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Policy and Innovation for Energy and Climate Change: ICEF side-event at the Vienna Energy Forum 2017

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • June 5, 2017
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The side event on May 9, 2017 ICEF was organized in cooperation with NEDO and UNIDO under the title “Policy & Innovation for Energy and Climate Change”. The aim was to enter into an international discussion of practices, concepts, and policies for promoting innovations that should help reaching net zero CO2 emissions in the 2nd half of this century. The event was also intended to a...

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Power Conversion Technologies for Large Scale Renewables Integration: Reviews and Prospects of ICEF 2016 Concurrent Sessions

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • November 18, 2016
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

Large shares of renewable electricity pose major challenges to the power grid: One is that renewables are to be produced where wind potentials exist and space for harvesting solar radiation and biomass is available. Unfortunately these renewable resources exist often in remote areas far from power load centers. As a consequence, a growing share of renewable electricity depends on long distance ele...

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[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
After ICEF 2015 (Tokyo) and before COP21 (Paris)

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • October 15, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

  Prof. Dr. Georg Erdmann georg.erdmann@tu-berlin.de 14 October 2015  The second ICEF annual meeting is over. It was joined by more than 1,000 invited senior researchers, business leaders and policy makers from about 70 nations. Due to the excellence of speakers, the quality of discussions and the generous organization of the conference hosts, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade a...

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[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from ICEF2015?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • August 7, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The series of annual ICEF conferences was established in 2014 in order to stimulate the awareness concerning the role of innovations towards solving the global warming issue. We all know that present technologies and practices to produce and consume is not sustainable, particularly in the field of energy. Thus new approaches are needed. The task is particularly challenging as the greenhouse gas ch...

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[Series: Road to Paris & Beyond]
What can be expected from COP21 from the viewpoint of clean technologies?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • June 30, 2015
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

The new bottom-up approach invites individual countries to propose national emission reduction targets on a voluntary basis. These statements had been due to end of May 2015. As far as it is known today, most national emission reduction targets are not rather ambitious. It therefore seems that the IPCC target of limiting the global temperature increase by 2 degrees Celsius will probably not reache...

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Which technology or innovation is most critical to achieving a sustainable and affordable low-carbon energy system in Europe?

  • Posted by Georg Erdmann
  • August 25, 2014
  • Professor, Berlin University of Technology

One lesson from the German Energiewende is that low-carbon energy solutions cannot come from a short list of innovations and technologies. Crucial is the system integration of low-carbon technologies.   For example, photovoltaic has become a promising technology as its investment costs have sharply declined. Therefore the number of competitive markets and market niches are largely growing a...

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