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2019 // Nuremberg, Germany

iSEnEC Newsroom

iSEnEC 2018: Nuremberg's energy conference goes into its second round

At the second round of iSEnEC on 17 and 18 July, industry experts from all around the world will discuss the key issue of the integration of renewables into the energy system. The congress at Exhibition Centre Nuremberg covers all thematic areas related to renewable energy supply and brings together developers, decision-makers and strategists from the R&D, industrial, business and political communities.

Because energy systems worldwide are becoming even more decentralised and complex and the proportion of renewable energies is increasing, an interdisciplinary dialogue is necessary. An integrated approach to all components in the energy chain – from generation through transport and storage to efficient use – is needed to develop new technologies and be able to quickly implement them on the market.

One topic, four formats

iSEnEC has opted for this interdisciplinary approach and brings together experts from the various segments of the renewable energy industry to encourage a discourse of the highest professional calibre. For the first time in 2018 the event will feature start-up workshops, because innovations have to get onto the market. Innovation specialists will explain how this can be done quicker to people interested in founding their own companies. At the conference, the future takes shape: In parallel sessions the leading lights of the industry will discuss pioneering pilot projects and new technologies. Every session is followed by “campfires, where small groups gather to discuss hot topics either as a simple sharing of views or as the basis for future collaborations. In addition, poster sessions contribute to the development lab atmosphere of the event: High potentials from the research and scientific communities present their latest research results and seek dialogue with visitors.

Focus topics and programme highlights

A current challenge is to advance the energy transition in the previously neglected sectors of heating and mobility, a project that can only succeed by interconnecting the two sectors with one another and with the electricity segment. In this context the conversion and storage of the various energy forms and the market viability of new business models will play a key role. The dialogue between the research community and industry about technologies that can be realised in the short and medium term is a prerequisite. Policymakers as drivers, regulators and implementers are also heavily involved in the discussion. In over 160 presentations, high-calibre speakers from all relevant disciplines map out the current status of the science and industrial development. They include the following keynote speakers:

  • The shift of renewable energies from a legal perspective – contractual risk sharing in a dynamic legal and regulatory environment.
    Dr Yves Bock
    General Counsel Energy Management Legal and Compliance, Siemens AG
  • A Train to Nowhere-Land? Ethical Glosses on the ‘Energiewende’
    Professor Peter Dabrock
    Head of Department of Systematic Theology II, FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • From the electricity transition to ecological transformation. The role of the state in climate change and innovation.
    Dr Toni Hofreiter
    Party Chair Bündnis 90/GERMAN GREENS in the German Parliament
  • Energy Sector Coupling in Research: An Integrated Approach.
    Professor Robert Schlögl
    Director Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Department of Inorganic Chemistry

Nuremberg metropolitan region – a leading location for the energy industry

The European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg is a strong business location for the energy sector: More than 14,000 companies employ over 110,000 people and 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. At iSEnEC, this expertise is combined in one place over two days with a view to raising the visibility of these capabilities in the metropolitan region nationally and internationally.

The wide range of topics at iSEnEC 2018

The iSEneC event incorporates congresses on 16 thematic segments that make an important contribution to renewable energy supply. Each thematic segment is headed by experts from the research community and industry and is intended to explore the implementation of the state of the art and the science behind it. The key concept is the integration of the technologies into the energy system:

  • Integration
    Energy generation, storage, distribution, use, virtual power plants
  • Cities
    Energy-efficient planning, infrastructure, energy distribution
  • Buildings
    Energy efficiency, automation, existing building stock/monument preservation, integration of generation-storage-use; air conditioning; standardisation and building approvals
  • Building materials
    Innovations from the field of materials, new and existing buildings, standardisation and building approvals
  • Wind
    Large and small wind farms, fluid mechanics, coupling with storage units, cost optimisation & aesthetics, sound emission
  • Solar
    New materials, cost-effective continuous production technologies
  • Combined heat and power
    New systems, integration into energy storage system, configuration
  • Smart grid
    Security in information transmission; interface to power electronics; virtual power plants; grid-stabilising self-sufficiency
  • Storage
    Medium and long term storage, chemical storage
  • Markets
    Market design at the interface between business, society and politics; investment incentives, reform of Renewable Energy Sources Act; regulation of network charges; capacity markets; trading rules; energy market modelling
  • Simulation & Modelling
    Optimisation of distributed energy systems
  • Green Production
    Energy-efficient production processes, efficient drive technologies, improvement of energy efficiency over the entire product life cycle
  • Renewable Resources
    Small heating systems; cogeneration with biomass; thermochemical gasification; syntheses with biogenic raw materials
  • Start-Ups
  • Mobility
    Mobility for vehicles (cars, buses, trucks, trains) with regenerative energies (hydrogen/battery)
  • Electrolysis/fuel cell (HI ERN - Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energy)
    Electrochemical energy conversion at low temperatures, efficiency and cost optimisation, components and equipment development, system integration


In close cooperation with its partners Bayern Innovativ, ENERGIE CAMPUS NÜRNBERG, ENERGIEregion Nürnberg e.V., Fraunhofer Gesellschaft, Green Factory Bavaria, HI ERN, City of Nürnberg, Georg-Simon-Ohm University, ZAE Bayern, and the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, NürnbergMesse organises the iSEnEC dialogue forum under the patronage of the Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Media, Energy and Technology.