Press Release

Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology

Transforming the Power System – Challenges and Solutions

The Fifth International Conference on Grid Integration for Renewable Energies will take place from 4 to 6 December 2012 in Berlin. International experts from 17 countries will be discussing the change in Germany’s energy policy and the transformation of the grid. In addition, they will be comparing it with scenarios in other countries. The patron of the Fifth International Integration Conference is the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservancy and Nuclear Safety.

In addition to covering the basic political conditions, the conference will focus on the technological challenges of grid integration. In further plenary sessions, international experts will be presenting pilot projects of intelligent power grids (so called Smart Grids) in model regions, future scenarios in which renewable energies takes up to 80 per cent of energy provision as well as new standards and testing methods.

All Participants at One Table

“The German goals for climate change can only be attained when the energy supply itself is transformed”, says the conference chair Philipp Strauß from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy Systems Technology in Kassel. “With this, the Fifth Integration Conference, we are thinking outside the box and have brought all the participants from the energy sector to the table for the first time.”

Among the contributors count, in addition to energy providers, politicians and plant operators, representatives from energy agencies, the European Commission as well as research and testing institutes from Europe, Asia, Australia and America. With panel discussions, short presentations, workshops and accompanying exhibitions, the organiser has created additional platforms for participants to exchange experience across international borders.

Decision Makers of the International Energy Sector

The International Conference on the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources and Distributed Energy Resources is directed toward decision makers from the energy sector. Since its inception in Brussels in 2004, it has taken place every two years in a different country. The patron of the Fifth International Integration Conference is the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservancy and Nuclear Safety. Further information, registration forms and the detailed programme are available in the Internet at www.conference-on-integration-2012.com.

Press conference

For press representatives a press conference will take place on 4 December, 13 – 14 with international energy experts of the integration conference at the conference venue, the Maritim proArte Hotel in Berlin.