YEP field trip 2017: Day 5

Welcome to another exciting post about the Electric 2017 conference!

The second day at conference was a day filled with very interesting lectures and workshops. The day began with a lecture from Stefan Alwers which can be seen in the following link: Lecture

After the lecture, we had the pleasure of presenting the work we had during the workshop the last day. The subject which we discussed was:

  1. The Importance of Cyber Protection
  2. Interaction between renewable, cogeneration and classic energy production
  3. Startups: can they target niches & innovations and contribute to the changing energy market?
  4. Management of power production dispatch is a key building block in the smart grid concept
  5. Energy Efiiciency in the intelligent energy market
  6. Energy Storage
  7. Smart Homes

While the advantages and risks were many, the people participating did a huge contribution on their respective subjects.

Next up was the speaker Dimitry Perel, from the company Siemens. He took up the discussion about renewables in todays society, and how the world and Israel will adapt to this change of energy which is not “on demand”. This is a huge thing that need to be dealt with, although there is not a lot of noise about it.  To fix this, the society of the future must be one of cooperation, but also have a sustainable and viable solution when it comes to energy storage. For Israel, the main solution right now is power through natural gas, although while this works for now, how the country will deal with the energy in the future remains to be seen.

Mr. Perel presenting a map which plots the electricity productions plants of Israel, mostly gas ones.

Then Ronen Aharon, the CEO ABB Israel took the stage to talk about how renewable energy is changing our future and how we will adapt as electricty based technology takes a bigger part in our society. Consider for instance electrical cars. In todays society we have cars that can drive up to a range of 300km-500km. At the same time, todays fast dc chargers take 10-15 min to actually load a car. This provides a viable competition to the cars of today which mostly run on fossile fuel. Therefore there will be a huge demand on efficient motors, like the reluctance motor composed of ferrit, which has no copper losses. At the same time, these motors can provide a viable way to store energy from the electrical grid, which means that no energy is wasted. As such, there is a partial solution to the problem in regards to storing renewable energy, and it pushes the limit of how we use electricity today.

Ronen holding a interesting lecture about the future of electrical engineering products.

Lastly, we had the pleasure of having a lecture with Ricardo Klatovsky, vice president for solutions and energy & utilities, IBM. He held a lecture of what he would like his actual son to observe in the future (in the sense, advise from father to son), and how to be successful as an engineer. He shared many useful tips, such as: One should build a good theoretical foundation as an engineer, be more adaptive then the people around you, and try to by happy before you be successful. While it is hard to redescribe the lessons he told us about us, but it was one of the best lectures during the whole conference.

So that is all that happened during the 5th day of the YEP field trip. Tune in tomorrow for the conclusion of the conference, and the last day in Israel!

Enjoying the beach in Eilat.

Best regards

Anton ter Vehn
Student ambassador SER