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.


Offshore Wind Innovation – Renewable Power from the German Coast

By the end of 2019, Germany counted 25 fully operational offshore wind energy projects and the installed transmission capacity in the North Sea added up to more than 7 GW. The joint side event from the Association of German Offshore Wind Farm Operators (BWO) and TenneT will give an overview on existing projects and future developments providing insights both from a transmission system operator and offshore wind farm operators.


09:00 am: Offshore Grid Connection Systems in the North Sea (TenneT)
09:30 am: Current Status of Offshore Wind in Germany (BWO)
10:00 am: Discussion

Following TenneT Virtual Vision Tour until 1 pm.

You can register under: info@bwo-offshorewind.de

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.

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.