German American Smart Grid Symposium

The Chicago region has emerged as one of the epicenters of US smart grid investment. Spurred by the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA), a number of massive projects aiming to improve energy infrastructure reliability & network efficiency are currently underway. 

Mirroring Chicago's progress in this realm, Germany boasts one of the most robust and efficient energy infrastructure networks in the world, and smart metering & IT solutions have been gainfully utilized for many years now. 

To capitalize on this mutual interest in smart grid development, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. hosted a Business Symposium on Smart Grid Trends and Technologies in Chicago on Tuesday, September 15, 2015.

Attendees had the chance to learn from expert speakers about the latest developments and trends in the German and US smart grid markets, to explore partnership opportunities with German smart grid companies, and to network with industry peers. 

Date & Venue

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Warwick Allerton Hotel
Tip Top Tap Ballroom, 23rd floor
701 N Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

This event, fully funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, was free to attend.

Event Impressions

Symposium Agenda



Registration, Breakfast and Networking


Words of Welcome

  • Mark Tomkins, President & CEO, GACC Midwest


Panel 1: "Smart Grid Development in Germany"


Panel Discussion and Q&A


Break and Networking


German Company Presentations


Lunch and Networking


Panel 2: "Emerging U.S. Smart Grid Trends and Technologies"


Panel Discussion and Q&A


Closing Remarks and Final Networking



Meet our German Business Delegate Companies


 manufactures highly-customizable wireless sensor networks for numerous markets, including technical building management and the power grid.

eluminocity provides sophisticated solutions to transform existing city streetlight infrastructure into a comprehensive e-vehicle charging & smart city platform.


Lucas-Nülle develops and manufactures state-of-the-art training equipment for advanced engineering education, including smart grid simulation systems.

Media Transfer AG (MTG) provides highly-flexible end-to-end IT security solutions for critical infrastructures, including smart grid and smart home applications. 

P3 Energy provides consulting services for municipalities, grid operators, OEMs in the automotive sector, and energy traders during the introduction of smart grid and smart meter & e-mobility technologies in consideration of costs, benefits & security. 

Stornetic develops and manufactures the EnWheel® kinetic energy storage system for numerous markets including tram & metro systems and grid regulation & stabilization applications.  

Our delegation participants are interested in meeting their U.S. counterparts in 1-on-1 meetings to discuss potential partnerships. To set up a meeting with any of the preceding companies, please contact Jessica Ferklass, at ferklass(at)


Corinna Jess
Director, Consulting Services & Trade Missions
Tel.: +1 (312) 665-0976
Email: jess(at)

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