E-world Congress Examines
the Future of the Energy Market
New technologies, market developments and statutory outline conditions: In 2016, questions relating to current challenges in the energy sector will be answered by the E-world Congress which has been a permanent constituent since the beginning of the trade fair. International experts from the political and economic sectors will provide stimuli and recommendations for action in around 30 conferences at Messe Essen from February 15 to 18, 2016.
The Energy Industry Leadership Meeting on the day before E-world, February 15, will make the start. The main subjects of the event in cooperation with Süddeutsche Zeitung will be "The Renewal of the Energy Transition" and "The Future of the Energy Industry in Germany and Europe". The speakers will include Rainer Baake, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy; Dr. Constantin H. Alsheimer, Chairman of the Board of Mainova AG; and Jochen Homann, President of the Federal Network Agency.
On the first day of the fair (February 16), the EnergyAgency.NRW will invite people to the 20th specialist congress entitled "Future Energies". Here, the name will be the programme: After the opening by Johannes Remmel (Minister for Climate Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia), the plenary session in the morning will be dedicated to trends, markets and new developments. Five parallel forums will take place in the afternoon.
The International Gas Market Conference on February 16 will concentrate on global perspectives and European developments. Laszlo Varro, Head of the Gas, Coal and Power Division of the International Energy Agency, will put his lecture under the central question: "The End of the Golden Age of Gas?". Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Member of the Board of Management of E.ON SE, will explain price dynamics. Additional speakers from Iran and the USA will give insights into the market situations there.
For the first time, an independent conference will also be dedicated to the subject of Cyber Security and Data Protection. The policy framework and the regulatoryrequirements will be scrutinised, as will IT infrastructures, too. Simone Riccetti from IBM Security Services will speak about cyber security and Arne Helemann, Principal Consultant at TÜV Rheinland, will talk about "Managing Information Security in the Energy Industry". The live hacking of process networks will arouse particular interest amongst the participants. From secunet AG, Markus Linnemann, Head of the KRITIS Division, as well as Dirk Reimers, Head of the Pentest Section, will carry out the demonstration.
On Wednesday, February 17, the European Power Market will be the centre of attention at the conference bearing the same name. Amongst other subjects, the event will deal with the role of wind energy within the framework of the Energy Union. However, lectures about energy supply, security of supply and power market integration will be in the programme, too. In this case, representatives of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA), the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) as well as the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) will appear as speakers.
On the second day of the fair, there will be another premiere: "Digitisation - Beautiful, New World?". The conference will not only analyse digitisation but will also illustrate it from various viewpoints and will clarify what digitisation causes or even improves in the individual business fields. Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, Head of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag and Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), will open the conference with his contribution entitled "What is Digitisation? What Influence Does Digitisation Have on the Energy Transition?".
The Municipalities Day will also take place on February 17. A comprehensive lecture programme with the main subject of "Financing Climate Protection and Energy Efficiency Projects in Municipalities" will await the representatives of towns and cities. Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, will make an introduction to the subject of municipal climate protection. The Municipalities Day will take place in collaboration with the Service and Competence Centre: Municipal Climate Protection (SK:KK) at the German Institute for Urban Affairs (Difu). SK:KK works on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and is the contact for all questions relating to promotion possibilities, potentials and other aspects of municipal climate protection.
After the successful start in 2015, the Weather Conference will go into Round 2 at E-world 2016. Because of the high proportion of renewable energies in the power mix, the weather has a great influence on the available power quantity and thus on the prices. For some people, weather is the motor of business - for others, it entails a risk or is a difficult-to-estimate influencing factor. Next year, the one-day seminar entitled "Weather: Driver and Threat for the Energy Industry" will be located in this field of tension. The conference will take place in the English language.
The scientific conference called "SmartER Europe" has become firmly established at E-world in the meantime and will take place on the last day of the fair. Next year, the interdisciplinary forum will be supported by its new network partners: Zenit and enterprise europe. The recent progress and experience with regard to the setting-up and utilisation of new IT-based solutions for smart grids and smart markets will be presented and discussed this time.
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Source: Messe Essen / con|energy