Date: TUESDAY 27 June 2017
Location: Konrad Adenauer Saal, Congress Centre North
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Open to all attendees


Few technical advances have offered so much potential for change and benefit across the entire energy sector as digitalisation.

Through an ever closer integration of the physical and digital worlds, it promises to both optimize operations and enable the drive towards decarbonisation.

Big data has become a crucial tool for all organizations, allowing them to gain holistic insights into the performance of machinery, plant and systems. Power generation facilities now have the ability to generate vast amounts of data on equipment behaviour and process performance. This data can be continuously uploaded in real time to the cloud, where sophisticated algorithms can analyse it to optimize production.

As the Industrial Internet continues to grow, vast data sets can be collected and evaluated as more machines and devices are connected and come online.

  • But is the potential of digitalisation being exaggerated or are we only just beginning to appreciate the possibilities of connectivity and analytics?
  •  How can digital technology speed up the integration of renewable generation?
  • At what stage of digital preparedness is the industry?
  • Are we sufficiently alert to the attendant cyber security risks?
  • How will new technology transform the structure of the industry and will it deliver what customers really want?


L.J. Rich

Presenter, writer, producer, musician and self-confessed `geek' LJ (Laura-Jane) is best known for her role covering social media trends and gadgets on BBC News' Click programme, Radio 5 Live and the Today programme.

LJ is also a regular blogger on the world of technology with the own blog covering new and upcoming gadgets, trends, the internet, music, commerce and all things in between.

LJ speaks about the latest consumer and technology trends, how social media works and affects the world, and the nature of viral content and what makes it successful.

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Uli Huener

Head of Innovation Management

Uli Huener previously served as the CEO of Yello Strom GmbH from September 2009 on and from March 2012 also as Managing Director of EnBW Vertriebs GmbH. Uli Huener studied mathematics and business administration at the Universities of Bielefeld and Hamburg and obtained a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology.

Prior to getting into the Energy Business Uli has held various senior management positions with companies in the IT and telecommunications sector in Germany as well as in the US, overall holding over 25 years of international experience - from start-ups to large corporations.

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Prof. William D’haeseleer

Professor & Director
KU Leuven Energy Institute

William D’haeseleer is Full Professor in the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. He teaches courses in the domain of Energy Technology & Management (Thermodynamics, Nuclear Energy, Thermal Systems, Renewable Energy). His research is mainly situated in the areas of Energy Conservation & Energy Management, Energy & Environment, Energy Systems, and Energy Policy.

He is Director of the KU Leuven Energy Institute. W. D’haeseleer graduated as Electro-Mechanical Engineer
(option Energy; 5y program – “Diplom-Ingenieur”) and MS in Nuclear Science & Engineering from the KU Leuven in 1980 and 1982, respectively. In December 1983, he obtained another MS degree in Electrical
Engineering (Plasma Physics) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M), USA. He received his Doctoral Degree (PhD) from the UW-M in May 1988. From 1988 till 1993, he resided in Germany, at the Max- Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik in Garching-bei-München, after which he was active in the Belgian engineering consulting company Tractebel Engineering. As of 1996, he holds a full professorship at the KU Leuven. He has been a Fulbright Fellow, is an elected member of the Royal Academy of the Sciences and the Arts of Belgium, and is Chairman of the Belgian Chapter of the World Energy Council.

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Michael Rechsteiner

Vice President Power Services

Michael is Vice President of the Europe Region for Power Services, and  is responsible for driving Europe’s regional growth and execution. The Power Services team provides reliable power to people around the Europe Region by developing and delivering a regional services strategy that offers customers the technology, knowledge and insight they need to manage the entire lifecycle of their power plants.

Michael joined GE in November 2015 as the vice president of Product Lines for the Power Services upon GE’s acquisition of the Alstom Power and Grid businesses. He was responsible for defining and delivering products and services for the current and future needs of our customers.

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Matti Supponen

Policy Co-Ordinator
European Commission
DG Energy

Dr. Matti Supponen works in the European Commission in DG Energy on electricity market issues. His current topics are the future market design and implementation of the existing legislation, in particular the electricity network codes.

He has the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology from Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

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Zuo Zhi Zhao

CTO Power & Gas

Dr. Zhao joined Siemens in March 2009. Over the years he has held the following posts:
Component Design Group Lead in Gas Turbine Components; Program Manager Gas Turbine Technology, Development of Advance Design Methods; Head of the Gas Turbine R&D team in China; General Manager of the Gas Turbine Unit in China, involving development of the Gas Turbine Collaboration Model, support for the new Sales setup, Large Gas Turbine and Generator Licensing and Subcontracting Business, Large Gas Turbine Project Management, and Technology and Innovation activities in connection with the Power and Gas Division in China.

Dr. Zhao obtained a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing.