Retrospect on Innogrid2020+

15.05.2019

This year’s Innogrid2020+ took place in Brussels on 13 and 14 May. Jointly organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO), the motto of the prestigious annual event for 2019 was “Connecting Physics and Digits: Power Platforms on the Rise”. So, it was about physical networks and their permeation with information and communication technologies, transforming the energy system into a cyberphysical system. Among the presented projects during Innogrid2020+ were several, in which TSCNET shareholders participate: “Crossbow” with Croatian transmission system operator (TSO) HOPS, “DA/RE” by German TSO TransnetBW, “FutureFlow” (ELES from Slovenia, APG from Austria, MAVIR from Hungary, and Transelectrica from Romania), “MIGRATE” (Amprion from Germany, ELES, and Dutch-German TSO TenneT), and SINCRO.GRID (ELES and HOPS). Besides, Yves Zumwald, CEO of Swissgrid, took part as speaker in the “CEO business track panel on innovation”.

In addition to informative sessions on disruptive technologies, innovation policy or targets for 2030, the event hosts also presented the 2nd European Power Network Awards during Innogrid2020+. The first winner is the Signposting Information project by the British Distribution System Operator (DSO) WPG, which aims to open new neutral markets around flexibility. The second winner is the digital platform “cyberNOC” by CyberGRID, a specialist in the development of virtual power plant solutions. cyberNOC stands for the seamless and secure integration of battery energy storage systems and electric vehicles with aggregators, electricity markets, and grid operators.

On the second day of Innogrid2020+, ENTSO-E and EDSO used the public interest in the event to present six recommendations on energy network innovation to the European Commission in the forefront of the Copenhagen Energy Infrastructure Forum on 23 and 24 May. These recommendations include the promotion of TSO-DSO cooperation, adequate support for research, development and innovation, of sectoral coupling and digitisation, or the linking of EU funding programmes.

This year’s Innogrid2020+ focused on the digitisation of power networks (picture of presentation by Yves Zumwald, CEO of Swissgrid: EDSO)

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InnoGrid 2019 on cyber-physical grids

19.12.2018

A few days before Christmas, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) pointed out one of the most important dates in the coming year for innovative network concepts: InnoGrid 2019, which will take place on 13 and 14 May in Brussels, Belgium.

In recent editions, InnoGrid has proven to be the key European event for electricity grid innovation and there is no reason why it should be any different this time. The prestigious annual event is organised jointly by ENTSO-E and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO). The motto of InnoGrid 2019 is: “Connecting Physics and Digits: Power Platforms on the Rise”. What’s the whole issue? It is about physical networks and their permeation with information and communication technologies, transforming the energy system into a cyber-physical system.

How can it be ensured that digitisation will reach its full potential? And what is the best possible interaction between transmission system operators (TSOs) and distribution system operators (DSOs)? CEOs of the industry will answer these and other questions and present their respective innovation strategies. At InnoGrid 2019 you will get acquainted with today’s emerging power platforms and have the opportunity to discuss the necessary regulatory, political and financial framework conditions. Sponsoring opportunities for InnoGrid 2019 are already available and the calls for applications will be sent out shortly.

ENTSO-E and EDSO are hosting the 8th annual InnoGrid conference on innovation in electricity networks from 13-14 May in Brussels

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html)

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Smart TSO-DSO cooperation continues

24.10.2018

The energy transition entails many changes for the energy industry, such as the increasing generation of decentralised and volatile renewables, new actors on the market like aggregators, or the active role of customers ‒ all these developments require flexibility and pose a challenge for every player in the energy market, but above all for those responsible for a stable grid and a secure electricity supply: transmission system operators (TSOs) and distribution system operators (DSOs) sharing similar obligations and interests.

To cope with the demanding future tasks, network operators need a common vision of active system management to increase the flexibility of transmission and distribution and to coordinate them closely. This is why ENTSO-E entered into an intensive cooperation with four associations representing European DSOs a few years ago, namely the European Distribution System Operators (EDSO) for Smart Grids, CEDEC, Eurelectric, and GEODE. A significant first step was the publication of a report on TSO-DSO data management on 19 September 2016.

By signing an updated Memorandum of Understanding on 23 October 2018, the partners expressed their commitment to maintain and enhance their collaboration. The focus is on measures to realise synergies in research, development and innovation, e.g. the exchange of data and information, the introduction of new communication devices and software, and the coordinated renewal of ageing grids. In addition, the TSOs and DSOs are also working together to implement network codes more efficiently. Further fields of cooperative activities will be defined at the beginning of 2019, taking into account the European Commission’s final Clean Energy Package.

