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Utilities’ future, breaking the thinking of today

25 april 2016, Webinar. This webinar will address how utilities can take strategic decision under increased uncertainty. We shall provide the latest data on developments in the sector, highlight these key uncertainties and discuss their potential impact with our panel of experts.

The utility role has traditionally been the safe and secure operation and management of the electricity system, efficiently and reliably delivering electricity to their customers. However with retailers’ revenue on electricity sales being impacted by self-generation and active customers exploring alternative market models, fossil fuel-based generators are struggling for profitability in the societal transition to a renewable future.

During this session you will learn:

  • How utilities can deal with uncertainty when taking strategic decisions.
  • What are the results on industry-wide research on the key factors that drive the future of utilities?
  • On what factors is there consensus in the industry?
  • On what drivers is there still a debate?
  • The industry experts’ view on what will shape the new market model

But it's not just about our panelists and some stats. As a participant in this session, your views count and;

  • You will have the opportunity to voice your opinion on the key drivers that will create the new energy value network.
  • There will be the capability for you to interact with the panel and the ongoing debate in real-time.

Please register here.

3rd National Smart Grid Webinar: The Spanish Smartgrid Centre - FUTURED

On 17 December 2015, the National Platform Webinar series of the ETP SmartGrids visited Spain. The four projects presented could demonstrate the purpose of a national SmartGrids platform as FUTURED: technology development and innovation. Being founded in 2005, it is also one of the oldest Smart Grid platforms in the world.

After an introduction about the general activities and status of the ETP SmartGrids by Pieter Vingerhoets, Enrique Morgades presented the Spanish national smart grid platform, FutuRed .

More about the Futured projects

The energy industry is continuously changing throughout the world due to an increasingly demanding and restrictive environment. Another main driver is the need to satisfy the growing energy demand and to improve the quality of the service that the electricity transmission and distribution networks must provide. he purpose of the Static Synchronous Series Compensator (SSSC) (ESP LIDER project presented by Aitor Hernández, REE) is to be used where it is necessary to avoid overloads in power lines. The SSSC operates by injecting a voltage controlled in amplitude and phase, in series with the transmission power line. The SSSC project avoided several High Voltage Breaker operations and reduced the number and cost of re-dispatches in the area, which means a short pay-back period. Then, Roberto Gonzalez of Iberdrola and Fernando Salazar of GNF introduced the audience to the PRICE project about smart monitoring and automation, metering and energy management in the Henares corridor region in Spain. Eventually, Susana Carillo of Endesa presented the SmartCity Malaga project where real-time communications and intelligent electronic devices are deployed to achieve an intelligent system for MV automation.

More about National Smart Grid Webinars

The National Smart Grid Webinars are an initiative of ETP Smartgrids to promote the interaction and information exchange between the different regions in Europe, more specifically initiatives on smart grids.

Webinar agenda and presentations:

10:00 - 10:10 The European Technology Platform for Smart Grids: Mission and Status                       
                       (Pieter Vingerhoets, ETP SG - Presentation)
10:10 - 10:20 The Spanish national platform: mission and objectives                                                        
                       (Enrique Morgades, FutuRed - Presentation)
10:20 - 10:30 SP LIDER project - TSO                                                                                                                       
                       (Unai Búrdalo, REE - Presentation)
10:30 - 10:50 PRICE project - DSO                                                                                                                            
                       (Roberto González, Iberdrola / Fernando Salazar, GNF - Presentation)
10:50 - 11:00 SmartCity Málaga – DSO                                                        .
                       (Susana Carillo, ENDESA - Presentation)
11:00 Q&A

2nd ELECTRA / WG1 ETP SmartGrids Joint Technical Workshop: The Web of Cells and alternative Concepts - New Architectures for the Grid of the Future

The technical workshop jointly organized by the ELECTRA IRP and the ETP SmartGrids WG1 led to a general consensus on most of the principles constituting the Web-of-Cells concept. The Web-of-Cells are capable of developing a robust and resilient grid well suited to handle the expected high penetration of variable renewable energy sources and the integration of the needed supportive technologies. After a successful first edition in 2014, the ETP SmartGrids Working Group 1 organised the 2nd Joint Technical Workshop in cooperation with the ELECTRA IRP on 10th December, 2015.

