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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

Please note that the programme is subject to change, and will be updated continuously up to the event.
The sessions are organized in three topical streams: Digitalisation & Decentralisation, Electrification and Markets & Citizens.

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09:15

Welcoming address and introduction to digitalisation and decentralisation

Welcoming address and introduction to digitalisation and decentralisation

Welcoming address and introduction to the electrification of transport, buildings and heating

Welcoming address and introduction to the electrification of transport, buildings and heating

10:15

Comfort Break

10:30

Digital applications for the energy transition: Blockchain

Digital applications for the energy transition: Blockchain

Electrification of heat

Electrification of heat

12:15

Lunch & Networking

12:30

Lunch & Networking

Lunch Discussion: International partnership working to accelerate innovation

13:30

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

15:00

Introduction to Global Innovation Showcase

Introduction to Global Innovation Showcase

Introduction to Global Innovation Showcase

Introduction to Global Innovation Showcase

15:15

Networking Break

16:00

Global Innovation Showcase

Global Innovation Showcase

Global Innovation Showcase

Global Innovation Showcase

18:00

Boat trip to Old Town Hall Reception

19:15

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

08:00

Breakfast discussion: Transformation of urban energy systems

Breakfast discussion: Transformation of urban energy systems

09:15

Future Grids: getting bigger and smaller

Future Grids: getting bigger and smaller

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

Electricity Storage

Electricity Storage

12:30

Lunch & Networking

12:45

Lunch discussion: Implications of innovation for long-term planning

Lunch discussion: Implications of innovation for long-term planning

14:00

Empowering citizens: Value, challenges and implications

Empowering citizens: Value, challenges and implications

Broadening energy access through innovation

Broadening energy access through innovation

Electrification of fuels: Hydrogen

Electrification of fuels: Hydrogen

15:45

Networking Break

16:15

System-wide innovation: Drawing together insights from the event-tracks & key note speeches

Plenary Session: Developing and deploying solutions for a renewable-powered future

19:00

Dinner for all attendees - Kameha Dome

07:45

Plenary session: National perspectives on the transformative impacts of innovation

Breakfast briefing: For senior-level roundtable discussants and invited guests (by invitation only)

09:00

Plenary session: National perspectives on the transformative impacts of innovation

Key note speeches & panel discussion: Perspective on innovation for Power  Sector Transformation

10:15

Networking Break

10:45

Senior-level roundtable discussion: The transformative impacts of innovation

Senior-level roundtable discussion: The transformative impacts of innovation

12:30

Closing Remarks

Closing Remarks

13:00

Lunch & Networking

Keynote Speakers and High-level Roundtable Discussants

HRH Princess Burkina Faso

Secretary General, European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Belgium

Director-General IRENA

Chief Executive, German Energy Agency Germany

CEO, Statnett Norway

Chief Engineer, State Grid Corporation China and Director of National Power Dispatching & Control Center (NPDCC) China

Director of the Innovation and Technology Center in Bonn IRENA

Chief Innovability Officer, ENEL Italy

Chief Innovation Officer, ENTSO-E and Director Ecofys/Navigant Germany

Secretary General, EURELECTRIC Belgium

Senior Director Policy and Program Coordination, UNFCCC Secretariat Germany

Laboratory Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) United States

Executive Director, East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) Uganda

Deputy Director General in DG RTD Research and Innovation, European Commission Belgium

Director General, CanmetMATERIALS (CMAT) Canada

Policy Officer, European Commission Belgium

Deputy Director - Research Funding Programmes, CEA Liten France

Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry United Kingdom

Director-General, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE) Japan

Speakers

 

Flexibility Manager, National Grid United Kingdom

Director General of Commerce, Industry and Labour Department, Fukushima Prefectural Government Japan

Founder, Kamangir The Netherlands

Founder & CEO, Brenmiller Energy Israel

Regional Director for Southeast Asia, Energy Action Partners Malaysia

Head of Operations, SOLshare Bangladesh

Executive Director, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking Belgium

Director Business Innovation, sonnen GmbH Germany

Founder and CEO, Benoo Energies France

Director General for Electricity Market Analysis and Monitoring, Mexico Ministry of Energy Mexico

Chief Engineer, State Grid Corporation China and Director of National Power Dispatching & Control Center (NPDCC) China

Founder & CEO, EQuota Energy China

Asset Strategy Engineer, Westnetz GmbH Germany

Analyst, Grid Edge, Greentech Media United States

H21 Programme Director, Northern Gas Networks United Kingdom

Executive Director, Climate Policy Initiative United Kingdom

Director, SHURA Energy Transition Center Turkey

Expert, China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) China

Senior specialist, China Electric Power Research Institute (CEPRI) China

Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies United Kingdom

Head of Digitalization and Interconnectivity, Federal Network Agency of Germany Germany

