Hannover Messe will be a central smart energy hub

Staged by Deutsche Messe and partners, the Integrated Energy Forum runs in Hall 27 from 1 to 5 April, i.e. the full duration of HANNOVER MESSE. It is dedicated to the big energy questions of our times and explores key technology options and innovations for the energy transition.

The Forum opens on Monday, 1 April, with a panel discussion themed “Taking the Energy Transition to the Next Level”. Among the panelists areRobert Andrén (Director General of the Swedish Energy Agency), Stefan Kapferer (CEO of the German Energy and Water Industry Federation – BDEW), and Susanna Zapreva (Chair of the Board of Management of the city of Hannover’s municipal energy company, Enercity). The panel discussion will be followed by an international session, in which presenters from Scotland, Finland and other countries will present their lighthouse projects for the energy transition.  The session will close with presentations on Germany’s own research initiative on the energy transition, the Kopernikus projects.

The proceedings on Tuesday, 2 April, will focus on energy in industry.  Representatives from the European Commission, the energy plant industry and manufacturing will take part in discussions on cogeneration and hence also on the future of heating and heat utilization, fuel cells, power-to-x, climate-neutral production, efficiency technologies and energy efficiency networks.

The program for Wednesday, 3 April, will focus on sector coupling. The proceedings will start with a speed presentation by Dr. Christoph Riechmann, a director in the Energy division of the economics consultancy Frontier Economics, followed by a discussion panel involving experts from the energy-sector companies EWE, Vattenfall, Amprion, Enervie and Siemens. The day will close with a presentation by Smart City Sweden on various Swedish energy projects, including grid flexibility projects.

The program on Thursday, 4 April, is devoted to the topics of grid expansion and electric mobility.  The day will open with a keynote on electric mobility by Dr. Bernd Althusmann, economics minister for the German state of Lower Saxony. This will be followed by a panel discussion on smart charging infrastructure, featuring experts from ABB, Volkswagen, distribution grid operator Netze BW, power systems manufacturer Hager Group, TU Dortmund University and the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE). The day will close with the Integrated Energy Party, in Hall 27.

Friday, 5 April, is dedicated to industrial energy supply. The complete program for the Integrated Energy Forum is available for download at https://www.hannovermesse.de/event/integrated-energy-forum/FOR/88888

The Integrated Energy Forum is partnered and supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the German Energy and Water Industry Federation (BDEW), the German Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies (VDE), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), and the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (ZVEI).