Monday, July 2, 2012

Summer Academy 'Energy Transition' July 21-27 Berlin, Germany

Just a few places left! Summer Academy 'Energy Transition' July 21-27 Berlin, Germany

Dear colleagues, partners and other interested parties,

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There are only a few places left to attend the 9th edition of the annual international Summer Academy 'Energy and the Environment'. Climate change and energy use are inextricably linked. Energy consumption is the source of the emissions that cause climate change. Climate change, in turn, is the major drive behind the development of renewable energy sources (RES) and clean technologies. Due to this interdependent relationship, effectively mitigating climate change is impossible without a matching, ambitious energy policy. In fact, major climate protection policies (the Kyoto protocol for instance) are primarily geared towards reducing energy emissions and replacing traditional energy sources with sustainable alternatives. The recently released IPCC report on the potential of RES found that: ‘With consistent climate and energy policy support, renewable energy sources can contribute substantially to human well-being by sustainably supplying energy and stabilizing the climate’.

The Summer Academy 2012 is therefore dedicated to the integration and expansion of RES as an answer to climate change, and will focus on the challenges surrounding the evolution of energy supply, moving from a traditional, fossil-fuel based energy system to one based on renewable sources. Researchers and professionals alike will gain access to the latest information and interdisciplinary findings on policy issues, economic hurdles and legal frameworks pertinent to the integration of renewables and to energy efficiency, and ultimately the mitigation of climate change.This year, the event will focus on ‘Energy Transition: Expansion and Integration of Renewable Energy Sources’ and will take place in Germany, the world's renewable energy giant.

Program 2012

From July 21-27, the Academy will examine the challenges surrounding renewable energy integration from a different disciplinary angle. The Academy will commence on the 21st of July in Greifswald, where participants will learn about the exclusive regional research on nuclear fusion, infrastructure such as Nord Stream and the world’s first zero-emissions University in the context of white beaches at the Baltic.

On Monday the 23rd, the Academy will move to Berlin. In IKEM’s luxurious conference facilities, the agenda will commence with an in-depth understanding of the current global energy landscape and the forces that shape it. Key-note speaker of the day is Dr. Klaus Müschen, head of Department Climate Protection and Energy’ at the German Federal Environment Agency.
Keywords: Global energy landscape, Germany's 100% renewable strategy, RES and the financial crisis, developing and industrializing countries.

Tuesday the 24th will examine the legal and policy challenges and success stories related to renewable energy integration. Legal experts from Germany’s leading energy law firm Becker Büttner Held will meet with industry leaders to discuss the intents and practical implications of legal instruments and energy policy. Renowned think tanks will provide an objective foundation basis for these discussions.
Keywords: Post-Kyoto, nuclear energy in Germany, EU policy design, drivers and instruments,'eclipse' in the German solar sector, Germany's reformed EEG (Renewable Energy Law).

Wednesday the 25th pays heed to innovative technologies that have the potential to considerably fasten our transition to a sustainable energy model, ranging from intelligent grids designed by E-Energy (a new major funding project initiated by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology in which Germany, Austria and Switzerland join forces in research and development projects geared toward the creation of ICT-based energy systems of the future) to the potential and harvesting of wave and tidal energy in the context of the Guernsey Islands.
Keywords: Wave and tidal energy, energy efficiency, virtual and hybrid power plants, digital networking and optimization of the energy supply system (e-energy), and sustainability in the transport sector.

Thursday focuses on network challenges. The various success stories and problems related to RES integration in the grid across the European Union will be discussed, and the vision of a European-wide supergrid will be addressed by the Renewable Grid Initiative (European Climate Foundation).
Keywords: RES integration in the grid across the EU: success and obstacles inventory (technological, economic, social), grid stabilisation through storage (power-to-gas), super grids

Friday the 27th will put all acquired knowledge into practice in the context of RES in the Baltic Sea Region. Current Presidency of the region’s main energy cooperation structure BASREC is held by Germany. They will share their vision and outlook on the region’s energy landscape, after which the event will shine the spotlight on off-shore. Lessons from the North Sea will also be applied by industry experts from TenneT and legal experts from Bond Pearce. Finally, a close-up on cross-border grid interconnection (former Krieger’s Flak) and energy storage (power-to-gas) will mark the ending of the conferences of the Academy. In the evening, participants and teaching faculty are invited to meet and mingle in the convivial context of a barbecue in one of Berlin’s old farmhouses in the neighborhood Neukölln.
Keywords: Regional cooperation and RES, business potential and regional development, diversity of regional legal instruments, off shore construction, legal and regulatory challenges, power-to-gas in the Baltic sea, cross border grid cooperation. And barbecue!

This event is a must for professionals and researchers in the field of energy and climate protection.

Interested? Detailed program, application form and brochure available on

Participation fee
(includes all accommodation, travel from Greifswald to Berlin, the welcome dinner, daily breakfast and lunch and the good bye barbecue on Friday)

Standard fee: € 1900

Reduced fee:
PhD students/University researchers: € 900
Governments/NGO’s/think tanks: € 1200

Please send in your application by the 10th of July. We look forward to hearing from you!

Prof. Michael Rodi
Director of IKEM


Anika Nicolaas Ponder
Event manager at IKEM

IKEM - Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility
Magazinstraße 15-16
D-10179 Berlin

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