The discussion also highlighted some of the aspects that still need further R&D activities:

  •           Protection systems are identified as a highly relevant topic for further developments in new grid concepts.
  •           Validation and testing of the proposed concept are considered an important requirement in the practical development of the proposed new approaches.
  •           To enable smooth operation between all grid components in an open architecture, interoperability is key and interoperability standards are crucial elements.
  •           A clear differentiation between the microgrid and the Web-of-Cells (WoC) concepts is very important in order to clarify the practical benefits in developing the WoC concept in the future grid.

The workshop gathered more than 30 Smart Grids experts from all over Europe, discussing the following approaches and projects: EvolvDSO, Grid4EU, IDE4L, centralized approach for future network management systems (The University of Manchester), Network Control based on Edge Computing Architecture (INDRA), FractalGrid (INP Grenoble and MINES ParisTech), multi-energy dimensions in the Web of Cells concept (the University of Manchester).The presented approaches were the following:

The presentations of the concepts were followed by lively discussions among the participating experts in the afternoon ( Introduction to the Discussion - Goran Strbac, Imperial College London).

Find  here the workshop agenda, flyer and the participants’ list.


The Outcomes of the workshop are now available!



Energy Digitalisation Workshop

On 24 November, the ETP Smartgrids organised an online workshop dedicated to Energy digitalization. The event aimed at gathering experts to discuss the Digitalisation strategies of different companies and draw conclusions to be used on a forthcoming ETP Smartgrids position paper.


The digitalisation is mainly driven by five technology trends:  Hyperconnectivity; Super computing; Cloud computing; Smarter world; Cyber security.  Nevertheless, barriers still exist slowing down the Digitalization in the energy sector. Barriers are mainly the lacking sense of urgency of the topic, missing funding, IT system limitations and unclear responsibilities. The chances provided by Digitalization of energy are the generation of new services and intelligence. The term “Digitalization” hereby refers not only to IT but the combination of IT with business models.

On the forthcoming paper of the ETP, solutions to faster the digitalization process will be described; the upcoming challenges will be discussed and provides a set of use cases dealing with the data exchange between different actors and also discusses technical challenges as cloud computing or the “Internet of Things” (IoT). This task is led by WG3 chair, Maher Chebbo. The workshop gathered more than ten experts and reunited more than 40 attendees.

The agenda and its presentations:

9:30 – 9:40   Welcome and introduction

                      Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou, HEDNO, ETP SmartGrids Chair

9:40 – 10:10 ETP SmartGrids paper on "Energy digitalisation"

                      Maher Chebbo, SAP, ETP Smart Grids, leader of WG3 and Energy Digitalisation Task Force

10:10 – 10:40 European Commission Digital Smart Grids Strategy

                        Patrick van Hove (Presentation), Rolf Riemenschneider (Presentation), European Commission

10:40 – 11:10 Break

11:10 – 12:40 Companies’ presentations on their Energy/SmartGrids Digitalisation Strategy:

                        • Aachen University, E.on Research Center, Prof. Antonello Monti

                        • EDP, Joaquim Teixeira

                        • ENEL, Alessio Montone

                        • ESB, Paul Hickey

                        • IoT, Tom Raftery

                        • SAP, Svend Wittern

                         • IT & Energy Innovator, Jean-Luc Dormoy

13:30-14:15   Digital Customer and Demand – moderation by Maher Chebbo & Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou
14:15 – 15:30 Digital Networks and Assets – moderation by Maher Chebbo & Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou
15:30 – 15:45 Summary and conclusions – Maher Chebbo
15:45 – 16:00 Closing Words Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou, HEDNO, ETP SmartGrids Chair

Please find here also more relevant information about the concept of energy grid services (synthetic presentation) , role of data handling in the Dutch energy market , inputs for the data management taskforce and how to prepare and execute for grid resilience offered by Peter Stedin Hermans.


