The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) launched the Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) in March 2016 to capture, collect, and share knowledge about smart grid technologies among countries and key stakeholders. Building on ISGAN’s experience of delivering deep-dive workshops, the KTP fosters meaningful international dialogue on smart grids among a select group of participants with a focus on developing competence and building capacity.
Knowledge Transfer Project
Cultivating Smart Energy Solutions through Dynamic Peer-to-Peer Learning
Deep Dialogue, High Impact
The workshop format, which requires significantly advanced preparation, promotes individual learning while emphasizing active participation in the co-creation of concrete results informed by an interdisciplinary group of carefully selected participants with complementary competencies. Informal and collaborative, KTP workshops:
- Encourage open dialogue about successes and lessons learned from grid modernization efforts
- Promote cross-organizational dialogue inspired by experiences and results achieved
- Create a forum for peer-to-peer learning where all participants can contribute to and benefit from the collective thinking process.
The intent is to produce greater impact than traditional, presentation-based conferences. Aside from the mutual transfer of smart grid knowledge, which is the primary purpose, the KTP concept also creates strong social fabrics of peers across disciplines and international borders.
Flexible Options to Maximize Smart Grid Knowledge Transfer
After a successful 2016 pilot project and two consecutive projects, each with a different focus and structure, the KTP has become an established practice that can support existing ISGAN or CEM initiatives. The organic, exible approach to workshop development enables organizers to tailor the preparatory activities, workshop design, and facilitation techniques to the specific objectives of each KTP. To accommodate different purposes, needs, and practical circumstances, ISGAN has adopted three basic models for delivering KTP workshops.
- Country-centric — A multinational group convenes to help identify potential solutions to one country’s smart grid challenges
- Multilateral — Multinational participants come together to learn and share information on mutual topics of interest
- Hybrid — Inspired largely by the priorities of one country, this model brings together multinational participants to share knowledge multidirectionally.
KTP Team Seeks New Ideas, Partners
The ISGAN KTP team is actively seeking new ideas and partners for future KTPs. Along with the approaches outlined above, there is an option for a more comprehensive KTP consisting of three
to four workshops with intermittent analytical work carried out by participants over several months. To inquire about planning or participating in Public Support to Smart Grid RD&I 2.0 or other KTPs, contact:
- Magnus Olofsson firstname.lastname@example.org
- Helena Lindquist email@example.com
The ISGAN KTP team has developed the following resources to provide more details on the approach and country experiences to date: