Fraunhofer CSE To Host Massachusetts Grid Modernization Talks

This Wednesday, we will kick off the first session of Fraunhofer CSE’s “Grid Modernization in Massachusetts” speaker series. With these talks, Fraunhofer CSE will bring together industry experts, researchers, policy makers, and thought leaders to advance the ongoing discussion around energy innovation. Our first #GridModMA event, scheduled for April 25 at 3:30 pm ET, will focus on “International Insights to Meet 2050 Carbon Goals.”

The speaker series reflects the ongoing work of governments around the world, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal Republic of Germany, to fulfill a commitment to cutting carbon emissions in the electric power sector at least 80 percent by 2050. This transformative shift from power generated largely by fossil fuels to an electric grid powered by renewable and sustainable energy resources requires a coordinated effort of private- and public-sector stakeholders. To date, there is no general consensus on the best process for reshaping the way society generates, distributes, consumes, and stores electricity.

The event, which will take place at our location in Boston’s Innovation District at 5 Channel Center, will feature keynote speakers Katie Theoharides, Assistant Secretary of Climate Change for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Prof. Hans-Martin Henning, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (Fraunhofer ISE) in Freiburg, Germany. We are looking forward to thought-provoking talks and an insightful panel discussion moderated by Bruce Mohl, Editor of CommonWealth Magazine, on the pathways that are being considered in Massachusetts and Germany to attain the ambitious 2050 goal. The keynote remarks and the following panel discussion will focus on:

  • What are the pathways to 80 percent carbon reduction?
  • What are the phases of the transition?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges of interaction between the electricity, heat and mobility sectors?
  • What do our efforts for reduction of carbon emissions mean for our economy?

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, but there are only a few days left to register.  Click here for more information about the speaker lineup and to sign up for this free event.

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