Market Devolpment & Regulatory Affairs Manager, Energy Web Foundation United States

Director of Operations, Highview Power United Kingdom

Author, Commentator and Moderator United Kingdom

Director, Toyota Motor Europe Germany

Director Power Business Batteries, NGK Europe GmbH Germany

Head of Division International Cooperation, NOW GmbH National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Germany

Strategy Manager Sustainable Energy VITO-EnergyVille Belgium

Founder and CEO, SOSAI Renewable Energies Nigeria

Senior Adviser, Finnish Energy Finland

CEO, Solar Power Europe Belgium

Chief Communications Officer, Next Krafwerke Germany

Africa Project Manager, GET-invest Belgium

Manager of National and Regional Control Centers, TenneT The Netherlands

President, Eurosolar Spain Spain

Program Manager for Policy and Regulatory Environment, GOGLA The Netherlands

Chief of Power Finance, e-Commerce Laboratory and R&D Department, State Grid e-Commerce Corporation China

Head of Regulatory and Public Affairs, Tiko Switzerland

Ex-CEO Energy Research Office, EPE Brazil

Chief Innovation Officer, GE Power Digital France

Head of Sales, BeeBryte S.A.S France

CTO Energy, Environment & Utilities Europe, IBM Germany

Chief Operating Officer, Strategen United States

Vice President of Integrated Grid, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) United States

Deputy Head of Unit - Directorate General for Energy, European Commision Belgium

Regional Manager, EPRI International Switzerland

Senior Director Policy and Program Coordination, UNFCCC Secretariat Germany

Business Development, Industrial Solar GmbH Germany

Senior Energy Advisor, United States Department of State United States

Laboratory Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) United States

Head of Microgrid, Schneider Electric France

Executive Director, East African Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE) Uganda

President, European Energy Retailers Italy

Energy Team Leader, UN Department of Economic and Social Affaris (UN DESA) United States

EV advocate, Founder & Director, Costa Rica Limpia Costa Rica

Head of Energy and Circular Economy, Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE) Sweden

Chief Commercial Officer, Sun Exchange South Africa

Representative in Europe, Sustainable Energy fund and Hydrocarbons Fund United Kingdom

CEO, Electron United Kingdom

Head of Unit for Renewables and CCS policy, European Commission Belgium

Head of Renewable Energy Unit, Federal Network Agency of Germany Germany

Director Gas Technology, TNO The Netherlands

Head of Hydrogen Center, Verbund Solutions GmbH Austria

Energy Solutions Campaigner, Greenpeace Spain Spain

Head of European Operations, Enel X Germany

Investment Officer, SunFunder Kenya

Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry United Kingdom

Vice President of Innovation, National Grid United Kingdom

Deputy General Manager - Energy Systems Division, Sumitomo Electric Industries Japan

Project Collaborator - System Initiative on Energy, World Economic Forum Germany

Co-founder, Sunna Design France

Secretary General, European Heat Pump Association Brussels

Executive Director, International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) Canada

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Manager, Chilean Solar Committee Chile

Head of Public and Industry Affairs, Danfoss Denmark

Chief Operations Officer, Allego Germany

Ambassador, International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) India

Senior Engineer, GE Power United Kingdom

Vice director of the Ministry of Science and Technology, State Grid Beijing Electric Power Company China

Head of Institute for Renewable Energy, Eurac Research Italy

Professor-level Senior Engineer, Jiangsu Frontier Electric Technology China

Site Visit

The EnergyAgency.NRW, which is commissioned by the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs, has worked with IRENA to organise two site visits for the international guests of the Innovation Week 2018 conference.   

The site visits have been arranged to ground-breaking renewable energy projects in the region on Tuesday 04, September.

Trip A: Powering with solar, breakthroughs in hydrogen production and energy storage
  1. German Aerospace Center
    • - Jülich Solar Tower: Heliostat field
    • - Synlight: the largest artificial sun in the world, research is being conducted to produce CO2-free hydrogen.
  2. Jülich Research Centre: conducts groundbreaking research in batteries, fuel cells and hydrogen
  3. Cultural Visit to Zitadelle Jülich
Trip B: Electromobility and testing latest inventions and developments in wind energy
  1. E-go: Start up in electromobility developing cars and mini buses powered by renewable energy
  2. Cultural Visit to Aachen Cathedral
  3. Wind test field for innovations Grevenbroich

The departure point is Hotel Kameha Grand Bonn, same location where the IRENA Innovation Week 2018 will take place.

The site visits will include transportation to the sites, lunch and a short cultural visit, to familiarize and admire the city’s heritage.

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 for a limited number of rooms, 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