This year’s InnoGrid2020+, the conference on innovation in electricity networks jointly organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO), has taken place from 26-27 June in Brussels, Belgium. The all outstanding question of the sixth InnoGrid2020+ was, how electricity network platforms can pave the way for Europe’s fourth industrial revolution.
Europe’s energy future doubtlessly is digital and all European operators in the electricity market have to coordinate digitally and smart for more efficiency. Bente Hagem, Chair of the ENTSO-E Board, explained that the aim is to develop “digital links between electricity system operators cross-border and between wholesale and retail” for the benefit of both, climate and economy. Laurent Schmitt, ENTSO-E Secretary General, commented on the necessity for the pan-European energy sector to be interconnected digitally: “The electricity system is made of interlinked geographies: local, national, regional and European. Adding a digital layer that glues these dimensions together is a must.”
More than 400 delegates attended InnoGrid2020+ and profited from many-faceted presentations delivered by high-profile speakers. Among them were representatives from TSC members like Peder Ø Andreasen, CEO at Danish TSO Energinet.dk, and Ben Voorhorst, new elected Vice President of ENTSO-E and COO at TenneT, the Dutch-German TSO. Darko Kramar, Assistant Director TSO Division at Slovenian TSO ELES, used the opportunity to present FutureFlow, an innovation and research project linking the control areas of four central-south European TSOs, including APG from Austria and MAVIR from Hungary.
Picture: Screenshot taken from InnoGrid2020+ presentation video by ETIP Smart Network for the Energy Transition