Hydrogen in the Energy System

Hydrogen, the most common chemical element in the universe and most commonly associated with water, is necessary for all living organisms. Hydrogen is currently being discussed outside the typical realms of chemistry and science, but why all the fuss now? Although hydrogen itself is not a source of energy, it serves as an important, clean energy carrier. To gain a greater understanding and to see what applications hydrogen can be used for, we will visit state-of-the-art technology and research institutions.

 

The geopolitics of grid infrastructure

Cooperation on transnational grid infrastructure can drive the global energy transition by opening up national energy markets for the export and import of cheap electricity produced by renewables. As a result of plummeting electricity prices due to renewables, renewables themselves will become increasingly attractive for markets that are currently still dominated by conventional power generation. In addition, transnational grid infrastructure can foster regional stability while curbing current geopolitical dependencies in energy. It can help to dissolve and prevent energy isolation and asymmetric energy dependencies alike.
However, this comes with new vulnerabilities. As the energy transition promises a future free of carbon-related geopolitics, grid infrastructure is increasingly targeted by hybrid warfare interventions. Ranging from cyberattacks to complex and highly coordinated disinformation campaigns, such interventions aim to prevent any political consensus on the build-up of transnational grid infrastructure by influencing the opinion of entire populations.

Smart market designs for the global energy transition

Market design is still very much determined and restricted by concerns regarding the security and quality of the energy supply. But how justified are these concerns in an age of ever-increasing digitalisation, despite the current limitations of existing grid and ICT infrastructure? And are these concerns rooted more in persistent and antediluvian patterns of thought inherited from the old centralist, hierarchical and exclusive energy world than founded on the actual limitations of grid and ICT infrastructure?
In addition, this session will address the inherent risks of new technologies for the energy transition, for example, new monopolies and new (digital) barriers that might exclude small-scale stakeholders like prosumers from engaging in a profitable way in the energy markets of the future.

Digital Energy Solutions

Virtual power plants, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain technology… Every one of us has heard of, read about or even begun to discuss these buzzwords. But what are the drivers behind these technologies and concepts, and how are these innovations applied in the energy sector? To gain an understanding of the technology and potential applications, we will meet and speak with the visionaries at the crossroads of the digital and energy sectors.

 

Electric Mobility Solutions

While it is clear that electro – mobility is on the rise all over the world, questions remain as to which concepts and which technologies are possible, and more importantly, which are indispensable for a successful energy transition. For greater insight into the future of mobility, join us to learn about electric and alternative energy vehicle fleets, future mobility concepts, EV charging solutions and infrastructure, and the integration of electric mobility and smart grids.