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6. Innovation Lounge Digital

Paths to climate neutrality – Technological coexistence

Science and management in dialogue – in cooperation with Fraunhofer Alumni: “Paths to climate neutrality – technological coexistence” 

July 18, 2024



Digital via Livestream

July 18, 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Moderator: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Viktor Deleski

  • 5:00 pm Welcome and introduction of the speakers and panelists 
  • 5:15 pm Keynote Prof. Dr. Gunnar Grün: „ Reducing of CO2 emissions in construction“ 
  • 5:45 pm Keynote Dipl.-Ing. Claudia Keibler-Willner: “Nuclear fusion – medium-term prospects for climate neutrality?” 
  • 6:15 pm Keynote Malte Feucht: “Carbon Capture – What to do with excess CO2?” 
  • 6:45 pm Keynote Dr. Joachim Manns: “Thermal Circular Economy – Energy and recyclables from waste” 
  • 7:10 pm Panel discussion, questions from live chat 


Climate neutrality: fact-based discussions for sustainable energy

The debate about the path to climate neutrality and a secure energy supply is discussed highly charged, polarizing and in some cases ideological in society. Are we already focusing on the right mix of technologies and are we sufficiently promoting openness to innovation in order to achieve climate neutrality significantly and more quickly and at the same time guarantee a sustainable energy supply for an export-oriented industrial nation? 

As part of the Innovation Lounge, we are giving experts from applied research and practice the space for an open, fact-based and ideology-free discussion on what can be done today to achieve climate neutrality, which future technologies could be used and how they work technically. We will shed light on what is currently being researched and how the research results can be practically applied in the foreseeable future, what topics start-ups are working on with a “next generation” perspective and what solutions are already being successfully used by industry on a local, regional and global level. 

The aim is to initiate further fact-based discussions in order to generate enthusiasm and take decision-makers along on the road to global climate policy success. 



We look forward to your participation. Reserve your place:

Our Speakers

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunnar Grün
Head of Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunnar Grün is Head of Department at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and responsible for research management. He has also been Deputy Director of the Institute since 2016.

He headed various departments and working groups, including energy efficiency and indoor climate, and was group leader for indoor climate systems. In parallel to his work at Fraunhofer IBP, he has been a professor at the Institute for Acoustics and Building Physics at the University of Stuttgart since 2019, where he teaches building physics. Previously, he was a professor at Nuremberg Institute of Technology Georg Simon Ohm, where he taught System Integration in Efficient Buildings. He began his career as a research assistant at the Fraunhofer IBP. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gunnar Grün has extensive experience in building physics and the energy efficiency of buildings.

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Dipl.-Ing. Claudia Keibler-Willner
Topic Coordinator for Fusion Research at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and scientific advisor to the institute management at Fraunhofer ILT

Dipl.-Ing. Claudia Keibler-Willner is Topic Coordinator for Fusion Research at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and scientific advisor to the institute management at Fraunhofer ILT, a leading research institute for laser technology. 

Previously, she was ThinkTank Manager at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in Munich, where she focussed on management and business analysis. At Fraunhofer FEP, she headed the S2S Organic Technology division and was responsible for the development of innovative technologies. She began her career as Production Manager for Adhesive Bonding Technology at SBF Spezialleuchten GmbH in Leipzig. Claudia Keibler-Willner studied mechanical engineering and production technology at the Technical University of Dresden and graduated with a degree in engineering. 

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Malte Feucht
Founder & CEO, Carbon Atlantis

Malte Feucht is the founder and CEO of Carbon Atlantis, a company developing an electrochemical direct air capture (DAC) process. He leads the strategic and commercial activities at Carbon Atlantis and has a background in robotics and industrial engineering. 

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Dr. Joachim Manns
Managing Director and COO at EEW Energy from Waste GmbH

Dr Joachim Manns is Managing Director and COO at EEW Energy from Waste GmbH, a company specialising in thermal waste utilisation. 

He was previously Managing Director at MVV Umwelt GmbH, Mannheim. He held various management positions at EnBW AG in Stuttgart and Karlsruhe, including Head of Technology and Innovation Management, Division Manager for new construction projects and Power Plant Manager of the Rheinhafen steam power plant in Karlsruhe. Dr Manns began his career as a project manager for international projects at Steag AG, Essen, and was later an authorised signatory and project director at Vasa Energy/Concord Power. He studied physics at the University of Bonn.

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