Urban Energy Systems - Challenges and Solutions for Zero Carbon Cities

6/2/2016, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM | German House New York

Urban Energy Systems - Challenges and Solutions for Zero Carbon Cities

Many municipalities have decided on ambitious goals to become climate neutral within the next few decades. Although Germany and most other European countries have significantly and measurably increased their renewable energy fraction in the electricity -- less so in the heating sector, urban energy demand has not decreased significantly. The main topics of this symposium are based on these most pressing issues in the urban energy sector. They include research on energy efficiency strategies and urban refurbishment scenarios, city-wide energy demand and consumption mapping and monitoring, planning tool development based on 3D city models, optimization of building performance by advanced automation concepts, and the integration of renewable energy sources in urban energy networks.

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Relevance for the American Market:

In Germany, the energy transition or “Energiewende” is in full swing, with many successful implementation projects focused on high-performance buildings and renewable energy integration. The use of new IT possibilities resulting from the availability of country-wide 3-D models of the building stock enable the quantification of energy benefits and costs of refurbishing buildings, implementing district heating and cooling networks, and integrating renewables. Several German and European large research collaborations have been organized by Prof. Eicker and Prof. Coors in recent years, focusing on the urban energy transition, amongst them the European CiNERGY smart cities with sustainable energy system partnership, which organizes the event. Major European research institutions and industrial companies like Siemens and EDF train Ph.D. students across Europe on new tools for urban decision support and energy modeling. Together with the German Research Center on Energy and Resource Efficiency EnSource ascutting-edge research on energy management combined with experience with large urban implementation projects will provide relevant information for American market actors who aim to invest in smart urban energy systems and to optimize performance.

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  • Featured Speakers

    • Prof. Dr. habil. Ursula Eicker

      Professor, Centre for Sustainable Energy Technology, HFT Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences

    • Michael Bobker

      Director, Building Performance Lab CUNY; Senior Fellow, CUNY Institute for Urban Systems

    • Dr. Charles J. Vörösmarty

      Professor, Department of Civil Engineering; Director, CUNY Environmental CrossRoads Initiative, City University of New York

    • Prof. Dr. Volker Coors

      Professor, Competence Centre Geodesy and Geoinformatics, HFT Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences

    • Dr. Kurt Becker (Moderator)

      Vice Dean for Research, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, NYU Tandon School of Engineering