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Smart Grid: The Future of Interactive Energy Consumption?

German Center for Research and Innovation

NEW YORK (November 13, 2012) - The energy industry's demand-response system is in dire need of an overhaul: In light of the recent power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy, the growing necessity for an intelligent energy grid with increased reliability and resilience during extreme weather situations, automatic fault location, and self-healing functionality, emerges. Also, every summer, with temperatures soaring and air conditioning at maximum capacity, insufficient monitoring abilities leave major New York City energy suppliers scrambling to meet consumers' high energy demands while trying to prevent power brownouts and blackouts.

In this part of the GCRI-GACC Smart Grid discussion series, Bernt C. Klein, Senior Vice President Americas at Detecon Inc. of the Deutsche Telekom Group, will discuss telecommunications engagement in the Smart Grid field, in particular solutions for communication challenges between consumers and utitlities. Brian Jones, Senior Principal, Energy & Utilities at SAP, who also leads the SAP Smart Grid Innovation Council, will explain how the Smart Grid energy transformation will take place and how this unprecedented level of data processing will play a critical role in providing and regulating future energy consumption. Mei Shibata, Chief Strategy Officer at ThinkEco, will present a demand-response program approach. She has been leading the operational effort around coolNYC, a ConEdison-ThinkEco demand-response solution which helps regulate electricity consumption at peak times, for the past two years.

Prof. Kurt Becker, Associate Provost for Research and Technology Initiatives and Professor of Physics at Polytechnic Institute of NYU, will moderate this discussion.


The event will take place at the German Center for Research and Innovation New York on Thursday, November 15, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., at the German House New York (871 United Nations Plaza, First Avenue, btw. 48th & 49th Streets.) To RSVP, click here:

The event is co-sponsored by the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC). This is the third discussion of the GCRI-GACC Smart Grid series, which started in 2010.

Unable to attend? Follow @gcri_ny on Twitter and the hashtag #SmartGrid for live tweets.

A video recording will be available on shortly after the event.

The German Center for Research and Innovation provides information and support for the realization of cooperative and collaborative projects between North America and Germany. With the goal of enhancing communication on the critical challenges of the 21st century, GCRI hosts a wide range of events from lectures and exhibitions to workshops and science dinners. Opened in February 2010, GCRI was created as a cornerstone of the German government's initiative to internationalize science and research and is one of five centers worldwide.

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