The European energy system is changing rapidly from a centralized set-up based on fossil and nuclear fuels to a system based on renewable energies with a strong degree of decentralized plants. The first step of this transition is the development of technologies that convert renewable energy sources into electricity or heat, e.g. photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind energy or biomass. Technological progress and economies of scale have led to a strong cost decrease of these concepts and relatively large generation capacities have already been installed in several European countries. Further cost decline and further innovation is still needed but a focus is also set on technologies that are important for Phase 2 of the energy transitions: System integration is becoming more and more important as the share of renewables in the system is increasing. Key aspects here are energy storage, system integration, digitization, flexibility, sector coupling and market integration.

The session will highlight major segments of technological progress and innovation with respect to the energy transition and exchange with the audience on future perspectives in the field.

Moderator:

Dr. Dörte Fouquet, Lawyer and Partner,Becker Büttner Held Rechtsanwälte Wirtschaftsprüfer Steuerberater

Speakers:

Nils A. Røkke, Executive Vice President Sustainability, SINTEF and Chairman of the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)

Prof. Wim Sinke, Principal Scientist Solar Energy, ECN, part of TNO and Professor Photovoltaic Energy Conversion,  University of Amsterdam. Co-chairman European Technology and Innovation Platform Photovoltaics (ETIP PV)

Prof. Dr. Mario Ragwitz, Deputy Director,  Fraunhofer-Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Sofia Stensson, PhD, Research leader, Rise Research Institutes of Sweden

Alexander Vandenberghe, WindEurope