Day 2, Thursday, 28th September 2017

2nd Stage: The day's focus is on energy trends and concrete examples of implementation in Europe, Germany and Austria.

 How is European policy reacting to energy trends? How is industry reacting? Is Europe on track? What are the most urgent tasks, steps and demands for a successful energy future in Europe and in Austria?

The afternoon of the second day will be devoted to exciting case studies: Here comes the energy future!

Moderation: Birgit Fenderl and Gernot Frischenschlager, ORF

tentative programme status

9:00 - Keynote: How is European policy reacting to global energy trends?

In order to reach the climate protection goals, a heating and traffic revolution is indispensable. What role does electricity play in this? Which obstacles are obstructing key technologies such as power-2-X, electromobility or digital solutions? How does the European policy roadmap for heat look? What are the plans for traffic, the CO2 problem child? How can we make a lasting impact on the traffic and heating revolution and use it for an economic upswing?

Stefan Moser, Head of Supply Reliability, DG Energy, European Commission, Brussels

9:30 - Keynote: How is European industry reacting to global energy trends?

Constructing private energy generation facilities versus cost savings, investing in renewable energy versus supply reliability, innovation versus skills shortages, high energy costs despite energy savings versus increased productivity... European industry is facing numerous dilemmas and has to make location decisions. What is the road map for European industry in light of global energy trends? Which chances does the energy future offer for European industry?

Jost Ahrens, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, OMV AG, Austria

10:00 - Case Study: Sourcing external innovation into Siemens - the role of next47 as innovation driver for our parent company

Innovation has always been the license to operate for companies like Siemens. Though the landscape of innovation has changed rapidly. Whereas 20 years ago a few Global technology players covered the lion's share of solution development, today we see innovations emerge from different local ecosystems boasting enterprises and of all sizes and background. Fast adoption of technologies creates new markets and customer expectations. This triggers established companies like Siemens to open up and embrace innovation both from the internal side via R&D and from the external side by sourcing innovation into Siemens. next47 has been designed as an independent investment arm to identify and develop next generation businesses for Siemens and thus contributes the core business of tomorrow. We operate close to local ecosystems worldwide to let startups profit from Siemens and Siemens profit from startups.

Robert Hardt, Partner next47, Siemens AG

10:30 - Coffee break

11:00 - EnergyLAB2050: What can the regions in Austria and Bavaria expect from the energy future?

In the run-up to energy2050, around 60 young high potentials from Austria and Bavaria worked out future scenarios for energy with high added value in their regions, in innovative work formats.

11:25 - Elevator pitch talk: Are we on target in Europe?

Politics and industry meet up with the young generation in this elevator pitch talk and compare their energy roadmaps. Is Europe as a whole on target? Which expectations are directed towards politics? What are political agendas in turn asking of industry and youth? How can they cooperate in taking up the global energy trends and using them for Europe and its regions?

Jost Ahrens, Senior Vice President Corporate Strategy, OMV AG, Austria
Stefan Moser, Head of Supply Reliability, DG Energy, European Commission, Brussels
2 energyLAB participants 

12:00 - Keynote: What are the most urgent tasks, steps and demands for a successful energy future in Europe and in Austria?

Network expansion will be indispensable in order to guarantee the supply reliability. Which costs will this involve? And above all: Who will bear these costs? How is the energy union planned by the EU progressing? Which regulations are necessary for this, and which challenges are barring the way to an EU-unified electricity market? Which new business models will have a lasting impact on the energy sector in an age of digitisation? Electricity, heat and traffic must join up in order to become climate-neutral. Technologically that is not a problem. But what about the costs? Is the political framework right for this?

Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Maubach, TU Clausthal


12:30 - Lunch break

2:00 - Case study industry: Water electrolysis - decarbonisation of steel production

voestalpine ranks as an environmental and efficiency benchmark in the steel industry. The company intends to move toward a gradual decarbonisation of steel production and achieve a long-term change from coal, via subsequent bridge technologies primarily based on natural gas, on to a possible use of CO2-neutral hydrogen. With the EU-funded project H2FUTURE, the project partners voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND, APG, K1-MET and ECN are constructing one of the world's largest electrolysis facilities in Linz to generate green hydrogen, in order to investigate possible applications of green hydrogen. With H2FUTURE, central questions of sector coupling are being handled, such as evaluating potential for the usage of green hydrogen in the process stages of steel production. In addition, the transferability of the technology to other industry sectors which use hydrogen in their production processes is being evaluated. Another focus is the integration of the quick-response PEM electrolysis facility in the electricity balancing markets through development of demand-side management solutions, to compensate for short-term fluctuations in the increasingly volatile power supply by means of load management for large consumers.