ETP Smart Grids co-organised The Innovation Progamme as part of the European Utility Week 2015, Vienna.

The ETP Smartgrids co-created this year the Innovation Programme, with a track dedicated to “Utilities Outlook: The future we can only imagine” on 4th November 2015 in Vienna. The Smart utilities of the future are still at the innovation stage. Long term scenario exercise building contribute to the sustainability of the business models. European Utility Week is the annual landmark event for the entire Smart Utility market, accumulating over 10,000 international smart energy stakeholders and 350 exhibitors.This multi-track Strategic Conference Programme gathered more than 130 industry speakers discussing future trends and impending implications for the smart energy industry.

Conclusions of the workshop are threefold. On one hand, the policy vision highlighted in the scenario displays Smart Utilities as impactful when building futures paths. The key pillars (securing energy, energy efficiency, energy union and renewables) of the European energy policy stand out. On the other hand, the vision on the technology’s Smart Utilities related (microgrids, storage solutions, IoT, cloud solution and big data) shows that solar is more impactful than wind within the energy technologies. IT solutions are highly valorised for the electricity system but its concrete use is still uncertain. Thirdly, the end user impact on the electricity system is twofold: passive or active. 10 to 20% will self generate electricity by 15 years. Grid defection to disconnect from the grid is will be bellowed 10%: modest but impactful.

The Innovation Programme agenda and its presentations:

Tue 3 Nov 14:00 to 14:15 Innovation Keynote

                                          by Thomas Rowlands-Rees  (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) as the Moderator

Tue 3 Nov 14:15 to 15:15 Innovation Keynote - Panel Discussion

                                          by Thomas Rowlands-Rees (Bloomberg New Energy Finance) as the Moderator

Wed 4 Nov 09:00 to 09:15 Welcome & Opening Remarks

                                            by Thierry Pollet  (Steering Committee Member European Technology Platform SmartGrids) as the Moderator

Wed 4 Nov 09:15 to 10:30 Borderless electricity versus Local Energy Systems

                                           by Leonardo Meeus  (Associate Professor & Director Energy Centre Vlerick Business School) as the Moderator

Wed 4 Nov 11:15 to 12:30 Eyes wide shut: New Business Models

                                           by Jean-Paul Krivine  (Smart Energy Senior Advisor EDF) as the Moderator

Wed 4 Nov 14:00 to 15:15 2030 Living - how will people use energy?

                                           by Alistair Morfey (Technology Director Cambridge Consultants) as the Moderator

Wed 4 Nov 15:15 to 15:30 Wrap up and Conclusion

                                           by Thierry Pollet  (Steering Committee Member European Technology Platform SmartGrids) as the Moderator


Thu 5 Nov 14:00 to 15:15 Plenary Closing - The Beginning


2nd National Smart Grid Webinar: The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre

The National Smart Grid Webinars are an initiative of ETP Smartgrids to promote the interaction and information exchange between the different regions in Europe, more specifically initiatives on smart grids.

Past 30th of September 2015 , as part of the new activities undertaken among National Smartgrids Technology Platforms (NTPs) around Europe, the ETP SmartGrids organised its second webinar.

This time, after an introduction of the ETP SG, The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre has presented their mission and activities. Later, two important Norwegian smart grid projects has been introduced to the audience. The hour ended with Q&A for the speakers. The webinar was attended by 35 people.

Webinars with NTPs pursue several purposes:

  • Explain the activities of a regional or national Platform to other NTPs.
  • Present several large projects undertaken at national/European level to share the results with other platforms and allow for the lessons to be shared throughout Europe.

