Economics of Smart Grids With Renewables


Chair: Oliver Weinmann

Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH, Germany

Oliver Weinmann is Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH. As a subsidiary of Vattenfall Europe AG, the enterprise focuses on strategic business development and steering of activities in the field of product and technology development for the Vattenfall Europe Group. Dr. Weinmann studied Process Engineering at the RWTH Aachen University, followed by a Ph.D. on Solar Thermal Power Plants at DLR in Cologne. In 1992 he started his career at HEW in Hamburg.

Dr. Weinmann moved to Vattenfall in 2003 as Head of Innovation Management. In parallel, between 2004 and 2007, he was Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Renewables GmbH and built up of the renewable energy business in the Vattenfall Europe Group. In 2010 he was appointed as Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH. The core projects deal with topics such as E-Mobility, Hydrogen Issues, Storage Potential, Smart Systems.


Panel Abstract

Beyond technology, the economics and business ideas must also be innovative to bring success for smart grids. This panel focusses on economics and business modeling. In order to identify the challenges and solutions, the topics covered include the economics of renewable energy integration, smart regulatory schemes, the analysis of new concepts, and the concrete application to the usage of battery energy storage.




Ottmar Edenhofer (Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research, Germany)


Anke Weidlich (HS Offenburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany)


Eric Ahlers (BDEW, Germany)


Jan Markendahl (KTH Stockholm, Sweden)


Eric Sortomme (Alstom, USA)