Review: 5th General Assembly

About 40 representatives of 30 member companies took part in the 5th general meeting hosted by VHPready Services GmbH on June 1, 2017 on the EUREF-Campus in Berlin.

After a brief report by the chairman on activities during the last 12 month the general assembly voted on the proposed expansion of the executive board. The nominated candidates, Prof. Dr. Xianzhang Lei, CEO of State Grid GEIRI Europe and Klaus-Dieter Walter, CEO of SSV Software Systems GmbH, presented themselves in a short position statement highlighting their experiences and motivations for joining the board of directors. The secret election was controlled by an election committee and resulted in a 90% majority for both candidates. Both candidates accepted the vote.

The remaining part of the morning session was dedicated to an information update on the study “Market potential of VHPready” (Marc  Zenker) and a project presentation given by Georg Koch on “IES – Integrating the Energy System”.

The afternoon session was open for registered participants from the general public and gave an overview on the activities of VHPready Services GmbH, which was founded in 2015 as a 100% owned subsidiary of the Industrieforum VHPready in order to support the certification, dissemination and market entrance of VHPready.

The invited speaker from BMW group, Dr. Jens Ramsbrock, gave a highly interesting talk on E-Mobility and Urban Mobility and the way BMW is dealing with 4 mayor trends in the automotive industry: Autonomous, Connected, Electrified, Services – ACES.

The final presentations of the working group leaders gave a clear indication that VHpready 4.0 is a perfect technical basis for setting up Virtual Power Plants in a reliable and cost effective way and the next steps regarding international visibility, acceptance and market relevance need to be done. One of these steps is the set-up of an online marketing platform, which is already in its final planning phase.

Planned on-site visits and demonstrations had to be cancelled due to time schedule problems.

The next general assembly of Industry Alliance VHPready is scheduled for

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm, Berlin

The 5th general assembly meeting was closed at 3:10 pm.


Georg Koch: IES-project presentation
Georg Koch: IES-project presentation
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Please find the documentation in the members area here:

Documentation 5th General Meeting