ENTSO-E has signed an updated Memorandum of Understanding on close cooperation with four associations representing European DSOs

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> See ENTSO-E press release (html)

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InnoGrid2020+ gets ready for the twenties

02.05.2018

In recent years, InnoGrid2020+ has proved to be the European event on innovation in electricity networks. The widely recognised annual conference is jointly organised by the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO). This year’s InnoGrid2020+, the seventh edition of the event, will be held at BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, in Brussels, Belgium, from 15 to 16 May. “Get ready for the twenties ‒ A vision for Europe’s power grid and beyond“ is the most promising title.

The central theme of 2018 addresses the high expectations of customers, market participants and policy makers regarding what the electricity system and network should deliver as services beyond 2020. The circle of speakers consists of high-ranking policy makers, researchers and project developers but also of grid users and citizens. Ben Voorhorst, President of ENTSO-E and Chief Operating Officer of TSCNET shareholder TenneT, the Dutch-German transmission system operator (TSO), will co-host the inaugural session.

InnoGrid2020+ 2018 provides insights and solutions for the challenges of the next decade. In addition to the multifarious presentations there will also be profound project related breakout sessions on concrete issues of power networks and their essential role for the energy future. The relevant key terms here include system and cyber security, flexibility, active system management, sector coupling, and e-mobility.

> Visit Innogrid2020+ website (html)

Picture: Yannick Sas / BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium

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InnoGrid2020+ on networking networks

30.06.2017

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.

> See ELES press release (html)
> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Visit Innogrid2020+ website (with access to presentations and videos)

Picture: Screenshot taken from InnoGrid2020+ presentation video by ETIP Smart Network for the Energy Transition

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The network of networks: InnoGrid2020+

27.02.2017

The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) are calling for applications for this year’s InnoGrid2020+ conference on innovation in electricity networks to be held from 26-27 June in Brussels, Belgium.

The sixth InnoGrid2020+ edition focuses on the arising network of networks, thought of as the unprecedented linking of power grids, transport, telecom, and IT. Research and development projects with EU added-value are invited to be presented at the conference. Applications are welcome until 31 March.

> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> Visit Innogrid2020+ website (html)

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ENTSO-E’s Secretary-General to preside Smart Networks Platform

14.07.2016

The European Technology and Innovation Platform for Smart Networks for the Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) is the newly conceived European think tank for policy, technology and development research and innovation in the smart grid sector. It merges and replaces the European Electricity Grid Initiative (EEGI) and the European Technology Platform for the electricity networks of the future (ETP SmartGrids). ETIP assembles experts not only for electricity, storage, information and communications technology, but also for heating, transport and gas, all joining forces to support Europe’s energy transition.

Konstantin Staschus, Secretary-General of the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) has been appointed chairman of the platform. Staschus will occupy the chairmanship for a year. His vice-chairs are Nikos Hatziargyriou, Member of the Board of the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids(EDSO) and Thierry Le Boucher, Vice President of the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE).

Staschus takes pride in his nomination and expects ETIP to be beneficial for the European energy transition. The new chairman concludes that “research and innovation are crucial for getting more flexibility into the electricity system, and for integrating more renewable energy into it, securely and affordably”.

> See ENTSO-E press release (html)

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EU shouldn’t miss the digital train

29.06.2016

On 27 and 28 June 2016, the 5th annual conference on innovation in electricity networks, InnoGrid2020+, took place in Brussels, Belgium. The event was jointly promoted by the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO). This year’s main focus was lying on “Digital Energy”. Two members of the European Commision were amongst the speakers: Maroš Šefčovič, Vice-President and Commissioner for Energy Union, and Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society.

Bente Hagem, Chair of the Board of ENTSO-E, opened the conference appealing to the European Comission to “anchor innovation in its upcoming legislative proposal”. Both system operators’ associations, ENTSO-E and EDSO, emphasised the necessity of an innovation push in the European power system combining the efforts of EU and national authorities, of private and public institutions. Regulators should encourage transmission system operators (TSOs) to become innovation leaders.

The second day of the event was dedicated to the desirable entry of the European energy grid sector into the digital era. Peder Andreasen, President of ENTSO-E, sees the “booming of data production” as an opportunity: “Big data will help us optimise the use of our networks, generation and consumption. This is good for the environment and good for the economy.” ENTSO-E and EDSO jointly kept focussing on the importance of the digital revolution for the TSOs. Christian Buchel, EDSO Vice-Chairperson, clearly pointed out: “Europe has not yet missed the digital revolution in the energy grid sector. But time is running.”

> See ENTSO-E press release day 1 (html)

> See ENTSO-E press release day 2 (html)

Picture: Jean-Michel Clajot
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Register for InnoGrid2020+

11.03.2015

Only three days left to register for the 4th Annual InnoGrid2020+ in Brussels, Belgium, starting on 31 March. The two-day European R&D conference for electricity transmission and distribution grids is held by the European Network for Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO).

> See InnoGrid 2020+ programme (html)

> See InnoGrid 2020+ registration website (html)

 

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