Grid Edge Summit

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Grid Edge Summit 2021

Grid Edge Summit 2021

Thank you for joining the Grid Edge Summit 2021! The live event is over but the virtual event experience continues. All session recordings are still available on the event platform. The exhibition area with supporting material and free of charge downloads will remain open.

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The Grid Edge Summit is a two-day virtual conference supporting you to stay on top of emerging trends and opportunities. Be inspired by our expert speakers and practical examples from around the world!


We have talked about grid edge solutions: from microgrids, to eMobility to battery storage and the seamless connection to infrastructures and industries. You can choose from a variety of panel and webinar recordings – matching to your interest and need.  

Speakers:  Industry experts from BlackRock, Volkswagen, TenneT, Fingrid, Siemens Financial Services, SWW Wunsiedel, Coca-Cola European Partners, Kaptyn, Siemens and others


Language: English and German


Exhibition: 6 booths and 21 stands with supporting material and insights into customer success stories


Cost: Free of charge

Conference program


Watch the recordings and get insights from experts from all over the world! You can still register for the event platform and access all the sessions and the virtual exhibition area.

More than a year after the pandemic, technologies at the grid edge continue to evolve, supported by the growing attention to sustainability. Governments and private institutions are increasingly realizing sustainable business is also good business. In this panel discussion, we dive into the trends that will shape the energy transition, focusing on technologies at the edge of the grid. We delve into the role digitalization will play, new business models, financing trends and consumer participation, as well as the legislations and frameworks that support them.


Matthias Rebellius (Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Smart Infrastructure)

Peter Raftery (Managing Director, Renewable Power Group, Blackrock)

Jussi Jyrinsalo (Senior Vice President, Grid Services and Planning, Fingrid)

Moderation: Amanda Kayne (Vice President, Wealth Management, Pictet)



Industrial companies are actively engaged in sustainability objectives to reduce their CO2 footprint. With the process side optimized for many years, it is now time to take on a new role in the electricity landscape as contributor.   The Siemens grid edge technologies enable industrial companies to leverage the potential on the demand and supply side equally. 


Sabine Erlinghagen (CEO Siemens Smart Infrastructure Digital Grid)

Driven by strong sustainability goals, the data center industry is exploring cleaner technologies to make operations green. So far long-term Power Purchasing Agreements (PPA) with renewable suppliers allowed hyperscale cloud providers to run their infrastructure almost decarbonized. Li-Ion battery energy storage systems (BESS) offer a viable solution to replace diesel gensets and achieve fully decarbonized operations, alongside with further grid-related benefits. In this session, we will illustrate the impact of BES on data center design for different market segments. 


Giuseppe Leto (Global Portfolio Manager Data Center at Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Supporting the EU's 2030 and 2050 climate and energy targets, decarbonisation strategies are becoming an important central management objective for all major organizations – industry & commerce, public sector, universities & education and healthcare alike. In this interactive session we will together with our customers explore different aspects of comprehensive decarbonization strategies for industries. We will address the different levers and the quality aspects of decarbonization as well as data driven optimization through the power of digitalization. We will also elaborate on the three main levers for decarbonization: Reduce – through energy efficiency, Produce – by on-site and near-site renewable energy generation, and Procure – decarbonizing the energy supply chain via green electricity, and provide examples of how to build an integrated program out of these levers. 

We will furthermore touch upon the implications of a building or an industrial site turning from a consumer of energy to a “prosumer”, playing an active role in the energy market.


Tom Berben (Associate Director Environment, Coca-Cola European Partners)

Martin Kruska (Head Strategy & Business Development, Siemens Energy & Performance Services Europe)

Kim Enevoldsen (Head of Sales, Siemens Energy & Performance Services Europe)

Moderation: Patrick Dewayne (Financial Journalist & Host)

Solutions at the grid edge enable campuses and their buildings to manage their energy consumption sustainably. This includes decentralized energy generation, decentralized storage solutions, smart meters, smart connections and chargers for electromobility – all of which influence the energy system and thus need to interoperate with the grid technology.


For campuses, resilience offers a proactive and holistic response to risk management and a way to remain competitive. It is also a powerful companion to sustainable development thinking.


Roman Tobler (Head of Digital Information and ICT Governance at Aspern Smart City Research)

Stefan Gebski (Director Baringa Management)

Dave Hopping (CEO Solutions and Services, Smart Infrastructure, Siemens)

Moderation: Kevin O’Donovan (Technology Evangelist)

Renewable energy generation as a reliable and cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels: Proven microgrid controller from Siemens as the technical basis for a hybrid microgrid solution to enable independence from grid development.


Robert Klaffus (CEO Siemens Smart Infrastructure Digital Grid)

Stephan Hansen (Chief Operating Officer juwi AG)

Islands and remote sites want to make their power supply cleaner and less reliant on fossil-fueled generators. To accomplish this, it is necessary to expand the local renewable power generation capacity. Grid edge technology like microgrid controllers from Siemens playing a key role. Resiliency is indispensable. Blackouts can be avoided by the combination of conventional backup generators, renewable resources, and storage systems. The optimization of the energy mix using less fossil fuel and increased renewable resources ensures CO2 reduction. 


Tobias Tepe (Global Head of Sales for Microgrid Controlls, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Hélio Jesus (Head of Microgrid Center of Competence Portugal)

This session will explore the current status of technology and why power electronics is the key enabler at the grid edge. Basically, the grid edge is becoming hybrid: Next to the traditional switching and protection devices more and more power electronic functions enter. Where is power electronics used in which form at the grid edge? What functional evolution do we see in the use of power electronics at the grid edge? Our experts will take also a closer look at the current, state-of-the-art product portfolio and selected projects.


