Smart energy for a sustainable future

March 2015

Part of the global Creator Space™ program of BASF in the year of its 150th anniversary are three science symposia, offering high profile scientists from around the world the opportunity to exchange their knowledge of the three central anniversary themes “smart energy”, “food” and “urban living”. On March 9 and 10, the first of the science symposia was held in Ludwigshafen with more than 600 top ranking scientists from academia and business discussing the entire bandwidth of the title topic  “Smart Energy for a Sustainable Future”. About 40 speakers were talking about innovative options for the storage and sustainable use of energy and explaining approaches to energy-efficient chemical production. Other topics included viable future mobility, new materials for energy technologies and future energy supply.

“Innovative chemistry is a key enabler for the sustainable use of energy. This is apparent, for example, when it comes to obtaining affordable energy from renewable sources,” emphasized Dr. Andreas Kreimeyer, Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF and Research Executive Director, in his opening address. “We are more than a mere supplier of new materials. Our experts integrate these materials into complex system solutions and ensure that these systems are tailor-made for different applications,” explained Kreimeyer.

Nobel Prize winner Professor Steven Chu of Stanford University talked about options to mitigate the risks of climate change by technical progress in his lecture entitled “Energy, climate change and how to transition to a sustainable world”. An innovative solution for sustainable energy use was presented by Professor Ekkes Brück of Delft University of Technology, who was talking about magnetocaloric materials for energy-efficient heat pumps (find out more about the prototype of a cooling system using this innovative technology).

Besides the conference in Ludwigshafen, two further science symposia will be held in other parts of the world. In Chicago, the subject of sustainable food chain will be under discussion on June 23 and 24, and in Shanghai, the future of urban living on November 10 and 11. The symposia thereby represent highlights in the long series of co-creation activities through which BASF links people and ideas around the globe with the aim of jointly developing new solutions to global challenges.