Webinar Agenda and presentations:

11:00 - 11:10 The European Technology Platform for Smart Grids: Mission and Status 

                      (Pieter Vingerhoets, ETP SG)

11:10 - 11:20 The Norwegian Smartgrid Centre: Purpose and Activities 

                      (Grete Coldevin, NSGC)

11:20 - 11:35  DeVID – a national test and demonstration project for DSOs 

                       (Hanne Saele, SINTEF Energy)

11:35 - 11:50  eGotham: Testing dynamic tariffs in an Aggregated Energy Demand Model 

                      (Jørn Engberg, NTE)

11:50  Q&A

Aalborg Symposium on Microgrids

27-28 August, Aalborg (Denmark). The 11th Microgrid Symposium sponsored by the ETP Smartgrids and chaired by its chair Nikos Hatziargyriou has been held in Aalborg, Denmark on the  27th and 28thof past August. The prior ten symposiums have been held in Berkeley, U.S.A., on 17 June 2005, Mont-Tremblant, Canada, on 23 June 2006, Nagoya, Japan, on 6 April 2007, Kythnos Is., Greece, on 2 June 2008, San Diego, U.S.A. on 17 & 18 September 2009, Vancouver, Canada on 21 & 22 July 2010, on Juju Is., S. Korea on 26 & 27 May 2011, in Évora, Portugal, on 3 & 4 September 2012, in Santiago, Chile, on 11 & 12 September 2013, and in Tianjin, China, on 13 & 14 November 2014. All have been highly productive and enjoyable. To see the presentations and other materials from those events, please click here.

The purpose of this event was to exchange information internationally, yet informally, on the current state of research, development and demonstration on microgrids, and to identify key technical, economic, and policy issues that should be addressed for their wide deployment. In the Aalborg 2015 Symposium on Microgrids  research and demonstrations in progress in Europe, USA, China, Japan, Canada, Korea, Chile and developing countries were presented with an emphasis on recent results, and on identifying areas of potential international cooperation. As before, each region has invited speakers to present their work,  including summaries of the state of research in each world region. In addition to these prepared presentations, group discussion has been fostered together with an exhibition of posters by various research groups.

Symposium Venue and Arrangements

The format of the Aalborg Symposium was similar to prior ones. Post-symposium tours has been arranged as follows: On 29 August, an optional visit has been made to the Nordisk Folkecenter for Renewable Energy and the Østerild Wind Turbine Test Center, and on 30 August, a visit has been offered to the Aalborg University Laboratory facilities.

Please contact the Symposium chairs for more informartion on the Symposium:

  • Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou, Chair, Microgrid Symposiums Steering Committee, e-mail:
  • Prof. Josep M. Guerrero, Chair, Aalborg Symposium, e-mail:

1st National Smart Grid Webinar: Smart Grids Flanders

On 25 June, as part of the new activities undertaken among National Smartgrids Technology Platforms (NTPs) around Europe, the ETP SmartGrids organised a first webinar.

The webinar started with an introduction of the ETP SG, afterwards, ‘Smart Grids Flanders’ introduced their mission and activities and later on  two important smart grid projects in the region were introduced to the audience. The hour ended with Q&A for the speakers. The webinar was attended by 24 people.

Webinars with NTPs pursue several purposes:

  • Explain the activities of a regional or national Platform to other NTPs.
  • Present several large projects undertaken at national/European level to share the results with other platforms and allow for the lessons to be shared throughout Europe.

Download the Summary.

Webinar Agenda and presentations:

14:00 - 14:10         The ETP for Smart Grids: Mission and Objectives

                            Pieter Vingerhoets, ETP Smart Grids

14:10 - 14:20         Smart Grids Flanders

                            Jeroen Buscher, SGF

15:20 - 15:35         The Linear project: Residential demand response in Flanders 

                            Koen Vanthournout, Energyville

15:35 - 15:50         The Meta-PV project 

                            Carlos Dierckxens, 3E

15:50 - 16:00         Q&A

Coordinated R&D for electricity grids: Overcoming barriers to a sustainable and integrated energy future

On 18 June, at the Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), the workshop “Coordinated R&D for electricity grids: Overcoming barriers to a sustainable and integrated energy future” was held.

The workshop assessed the prioritisation of topics for EU R&D funding related to electricity grids, and offered a chance to reflect on those issues put forward to the European Commission for consideration in its upcoming Horizon 2020 work programme 2016-17. Furthermore, the event provided an example of how prioritisation activities, as carried out by the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI), have led to EU projects that are directly helping to build better policy.

