VDE Association, one of the leading technical associations based in Germany, and Clarion Energy, one of the world's leading event organizers, announced today a new strategic global partnership. VDE and Clarion will be closely working together on the Utility Week events in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe.
The objective of the cooperation is to educate and discuss with the utilities and energy start-ups about the importance of quality assurance and the upcoming challenges in digitalization. These new trends, including smart grids, IT cybersecurity, blockchain and grid interconnection services, are transforming the energy industry worldwide and utilities should be ready to capitalize on these opportunities. An integral element of the cooperation of Clarion Energy and VDE supports specifically small- and medium-sized utilities and new start-up companies with tailored mentorship and matchmaking platforms focused on quality assurance within the Utility Week.
Clarion Energy's Utility Week global series takes place across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe, attracting and uniting more global smart energy professionals than any other forum. The aim is to push forward the energy transition debate across all fronts, both on a thematic level and in a geographic sense, because the energy paradigm is very different and advancing at different speeds across the globe.
The Utility Week events are a platform for showcasing expert knowledge, innovative solutions and foresight from the industry, as well as connecting utility, municipality, investors, startups, young talent and commercial decision makers with technology and service providers. The next in the Utility Week series is European Utility Week. The event expects to attract over 12,000 smart energy professionals to Messe Wien, Vienna, Austria between 6-8 November 2018.
The Utility Week offering has recently been strengthened by Clarion Energy's acquisition of PennWell, bringing together two of the industry's most well-respected names to create one of the largest events companies in the world. PennWell's leading events including DistribuTECH, POWER-GEN International and HydroVision International have been added to Clarion Energy's Utility Week and Future Energy events to form the Power & Energy Series from Clarion Energy, a World Leading Portfolio of Events.
Headquartered in Frankfurt, Germany, the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies is one of the largest technical and scientific associations in Europe, with 36,000 members (including 1,300 companies) and 1,600 employees. The VDE embraces science, standardization work and product testing and certification under one roof. The association's thematic focuses range from the energy transition to industry 4.0, smart traffic and smart living to IT security.
Ansgar Hinz, the CEO of the VDE Association, said:
"VDE looks forward to partnering with Clarion Energy to support the global utilities' needs in investing in secure, reliable and networked energy infrastructure as the world transitions into a smarter grid. Under the framework of the Utility Week, Clarion Energy and VDE will work closely with the industry to develop future-proof solutions for the benefit of utilities."
"We are excited to have VDE as our global technical competence partner in the global Utility Week events. Utilities are facing challenges in transitioning from the traditional top-down grid to a digital, networked grid with many energy generation sources. VDE is a leader in energy and smart technologies and we are thrilled to have them onboard to advise the energy industry about these transformational opportunities," highlighted Rick Wall, Managing Director of Clarion Energy's Global Utility Group.