Welcome to Mainz!

The Renewables Integration Symposium will be held in Mainz, Germany on 19/20 June 2013. The symposium follows on from the two previous Wind Integration Symposiums which were held in Frankfurt in 2011 and 2012 and is organized by the same team that has successfully been organizing the annual International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems as well as on Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Power Plants for the last 12 years.

The International Workshop has become the premier conference in its field, providing an excellent platform for exchanging knowledge and ideas and sharing experiences in all areas around wind power integration into power systems. The International Workshop has about 300 participants with around 120 presentations over two and a half days, typically in 3 parallel sessions. Nevertheless, during the workshop the need for another more flexible platform emerged, where selected topics can be discussed without going through a lengthy academic paper submission and selection process. Hence, the idea for the Wind Integration Symposium was born, which now not only focusses on the integration of wind power but on the integration of renewables into power systems as a whole.

The Renewables Integration Symposium will concentrate on specific topics and relevant industry matters within a group of experts.

This year, the Renewables Integration Symposium will focus on High integration issues: Integration of Renewable Generation into the Distribution Network – Experience and Solutions from Germany and the World.

The program committee, which consists of representatives from TSOs and wind turbine manufacturers, has identified the following topics which are currently relevant for better evaluation of the impact of increasing renewables penetration on power system operation.


  • Experiences and challenges for DSOs associated with high penetration of renewables
  • Analysis of associated challenges of high penetration
  • Principle solutions to high penetration challenges
  • Modelling challenges for investigation of high penetration challenges


  • No call for papers, speakers will be invited by the program committee (The program committee contains a broad spectrum of industry experts).
  • Only two or three key topics will be discussed to be able to concentrate on relevant issues (topics will change from one symposium to the next)
  • No proceedings, hence power-point presentations are sufficient (might be published on the web page if authors agree);
  • Aiming at high quality presentations of persons who are deeply involved in the topics, no marketing presentations.
  • No parallel session, sufficient time for discussion and networking

The symposium languages will be English and German with simultaneous translation.