The workshop was organized by DERlab, EASE, ENTSO-E, evolvDSO, GRID+Storage, RSE, ETP SmartGrids, ERA-Net Smart Grids Plus, TECHNOFI and VITO.

Download presentations here.

ETP SmartGrids Workshop on Future Technology and Research Priorities for SmartGrids in Europe
Focus: Smart Meters for Distribution Networks – Data and Control

May 2015. In the context of the SMART GRIDS WEEK 2015 in Vienna, Austria, on 19th May, the ETP organized an interactive workshop in collaboration with the National SmartGrids Initiatives of Central Europe.
The National initiatives were represented by:

  • Dr. Angela Berger, Technology Platform SmartGrids Austria
  • Jiri Borkovec, Czech Republic Technology Platform Smartgrid
  • Dr. Boštjan Blažič, Slovenian Technology Platform

The introduction to the focus topic "use of Smart Meter Data" was given by José Corera, Iberdrola.

The event attracted 30 participants - not only from Austria, but all over Europe - and resulted in a lively discussion about the different status of SmartGrids deployment in the represented countries. Download participant list here. 

The presentations of the workshop can be found here.

The workshop outcome available here.

The ETP and National SmartGrids Initiatives – Cooperation Workshop and Presentation of SmartGrids-Booklet

April 2015. The day before the 5th General Assembly, the ETP invited National platforms, active in the field of SmartGrids, to a half-day workshop to strengthen the cooperation with the ETP. The workshop aimed at an information exchange of ongoing activities between all platforms in Europe as well as at the discussion about further cooperation with the ETP.

Additionally, the ETP SmartGrids presented at the event the printed version of its Overview on National and Regional SmartGrids Initiatives in Europe. The online version of the booklet is available here.

The workshop brought together 25 participants from 11 platforms:

  • Belgium: Smart Grids Flanders
  • Cyprus: Cyprus Technology Platform for SmartGrids
  • France: Smart Grids France
  • Greece: Hellenic Technology Platform for Smart Grids
  • Ireland: Smart Grid Ireland
  • Italy: Smart Grids Italia
  • Mediterranean: Mediterranean Technology Platform for Smart Grids
  • Netherlands: TKI Switch2SmartGrids
  • Norway: Norwegian Smartgrid Centre
  • Slovenia: Slovenian Technology Platform
  • Spain: FUTURED

All platforms presented themselves and their activities in a Tour de Table and exchanged priorities and best practices.

For the future cooperation activities, several proposals were discussed, among others, the set-up of a joint online forum, regular meetings and webinars.

The presentations of the workshop can be found here.

ELECTRA / Working Group 1 ETP SmartGrids Joint Technical Workshop on Network Operation for 2030+

January 2015. Together with ELECTRA IRP, Working Group 1 ETP SmartGrids invited to the first Joint Technical Workshop on Network Operation for the future, that was held the 17th Dec 2014 in Brussels. The full-day event brought together 40 stakeholders of the field of SmartGrids. The interactive workshop aimed in knowledge exchange with other grid experts in order to reach conclusive positions on three selected topics of critical importance:

  • Inertia and grid stability with high penetration of DG and storage
  • Operational flexibility and ancillary services
  • Observability and system integration

The sessions were led by experts from ELECTRA and Working Group 1 and resulted in lively discussions among the participating stakeholders.

The results of the workshops were summarized in an outcome document, which is available here

The presentations and other workshop material can be found here

The ETP and national platforms in the European Sustainable Energy Week

27th June 2013, Brussels. The conference was co-organised by the ETP SmartGrids and GRID+ Project with the special contribution of Futured. The main theme of the conference was the contribution of the smart grids to the sustainability on the energy field. Firstly, Member State cases were introduced by National Technology Platforms in order to provide different points of view about the benefits of the deployment of the SmartGrids. In addition, an overview of projects and initiatives in Europe was provided by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. In the last panel disucssion, the future of smart grids RD&D was discussed after presenting the priorities identified for 2020 and 2035, as well as the support mechanisms foreseen within Horizon 2020.

