Program & Presentations

Please find below the program of the delegation trip of decision-makers and energy experts from New York State to Berlin from June 19-23, 2017.

All presentations can be found here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

08:15 am Registration

8:45 am Welcome and introduction to the Agenda and Delegation trip

Mr. Berthold Breid, CEO RENAC, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG

9:00 am Introduction of participants of delegation

9:30 am Welcome by State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Mr. Rainer Baake, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

9:45 am Introduction to Germany’s energy system transformation (Energiewende)

Dr. Martin Schöpe, Head of Division, International Energy Cooperation, BMWi

10:45 am Coffee break

11:15 am Ensuring the Success of Germany’s Energy System Transformation

Mr. Philipp Godron, Senior Associate Global Energy Transition, Agora Energiewende

12:15 pm Presentation of field trip topics

Ms. Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG

12:45 pm Lunch break at BMWi

3:30 pm Site visit of German Parliament (Bundestag)

6:30 pm Welcome reception at the U.S. Embassy

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

9:00 pm Visit of the Energy Self-Sufficient Village of Feldheim

Ms. Cathleen Thompson, speaker and guide in Feldheim
The Self-Sufficient Village Feldheim is one of the most spectacular concepts for supplying enterprises, private households and a local government with renewable energies nearby Berlin.
Feldheim demonstrates how a community successfully meets all its electricity and heating needs through a combination of locally owned and operated medium-scale PV, wind and biogas plants.

12:00 pm Lunch break at the New Energy Forum Feldheim and transfer to Hohen Neuendorf

3:30 pm Visit of the Energy-Plus Primary School in Hohen Neuendorf

Dr. Gustav Hillmann, speaker and guide, IBUS Architekten und Ingenieure Gbr.
The energy-plus primary school is a project within the initiative ‘energy-efficient schools’, that is part of the research focus ‘energy-optimized construction’ initiated by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) (former: Federal Ministry of Economy and Technology). This elementary school (7400 m²) was built as a pilot project for sustainability in construction. The building is producing more primary energy than using it itself and is therefore CO2 neutral.

5:00 pm Bustransfer back to Berlin

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

9:00 am Meeting with the German Energy Agency - Deutsche Energie-Agentur (dena)

Mr. Robert Schachtschneider, Head of Management Office, dena
Mr. Elie-Lukas Limbacher, Expert for electricity grids and digitization, dena
Mr. Oliver Krieger, Senior Professional, Energy Efficient Buildings, dena

12:00 pm Lunch break at the 'Brasserie Gendarmenmarkt'

2:00 pm Meeting with the Berliner Energy Agency - Berliner Energieagentur (BEA)

Mr. Michael Geißler, CEO BEA, BEA
Mr. Achim Neuhäuser, Director, BEA

7:00 pm Joint dinner in downtown Berlin at the restaurant 'il punto'

Thursday, June 22, 2017

10:00 am Meeting and site visit to the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation (IFF) in Magdeburg

Prof. Dr. M. Schenk, Prof. Dr. Michael Schenk, Director, Fraunhofer IFF
Dr. Przemyslaw Komarnicki, Fraunhofer IFF
Dr.-Ing. Matthias Gohla, Fraunhofer IFF
Dr.-Ing. Nico Zobel, Fraunhofer IFF
Dr.-Ing. Bartlomiej. Arendarski, Fraunhofer IFF
Andreas Höpfner, Fraunhofer IFF

  • Presentations and discussion on: Sustainable Power Generation and Energy Efficieny, Efficient Energy Consumption – Industry 4.0, E-mobility across Sectoral Components, Intelligent Energy Systems and Infrastructures Operation, Infrastructure Planning and Acceptance
  • Guided tour of the lab (energy show room, CAVE Virtual Planning, Storage and Testing Platform)

1:00 pm Lunch package in the bus and transfer to Siemens AG in Berlin

3:30 pm Meeting and site visit to Siemens AG

Mr. David Armour, Chief City Executive, Siemens AG
Mr. Ewald Schweiger, Product Manager TR Global Grid Resiliency Concept, Siemens AG
Mr. Jürgen Loos, Head of Sales HVDC Transmission Lines, Siemens AG
Mr. Christian Heuer, Global Head of Energy Business Advisory, Siemens AG
Ms. Maggie Clout, Business Development Manager Blockchain, Siemens AG
Mr. Samuel Alt, Senior Director Government Affairs, Siemens AG

Guided tour of the Siemens Schaltgerätewerk (Switchgear Factory manufacturing plant) in Siemensstadt

Presentation and exchange on energy solutions related to resilience (e.g. portable substations, resilient transformers, smart/digital grid solutions), market growth (e.g. blockchain MicroGrid, HVDC) and substation value capture

6:30 pm Bustransfer back to Berlin

Friday, June 23, 2017

9:00 am Getting the public on board: the social side of the Energiewende

Mr. Craig Morris, Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS)

10:30 am Coffee break

12:00 pm Concluding workshop

Mr. Albrecht Tiedemann, Director, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG
Ms. Cecilia Strandberg, Project Director, Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG

1:00 pm End of official program