The power and utilities sector is facing increasingly tough competition to retain new talent and innovators. In this session our speakers will set out the space as they see it, the drivers and the actions they are taking to invest in the future of the Energy Sector.
The regulatory work of the EU and national Authorities influences each Member State in a different way. Status updates from different Member States and from European Commission. What are the market demands and where is the connection between energy storage and the growing needs of the Utilities?
The latest developments in the area of new battery technologies including the evolution of lithium-ion batteries. Where do other storage technologies stand compared to lithium-ion batteries and what are their unique selling points?
Today’s and Tomorrow’s Business Cases for Energy Storage in Germany
Understand today’s and tomorrow’s business cases for energy storage in Germany – from domestic & commercial behind-the-meter-applications, to distribution grid storage, to Multi-MW large scale central storage
Insights into lessons learned from real energy storage projects carried out at RWE
Overview over current RWE’s activities and R&D-projects in the storage sector – potential links
Session Introduction - The New Sustainability Paradigm
One of the great challenges faced by the European countries today is achieving environmental sustainability while maintaining their economic growth. This is one of the key objectives of the European Union as well, but the consequences of climate change and the growing demand for energy and resources are challenging this objective. It is now time to move towards an energy and resource sustainable reality. How are we going to boost sustainable consumption and production? How do we help the end consumer in making informed choices? What kind of innovative technologies will help us achieve an environment friendly future?
Critical Transmission Technologies with Paramount Relevance for The Transition to Low-Carbon Economy
The BEST PATHS objectives and achievements so far
Intermediate results of the limited scale and hardware on the loop HVDC grid site, multiterminal VSC interoperability platform, new components and strategies for existing off-shore HVDC links, new materials and solutions fur uprating AC grid and full scale (limited length) 3.2 GW HVDC MgB2 superconducting cable and associated equipment.
The complexity of establishing a framework for collaboration
GEODE Chairman & Managing Director of Aspern Smart City Research GmbH & Co KG
Session Introduction - Technology is just an Enabler
A deep-dive into the projects that have already proven the technology-enabled services that will revolutionise the energy industry including Virtual Power Plants, the evolving role of Distribution, the potential opportunities in the EV market, and role of the Algorithm.
Using data-driven technology, how the Virtual Power Plant enables distributed generators, batteries, industrial and commercial firms and residential properties to become market participants and disrupt the traditional system.
The technology stack: bringing together a variety of assets and technology, Virtual Power Plant automatically optimises assets in real-time, using big data and algorithms to maximise price and act swiftly on all market opportunities.
Real life examples: from batteries to demand response, how Limejump’s Virtual Power Plant is helping to balance the UK’s energy system and drive revenue.
Opportunities for new market entrants including a different customer – the Prosumer. In this session we explore the role of the Energy Prosumer in the Revolution including their motivations, needs, the solutions at their disposal and the potential implications on existing market participants.
Session Introduction - Regulations and the Promising Role of Buildings in Transforming the Energy Market
We will focus on the effects of the implementation of the EPBD recast on the build industry and the challenges of moving towards new and retrofitted nearly-zero energy buildings by 2020, especially in the case of public buildings which have a closer deadline of 2018. How to tap into the significant potential of Energy Efficiency in buildings for reducing consumption with cost-effective measures.
eu.bac (Building Automation Association) and Board Member in EU-ASE (Alliance to save Energy)
Session Introduction - Energy Management for Intelligent Buildings – Building Reliability
The technical and logistical challenges as well as Interoperability will be discussed here. The advancements in sensor technologies and industrial electronics have increased the growth of heterogeneous systems in building environment. This is growing the complexity of interoperability among systems in intelligent building.
Assistant Professor, Sustainable Energy Laboratory
Department of Environmental Science and Technology, Cyprus University of Technology
Session Introduction - Financing & Funding
To assist retrofit projects come off the ground, a proper assessment of the financial strategy is paramount. There are various financial tools available, however they are not all relevant. We will look closely at how the projects are financed from public grants to private investments and what instruments are available for the buyers may they be municipalities or private owners, to the ESCOs or Energy Management companies.
Business Developer, Unit Smart Energy and Built Environment
Session Introduction - From Energy Efficiency to Value: What is the Customer Really Buying?
We will explore major projects, may they be private or public. We will have highlights on promising retrofit projects and updates as well as Call for Investors with real projects in the making. Large commercial and industrial promoters will also expose their vision on the market and their success stories.
SEA Servizi Energia Ambiente & representative of Assoesco
EPC Reducing 20% of SME’s Overall Consumption in Italy
SEA will present a significant case study based on a real EPC project carried on for Eurocarbo S.p.A., a worldwide leader sintered material company.
