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Innovation Week 2018: Solutions for a renewable-powered future

In the two years since IRENA’s first Innovation Week, we have seen further remarkable cost reductions in renewable energy, to the extent that many commercially available renewable power generation technologies will be competitive with conventional fuels by 2020.

In parallel, we are witnessing transformative changes in the way energy systems are operated, driven by trends such as the growing digitalisation of systems, the increased decentralisation of electricity supply, the need for system flexibility, and the electrification of end-use sectors.

While the transformation of the power sector is well underway, the challenge now is to build on the potential of low-cost renewable power and ensure all countries can reliably integrate high shares in their power systems.

IRENA Innovation Week 2018 is a solutions-focused gathering of around 250 leading companies, innovators and policy makers from across IRENA’s diverse global membership, convened to explore how innovations in enabling technologies, business models, system operations and sector coupling can accelerate the renewable power transition. Ministers and senior executives will be attending the high-level segment on late Thursday afternoon and on Friday morning.

Policy makers attending will have an opportunity to learn from their counterparts and leading innovators about the status and opportunities arising from emerging innovations. Innovators and innovative companies attending will have an opportunity to inform the strategies of a diverse range of policy makers, from around the world. Together policy makers and innovators will improve their mutual awareness of the opportunities and challenges created by emerging innovations and explore ways to broaden uptake.

This is an invitation only, free-to-attend, event. To express interest in attending please contact innovationweek@irena.org. Please note with attendance limited to circa 250 attendees it may not be possible to accommodate all requests, early requests will be given priority. Registration will close at the end of July 2018.  

Programme

The sessions are organized in three topical streams: Digitalisation & Decentralisation, Electrification and Markets & Citizens.

View a detailed programme summary.

09:15

Welcoming address - Kameha Dome

09:45

Introduction to digitalisation & decentralisation

Introduction to digitalisation & decentralisation

Introduction to the electrification of transport, buildings and heating

Introduction to the electrification of transport, buildings and heating

10:30

Comfort Break

10:45

Digital applications for the energy transition: Blockchain

Digital applications for the energy transition: Blockchain

Electrification of heat

Electrification of heat

12:30

Lunch & Networking

14:00

Digital applications for the energy transition: Artificial Intelligence & Big Data

Digital applications for the energy transition: Artificial Intelligence & Big Data

Electrification of transport

Electrification of transport

15:30

Networking Break

16:00

Global Innovation Showcase

Global Innovation Showcase

Global Innovation Showcase

Global Innovation Showcase

19:00

Drinks reception for all attendees (in the Bonn Old Town Hall)

09:15

Future Grids: going both big and small

Future Grids: going both big and small

10:30

Networking Break

11:00

Market design for an integrated RE based energy system

Market design for an integrated RE based energy system

The new consumer in the digital world

The new consumer in the digital world

Battery Storage: facilitator or disruptor?

Battery Storage: facilitator or disruptor?

12:30

Lunch & Networking

14:00

8a. Empowering citizens: Value, challenges and implications

Empowering citizens: Value, challenges and implications

8b. Broadening energy access through digital innovation

Broadening energy access through digital innovation

8c. Electrification of fuels: Hydrogen

Electrification of fuels: Hydrogen

15:30

Networking Break

16:00

9. Integrating innovations for a system-wide transformation

Integrating innovations for a system-wide transformation

19:00

Dinner for all attendees (in the hotel Atrium)

09:00

10. Key note speeches: Perspectives on Power Sector Transformation

Key note speeches: Perspectives on Power Sector Transformation

09:45

11a. Moderated Ministerial/CEO Roundtable

Moderated Ministerial/CEO Roundtable

11b. Strategies to accelerate Electrification

Strategies to accelerate Electrification

11:15

Networking Break

11:45

12a. Moderated Ministerial/CEO Roundtable

Moderated Ministerial/CEO Roundtable

12b. Strategies to accelerate Digitalisation

Strategies to accelerate Digitalisation

13:00

13. Conclusions

Conclusions

13:30

Lunch & Networking

Site Visit

A visit to several sites in the region to showcase innovative renewable power integration projects is being arranged for Tuesday, 04 September.

Further details will be available shortly.

Location

Kameha Grand Bonn
Am Bonner Bogen 1
D – 53227 Bonn
Tel: + 49 (0) 228 4334 5000
Email: info@kamehagrand.com
Website: https://www.kamehabonn.de/

Past Events

  • Innovation Week 2016: The Age of Renewable Power
    Bonn, Germany 10 – 13 May 2016

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Accommodation

The following rates are available at the Meeting Venue, until 31st July 2018, after which additional requests will be subject to room rate availability.

Kameha Grand Hotel
Single Room at 189.00 EUR

- Rate is inclusive of Value Added Taxes.
- Rate is per person per room per night.
- Rate is inclusive of breakfast.
- Rate includes internet.

Contact details of the Kameha Grand Hotel:
https://www.kamehabonn.de/en.html
Tel.:+49 228 280 50 100
Fax:+49 228 280 50 555
Alternatively you may also log into the following page to search for available accommodation

Booking: http://www.bonn-region.de/events/irena2018.html
Booking using this site, will provide free public transportation to participants attending the Innovation week 2018.

TOURISMUS & CONGRESS GMBH
www.bonn-region-convention.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 228 / 91041-33
Fax: +49 (0) 228 / 91041-77