compass for the integration of renewable energies

As part of iSEnEC on 17 and 18 July 2018 at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, representatives of the business, scientific and political communities will be discussing the key issues relating to the renewable energy industry, from generation through transport and storage to efficient utilisation. The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region is an important business location for the energy sector in Europe and provides iSEnEC with prestigious strategic partners like Energie Campus Nürnberg, ENERGIEregion Nürnberg e.V. and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg. This year's keynote speakers are Dr Yves Bock, Siemens AG, Member of the German Parliament Dr Toni Hofreiter, Professor Peter Dabrock, Chair of the German Ethics Council, and Professor Robert Schlögl from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society. To register for the congress please go to:

In the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg (EMN), more than 14,000 companies with over 110,000 employees earn revenue in excess of €27 billion per year. Around 5,500 students are enrolled in energy-related courses, while research is being conducted at three universities, six other higher education establishments and numerous non-university affiliated institutes. Erlangen-Nuremberg is a world-leading venue for research in the field of safe, energy-dense storage. Professor Wolfgang Arlt, Emeritus Head of the Department of Separation Science and Technology at Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg, is the scientific director and conference chair of iSEnEC: “The thematic focus of iSEnEC continues to be highly topical: Since the premiere of the event two years ago, Germany has not lived up to its pioneering role in respect of technologies for regenerative energy recovery, so that the government has had to back down from the climate goals it had set itself. “Steps in the right direction can only be taken if renewable energy production is properly integrated into the entire energy system economically, socially and ecologically in the next few years. “The mobility and heating sectors in particular, which are currently still responsible for the highest CO2 emissions, have to be supplied from renewable energies, and buildings need to be designed to be more energy-efficient. This is why cogeneration, buildings and mobility are important thematic streams at iSEnEC, because integration needs to take place at these interfaces,” explains Dr Jens Hauch, Executive Board Member ENERGIEregion Nürnberg and Deputy Scientific Director of iSEnEC. ENERGIEregion Nürnberg is the driving force behind innovative projects and the efficient use of energy and resources. Alongside many other players from the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region it backs the cellular approach to energy, in which energy produced in a particular region is also used in that region without entailing long transport distances. Where there is still uncertainty about how this kind of decentralised system based on different technologies and components can work, iSEnEC provides possible solutions.

Spotlight on the entire renewable energy chain

The iSEnEC conference will cover 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, Mobility, Electrolysis and Fuel Cells. Through this interdisciplinary approach, the conference paves the way for an effective discourse. “So that technologies and disciplines can intermesh with one another, players from the R&D, political and industrial segments need a regular dialogue platform,” says Benedikt Weyerer, Exhibition Director iSEnEC at NürnbergMesse, describing the congress concept in a nutshell. “Participants benefit from the expertise on successfully implemented integrative approaches that our network of partners contributes to the programme.”

“The energy transition is about more than just electricity!”

As an independent research community and interdisciplinary think tank, EnergieCampus Nürnberg (EnCN) is working with companies to develop new technologies for an integrated energy system. Many of the main themes at iSEnEC are also fields currently being researched by the EnCN such as markets, storage and regenerative energies. Dr Alexander Buchele, Managing Director EnCN and Deputy Scientific Director of iSEnEC: “The energy transition is about more than just electricity! The coupling of the electricity, heating and mobility segments is absolutely imperative for a future sustainable energy system. This issue is also being addressed from a research perspective at the iSEnEC in the keynote given by Professor Robert Schlögl, “Energy Sector Coupling in Research: An Integrated Approach”, while the Green Factory Bavaria Colloquium will present successfully implemented efficiency measures from the industrial segment.” This is how the iSEnEC conference is building a bridge between the latest research findings and developments that have actually been realised on an industrial scale.

All details of the conference programme are available from: