Dr Karl-Friedrich Ziegahn (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Chief Science Officer<br>KIC InnoEnergy SE, Chairman of the Supervisory Board)
New technologies and applied innovation in the field of sustainable energy are needed in order to achieve a competitive and climate neutral Europe. As one of the first three Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), KIC InnoEnergy invests in innovation projects and new educational programmes and provides business creation service with the purpose of delivering the disruptive technologies and innovations that Europe requires to meet this ambitious goal. Its stakeholders are top European players in the industry, research institutes, universities and business schools. Six regionally bundled European hubs – Barcelona/Lisbon, Grenoble, Eindhoven, Karlsruhe, Stockholm and Krakow - lead one thematic field each in sustainable energy. The thematic fields addressed range from Intelligent “Energy-efficient Residential Buildings and Cities” over “Energy from Chemical Fuels”, “Renewable Energies”, “Clean Coal Technologies” to “European Smart Electric Grid and Electric storage” as well as “Sustainable Nuclear and Renewable Energy Convergence”. Since the start of KIC InnoEnergy in 2010, a wealth of ventures were nurtured, new technology products and services for the energy value chain were created and participants in the educational programmes were trained to become the game changers in sustainable energy. KIC InnoEnergy has the vision to become the leading engine for innovation and entrepreneurship in sustainable energy in Europe.