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz Kainersdorfer, Managing Director, voestalpine AG


2:25 - Case study mobility: Electromobility for a traffic revolution - a challenge for infrastructure, storage technologies, automobile manufacturers, grids, development planners and customers!

BMW i is a comprehensive concept for sustainable and forward-looking mobility. It stands for visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design and a new understanding of premium which defines itself mainly through sustainability and creates excitement with innovative vehicles.
For this reason, already early on BMW i was thinking about the products and services that would simplify and optimise use of an electric vehicle. Under the label "360° ELECTRIC", customers can use these innovative offerings with a focus on the core areas of "charging at home", "charging on the go" and "flexible mobility" in over 40 countries.
Besides this, the BMW Group has initiated and supported numerous projects across the world with various partners, in order to promote expansion of the quick charging infrastructure which is of vital importance particularly for long-distance mobility.

Dirk Arnold, Head of Product Management for BMW i and E-Mobility, BMW Group


3:00 - Case study research: Regulation concept for the house of the future

Michaela Killian has developed a predictive non-linear regulation concept which fully automatically increases convenience and lowers energy usage. This concept has been implemented in Unipark Nonntal (Salzburg) since October 2015, and the first preliminary results are already quite promising. For the development of this complex building automation she was awarded the Ressel Prize by the TU Vienna in 2016.

DI Dr. techn. Michaela Killian, Technical University Vienna


3:15 - Coffee break

4:00 - Case study municipalities: Innovative research project Seestadt Aspern: Sustainable smart city with comfort & energy efficiency through intelligent networking

Aspern is not simply a large city development project; rather, with Aspern Smart City Research GmbH (ASCR), a joint venture was initiated between the City of Vienna, the municipal utility companies, and Siemens. With this joint venture valued at 40 million euros, Aspern stands out among dozens of other large-scale projects worldwide. A research plan containing the Domains Smart Grid, Smart Building, and Smart Information and Communications should make the city a test environment for the integration of technologies that promote energy efficiency and sustainable city development. The most important components are technologies for energy management in intelligent buildings, solutions for the low voltage grid - the power distribution system from transformers to the individual buildings and flats - as well as solutions for managing the enormous amounts of data, including the necessary infrastructure for information and communications technology. In contrast to almost all other large-scale city development projects, ASCR has set itself the objective that all elements of these systems, regardless of who produced them, should communicate optimally with one another so that they can exchange data and information.

Harald Loos, Head of Corporate Technology Research in Digitalization and Automation Austria, Siemens AG Österreich


4:20 - Case study technology: Blockchain for energy

The Viennese start-up company Grid Singularity (GSyGmbH), in cooperation with the world's leading IT specialists (, is currently developing an internet-based decentralised platform for energy data management and data exchange, based on blockchain technology. This innovative technology makes it possible to record key data in real time and prevents later changes to the data. It should become a valuable tool for all energy market participants (producers, network operators, investors, traders and consumers). The main advantage of the platform lies in its interoperability, which leads to significant infrastructure cost savings. Ewald Hesse: "With this, we and our international partners are building something like a smartphone full of apps for the energy sector. Based on a new decentralised internet, without a central data collector in the middle."

Ewald Hesse, CEO and Founder, Grid Singularity


4:40 - Case study digital transformation - game changer Internet of Things

What does "digital transformation" or "Internet of Things" actually mean, and what has SAP got to do with it? Mr. Gonzalez will explain why SAP is playing a central role in preparing companies for the "digital transformation" and enabling them to use the opportunities that present themselves here.

Glenn Gonzalez, Expert on Digital Transformation, SAP Austria GmbH


5:00 - And action! We are staging the future of energy!

In the run-up to energy2050, VERBUND challenged European start-ups to find intelligent solutions for tricky problems. You will witness the best results in a creative performance.

5:50 - End of the 2nd conference day

7:00 - Get-together in the Schloss-Remise (castle carriage house)