THURSDAY, 25 OCTOBER 2012
08:45 - Registration opens
09:30 - 11:00 Plenary 1 - Conference opening
Renewable energy and smart grids in the European Energy Strategy
During the opening plenary participants were welcomed to Freiburg. The event's main focus was presented: the concept of smart grids. What are they and how do they fit into the vision of European and local energy and sustainable development?
Wolfgang Teubner, Managing Director, ICLEI European Secretariat
Welcome from host city
Dr. Dieter Salomon, Mayor, City of Freiburg, Germany
Opening Key Note: European perspectives for smart grid development from local to large-scale [presentation]
Per-Olof Granström, Secretary General, EDSO for Smart Grids (European Distribution System Operators)
Policy and thematic experts shared their views and knowledge on how to make smart grids a reality: Which are the key elements of smart-grid? What lessons have been learned in previous developments? What is the state-of-the-art in smart grid implementation?
Smart grid development in Europe and the role of local governments
Ádám Szolyák, Policy Officer, DG Energy, European Commission [presentation]
Needs and perspectives to accelerate the transition to renewable energy Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) [presentation]
Smart grid model projects in Germany: Lessons learned and future developments
Ludwig Karg, Head of E-Energy Ancillary Research, B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH, Germany [presentation]
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:30 Plenary 2
Smart grid deployment: How to optimise renewable energy production and use through urban-rural-regional cooperation
This plenary explored how to optimise smart grid inter-connections in an urban area, ideally linking to other smart grids covering a whole region. The inter-connectivity and the use of local resources – for electricity, heating and cooling – will help to ensure energy security, stable prices and local jobs. It can also help to keep money in the local or regional economy, supporting local development. How is this being dealt with today?
Maryke van Staden, Climate & Air Coordinator, ICLEI European Secretariat
The Basque Country´s strategy to support the development of smart grids
Txaber Lezamiz, Technology Development Manager, Basque Energy Agency (EVE), Spain [presentation]
Energy landscapes: A powerful concept for sustainable energy transition
Sven Stremke, Assistant Professor, Landscape Architecture, Wageningen University, the Netherlands [presentation]
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch Break
The A stream of the parallel sessions focused on technology options, while the B stream dealt with regional renewable energy concepts and how they have been linked to local and regional pilot projects for the development of smart grids. Expert speakers presented on pressing issues. This was followed by a question and answer session.
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel sessions 1
A1 - Building a smart grid: First lessons from practical experiences
|B1- Urban-regional cooperation for renewable energy|
Selecting appropriate technologies to manage and operate smart grids is a key decision point. This requires an understanding of the energy supply and demand side, and outlining an intelligent smart grid management concept dealing with generators, grid(s), and consumers. What are the key areas to be addressed, and how can these be dealt with effectively from a technology perspective?
EcoGrid EU Project - A prototype for European smart grids
Michael Stadler, Project Manager, Business Technology Consulting (BTC) AG, Germany [abstract] [presentation]
Cities and towns need to cooperate with their surrounding regions to optimise the use of local renewable resources and expertise, as they will have to also draw on their surrounding resources to generate sufficient energy for their needs. This includes establishing wind parks, creating biomass partnerships from raw material to sustainable energy, or using roof space to generate solar energy. Such approaches require a common vision and close cooperation between multiple stakeholders and political decision makers. How is this being dealt with within existing projects? How can one develop a joint vision and strategy?
From local needs to global approach – Smart energy and smart grids: the Aosta Valley experience in the Alpenergy Project
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel sessions 2
|A2 – Decentralised energy production, centralised management and storage||B2 – Encouraging framework to support deployment - "Smart grids in practice"|
Two of the big challenges for the optimal use of renewable energy are energy storage and the coordinated management of energy production facilities. This workshop looked into potential solutions for these challenges, combining decentralised production with centralised management and storage concepts.
The importance of storage in future energy systems
How can smart grids be developed on a regional and local level and support the efficient use of renewable energy? This workshop explored first answers from model projects that have been implemented. Achievements as well as obstacles issues that need further exploration will be addressed. Topics will range from technical to financial and strategic challenges.
18:00 Evening reception hosted by the City of Freiburg
The host city Freiburg is pleased to invite all participants to take part in the cocktail reception held in the Kaisersaal.
Welcome by Dr. Dieter Wörner, Director of the Environmental Protection Agency of the City of Freiburg.