Virtual InnoGrid focuses on Green Deal


Grid innovators usually meet once a year in Brussels to participate in InnoGrid2020+, the European event for research, development, and innovation (RDI) in the field of power transmission. Despite the continued commitment of the European transmission system operators (TSOs) to RDI and the energy transition during the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s Innogrid2020+ must be conducted virtually. The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) and the European Distribution System Operators’ association (EDSO) have thus organised two InnoGrid webinars to showcase the latest innovations and to present some of the key research and development projects in Europe. The first webinar, attended by 350 people, took place on 18 June, and the second will follow on 30 June (11-13 CET).

The motto of the online events is: “Why power networks innovation is key for bringing the European Green Deal from promise to practice”. The first webinar provided ideas and projects that help to make the Green Deal a reality, especially by facilitating the integration of renewable energies. In addition to technical approaches and projects, political and regulatory framework conditions were also discussed. In his assessment of the development from an ENTSO-E perspective, Uroš Salobir, Director of the Strategic Innovation Department at TSCNET shareholder ELES, the Slovenian TSO, and ENTSO-E Vice Chair of the RDI Committee, commented: “The future energy system will be a system of interconnected systems, with deeper electrification and smart sector integration. In this future, electricity becomes a dominant vector and system operators, key facilitators.” On behalf of European TSOs, Mr Salobir concluded: “We stand ready to support the European green recovery especially through innovation and developing the cyber-physical system.”

Reservations for the second session on 30 June are still welcome. Among other topics, Michela Marasco, Policy Officer-DG Energy at the European Commission, will speak on the RDI dimension of the Green Deal. Jan Kostevc, Infrastructure Regulation Officer at the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER), will focus on innovations from the efficiency perspective and Hakon Borgen, Chair of the ENTSO-E RDI Committee, will present the ENTSO-E RDI Roadmap 2020-2030.

This year’s InnoGrid2020+ on the relevance of grid innovation for the European Green Deal is held as a webinar 

> See ENTSO-E press release (html)
> See Innogrid2020+ website, with access to registration and presentations (html)

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Retrospect on Innogrid2020+


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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InnoGrid2020+ gets ready for the twenties


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


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, 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+


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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EU shouldn’t miss the digital train


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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