ISEC 2020 14 - 16 October, 2020 Graz, Austria



On the 4 October 2020 you can attend one of the workshops. For registration to a workshop please use the following link The workshops are included in the registration fee.

Workshop 1: District heating - energy hub of the future or energy sectors´unwanted stepchild?
District heating is seen by many as flexible and versatile element of our future energy supply. On the other hand, district heating also represents for many a relict of the past, expensive in the investment and restrictive in its application. Other opinions exist that district heating (and cooling) does not get the credit it should get while others consider these systems as new economically attractive way to use abundant waste heat and to monetize excess electricity.

In our workshop, we want to discuss critically what role district heating actually will play in future and where its limitations are. We will reflect on, which low-hanging fruits for district heating exist and discuss why these fruits are not harvested. Furthermore, we will discuss which pitfalls and bottlenecks exist in practice and what is still missing in terms of technologies, user integration, economic incentives or further drivers. In this workshop, we will actively include the audience in the discussion to not only have different opinions heard, but also to possibly foster the development of new ideas and new cooperations.

Workshop 2: Decarbonizing the industry – a wishful thought?
The aim of the workshop is to bring experts from different fields like process technology, renewable energy and financing together in order to develop common pathways for the decarbonization.
The workshop will address following key questions:
•    Which process technologies will have the highest potential to radically change industrial unit operations?
•    Which renewable energy technologies can be applied in different industry sectors?
•    What does industry expect from technology suppliers when investing in an emerging technology –
      what is needed on business models and financing schemes?
•    What is needed to fulfil the shift from an early stage technology to state of the art technology
•    Which risks are accepted by industry when implementing emerging technologies

Workshop 3: Next generation nZEBs - Demonstration buildings and life cycle perspectives
About: While realized nZEBs have clearly shown that the nearly-zero energy target could be achieved using existing technologies and practices, most experts agree that a broad scale shift towards nearly-zero energy buildings require significant adjustments to prevailing building market structures. The workshop focuses on proven and new approaches to cost reduction of nearly zero energy buildings at all stages of the life cycle.

Workshop 4: Partnership opportunities in the scope of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC)
The workshop provides a "maker-space" to initiate and discuss potential partnerships between academia, industry and senior experts of the regional sustainable energy centers. The GN-SEC representatives will provide an overview on the status and growth perspectives of sustainable energy and climate technology markets in Sub Sahara Africa, the Arab region, as well as small islands in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific. A number of flag-ship programs will be presented. A follow-up for the most promising identified partnerships will be organised after the workshop.
Further information is available here.

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