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Launching event & First General Assembly of the Technology Platform
SmartGrids
Electricity Networks of the Future
6-7 April 2006
Charlemagne Building
Rue de la Loi 170, B-1000 Brussels

EU Commissioner  Janez Potočnik at SmartGrids

BACKGROUND

In response to the Lisbon strategy and to the 2002 Barcelona Council’s call to boost research and technological development in Europe, Technology platforms have been identified as an effective tool to address major economic, technological or societal challenges and to stimulate more effective and efficient RTD, especially in the private sector.

The success of several energy and environmental policies critically depend on the transformation of the electricity system towards one which will be more sustainable, compatible with the eco-system and able to support the proper functioning of the internal electricity market.

It is widely recognised that an entire new philosophy to design, build and manage electricity networks will need to be developed, and this will require substantial RTD investments. The subject “Electricity Grids” has even been included in the conclusions of the recent G8 meeting in Gleneagles.

In collaboration with all relevant stakeholders, the Commission has facilitated the setting up of a Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future (SmartGrids). The platform, which includes representatives from industry, utilities, transmission and distribution system operators, research centres and academia, started its operations in May 2005. Further information on its objectives, scope, operational structure and timeline are posted here.

OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSEMBLY

The main objective of the launching event and the first general assembly is to present the main achievements of the SmartGrids Technology Platform to date, and in particular:

  • Present the Platform’s Vision report and the first version of the Strategic Research Agenda, discuss it with a wide audience, and seek to validate and achieve consensus on its recommendations.
  • Help the Technology Platform to monitor its own progress and define the work plan for the next period.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of results of running projects, the alignment of on-going activities with the Technology Platform objectives and the exchange of ideas for new public-private initiatives.

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

The general assembly will last two days. Speakers and panellists will include EU Commissioners, Member States’ Ministers, Members of the European Parliament, senior industrial representatives, Members of the Advisory Council, eminent scientists and shapers from the research community, industry and public administrations.

The conference will be opened by Commissioner Janez POTOČNIK.

In the first morning, policy makers will deliver a series of keynote speeches highlighting the links between the strategic objectives of the EU, electricity networks, research and technology platforms. Industry high representatives will than spell out the need for an increased coordinated effort on electricity networks research. Finally, the morning will be closed with the presentation of the vision report.

The afternoon of the first day will be dedicated to the presentation of the first version of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), to the contributions of the Mirror Group, and will finish with a round table discussion between members of the members of the Commission, industry, transmission and distribution system operators, and public administrations.

On the second day, four parallel sessions on different aspects of the SRA will be held in the morning. These sessions will give the opportunity to all conference’s participants to offer contributions to the detailed contents of the SRA. Finally, the moderators of these sessions will reported back to the assembly in a closing plenary session.

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PRESENTATIONS

1st Day: 6 April 2006

9:30 Opening Session

Chair: Christian Sasse, AREVA T&D General Manager Technology Centre and ETP SmartGrids Advisory Council Chairman

10:30 Press-Conference

 11:00 Visions of the Electricity Networks of the Future

Chair: Christian Sasse, AREVA T&D General Manager Technology Centre and ETP SmartGrids Advisory Council Chairman

Stakeholders’ views :

 

14:30 Strategic Research Agenda

Chair: Pablo Fernández Ruiz, European Commission, DG RTD, Director of Directorate J - Energy

Key results from EU projects and Structure of the TP-SmartGrids

Manuel Sánchez , European Commission, DG RTD, Directorate J - Energy

Network Assets - Issues, vision and roadmap

Pier Nabuurs , CEO KEMA, The Netherlands

Network Operations - Issues, vision and roadmap

Tahir Kapetanovic, Director Electricity Energie-Control GmbH, Austria

Demand and Metering - Issues, vision and roadmap

Maher Chebbo , Vice President Utilities Industry Europe Middle East and Africa, SAP AG, Germany

Generation and Storage - Issues, vision and roadmap

Nikos Hatziargyriou, Professor National Technical University of Athens, Greece

17:30 Round-table on the SmartGrids

Co-Chair: Ruud de Bruijne, SenterNovem and Mirror Group Vice Chairman

Rainer Bacher, Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE), Head Electrical Networks and Mirror Group Vice Chairman

Participants:

  • Yves Bamberger, Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate EDF R&D, France
  • Livio Gallo, Executive Vice President Business Area Networks, Enel Distribuzione, Italy

2nd Day: 7 April 2006

9:30 Strategic Research Agenda. Four Working Group Parallel Sessions (see specific programme below)

14:30 Presentation of Working Group results

Chairs: Jürgen Schmid, Chairman of the Board, ISET, Germany
John Scott, Technical Director OFGEM, UK

Network Assets (minutes / results)
Pier Nabuurs , CEO KEMA, The Netherlands

Network Operations (minutes / highlights)
Tahir Kapetanovic , Director Electricity Energie-Control GmbH, Austria

Demand and Metering
Maher Chebbo , Vice President Utilities Industry Europe Middle East and Africa, SAP AG, Germany

Generation and Storage
Nikos Hatziargyriou , Professor National Technical University of Athens, Greece

15:30 Conclusion: further needs, plans and recommendations
Christian Sasse, AREVA T&D General Manager Technology Centre and ETP-SmartGrids Advisory Council Chairman
John Scott , OFGEM Technical Director and Adviser to the Authority

Closing Remarks
Angel Perez Sainz, European Commission, DG RTD, Directorate J - Energy, Head of Unit “Energy production and Distribution Systems”