According to the contract, SEA is managing various energy efficiency measures in four different company sectors.
The entire cycle of an Energy Performance Contract has been respected. SEA finances the whole project and is responsible for the design, installation and O&M. Eurocarbo will get a 20% reduction of the overall consumption; thanks to the savings, the client will have the chance to use its capitals to invest in activities directly related to its core business.
80 Multifamily Residential Buildings Renovation Through Energy Performance Contracting
The SUNShINE mechanism: Developping a forfaiting fund, which will purchase receivables from future energy savings from the ESCOs to release their balance sheets and allow them to carry out more energy performance contracts. A stakeholder platform will be developed side by side to standardize the process and reduce transaction costs.
The expected investment is €30 million. This combination of transparent standardized financing mechanism will attract private sector financing.
Results and feedback from the owners and residents
Gerard Bruijnse also represents the Building and Energy Conservation Bureau (ESEB) in Latvia
Moving towards smart water networks is the future vision of the Water industry. In that aspect the collection of data and the cooperation between the water and energy sectors becomes a necessity.We shall explore projects that demonstrate this mutually beneficial relationship.
Implementing Smart Water and Energy Management trough Co-construction
Addressing utilities challenges though a robust and evolutive control center. Veolia-IBM innovative partnership and analytics for increased efficiency. First deployments in Lyon, Lille, Tidworth and La Baule.
Session Introduction - Smart Metering and Smart Applications
Projects on how smart metering reduces both cost and the losses of the distribution network, the use the data to help water efficiency, reduce waste and manage better the demand. With smart water metering and fast data forming the basis for a smart network, the opportunity arises for the development of other smart applications on water quality and pressure sensing.
The primary enabler to a modern, data-driven utility is the adoption of smart grid technologies. This backbone of the utility industry will generate an overwhelming amount of data. Projects on predictive maintenance, IoT and peak shaving among other things.
Session Introduction - Data to Help Engage with The Customer
Consumer data is essential to improve communication with end consumers. Next to that data is the cornerstone of some of the new services that are being offered to customers. Case studies of personalisation strategies communication and offerings among others.
Head Engineering and Industrial Services, Europe & UK
Tata Consultancy Services
How can Utilities Succeed in the Emerging Energy Value Eco-system? Synchronize Business and Engineering Operations
Solar, Battery Storage, EV Charging, Micro-grids and other Energy Technologies would create new opportunities of co-creation of value between Utilities, its Customers and Partners. Utilities have to evaluate the various business cases and select the best possible business model for the same. A key to the success for an Utility would depend on how well they can leverage their engineering operations to come up with an effective operating model to install and maintain these energy technologies. They would also need to leverage their business operations more effectively to ensure a more data enabled, situation aware and responsive model for making the energy value ecosystem viable and sustainable.
What are the Operating Models Utilities are adopting to address this new emerging business?
What new approaches will be required to create synergy between the Utility's Business and Engineering Operations to cater to the lifestyle of the customers?
How can Utilities leverage the emerging technologies to enable a viable and sustainable energy value ecosystem?
International implementations of demand response management and energy efficiency programmes that have the aim to reduce energy consumption. Cutting edge projects that analyze data in innovative ways will present their results.
The Power of Data Analytics to Drive the Evolution of a Smart City
After rigorous work on data integration, the team is now using new approaches to reveal insights from their resulting Big Data. These insights influence all use cases across the breadth of the ASCR, but mostly in smart ICT and LV grid control, driving at operational and strategic grid planning and near real-time management.
Smart ICT use case including operational and strategic grid planning and grid load forecasting. The district is able to achieve greater accuracy in forecasting which reduces total costs and environmental impacts. The district benefits from a feedback loop whereby they are able to quickly analyze the efficiency of their optimization strategies with a view to continuous improvement.
LV grid control use case including LV grid management and smart meters for grid monitoring. The district is able to consider how they can shift from “passive” grid optimization by analyzing events and effects, to “active” grid optimization and grid management. This will extend to distributed intelligence based on distributed devices (field-tested prototypes).
Are We Nearly There Yet? Improving (and shortening) The Customer Journey Toward Energy Efficiency
Detail the opportunity to improve consumer chances to buy energy efficient products as a focus of consumer behaviour change, and the benefits this delivers to utilities. Will present new research that has been run on Marketplace to refine intervention strategies, with real results from utilities.
The importance of applying behavioural science to a ‘one time intervention’, in order to deliver consumer behaviour change regarding energy efficiency
The importance of developing the ability - and willingness - to run agile experiments to better focus interventions for consumer behaviour change.
