In order to achieve the highest possible quality of the presentations at the congress, an expert advisory board was formed to provide technical and scientific advice.
The advisory board supports the selection of lectures and the content of the congress.
Managing Director, SIJ - SOLAR-INSTITUT JÜLICH
Since February 1, 2014, Ulf Herrmann has been Professor of Regenerative Energy Technology at the Department of Energy Technology and is also Head of the Solar Institute Jülich(SIJ). He studied mechanical engineering and also completed his doctorate in this field - both at RWTH Aachen University. After his studies, he worked for four years at the ZSW in Stuttgart, then at a technology supplier for solar thermal power plants. Here he was involved in the implementation of solar power plants and the realization of thermal storage systems in Spain and the USA. Today, in addition to solar power plants, he focuses on energy storage and holistic energy supply system considerations.
Deputy Head of the IAF Institute
Head of Research Group Energy Systems and Energy Economics
Institute for Energy Systems Technology, Offenburg University of Applied Sciences
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Niklas Hartmann has been appointed Professor of Energy Systems and Energy Economics of Engineering at Offenburg University of Applied Sciences as of 01 March 2019. He holds a diploma in industrial engineering from the Technical University of Kaiserslautern. Following his studies, Mr. Hartmann wrote his dissertation on the topic of "Role and significance of electricity storage with high shares of renewable energies in Germany" at the Faculty of Energy, Process and Bioengineering at the University of Stuttgart. For the dissertation at IER, Mr. Hartmann received a scholarship from the Reiner Lemoine Foundation and was a visiting scientist at the University of California Berkeley in 2010. From 2013, Mr. Hartmann worked as a research associate at Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg, and since 2015, Mr. Hartmann has led the "Energy Systems and Markets" team at Fraunhofer ISE.
At the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg, Prof. Hartmann leads the research group Energy Systems and Energy Economics and is also deputy director of the IAF Institute for Applied Research. Mr. Hartmann's field of research is energy system analysis and the planning, design and operation of energy systems. The focus is also on the marketing of individual technologies and entire decentralized energy systems on the markets as well as on the economic evaluation of renewable energies and flexibilities.
Scientific group leader at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Head of research group at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU)
Head of the RESET research group at ITAS
Dr.-Ing. Marcel Weil is an expert on sustainability issues related to energy technologies with a strong focus on new energy storage. He received his PhD from the Technical University of Darmstadt (IWAR Institute) in 2004. Since 2007, he has been a scientific group leader in the area of "Systems Analysis and Constructive Technology Assessment (CTA) for Emerging Technologies" at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Principal Investigator for the German Helmholtz program "Technology, Innovation and Society". Since 2011, he has been leading a second research group at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm for Electrochemical Energy Storage (HIU), which is a branch of KIT, in the topic area "Resources, Environment and Sustainability". Furthermore, he works as a Research Topic Leader (2015-2020) for "Energy Storage and Grids" within the Helmholtz initiative "Energy System 2050" in the cross-cutting topic "Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment". Marcel Weil is one of the leading scientists of the new Cluster of Excellence for "Post Lithium Storage" (POLiS) since 2019 and responsible for the topic area of sustainability and leads the research group RESET at ITAS since 2020.
Energy Systems and Energy Economics
Energy System Analysis
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE, Freiburg
Dr. Verena Fluri studied energy and environmental management at the European University of Flensburg. Since 2011, she has been working in various areas at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg. As a research associate in the group "Energy Systems and Energy Economics", her work includes techno-economic analyses of photovoltaics, other renewable energies and electricity storage technologies in Germany and worldwide. She wrote her doctoral thesis at the European University of Flensburg and Fraunhofer ISE on the topic of "Economic viability of sustainable business models for decentralized electricity storage". In the thesis, she determined the economic viability of PV home storage, tenant electricity models and neighborhood storage and determined the key influencing factors. In current research projects, she continues to work on the research topics of economic viability, battery storage, and the impact of storage business models on the German energy system.
Head of Business Unit Innovation and Environment - IHK Südlicher Oberrhein
Mr Olveira-Lenz holds a degree in mechanical engineering with a focus on energy, environmental and process engineering and has expertise in application-related process design and optimisation with regard to energy, environmental and resource efficiency aspects. He gained professional experience at EnBW Kraftwerke AG in the field of optimising thermal power plants and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) in the field of regenerative hydrogen production and biomass gasification processes. He then moved to the Southern Upper Rhine Chamber of Commerce and Industry as an expert for energy and resource efficiency and heads the Innovation and Environment Division of the Southern Upper Rhine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also the head of the environmental department of all Baden-Württemberg chambers of industry and commerce and is thus the first point of contact for the chambers of industry and commerce in the environmental field. He is also a member of the Baden-Württemberg Bioeconomy Advisory Board, the Baden-Württemberg State Advisory Board for Nature Conservation and Environmental Protection and the Advisory Board of the State Agency for Environmental Technology BW.