Germany California Energy Storage Symposium 2018

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02/13/2018 | 09:00 AM
- 05:30 PM
Presidio Observation Post | 211 Lincoln Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94129

The GACC West cordially invites you to the 2nd

Germany California Energy Storage Symposium

This exclusive knowledge exchange between U.S. and German experts in the energy storage field is a unique opportunity to hear from high-level speakers and meet with companies from both countries. The full-day symposium focuses on different approaches on both sides of the Atlantic and includes presentations from German and American energy storage experts. Attendees of the conference will learn about the latest developments in the energy storage sector and can meet with German companies to discuss potential synergies.

Attendance is complimentary since the program is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy on the basis of a decision by the German Bundestag. RSVP is required.

The symposium is part of a delegation trip for selected German companies and energy storage experts who will visit California from February 12-14, 2018. The program aims to strengthen innovation transfer and collaboration between German and American energy storage stakeholders. The German delegation will meet with local industry leaders, research institutions, and government representatives to exchange ideas, discuss new developments and lay the groundwork for future cooperation.

 Tuesday, February 13, 2018

9:00 am - 5:30 pm      

The event is free of charge, but RSVP is required!



  • Policy Makers
  • Project Developer
  • EPCs
  • Investors
  • Manufacturers/Suppliers
  • Technology Providers
  • Utilities
  • Municipalities
  • Industry Associations
  • Universities/Researchers


  • Max Gruenig - energiewaechter GmbH / Ecologic Institute US (Senior Fellow on behalf of the German Energy Solutions Initiative supported by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy) 
  • Dr. Matthias Vetter - Fraunhofer ISE (Head of Department Electrical Energy Storage) 
  • Jaclyn Harr - Bay Area Rapid Transit (Senior Energy Analyst)
  • Angelika Geiger - Germany Trade & Invest (Director)
  • Janice Lin - Global Energy Storage Alliance (Co Founder and Managing Partner, Strategen, Executive Director, CESA)
  • Miriam Makhyoun - MCE Clean Energy (Power Supply Contracts Manager)
  • Craig Lewis - Clean Coalition (Executive Director)
  • Hal Dittmer - Wellhead (President)
  • Brett Simon - GTM Research (Energy Storage Analyst)
  • Nathan Wyeth - Sunrun (Director Grid Service)
  • Courtney Prideaux Smith - California Energy Commission (Chief Deputy Director)
  • Andreas Klugescheid - BMW Group (Head of Steering Government, External Affairs and Sustainability Communications)
  • Helge Biernath - SUNSTALL (President)
  • Jeffrey Blaevoet - Guttmann & Blaevoet (Director of Innovation)
  • Ted Tiffany - Guttmann & Blaevoet (Director of Sustainability)
  • Simon C. Behrens - Bundesnetzagentur (Energy Economist)


Aactio GmbH | Aactio and Scada Minds have teamed up to combine an agile and energetic team whose passion is to create solutions through intelligent and creative use of data.

Electrochaea GmbH | Electrochaea is developing a disruptive grid-scale energy and carbon storage technology. Their power-to-gas (P2G) process converts CO2 and low-cost or stranded electricity into pipeline-grade synthetic natural gas (SNG) for direct injection into the existing natural gas grid. Their solution combines low operating cost and capital cost with great scalability and operational flexibility.

Heindl Energy GmbH - Gravity Storage | Gravity Storage by Heindl Energy is an innovative, cost effective way to store large quantities of power. Gravity Storage hydraulically lifts a large rock mass to store 8 GWh or more of on-demand power. The system sets itself apart from conventional pumped storage plants by using considerably less water and by resolving the need for elevation. Gravity Storage calculates with a capex of less than 200 USD/kWh depending on the size of the rock.

Max Bögl Group | Max Bögl is now setting new standards in the energy storage industry. The water battery is an innovative storage medium for renewable energies, which can absorb surplus electricity from the grid and discharge it on demand. As a high-performance short-term storage solution, the water battery is ideal for balancing fluctuations in power networks. When required, the pumped storage power plant provides electricity within 30 seconds and feeds the stored energy back into the grid. The water battery enables us to participate in all electricity markets in a flexible and quick way.

Netzanschlussplanung - Grid Connection Planning | Netzanschlussplanung offers all services related to the grid connection, combining the viewpoint of a developer and a utility. This allows them to streamline the process and deliver state-of-the-art and manufacturer-independent engineering solutions. “We set standards for the planning and implementation of energy storage projects in a cost-effective manner.

Stornetic GmbH | Stornetic develops and produces the EnWheel®, a flywheel energy storage system with a carbon fibre high speed rotor technology. The EnWheel® is a durable, load cycle resistant and temperature insensitive short term storage system for stationary applications. Stornetic also supplies DuraStore®, a plug-in storage system scalable from kW to MW. Beside ancillary services, Durastore® can also be used for microgrid and wind-firming applications. In combination with power plants this technology increases the power plant flexibility and agility enabling the supply of more valuable frequency regulation services.


For more information on the companies, please click here.

If you are interested in a meeting with one of the companies, please contact Johannes Lorenz.