A New Business Model Based on Renewables Output Forecasting, Driven by Deep Analytics and Accurate Weather Data
Decentralised generation causes increasing unpredictability in loads on the electrical system
This requires ever improving Power (Wind, Solar) output forecasting
With the weather prediction accuracy of IBM's Weather Company combined with the power of deep analytics, Vandebron and IBM have gained experience in how to significantly improve forecasting the power output of Vandebron's connected Wind Farms.
Session Introduction - Security Frameworks to Prevent Hacking The Grid
Cybersecurity projects and case studies on different levels of the smart grid. Protecting vulnerabilities of IT and OT. Malware attacks, data leakage and digital fraud detection. Specific vulnerabilities concerning smart meters, SCADA systems, PLC's and more.
From Silicon to Cloud, IIoT Security with Intel Technologies and Solutions
Grid Digitalization and Security challenges associated and its mitigation utilizing Industrial Internet Consortium’s (IIC) Security Recommendations to gain Integrity (Device and Data), Availability and Resilience
Hardware based and assistant security capabilities for Smart Grid / Smart Cities based on Intel platforms scaling from Intel Quark based MCUs to Intel Xeon.
Software Security and Security Services from Intel to architect the Smart Grid / Smart City.
Many security talks are too abstract and hard to apply to the real-world. Many attendees leave those talks none the wiser. This presentation aims to be the exact opposite and focuses on relevant smart grid security pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Panel: Addressing New Forms of Cybersecurity Risks to European Energy Utilities
There are a number of new cybersecurity risks that European utilities must address.
These include threats resulting in operational consequences to the respective infrastructure, such as losses in a specific region (cf. the incident in the Ukraine)
Liability risks related to new regulations, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR) and NIS Directive.
This panel will discuss the various challenges of addressing these risks, examining their importance for energy utilities and the potential solution space. Panelists will be asked to comment on where priorities should be placed for energy utilities to address these new cybersecurity risks.
Project Director, Future IoT Networks, Connected Living Program
Mobile Low Power Wide Area Technologies for Utilities
New mobile low power wide area technologies have been standardised by 3GPP. These networks will become commercial in 2017 and connect billions of devices by 2020. We will present the capabilities of these new technologies and how they address the requirements of the utilities companies.
In 2016, dozens of trials of mobile LPWA technologies have taken place and the first results are now shared by mobile operators and their partners. Here we will present the outcomes of these trials.
Finally we will discuss the benefits of using LPWA based on the existing examples in the energy, smart cities and environmental markets.
Projects with the right application and new technology that ensure the energy provided to the end consumer is of a high level, free from interferences. Are these projects and pilots the solutions the Grid needs?
Projects that focus on interoperability and the information / services provided and received by and for consumers / utilities. Will they need the less possible actual engagement from the part of the consumer?
Italian Pilot: Monitoring and Control of Distribution Resources
Objective of the project is to test the technical implementation in field of some of ancillary services provided by dispersed generation.
Aggregation of information about dispersed generation in real time, voltage regulation, power/frequency regulation, participation of distributed generation into the system defence plans and special protection schemes.
Spanish Pilot: Flexibility Resources from Radio Base Stations for Telecommunication
The aim of the pilot is to proof a specific coordination scheme between the TSO and the DSO. This scheme will enable some ancillary services (power/frequency regulation) provided by several bases station of telecommunication spread in the territory.
The DSO will take a new role in the market providing balancing and acting as an aggregator of small-scale flexibility providers connected at distribution level. The pilot will demonstrate the flexibility of the integration of DER in the grid
ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity)
The CEN-CENELEC-ETSI Solution to Grid Resilience
The Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM)
The main outcomes on how to build a standard cyber-secured system. The conclusion will highlight the new challenges of the CEN-CENELEC-ETSI SEG-CG, especially by supporting the new European networks codes.
Session Introduction - Innovation in Grids: Active Network Management, from Concept to Reality
During this session,four EU research and innovation projects funded by the European Commission’s FP7 programme join forces to present their common vision on how the “active distribution management approach” concept can be brought from the test lab to reality.
Session Introduction - Consumer Engagement with Smart Meters in The EU
The massive smart meters rollout is happening in the EU countries at different speeds and conditions, which constitutes an opportunity to the overall society. This includes new services offered by companies based on the smart meter data, better information for public bodies and a great potential for consumers' engagement. In those countries where smart meters are already installed, utilities or third parties start to provide new services to companies and consumers. Consulting companies and suppliers offer business intelligence products or market segmentation by using the new information from the smart meters, while informed consumers benefit from better understanding how to save energy based on their own consumption data.