Kurt Desimpelaere (CSO, KACO new energy)

Cristen Schimpf (Head of PLM & Marketing, KACO new energy)

In Wunsiedel, the future is already present. With an independent energy system based entirely on renewable energies, which creates jobs and well-being – which is profitable and makes an entire region proud. Soon even with green hydrogen. 


Marco Krasser (Managing Director SWW Wunsiedel GmbH)

Andreas Schmuderer (Leiter Projektentwicklung CoC Dezentrale Energiesysteme Deutschland)

To speed up climate action, technologies enabling decarbonization such as distributed energy systems (DES) and smart building technologies must be widely adopted. However, many industries and buildings still postpone investing in smart infrastructure due to financial constraints, particularly during economic downturns. This panel will explore innovative, data-driven financing solutions that help diverse types of industries and buildings reap both environmental and economic benefits by jumpstarting their energy transition in a cost-neutral manner. Drawing from project examples, experts from Siemens Financial Services and Siemens Smart Infrastructure will exchange insights also relevant for global markets. ​


Steffen Grosse (CEO, Equity Finance, Siemens Financial Services)

Matthias Grossmann (CEO, Commercial Finance, Siemens Financial Services)

Christian Spengler (Energy and Performance Services, Vice President – Finance, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Moderation: Patrick Dewayne (Financial Journalist & Host)

Buildings have long been considered a culprit of high carbon emissions and often present a significant opportunity in our efforts to achieve our decarbonization goals. But while energy efficiency policies and new technologies have had an impact, we still have a long way to go on this journey. This panel will explore a hybrid approach to decarbonization which looks beyond the four walls of the building. From on-site energy generation to eCharging infrastructure, the panelists will discuss the opportunities to turn buildings into prosumers and strategies to achieve greater sustainability within the sector. 


Luke Menzel (CEO, Energy Efficiency Council, Australia)

Yann Grynberg (Program Director, Smart & Sustainable Building Technologies ERI@N, Nanyang Technological University)

Siddhant Gupta (Head of Future Grid, Asia Pacific, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Moderation: Bala Jayaraman (Head of Energy & Performance Services, Middle-East/Asia Pacific, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Sustainability and a clear business case are no longer a contradiction with Siemens Software. Using three examples, you will learn in this presentation, how to do so: Gestamp, a major Spanish automotive supplier, saves 8m EUR on energy costs; EGO, an energy service company, bundles distributed power generation facilities in Milan into a 140MW virtual power plant; PBW, the operator of parking garages in southern Germany, is building an EV charging service.


Speaker: Norbert Jung (Head of PLM Digital Grid Software)

Live Q&A: Philipp Dolch (Product Manager Grid Edge)

Secure power supply for industry and infrastructure becomes more and more important. A holistic solution combining the demand side with supply allows an optimal operation. Additional customer value through revenue generation from excess flexibility market can be achieved. Get more insights out of the real-life project at Princeton: battery storage and PV combined with Microgrid Control.


Tobias Tepe (Global Head of Sales for Microgrid Controlls, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Chris Davidson (Director, Hybrid Power Solutions at Siemens Industry, Inc.)

eMobility and the notion of sustainability go hand in hand. In order to become more sustainable, companies need to grab the opportunities provided by eMobility as they are looking into electrifying their fleet and build up as well as operate a charging infrastructure. Regardless of size and industry, it’s a challenge but there are already best practices at hand how to become not only more sustainable but also at the same time driving innovation and meeting the needs of various stakeholders. Becoming eMobile is an exciting journey – let’s embark on it together. 


Birgit Dargel (Global Head of Future Grids, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Serge Kamuhinda (CEO of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda)

Dr. Max Ong (Manager - Innovation & Technology, Murray Engineering)

Tom Byrne (Co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Kaptyn)

Moderation: Dr. Thomas Hillig (THEnergy)

As enterprises would like to turn more and more towards eMobility, they face various challenges: how to charge their corporate fleet their premises and how to enable their drivers to charge when on the road. We have an answer to these challenges. 


Juergen Pernegger (Head of Charging-as-a-Service, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)
Michael Gotthelf​ (Head of Enterprise Charging Network, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Arlette Daberkow (Global Service Manager, Siemens Real Estate)

eMobility undoubtedly poses a new challenge to the grid in the form of also consuming energy from the grid. In our session, we outline how it’s possible to best prepare for the increasing load demand in buildings and how the energy consumption can be optimised – with the help of digital tools. 


Celia Dayagi (Product Lifecycle Management for AC Products, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Usually dealing with last-mile delivery, the light vehicles of a commercial fleet need both en-route and opportunity charging and overnight charging at the depot. Stay flexible, day in, day out and learn more how we can support you in planning and optimising the operation of electric commercial fleets.


Tim Hughes (Global PLM, Depot Software, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Andreas Laumen (Project Lead, Electrobus, VAG)

The feedstock transition of the industry requires new infra investments. Despite deep uncertainties how the future will evolve, the Gridmaster project will facilitate in the process of robust and adaptive investment planning. Gridmaster is a data and computer-based methodology and is currently deployed for the integrated infrastructure (electricity, methan, hydrogen) for the harbour industrial cluster of Rotterdam towards 2050.


Jan van Dinther (Energy Transition Developer, Siemens Smart Infrastructure)

Dr. Martti van Blijswijk (TenneT, Policy Advisor)

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