Life Needs Power ?
The Energizing Forum at HANNOVER MESSE 2015
Thousands of sensors in heating and air conditioning systems, cooling fans and lamps save Microsoft millions of euros every year. Darrel Smith, the corporate director of buildings and energy, and his team have fully networked the company's 200-hectare site in Redmont, Washington, and now control energy consumption with the aid of special software. And why? "Because smart buildings make smart cities", explains Smith. "And smart cities are going to change everything!"
Darrel Smith is among the high-profile speakers to contribute to the 15th "Life Needs Power" forum at HANNOVER MESSE (Fair ground, Hannover Messe 2015) this coming April. "Smart City: Challenges and potentials of the future city as a place to be" is the title of the discussion on 15 April, when Smith will be joined by other distinguished contributors: Dr. Jörg Benze (T-Systems Multimedia Solutions), Klaus lligmann (City of Munich), Prashant Kumar Sandhi (VDE/DKE), Dr. Rainer Speh (VDE/ETG) and Dr. Antonello Monti from RWTH Aachen University.
What sort of market design is conducive to the energy transition, and what business models are going to be viable in the long run? How is the field of power generation going to develop, and what implications does this have for our power grids? What role does energy efficiency play in the transition to renewables? From 13 to 17 April 2015 (Fair ground, Hannover Messe 2015) the major political and economic challenges for our energy system will be debated and explored in Hall 12. Leading experts from industry, the energy sector, the scientific community, research and government will discuss the generation, storage, transmission and distribution of electric power.
Also under scrutiny at "Life Needs Power" are the technological solutions that can make our power supply more efficient, more secure, greener and more affordable.
Among the highlights of the vive-day program in Hall 12 (Stand C6):
• Dr. Robert Schlögl from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society will be explaining the strategic research agenda of the German Federal government.
• Under the title "Systems services in the year 2030", Dr. Christian Rehtanz from Dortmund will be gazing into the future.
• Ferdinand Gubina from Slovenia will be joined by experts from Austria, Israel, Romania, Germany and Switzerland as they seek to identify elements of a common EU energy strategy.
At this year's show the list of topics extends from the integration of renewable energy and the expansion of the grid to the role of energy in mobility technologies and the strategic outlook for energy policy. "Life needs Power" is organized by the Forum for Future Energy, the VDE Energy Engineering Society (VDE/ETG), the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI), Deutsche Messe and EW Medien und Kongresse GmbH. The opening keynote address on Monday, 13 April, will be delivered at 10 a.m. by Matthias Machnig, undersecretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
The forum's official patron is Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy: "Once again the forum 'Life Needs Power' at HANNOVER MESSE (Fair ground, Hannover Messe 2015) forms an excellent basis for discussions and productive talks", said Minister Gabriel, adding that: "The transition to renewables will encourage domestic firms to innovate, create jobs and explore new business opportunities." Energy efficiency, as he also pointed out, is also important as a way of further enhancing German's attractiveness as a place to do business: "We need to find ways of using less energy by adopting modern energy-saving technologies and changing our own behavior."
Participation in the energy forum "Life Needs Power" is free of charge, and advance registration is not required.
See the program at: www.life-needs-power.de/programm/
Images: R. Eberhard, messekompakt.com, EBERHARD print & medien agentur gmbh
Source: Deutsche Messe AG