Press Release | 2 September 2016
BOSON ENERGY is a main partner of the Economic Forum in Krynica this September; engaging the forum on Business,
Technology, Policy – and Culture
There are three parts to BOSON’s partnership in the 2016 Economic Forum of Krynica.
First, BOSON CEO Jan Grimbrandt will address the audience at the Forum’s plenary session; in round-table discussing the ways in which an innovative economy can develop in Eastern Europe.
BOSON also brings two panels to the Forum, one on Energy 4.0 and one on industrial Internet of Things, to the agenda.
And finally BOSON organizes a unique (energy) business meets culture event featuring Grammy winners from both Luxembourg and Poland in a joint concert.
BOSON ENERGY is stepping up its presence at Krynica this year and actively contributes to the agenda with two panels on pressing socio-economic and technical topics for future (energy) resilience and prosperity building, which will be addressed in during the Forum.
Panel 1: 'Industry 4.0 will need Energy 4.0'
Will focus on the key role of distributed energy resources and 'island solutions' in building necessary energy resilience (i.e. the ability of an energy system to cope with change – be it sudden/catastrophic or shifting conditions over time) in the context of local/regional challenges, climate change, or changing market conditions.
Industry has started to recognize that we are at the beginning of a revolution that is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to another. Indeed, “Industry 4.0” is no longer a mere flashy catchphrase, and in the wake of information technology driven changes industry leaders are paving the way for disruptive approaches to development, to production and to the entire logistics chain. Whereas energy has so far been key to every industrial revolution, it feels like “Energy 4.0” has not even made it to “buzz word” status, and that the energy industry struggles to realize the transformational effect of the fourth industrial revolution on energy provision systems and business models.
Meanwhile the rapidly growing middle class in emerging and developing markets puts additional pressure on energy demand and, more importantly, on the sustainability of such demand. Access to energy is clearly a prerequisite for economic development and local prosperity, but unless we fail to design energy solutions that are environmentally sustainable as well as resilient it will hardly be possible to really reap the societal benefits of Industry 4.0 let alone transition towards a truly circular economy.
The panel, led by Michal Ruminski, Managing Partner of EEC Ventures (Poland) includes Henryk Baranowski, President of the Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PL); Jan Grimbrandt, CEO et Chairman of the Board BOSON ENERGY (LU); Robert Szlezak, Vice President of Science and Technology Energy Park (PL); Pawel Smolen, Member of the Board for Energy and Industry, ERBUD S.A.(PL); Tomas David, Member of the Board and CEO of EP ENERGY (CZ), et Michal Kurtyka, Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Energy (PL).
It will discuss the role of distributed energy provision / “island solutions” in responding to the changes brought about by the fourth industrial revolution, and more generally in helping to achieve the sustainable development goals, both in industrialized countries and developing regions. The importance of micro-clusters, the transition from commodity to non-commodity business models as well as legal / regulatory requirement are some of the topics which will be investigated in this context.
Panel 2: 'Building an Internet of Purpose to deliver performance over lifecycle'
Will explore the potential and utility of the so-called Internet of Things beyond making life for consumers convenient, and beyond gathering massive amounts of data on everything and drown in the oceans of data produced by an 'Internet of Everything’.
The number of connected devices is supposed to grow to 25-50 billion by 2020, from around 10 billion today. Everyone agrees that this rapid increase in the number of intelligent assets is reshaping the economy. And while (stand-alone) consumer applications, such as the fridge telling you that you are running out of milk, remain very much at the forefront in the broader public perception, this represents the Internet of Things (IoT) no better than a license plate light represents a car.
As a matter of fact – as underlined in “Intelligent assets: unlocking the circular economy potential” (Ellen McArthur Foundation) – IoT enabled apps helping drivers to find a parking space and avoiding busy roads has the potential to not only deliver a direct user advantage, but also reduce congestion and emissions, hence benefitting society as a whole. In such a systemic change perspective, IoT becomes the new, virtualized infrastructure that governs assets use and movements all along the value chain.
In a nutshell, there is much more potential and utility to be leveraged beyond making life for consumers convenient, beyond gathering massive amounts of data on everything and drown in the oceans of data produced by an 'Internet of Everything’. We need visions, strategies, purpose and knowledge to drive what we measure, how we collect, analyze, model, and learn from data; and THAT will allow us to change industrial design and manufacturing quality, and build performance delivery to circularity quality far beyond what we can imagine today.
“Building an Internet of Purpose to deliver performance over life cycle”, will be moderated by Guy Pross, Partner, KuanRoad Group (IL), and the panel will include: Eva Gladek, founder and CEO of Metabolic (NL), Liran Dor, CTO of BOSON ENERGY (LU), Gilad Cohen, CEO of Imubit (US), Justin Lee, COO d’ICTK (KOR), and Stefano da Empoli, President of the Institute for Competitiveness (IT).
It will look more specifically into the ways in which IoT and more generally intelligent assets will be revolutionizing the whole production process and address the challenges which are arising in its wake – from the type of “conductors” needed to direct the circular economy many “symphony orchestras”, to the gathering, processing and analyzing of unlimited amounts of data, all the way to the need for new approaches in engineering education and management.
A unique cultural highlight featuring Grammy Winners Wlodek Pawlik and Gast Waltzing
A concert preceding the Forum’s main reception on September 7th, featuring the Grammy winner of Poland, Wlodek Pawlik, and Luxembourg’s Grammy winner Gast Waltzing, will round off BOSON’s involvement in the 2016 edition of the Krynica forum. A Luxembourgish 'vin d’honneur' will be offered on this same occasion, courtesy of Luxembourg’s Embassy to Poland.
With its commitment to the Krynica Forum, BOSON ENERGY is keen on strengthening the historical ties between Luxembourg and Poland, and bridging the worlds of business and of culture. And its commitment to the Polish market which is one of the company’s key markets in Europe.
About BOSON ENERGY
BOSON ENERGY develops and delivers future-proof impact technology for energy, waste, water, and (e)mobility solutions. Affordable distributed co-generation solutions based on solid fuels – with system design criteria for high availability. True In My Back Yard solutions that build local resilience and prosperity in both developed and developing markets. BOSON’s execution and capabilities are achieved through close cooperation with world leading partners like Paul Wurth, Siemens Energy, SAB, and Apateq.