At the Ministry the participants were told about the challenges facing the energy system of Bavaria and the main directions of the energy policy of Germany and Bavaria, including the following: to provide steady electric supplies (security of energy supply), to find a balance between construction of new grids and generating capacities, cable priority, more effective use of the existing network infrastructure.
The members were particularly interested in the issues on inclusion of the renewable energy sources in the Unified Energy System of Germany and influence of active use of the renewable energy and green technology on the network infrastructure development. The representatives of French and Russian teams actively got into the discussion of such directions of the German energy policy as the demand management and effective energy use. The representatives of Chinese team, on the contrary, questioned the possibility to use actively the environment-oriented energy technologies outside Europe. The participants were also interested in the fact that one of the speakers, Project Office Leader Katrin Schaber, took part in the International Youth Forum (IYF) in 2014 as a member of the joint team of the German energy companies.
In the LEW Technology Centre the IYF members were met by the Centre's Vice-President Josef Vagner and Project Office Leader Roland Deltser. All presentations arose a keen interest of the participants. They especially discussed the presented pilot project of the smart grid implementation in a village near Augsburg. The main point of the project was to include in the contour both the household electrical appliances and e-mobility charging stations, and the local cumulative station, and the renewable energy sources. This enabled to decrease substantially the network load peaks and led to considerable savings. The participants were also very interested in the speech of the Centre's Vice President on the developments in the sphere of the smart energy-saving lightning and in the following demonstration of the Smart City equipment presented within the centre. The unique character of the project is incontestable: the unified municipal lightning system handled with an ordinary smart phone was created. Moreover, the street lights function as a multi-purpose municipal service point which provides energy storage, e-mobility charging, Wi-Fi distribution, environmental analysis, parking assistance, and data storage.
The participants kept in mind the use of vanadium accumulators which are distinguished by a large number of recharging cycles and relative safety for people, so they can be located near settlements. All the teams did not let go the representatives of the Technology Centre for a long time asking them various questions: how they could attract their partners and stakeholders to implement the project, how they made them involved, how to get over the gap between a pilot project and its full-scale implementation, how long it can take, how much money is required, and what the financial model is. The representatives of the Technology Team asked a lot of questions related to the technical aspects of project implementation.
The highly effective program of the first day certainly helped the members in their project work. The Technology Team, Market Team, and Finance Team defined nine challenges — project topics, three of which were selected for further work as a result of general discussion and earnest polemic. Such topics included energy supply to the remote regions, growth of grid connectability between China, Russia, Belarus, and Europe using joint reserves, and development of the e-mobility charging infrastructure. While the theorists of the second topic were mostly the representatives from Belarus and China, the topic on the charging infrastructure was promoted by the representatives of the European companies. The projects appeared to be of different scale but it would be more interesting for the teams to implement them.
The teams received their tasks for the project development during the intermodule period, so that to present the projects developed to the maximum at the final event in St.Petersburg.