On Thursday the 26th October the Conference “From Energiewende to Energy Transition: European Perspective on Smart Energy Systems” took place in Brussels.

The speakers were:
Wolfgang Korek (Berlin Partner for Business and Technology), Tudor Constantinescu (Principal Advisor to the Director General DG ENERGY), Preben Birr-Pedersen (House of Energy, Aalborg/Denmark), Markus Graebig (WindNODE, Berlin/Germany), Juan Carlos Aguilera (AINER, Asturias/Spain), Sven Rösner (French-German Office for Energy Transition) Paris/France, Bram Sieben (USEF/Alliander), Sandra Maeding, (Stromnetz Berlin).

The main issues were:
- For many European regions a main challenge is to leave the paths of former energy generation, distribution and consumption patterns towards a sustainable, renewable and smart energy system.
In Germany the process of „Energiewende“ which stands for energy transition has been started almost two decades ago. Today the second phase of energy transition has been started: Integrating large shares of renewable energy systems (RES) into the digitized, smart energy system.
- The large-scale project WindNODE from northeastern Germany wants to start a joint discussion with different European regions that face similar challenges when it comes to the next steps of energy transition. It aims at initiating an exchange of ideas and know-how within Europe and looking forward to a future energy union.
- The importance of „smart grids“ (intelligent electricity networks) was underlined as well as the turnkey energy storage systems (ESS). In future also the use of the energy network should become smarter.
- The Energy-Union is an important strategy which should be improved; to do so the need of a save and sustainable market should be given. It was also underlined the need of an own market of renewable energy in the EU.
- In a panel round the representatives from European Model Regions for Energy Transition presented first their Model Region and then they discussed together and exchanged ideas.
- Examples of the Model Regions for Energy Transitions:
• The House of Energy (Aalborg/Denmark): It is a cluster for sustainable energy technologies and production. It connect businesses with knowledge institutions and it is a platform that gives an access to energy skills and resources. 400 researchers from Aalborg University and 400 companies from all over Denmark are part of House of Energy. In the House of Energy, they work to strengthen the growth in their members’ companies. Their goal is to create new products and solutions, more companies and jobs, as well as increase turnover and export.
• The WindNODE Project (Berlin/Germany): is a northeastern German Project that is trying to show that the energy transition is worth. With many partners and funding from the Government they are making research in the sector of Energy.
• AINER (Asturias/Spain): The Energy Technology Consortium of Asturias EIG was established with the vision of becoming an element of “common interest”, favoring cooperation between companies that specialize in the energy sector. This Consortium was established in 2009 with the participation of twelve Asturian companies and organizations, with the aim of developing different innovative projects of interest to the Asturian energy sector under the structural model of an economic interest grouping. The Consortium, which is classed as an Economic Interest Grouping (EIG), is open to the addition of more companies and participating bodies, with the aim of creating a broader network of collaborators and strengthening the field of energy innovation in Asturias.
• The French- German Office for Energy Transition (Paris/France): The Office is an information and networking Platform for Germany and France. The goal of the platform is to improve the expansion of the renewable energies and their market and System integration through know-how exchange.

The entire report can be downloaded here.

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