1. Design of Energy Systems

Sustainable Energy Networks: Electricity and Gas

The session deals with research and developments aspects of resilient energy grids and provides attendees with practical solution-oriented topics for network planning, operation and control. Major areas to be addressed are transmission, distribution and microgrids. Furthermore, the session topics are dedicated to the integration of renewable energy systems and storages including sector coupling concepts.

 

Future Energy Markets 

The shift towards an energy system based on renewable sources not only poses technological challenges, but also raises market design issues. This session will focus on innovative contributions that analyze technology choice, investment, production and consumption decisions in future energy markets and also take adjustments to the current framework conditions into account. Important topics include, but are not limited to decentralized smart energy markets and the consideration of sector coupling. 


Modelling and optimization of electricity and gas networks (including TRR 154)

Methods for Simulation and Optimization are still one of the pillars in computational engineering bridging the gap between  theory and practice.
In this session we focus on new developments in this field, among them are the coupling of integer programming with nonlinear or PDE optimization, respectively, where uncertainties may play an additional role. Special attention will be given to the discussion on data-driven versus model-driven methods.

 

Photovoltaics: emerging trends in technology, application development and systems integration

The future energy supply will be based to a large extent on renewable electricity from photovoltaics and wind. Photovoltaics is already making visible contributions to the worldwide energy supply, but lacks significant volume compared to conventional fossil fuels. The central challenge for the next decade are the development of measures that can significantly accelerate the expansion of photovoltaics. This requires further technological advances - such as the current innovation push in the area of perovskite PV, new application developments - such as the integration of PV in facades or for energy-autonomous transport, as well as new market models for the combined expansion of photovoltaics, storage and distribution.

 


2. Chemical and electrochemical storages

Chemical storages

On the way towards an energy system based on the spatially and temporally inhomogeneously produced renewable energy it is mandatory to find suitable energy storage solutions. In this session we will concentrate on latest developments in chemical energy storage. The scope encompasses Power-to-X scenarios such as hydrogen-based systems e. g. using liquid organic hydrogen carrier systems, CO2 reduction, methane utilization but also synthetic fuels.

 

Electrochemical storages

On the way towards an energy system based on the spatially and temporally inhomogeneously produced renewable energy it is mandatory to find suitable energy storage solutions. In this track we will concentrate on latest developments in electrochemical energy storage. The scope encompasses fuel cells and water electrolysis and advanced batteries.


3. Start-ups

The conference will - as usual - have a workshop for founders of start-ups. All participants are invited to attend, oral contributions are by invitation.

In the field of sustainable energy production new firms with innovative technologies as well as business models are emerging. In this session we will discuss with the entrepreneurs, experience their strategies, innovations and business models. Although most of the start-up firms work on their own, they can also be considered as partners for cooperations with established firms.