Grid Edge Summit

Powering the energy revolution 

Grid Edge Summit, 16-17 June 2021
An index for grid edge need and readiness

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Grid Edge Summit 2021

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’ll talk grid edge solutions: from microgrids, to eMobility to battery storage and the seamless connection to infrastructures and industries. Participate and choose from a variety of panels and webinars – matching to your interest and need. Get answers to your burning questions in real-time by talking to our subject matter experts – live!

Event data

Summit:                Wednesday through Thursday, June 16 to 17

                               10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (CEST)

                               3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (CEST)


Exhibition:            Tuesday through Thursday, June 15 to 17


Language:             English with simulataneous translation into German


Cost:                      Free of charge

The smarter E Europe 2021

At The smarter E Europe, we will demonstrate how energy intelligence supports our clients navigate and benefit from the transformation of our energy systems. Discover significant technological advances in renewable energy, energy storage, energy efficiency and eMobility across the grid edge. We are looking forward to seeing you again! 

Conference program


Participate in the virtual conference to get insights from our experts and engage with them live. During each session, you will have the opportunity to take part in a Q&A dialogue with the speakers.

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)

Moderation: Amanda Kayne (ex-CNN Money presenter)



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, Siemens 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.


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

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


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.


Dave Hopping (CEO Smart Infrastructure Regional Solutions & Services)

Renewable power generation as a reliable and cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels. Proven microgrid controller from Siemens as the technical basis hybrid microgrid solution. Independence of 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. 


Ralf Korntner (Global Head of Siemens Microgrid)

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)

If the world is to speed up climate action, technologies enabling decarbonization such as distributed energy systems (DES) for industries and EV-charging infrastructure must be widely adopted. But many industries today still deter investing in DES and eMobility infrastructure due to financial constraints, particularly during economic downturns. This panel will explore innovative, data-driven financing solutions that help diverse types of industries jumpstart their grid edge transition in a balance-sheet-neutral manner. 

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. 


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

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

In this session you will learn what new opportunities there are at the grid edge that can decrease existing costs and / or generate revenue by the use of software. Tap into new revenue streams by setting up an eMobility charging infrastructure or making better use of your distributed energy assets - or save money by optimizing on the operation of your energy generating resources or energy consuming assets in your industrial production.


Norbert Jung (Head of PLM Digital Grid Software)

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.


Ralf Korntner (Global Head of Siemens Microgrid)

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. 


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. 

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. 

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.

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)

Dr. Martti van Blijswijk (TenneT, Policy Advisor)

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