Awards 2018

ISGAN and GSGF Celebrate Global Excellence in Smart Grid Projects with special focus on ‘Smart Grids for Flexibility’


Global Recognition

On June 24, 2018, ISGAN, in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), announced the winners of the fourth annual ISGAN Award of Excellence, during a special ceremony at the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ibrahim Baylan, the Swedish Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, presented the ISGAN Award to the winning projects.

The ISGAN Award of Excellence international competition showcases leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world. The 2018 ISGAN Award of Excellence recognizes exemplars in the field of smart grids with a special focus on “flexibility” that will advance smart grids by improving the flexibility of the grid by balancing supply and demand simultaneously, thereby reducing customer losses from power disruptions.

▣ Awards Competition Official Rules

▣ Frequently Asked Questions

▣ Awards Fact Sheet

▣ Awards Brochure

2018 Award Theme: Smart Grids for Flexibility


Theme for 2018

Excellence in Smart Grids for Flexibility

Competition at a Glance

For the fourth Annual ISGAN Award of Excellence competition, a wide range of smart grid project nominations were received, representing projects from 10 different countries throughout the world. The winning projects were selected by an independent, international jury of smart grid experts, led by Reji Pillai Kumar, Executive Director of the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF). The jury selected the winning projects based on the following four criteria: potential impact, economic rationale, potential for replication and adaptation, innovation and other benefits.


Competition Result

The 2018 ISGAN Award of Excellence, which focused on “Smart Grids for Flexibility,” was awarded to Sustainable Energy’s Coordinating Power Control, from Sweden.

Six other projects were also honored with the title “Finalists”: Smart Grid Deployment Project, from Korea, and Smart OperatorEfficient control and monitoring of the low voltage grid, from Germany, SysDL 2.0 – Ancillary services from large-area distribution grids, from Germany, Local Energy System with Customer Flexibility, from Sweden, OpenADR4Chile, from Italy, and Instability Detector of the Gaspésie Regional Power System: DIR-Gaspésie (CGART-ALGORES), from Canada.

EON’s Local Energy System with Customer Flexibility was also honored with the GSGF Best Smartgrid Project Award, which recognized its excellence of replication.

Eligible Projects

  • Eligible projects include pilot, demonstration, and deployment projects
  • Please see the Official Rules of the ISGAN Award of Excellence and detailed Submission Forms for more information
  • The jury will select winning projects based on four key criteria:
    • Potential impact,
    • Economic rationale,
    • Potential for replication or adaptation,
    • Innovation, and,
    • Other benefits.
  • Winners will be announced during a ceremony at the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) and Mission Innovation (MI) meeting in May 2018.
  • Winners will be invited to participate in that ceremony and be recognized in ISGAN products and proceedings over the following months.
  • Winners will be offered an opportunity for interviews and exposure via a promotional video which will be publicly distributed via a variety of networks, including ISGAN’s official YouTube channel and website


Winning Projects

Coordinating power control
Sustainable Energy (Sweden)


Smart Grid Demonstration Project
Korea Electric Power Corporation (Korea)
Smart Operator Efficient control and monitoring of the low voltage grid
Innogy SE (Germany)
SysDL 2.0 – Ancillary services from large-area distribution grids
DREWAG NETZ GmbH (Germany)
Local Energy System with Customer Flexibility 
EON Energidistribution AB (Sweden)
Enel SpA (Italy)
 Instability Detector of the Gaspésie Regional Power System: DIR-Gaspésie (CGART-ALGORES)
Hydro-Quebec Research Institute (IREQ) (Canada)

Recognizing the excellence of replication

Local Energy System with Customer Flexibility
EON Energidistribution AB (Sweden)
Contact (Awards Administrator)

Aram An

Korea Smart Grid Institute (KSGI)
Tel: (+82)2-2138-1736

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