16:00 End of 1st General Assembly

Strategic Research Agenda
Workshop 1 Network Assets

Chair: Pier Nabuurs, CEO KEMA, The Netherlands
Rapporteur: Peter Vaessen, KEMA, The Netherlands

9:30-10:00 What are the main issues regarding network assets in the electricity networks of the future?
Pier Nabuurs , CEO KEMA, The Netherlands

10:00-10:30 Pan-European Network
What and how to cope with the new challenges of the network?
Markus Obergünner , E.on Netz, Germany

10:30-11:00 Network Asset Management
What and how much new investment do we need?
Dragana Popovic , Energy Network Association, United Kingdom

11:15-11:45 Customer Integration
What is needed to really put customers in the centre, and how to realise this?
Edmund Handschin , University Dortmund, Germany

11:45-12:15 The NEW distribution network
How can a flexible plug and play distribution network be realised?
Venizelos Efthymiou , Electricy Authority of Cyprus

12:15-12:45 Multiple Energy Carrier Systems
Which combination of infrastructures offers the best solution, and how to reach this?
Jean-Marie Delincé , Elia, Belgium

12:45-13:00 Summary of main conclusions

Strategic Research Agenda
Workshop 2 Network Operations

Chair: Tahir Kapetanovic,
Director Electricity Energie-Control GmbH, Austria
Rapporteur: Tahir Kapetanovic,
Director Electricity Energie-Control GmbH, Austria

9:30-10:15 Network Operations Vision and how to get there
Will there be any networks to operate?
Carlo Sabelli , Director Dispatching Activities TERNA, Italy
Magdalena Wasiluk-Hassa Director PSO, Poland
Joao Baptista, Executive Director ELECPOR, Portugal

10:15-11:00 Network Operations Customers – needs and opportunities
For whom are operated networks operated indeed?
Bernd Buchholz , Vice President, Siemens PTD Germany

11:15-12:00 Network Operations validation projects – achieving cost-effectiveness
Doing the right things OR doing the things right?
Ronnie Belmans , Full Professor and Chairman of ELIA, KU Leuven, Belgium

12:00-12:45 Achieving the Network Operations vision – risks and solutions to secure success
The theory and practice – how they will match and what do we do about it?
Paul Smith, ESB National Gird, Ireland

12:45-13:00 Summary of main conclusions

Strategic Research Agenda
Workshop 3 Demand and Metering

Chair: Maher Chebbo, SAP AG, Germany
Rapporteur: Brita Buchholz, MVV, Germany

9:30-10:15 Overall Demand and Metering vision
Would customers become the central focus?
Maher Chebbo, Vice President Utilities Industry Europe Middle East and Africa, SAP AG, Germany

10:15-11:00 Automated Meters and Value Added Services
e -Metering and VAS : Key innovations for extensive customer value?
Livio Gallo, ENEL, Italy and Harald Schaeffler, FhG- ISE, Germany

11:15-12:00 Development of European wide consciousness programs for Energy efficiency and commitment of European institutions for standardization
How can we increase customer sensitivity to energy issues ?
Marianne Osterkor , REEE, Austria

12:00-12:45 Effective Demand Side Management in Power Markets
Would the Real Time Demand Side infrastructure be ready to reach end user flexibility and energy efficiency?
Norberto Santiago Elustondo ,ZIV, and Nicolás Arcauz, Iberdrola, Spain

12:45-13:00 Summary of main conclusions

Strategic Research Agenda
Workshop 4 Generation and Storage

Chair: Nikos Hatziargyriou, NTUA, Greece
Rapporteur: Nick Jenkins, UM, UK

Introduction

9:30-10:15 SmartsGrid Vision – Generation and Storage in relation to network development and operation, especially distributed generation –Sharpening our insights
Do you share the Vision for Electricity Networks of the Future and how might the vision be refined?
Angelo Invernizzi , CESI Ricerca, Italy

10:15-11:00 The Customers – anticipating their needs and opportunities
Are the needs of customers adequately identified and how will these differ in the future from those of today? Are the strategic topics aligned with these needs and is the ranking proposed consistent with the user’s priorities?
Michel Rioul , EdF, France

11:15-12:00 Evaluation Projects – achieving cost-effective validation projects
W hat are the characteristics of a successful validation project, how might it best be structured as regards collaborative partners, funding, location and so on?
Philipp Strauss , ISET, Germany

12:00-12:45 Achieving the Generation and Storage vision – risks and solutions to secure success
What are the risks that may prevent the realisation of the vision and how might the Flexible Framework best be developed to eliminate or minimise them?
Paul Smith , ESB National Grid, Ireland

12:45-13:00 Summary of main conclusions

AGENDA AND TIMING

6 April 2006 09h30 to 18h00
7 April 2005 09h30 to 16h00
Participants are cordially invited to a cocktail dinner on the evening of 6 April 2006 from 19h00.
Please schedule your arrival for at least 30 minutes before the opening session of the conference.
The welcome desk, where you will receive your badge and conference kit, will be open from 08h00 on 6 April until the end of the conference. A coffee service will be available from 08h15 to 09h15.

TARGET AUDIENCE

The conference is designed to attract high-level participants from the spheres of research, science and technology, industry and policy-making from all over Europe. This event should be of special value for those interested in defining the way forward for the area ‘Smart Energy Networks’ in the Seventh Framework Programme.

REGISTRATION

The registration will be closed on 17th March 2005. The conference room can host up to 450 participants. Everyone who registers will receive a computer-generated acknowledgement immediately after the on-line registration and subsequently will be informed if the application has been accepted.

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CONFERENCE VENUE

Charlemagne Building
170, Rue de la Loi
1049 Brussels,
Belgium

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