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Program and Presentations

Please find below the program and presentations of the delegation trip to Germany (Berlin) from June 19-23, 2017.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Introduction and Meeting with the German Government



Welcome and introduction to the Agenda and Delegation trip

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


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)

09:45amIntroduction to Germany’s energy system transformation (Energiewende)

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

Introduction to Germany’s Energy Transition - Energiewende

10:45amCoffee break

Ensuring the Success of Germany’s Energy System Transformation

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

Ensuring the Success of Germany’s Energy System Transformation

Presentation of field trip topics

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

Introduction to Delegation trip “Energy System Transformation - Exchange between New York State and Germany

12:45pmLunch break at BMWi
03:30pmSite visit of German Parliament (Bundestag)
06:30pmWelcome reception at the U.S. Embassy
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Site visits to Feldheim and Hohen Neuendorf

Feldheim / Brandenburg, Hohen Neuendorf, Berlin

09:00amVisit 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.

Energy self-sufficient village Feldheim, district of the town of Treuenbrietzen in Potsdam-Mittelmark

12:00pmLunch break at the New Energy Forum Feldheim and transfer to Hohen Neuendorf
03:30pmVisit 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.

Energy-Plus Primary School Hohen Neuendorf, Germany

05:00pmBustransfer back to Berlin
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Meetings in Berlin


09:00amMeeting 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

Introduction to dena – The German Energy Agency, Energy transition in a nutshell – Currrent challenges in a nutshell, dena – Activities in the field of digitalisation and sector coupling

12:00pmLunch break at the ‘Brasserie Gendarmenmarkt’
02:00pmMeeting with the Berlin Energy Agency - Berliner Energieagentur (BEA)

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

Framework Conditions for Energy Efficiency and Energy Services in Germany and Berlin

07:00pmJoint dinner in downtown Berlin at the restaurant ‘il punto’
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Site visits to Berlin and Magdeburg

Magdeburg, Berlin

10:00amMeeting 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

01 Introduction Fraunhofer Gesellschaft / Fraunhofer IFF
02 Department - Convergent Infrastructures and Systems   
03 Sustainable Power Generation and Energy Efficiency
04 Effcient Energy Consumption – Industry 4.0
05 E-mobility across Sectoral Components  
06 Intelligent Energy Systems and Infrastructures Operation
07  Infrastructure Planning and Acceptance

01:00pmLunch package in the bus and transfer to Siemens AG in Berlin
03:30pmMeeting 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

06:30pmBustransfer back to Berlin
Friday, June 23, 2017

Concluding workshop at the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG

Berlin – Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG

09:00amGetting the public on board: the social side of the Energiewende

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

Germany’s energy transition: National climate and energy policy from a grassroots social movement

10:30amCoffee break
12:00pmConcluding workshop

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

Delegation trip review and wrap up – Concluding Workshop

01:00pmEnd of official program



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