Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Wednesday 13 June | Thursday 14 June | Friday 15 June


08:00  Registration (Exhibition Area Open)

Coffee for Study Tour and Workshop Participants    

09:30 – 12:30  Study Tours and Workshops  (in parallel)

Tours and workshops in English (selected tours on last day in German). Min. of 15 participants per tour.

The SolarRegion Freiburg shows a diversity of interesting and exemplary projects and activities of sustainable energy use. The conference programme links up to these from a European perspective.


Tour 1: Secure, decentralised energy supply

Organiser: City of Freiburg

Badenova Stadium PV array using a local soccer stadium to engage the community. This PV array produces 250 kW, enough energy needed in the stadium.

Small hydropower project on the Dreisam river

View of Freiburg’s wind turbines: green electricity production in an urban/ rural landscape.

Tour 2: Solar buildings and low energy districts are cool!

Organiser: Freiburg Futour

Heliotrope: rotating house (demonstration project)

Vauban Passive House: 1st German example of a multi-family housing with ‘Passiv Haus’ standard

Vauban district heating with bio-energy, an integrated
Solar Village Schlierberg: an Energy-Plus residential complex

Solar Village Schlierberg: an Energy-Plus residential complex

Tour 3: Business meets Renewables

Organiser: solar info center

Solar Info Center: a building and business concept (with a view of the PV roof of the Freiburg Trade Fair).

Solar-Fabrik: Europe´s 1st zero emission factory for solar modules.

Waste-to-energy: biogas and biomass (examples in Landwasser, Tulla Street and Kahlenberg)

Tour 4: Solar energy research at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE)

Organiser: Fraunhofer ISE

10:30 – 12:30 (max. 20 people)

The largest solar energy research institute world-wide has three major R&D topics: photovoltaics, energy efficient buildings, as well as hydrogen technology.

View the institute premises, an exemplary energy-efficient solar building, and join a guided tour through the exhibition area.


Workshop 1:
Twin towns and partner cities of Freiburg: exchange and brainstorming on cooperation projects 

10:00 – 12:30

Closed session – by invitation only

Hosted by the City of Freiburg Freiburg Environmental Protection Agency (Thomas Dresel, SolarRegion Freiburg Project Manager) and Peter Schilken, Project Manager, Energie-Cités

Workshop 2:
LETIT tool and financing sustainable energy projects

10:30 – 12:30

Hosted by Fraunhofer ISE (Sebastian Gölz, Project Manager) and Forseo (Astrid Grell, Project Manager)

Training on tools to support communities with ‘Local New Energy Technology Implementation (LETIT)’, and finance instruments for local authorities to implement sustainable energy projects.

Workshop 3: Introducing
the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Campaign

11:00 – 12:30

Hosted by ICLEI Europe (Ilaria De Altin, Coordinator Climate & Air)

The CCP Campaign is a support network for local authorities that are active in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Advanced local authorities or those new to the field are welcome to join.

12:30  Lunch

14:00  Welcome and Opening: Local governments as key actors

Welcome and a call for action
Dr. Dieter Salomon, Lord Mayor, City of Freiburg and ICLEI Executive Committee Member

The way forward for local authorities – a time for planning and action
Gino Van Begin, Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Sustainable energy impacts on security of supply, climate protection and local sustainable development (Abstract)
Rian van Staden, Principal Consultant, Intelligent RE

15:00  Local success stories from different European regions 

Chair: Ilaria De Altin, Climate & Air Coordinator, ICLEI Europe

The prevailing climate impacts on many aspects of daily life. In the context of energy use, it influences the use of energy sources (local crops for bioenergy, e.g. wood or sunflowers), the way buildings are constructed (addressing the need for heating and/or cooling) or how urban planning is approached (street design and thermal comfort within cities).

Three exemplary community responses are presented, showing diverse approaches in response to different climatic zones, through effective strategies and low carbon measures.

SolarRegion Freiburg: Central European temperate climate zone
Dr. Dieter Wörner, Head of Environment Protection, City of Freiburg, Germany

Roma Per Kyoto - Sustainable energy in a Mediterranean climate (Abstract)
Claudio Baffioni, Project Manager Roma Per Kyoto Project, City of Rome, Italy

Joint approach by cities in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area – climate protection by reducing energy consumption
Irma Karjalainen, Director Regional and Environmental Information, YTV Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council, Finland

15:50 Coffee Break

16:20    Technical overview on sustainable energy options ready  for implementation

Chair: Christine Hornstein, Executive Director, International Solar Energy Society (ISES)

A wide range of sustainable energy technologies and measures are mature and ready for widespread implementation. European energy experts provide a brief, highly informative introduction on these diverse options that should be considered for local implementation.

Low energy buildings: reducing the need for energy
Meinhard Hansen, Architekturbüro Meinhard Hansen Freiburg, Germany

Solar thermal systems: affordable clean energy (Abstract)
Dr. Volker Wittwer, Deputy Director Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Germany

Photovoltaics: sexy and versatile technology

Wind energy: local resource, clean energy, local profits (Abstract)

Mikkel Aarø-Hansen, Director, Agency for Environmental Protection, Denmark

Geothermal energy: extensive potential (Abstract)
Marissa Walzer, Business Consultant, Sterr-Kölln & Partner GbR, Germany 

Small hydropower: water for energy (Abstract)
Luigi Papetti, Engineer, Italian representative of the European Small Hydropower Association (ESHA), Italy

Fuel cell systems and hydrogen: now and the future
Dr. Christopher Hebling, Head of Department Energy Technology, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

The bioenergy chain: energy for buildings, districts and vehicles (Abstract) Gabor Heves, Project Manager, Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC), Hungary

18:00  End of presentations

20:00  Reception at the “Historisches Kaufhaus” hosted by Freiburg

(Buffet dinner – dress code: smart casual)

Guest speaker: Prof. Eicke R. Weber, Director, Fraunhofer ISE: Exciting developments in solar research & development (R&D)


Wednesday 13 June | Thursday 14 June | Friday 15 June