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Inauguration of the European Interoperability Centre for Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids

Oct 28 2015
Oct 29 2015

The inauguration of the European Interoperability Centre for Electric Vehicles and Smart Grids will be held in conjunction with the International Symposium "Towards a Transatlantic E-Mobility Market"on 28th – 29th October 2015 in Ispra, Italy.

The two-day Symposium will bring together key stakeholders to discuss aspects related to interoperability - Vehicles and Grids - and concrete actions to pave the way towards an e-mobility market.

High level representatives from industry, research organizations and academic institutions, policy makers, regulators, standardization bodies will address the following topics:

  • State-of-the-art and trends in technologies on both the vehicles and grid side (vehicles, batteries and other components, interoperability, grids and electric systems etc.);
  • Market perspectives and policy initiatives to promote electrification of transport
  • Fundamental research challenges to be addressed at international level on alternative fuels and transport decarbonisation
  • Barriers to the deployment of e-mobility and ways to overcome them
  • Future international collaboration on key e-sectors and fostering common interoperability standards.

The European Commission's Interoperability centre will be inaugurated on the 29th October 2015 in the presence of the Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič and the USA counter partners from US Department of Energy, the US Argonne National Laboratory and other high level guests.


Video of the inauguration ceremony

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Opening session I: Setting the scene

Mike Tinskey, Global Director, Vehicle Electrification & Infrastructure, Ford Motor Company

What Lies Around The Next Bend? The future of mobility and role of electrification

Marcel Aslund, The Trans-Atlantic Business Council (TABC) / AUDI AG

Next steps in seeding electromobility success

Josef Affenzeller, Secretary General of the European Green Vehicles Initiative (EGVIA)

Joseph Affenzeller: Towards a Transatlantic E-Mobility Market. Setting the scene.

Alfons Westgeest, Executive Director, Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers (EUROBAT)

Setting the Scene: Battery Technology R&D Roadmap 2030 for Hybrid- and e-Mobility Vehicle Applications

David Dossett, Chair of the E-Mobility Coordination Group, CEN CENELEC

The European Standardization System in support of e-mobility


Session II: Technology Development and Innovation

Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American national Standards Institute

Video message

Gereon Meyer, Head of Strategic Projects at VDI/VDE-IT

IEA Implementing Agreement Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

Riccardo Groppo, Chair of the European Technology Platform on Smart Systems Integration (EPoSS) Automotive experts group

Smart Systems Integration: key enabling technology for e-mobility

Ben Kroposki, Director - Power Systems Engineering Center, NREL, USA

Grid Modernization and Interoperability

Michael Keller, Responsible Charging Infrastructure, Volkswagen AG

The Future of Fast Charging


Session III: Business Opportunities and Challenges

Jesús García Martin, European Technology Platform on Smart Grids/Iberdrola

Thinking ahead: Electricity network and electric vehicles

Ana Aguado, Secretary General of European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO)

Ana Aguado: Towards a Transatlantic E-Mobility Market. Business Opportunity and Challenges.

João A. Peças Lopes, Full Professor of EE at FEUP and Member of the Board of INESC TEC; Vice-President of the Portuguese Association for Electric Mobility

Integration of Electric Vehicles in Electrical Grids

Gerrit Riemer, Director Future Mobility, General Motors

Real world experience by a global car company

Joseph Beretta, President of AVERE France, French Electric Mobilty Development Association

French national electro-mobility association. Business opportunity and challenges.

Baerte de Brey, STEDIN, Dutch Electric Utility Company Ready to cooperate


Session IV: Interoperability Requirements and Standardisation Needs

Alberto Pototschnig, Director of Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER)

E-Mobility and the Challenges facing the Electricity System

Wolfgang Selle, Supervisor E-Mobility & Infrastructure FoE, Dipl.-Ing., Ford Motor Company

E-Mobility: Development of a „Harmonized Test Procedure“ for Combined Charging System to Ensure Charging Interoperability for Electric Vehicles & Home / Public Infrastructure

Venizelos Efthymiou, Chairman of the Research Cemtre for Sustainable Energy (FOSS)

FOSS leading energy sustainability: A challenging venture for a promising future

Petr Dolejsi, Director for Mobility & Sustainable Transport, ACEA

Luciano Martini, Coordination of the Smart Grids Joint Programme, European Energy Research Alliance (EERA)

Luciano Martini: Interoperability Requirements and Standardisation needs

Lee Slezak, Program Manager for the US Department of Energy Vehicles Technology Program in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable

Perspectives on interoperability

Session V: Inauguration Ceremony

Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission for Energy Union

Speech of Maroš Šefčovič at the Inauguration of the European Interoperability Centre


Session VI: The EU-USA collaboration on e-mobility: views from the stakeholders

Federico Testa, Commissioner of ENEA

The ENEA point of view

Ernesto Ciorra, Head of Innovation and Sustainability, ENEL

Ernesto Ciorra: Towards a Transatlantic E-Mobility Market

Nicholas Sherman, Coordinator of the US-EU Energy Council, the US Department of Energy

Opportunities to Accelerate R&D Cooperation



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