International Energy Club 2018

Experts debate current issues in energy in Ostrava, 12 – 13 September 2018

Representatives of the largest energy companies met in Ostrava alongside leaders within government administration and European institutions for the 9th annual International Energy Club Conference. Expert discussion took place on topics linked to the current state of the national and European energy industries, including their further decentralisation, support for renewable resources, reform of the gas industry, and opportunities for storing energy.

Over thirty speakers took part in the panel discussion over the course of the day. Alexandra Rudyšarová, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Industry and Trade, looked at the construction of new nuclear reactors and the approved State Energy Policy. Daniel Beneš, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors at ČEZ Group, spoke about the future of electricity production in the Czech Republic.

Evžen Tošenovský, Member of the European Parliament and ITRE member, provided details on European programmes supporting energy infrastructure development. Capacity needs and related investments in developing the energy system were also addressed by Vladimír Outrata, member of the Energy Regulatory Office board. Lubor Veleba, Managing Director, innogy Gas Storage, s.r.o and President, Gas Storage Europe (GSE), Michal Šafář, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at E.ON Energy and Tomáš Hüner, Director of the Energy Management Division, Siemens, s.r.o., focused on anticipated scenarios for possible development in energy storage systems.

Over half the conference’s time was reserved for open discussion by all experts taking part. Guests also had an opportunity to view operations at Cylinders Holding, the largest worldwide producer of steel cylinders and pressure vessels. These are used for transporting and storing industrial gases and include tanks for storing compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicle propulsion, and pressure vessels for CNG filling stations.