Gleanings from the conference as well as selected photos can be found on the VERBUND blog:
The 2015 energy conference posed the most controversial questions surrounding the restructuring of the energy marketplace for solution-oriented discussion. "Which market regulations do we need for the future of energy?" "What is happening at the marketplace?" "How would the next generation organise the energy marketplace?"
More than 220 high-ranking representatives of the European energy industry discussed the status, future and possibilities of the new energy marketplace in the elegant ambience of the Schloss Fuschl palace. "We face tremendous tasks: regulatively transforming market design, carrying out decarbonisation and creating resilient infrastructure," underlined Christoph Frei, General Secretary of the World Energy Council.
The customer is king; he sets the tone, and the energy industry has to accommodate his high and, above all, new demands. But what will he expect in 30 years? Ray Hammond, futurologist and lateral thinker, shined a light on this on the 2nd day of the conference: Energy will have to be secure, accessible and, above all, renewable. Energy will go "from dumb to smart."
"What the telecommunications industry has put behind it still lies ahead for the energy industry. It's not only about delivering energy, but also about managing the system," concluded Michael Strebl, CEO of Salzburger Netz GmbH.
"In the meantime, solar energy has become a product that simply goes without saying in a new house," observed Günter Krupitza, Executive Officer of SOLAVOLTA Energie- und Umwelttechnik.
The future of energy is being written by the next generation. In connection with this, more than 50 startups entered a competition to win over the attendees of energy2050 with their business models. In the context of an exciting Startup Elevator Pitch, the last five had the chance to introduce their products and submit them to an audience vote. Eologix's intelligent sensors for wind turbine de-icing systems convinced them, and founder Thomas Schlegl received the € 25,000 prize.
In advance of the energy2050 conference, 30 "high potentials" from the world of energy, politics, research and economics worked on answers to the question: What do customers want, and what can the industry offer? And what can politics contribute to this? Over the past six months, the colourfully mixed working group of VERBUND colleagues and experts together compiled current issues and visions on the topic of the future energy marketplace. The results of this Energy2050LAB were presented to the audience on the 3rd day.
Parallel to the conference, the attendees had the chance to experience electromobility once again: The newest electrovehicles were available for test drive. For the first time, the electroboat from Frauscher on Lake Fuschlsee and electromotor boats from Johammer were available, as well.