Energy Innovation Days 2020: The Highlights
3 November 2020
“Innovation is the key for almost everything.”
Those were some of the first words articulated by E.ON CEO, Dr Johannes Teyssen, in his keynote address which closed the Energy Innovation Days 2020 – E.ON´s virtual conference and the first-of-its-kind event for the energy industry that took place beginning of October, 2020.
During his speech Johannes Teyssen explained that society is currently at the core of mankind’s biggest challenge: to create a truly sustainable world that can only be built on the foundation of a different energy landscape. This idea sits at the centre of Energy Innovation Days: to explore, with the world’s biggest energy players, how we set these wheels in motion. Teyssen’s motivating speech concluded three consecutive and incredible days made up of inspiring sessions that were hosted by 68 speakers from diverse innovation ecosystems across the world. They have represented E.ON’s global innovation network and included executives of energy companies and other industries, politicians and decision-makers, representatives of research institutes and startups, among others.
All this was hosted alongside nearly 30 partner booths that were explored by attendees in an outstanding 3D exhibition space where we opened up some of E.ON’s most exciting and promising innovation projects, products and solutions from both itself and our partners. Our visitors appreciated the opportunity to directly connect with entrepreneurs and incumbents from various businesses to take a deeper look into a huge number of cutting-edge innovation, among them solutions from startups and other global energy partners.
The event was opened by E.ON´s board members Dr. Leonhard Birnbaum, Dr. Karsten Wildberger, and Dr. Thomas König, who introduced the audience to each of the conference topics covering Connectivity, Electrification and Digitalisation. Looking deep into what drives innovation, they explained in their opening keynotes why these topics are important to fulfil our mission of sustainability. Electrification, to enable a society with more sustainable energy resources, Connectivity, to connect regions, countries, cities, people and billions of devices with networks, and finally, Digitalisation to digitise everything we do.
During the event, speakers from varying industries presented inspirational talks, which considered topics such as the human aspects of innovations and how they could, one day, accelerate transformation. There was also a number of exciting disruptive sessions, which debated what an energy world might look like in future thanks to the ever-changing role of utility companies and customers.
While all of the sessions that took place proved hugely popular, one of most talked about topics at the event was that of hydrogen. It was the main topic for many impulse speeches and fireside chats, where speakers discussed its potential as one of the most promising concepts in our mission towards a sustainable world.
As articulated by E.ON´s CEO Dr. Johannes Teyssen in his final keynote of the week, we should not forget, not for a single second, that this endeavour and all others that we are taking towards a more sustainable world are “huge”. E.ON offers the most decisive building block of that new energy world. As mentioned by Teyssen himself, nothing - no new rebuilds, no hydrogen, nor anything - will evolve without the critical infrastructure that connects people of the world to technology.
Energy Innovation Days in this digital form were both a premier and an impressive experience. It has provided the space for the necessary dialogue between utilities, businesses, policy makers and customers. It has gathered almost 5,000 visitors from 63 countries and offered them 17 hours of live presentations, panel discussions and talks aiming to promote exchange and lively dialog with the audience.
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