WCRE Press Releases

Berlin, November 19, 2010

EUROSOLAR and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE) will host the fifth International Renewable Energy Storage Conference (IRES) in Berlin on 22 - 24 November 2010. 500 experts from Germany and abroad will gather at the Science & Conference Center of the Berlin Seminaris CampusHotel to discuss and debate the technologies, available and in development, for storing electricity and heat from the renewable source. As in previous years, the event will be held in cooperation with EnergyAgency.NRW.

This year’s IRES conference themes include the demand for storage in renewable energy supply, economic aspects and operation and business models for stationary storage systems, already accomplished storage solutions and solar photovoltaic energy storage. Speakers come from Germany, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland, China, Japan, United States and other countries.

Berlin, 1 November 2010 

Some 500 friends, political companions, fellow activists and guests came together in Berlin on Monday at the atrium of the "Museum für Kommunikation" in remembrance of the late Hermann Scheer.

Bonn, 19 October 2010

We received many hundreds letters, cards and notes of condolence through e-mail and fax from across the world at the EUROSOLAR secretariat in Bonn and the parliamentary offices of Hermann Scheer in Berlin and Waiblingen.
Thank you to all of you who expressed your sympathy on the death of Hermann Scheer.

Every single message shows how much the founder and president of EUROSOLAR has influenced many other people who, either individually or involved in initiatives, organizations or local communities, are dedicated to the shift to renewable energy.

Please understand that for the time being I choose this way to thank you for your thoughts and sympathy. While it is not possible to answer all letters in a prompt manner, we want you to know that all suggestions and ideas we have received from you are important to us and will have an impact on the work we do. We continually inform about upcoming events and activities at the EUROSOLAR website.

Irm Pontenagel
Managing Director

Berlin/Bonn, 19 October 2010

EUROSOLAR mourns the loss of Hermann Scheer, founder of the European Association for Renewable Energy and the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE). He was an intellectually brilliant, warm-hearted man and untiring politician. EUROSOLAR and the Hermann Scheer Foundation will carry on with his life's work. The death notice will appear in several newspapers this week.

Dr. Hermann Scheer

Recipient of the Right Livelihood Award
President of EUROSOLAR, the European Association for Renewable Energy
Chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy, WCRE
Member of the German Parliament

29 April 1944 – 14 October 2010

All of us are greatly saddened and deeply shaken by his sudden death. Hermann Scheer was taken from us at age 66 fully engaged in a life of ideas and initiatives. We mourn this intellectually brilliant, warm-hearted man and untiring politician. With courage, far-sightedness and determination he significantly influenced the political discourse in the country in many fields. Hermann Scheer's life was full of many notable achievements. First of all, he made the energy shift actually happen. He had realized early that it was essential for an intact environment and for opportunities for peace as well. With his remarkable store of knowledge and rare clarity of mind, he won over many people around the world to his conviction. His enthusiasm was contagious. He was a thought leader, motivator, reformer and revolutionary. In his latest book, released only a few days before he died, Hermann Scheer explains why it is crucial to follow responsible lines of action in the context of an "energethical imperative". Our obligation to the future is, therefore, to advance the switch to renewable energy. The legacy of this great personality shall live on in the Hermann Scheer Foundation.

We miss him greatly.

Irm Scheer-Pontenagel, Dr. Nina Scheer, Lilli Scheer

The EUROSOLAR Executive Committee

Preben Maegaard, Senior Vice-President (Denmark), Hans-Josef Fell (Germany), Dr. Josep Puig (Spain), Mechtild Rothe (Germany), Prof. Dr. Tanay Sidki Uyar (Turkey), Milan Smrz (Czechia), Dr. Luciana Castellina (Italy)

The Executive Committee of the German Section of EUROSOLAR

Dr. Axel Berg (Chairman), Rosa Hemmers and Hermann Fellner (deputizing for the chairman), Johannes Gerlach, Stephan Grüger, Thomas Günther, Ulrich Kasparick, Dr. Fabio Longo, Reiner Priggen, Prof. Konrad Scheffer, Dr. Brigitte Schmidt, Dr. Eike Schwarz, Wilfried Telkämper

The WCRE Committee of Chairpersons

Prof. Peter Droege, Michael T. Eckhart, Dr. José Etcheverry, Angelina Galiteva, Dr. Yogi Goswami, Preben Maegaard, Dr. Eric Martinot, Raymond Myles, Tetsunari Iida, Dr. Wolfgang Palz, Mauro Passos, Dr. Ibrahim Togola

The EUROSOLAR team at the secretariat in Bonn and the parliamentary office staff in Berlin and Waiblingen.

Hermann Scheer will be laid to rest at a small private funeral.

A public memorial service will be held on 1 November 2010 at 11:00 at the Berlin "Museum für Kommunikation", Leipziger Straße 16, 10117 Berlin-Mitte. If you wish to attend please confirm by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

No flowers by request. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hermann Scheer Foundation, which is currently being created.


Sparda-Bank West e.G.
Branch Sort Code: 370 60 590
Account: 404 250
IBAN  DE98 3706 0590 0000 404250
Reference details: "Hermann Scheer Foundation"

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 16th 2010

With great sorrow, IRENA’s announces the death of Dr. Hermann Scheer on October 14th.
Born in April 1944, Hermann Scheer had been a member of the German parliament since 1980. President of the European Association for Renewable Energy (Eurosolar), Dr. Scheer was also General Chairman of the World Council for Renewable Energy. In 1999, he was awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize – The Right Livelihood Award – for his "indefatigable work for the promotion of solar energy worldwide". In 2002, Time Magazine recognized him as one of five "Heroes for the Green Century."

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