For further details check:

Joint Workshop "Industry statement for a conformed standardization framework enabling the large scale smart grid deployment"

May 2013, Brussels. With the support of the ETP SmartGrids, the STARGRID FP7 project organized a workshop on standardization in the field of SmartGrids. The objective of the event was to bring together promoters and stakeholders of various European smart grid industry initiatives in an ad-hoc round table aimed at assessing the impact of current standardization activities, raising awareness on standardization gaps and identifying the key standardization requirements.

The workshop included three sessions: "DER integration and Grid Control", "Smart Metering" and "Demand Response".

Each of the sessions included a 30 minutes discussions on:

  • Standardization requirements
  • Gaps and overlaps in existing and coming standards
  • Expected future developments

The joint workshop was attended by 25 participants from standardization bodies, smart grid platforms, industry and research associations, ICT industry, grid operators and manufacturers and the event started the industry consultation process of the STARGRID project.

The workshop material can be downloaded here.

Workshop on Priorization of the Strategic Research Agenda 2035 topics

December 2012, Berlin. In connection with the IRED conference in Berlin, the ETP SmartGrids organized a half-day workshop to work out the priorities of the long-term research topics identified in the Strategic Research Agenda 2035 (SRA 2035). The event sucessfully brought together 15 stakeholders of the field to develop priority list of topics.

The experts worked in subgroups on the following research areas:

  • IS (Integrated Systems)
  • D (Distribution Systems)
  • T (Transmission Systems)
  • TD (Transmission and Distribution Systems)
  • RC (Retail and Consumers)
  • SE (Socio-Economics)

Download the Agenda and Presentation.

The resulting priority list served as a basis for the document "Summary of Priorities for SmartGrids Research Topics", produced by the ETP SmartGrids Secretariat. The document is available here.

First European Workshop on National and Regional Platforms on SmartGrids

3 July 2012. SOST Spanish Office for Science and Technology, rue du Trône 62, Brussels.

Last 3rd July, Spanish Office for Science and Technology (SOST) office in Brussels hosted the First National and Regional SmartGrids Technology Platforms Workshop with the following objectives:

  • Raise awareness of work and activities being done by the national & regional SmartGrids Technology Platforms. Create links between them, with the European Technology Platform and EEGI.
  • Identify which kind of information or activities should be shared between the NTPs/RTPs and with ETP / EEGI and which structure is needed (no additional organization/body) to support this activities
  • Optimize and guarantee the knowledge sharing between national and EU level of the SmartGrids project results to the research EU community.

 Wiktor Raldow, Head of Unit, Energy Conversion and Distribution Systems, DG Research, introduced the session underlying the interest of this initiative of collaboration promoted from the Member States.

At the conference they participated 6 National / RegionalTechnology Platforms (France, Austria, Flanders, Czech Republic, Slovenia and Spain), as well as the European Platform and other organizations (ENTSO, JRC, ERA_NET SmarGrid). The first part dealt with the coordination and creation of links between National Platforms and European institutions and the second part dealt with the knowledge sharing among the entire European Community. The event's agenda can be downloaded here.

In both parts of the event was maintained by a round table discussion in which the following conclusions and next steps were obtained:

  • We need to foster and enhance knowledge sharing of activities in the MS/Regions and in the EU level, but coordination (i.e. with JRC, ERA net, EEGI MS initiative, GRID+) is a must.
  • First step is to build NTPs/RTPs Inventory – A task in the SG ETP was proposed to create this catalogue. Identification of contact points in the NTPs/RTPs and agreement in the relationship model. Further meeting in Brussels is needed with the full catalogue of NTPs/RTPs.
  • Support asked to the NTPs/RTPs to prioritize the SRA 2035 topics published recently.
  • How to structure mechanisms for KS between projects, further work is needed. JRC appears as a key player to centralize the project information.
  • MS/Regions SmartGrid Cost – Benefits analysis: Collect, exchange and consolidate information about this kind of analysis from the MS/Regions.

The event was promoted by the Spanish Technology Platform FUTURED, and European Technology Platform. For more information, please contact FUTURED.

 Download the agenda and presentations!

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