Balancing energy supply and demand: what are the available short-term solutions and what would be their impact on the electricity grid?
Ten leading speakers
Showcasing talks by international speakers
200 specialists in the field (distributors, producers, engineers, and many more)
Electricity grids are set to become even more important in the near future due to the rapid growth of renewable energies and the fact that renewable energy output is variable, but the grids alone will not be able to solve all the problems. Storage is a particular concern, especially seasonal storage. A fusion of networks (geothermal, hydroelectric, etc.) will be needed to ensure a more resilient energy supply for society.
So how are some countries preparing for these new conditions, following the example of how China has coped with its rapid growth? How do cities react at the city level? What role does digitalisation play in the equation? And finally, is the dream of a world completely free of fossil fuels still possible?
This 12th Smart Energy Event will attempt to answer these questions, with speakers from Switzerland and abroad sharing their knowledge and experience. For the first time, the event will be held over a day and a half, with an exclusive evening opportunity to meet the adventurer Raphaël Domjan, as well as the chance to discover the architectural and gastronomic treasures of the city of Sion.
Please join us!
Why attend the Smart Energy event ?
An unique opportunity to learn about innovative projects, both international and local, and hear from top speakers.
Presentation recordings available for at least 60 days, enabling you to watch the talks again and again.
High-tech live delivery with synchronised slide presentation.
Limited number of tickets for physical attendees.
Welcome of the participants
Aula du Campus Energypolis (Rue de l'Industrie 23)
SolarStratos' lessons for today's and tomorrow's energy world
“What SolarStratos can teach the energy sector of today and tomorrow” Raphaël Domjan has completed the first ever solar-powered circumnavigation of the globe. He is a passionate explorer and lecturer, entrepreneur, navigator, pilot and parachutist. He is also the initiator and pilot of the SolarStratos project, which aims to reach the stratosphere in a solar aircraft. His commitment to climate protection sees him giving dozens of lectures a year all around the world.
Transfer to the city of Sion
Guided tour of Sion, the capital of the canton of Valais, it's most iconic sights.
Round table on the role of electricity grids in the energy transition
François Fellay, Director| OIKEN
Stéphane Maret, Director| FMV
Pierre Roduit, Head of the Energy and Environment Institute| HES-SO Valais-Wallis
Raphaël Domjan, Explorator
Fabrice Delaye, Journalist| Heidi.news
Local cuisine in a unique location
the Salle des Foudres (The Barrel Room) of Maison Gilliard
Paul-André Vogel, presenter | Foundation The Ark
China and global energy issues
Nicolas Musy, Director | China Integrated
Gas infrastructure: its strengths in network convergence and the federal government's 2050 energy strategy
Gilles Verdan, Network Director | Gaznat
Exceptional events and electric power supply: what can we learn from past blackouts
Philippe Jacquod, Professor| HES-SO Valais-Wallis and University of Geneva
A pioneering region and its vision for the future of network convergence
Laurent Balsiger, Director | SEFA (Société Electrique des Forces de l'Aubonne)
Moving towards Net Zero Cities
Stéphanie Shi | World Economic Forum
Net Zero 2040 - Heat supply of the city of Zurich
Jörg Soler, Head of Technology and Production/Deputy Director Waste Management and Recycling | City of Zurich
1.45 pm – 4 pm
Various group activity options
Visit to the OIKEN district heating system
Energy start-up pitch :
Visit to the HES-SO Valais-Wallis laboratories focused on energy and presentation of projects
Very well organized, availability, flexibility and support at the top!
I've been coming to the Smart Energy event since 2013. The quality is always very high, both in the conference sessions and in the facilities and general organisation. Particularly goog for such a resonable price!
A very worthwhile day, in terms of both quality of the speakers and the networking opportunities,
Excellent and informative day! A welcome opportunity to make or renew contacts.
Bravo to the organisers for their choice of speakers, particularly those who have a somewhat broader vision and enable us to think differently.
You've succeded in finding new input for every edition, even though Smart ENergy is the theme for many conferences, which sometimes repeat one another. Well done!
Congratulations for this day, which allowed many fruitful exchanges and the opportunity to hear top specialists in their respective fields.
Location :For the first time, the event will be held at the Energypolis Campus in Sion (Rue de l’Industrie 23). It is an opportunity to discover this unique site that is at the heart of innovation and research in Valais.
Getting there : There is very limited parking in the vicinity of the Energypolis Campus. We strongly advise that you use public transport (there is a train station just 5 minutes walk from the conference venue). For those arriving by car, the nearest car park is at the Centre Coop Sous-Gare (Rue de l’Industrie 16).
- Full package for both days with overnight stay
- This price includes: admission to the Smart Energy Event, admission to the lecture by Raphaël Domjan, guided tour of the city of Sion with wine tasting, access to the round table on Thursday evening, thursday evening meal with drinks, hotel transfers on Thursday evening and Friday morning, overnight stay in a single room at the Moxy Hotel in Sion, including breakfast, lunch on Friday, coffee breaks and aperitif on Friday evening, access to the digital replay of the conference for 6 months.
Limited to 50 places!
- Complete package without overnight stay
- Same services as above, but without the overnight stay and transfers
Limited to 30 places!
- Friday only package
- This price includes: admission to the Smart Energy Event on Friday, including meals, coffee breaks, conference and tours and access to the digital replay of the conference for 6 months.
- Online package
- This price only includes the access to the live stream of the Friday morning conference.
The 2019 edition in pictures