March 16, 2018

New ISGAN Vice Chair appointed

Mr. A. K. Mishra from India has been appointed as a new Vice Chair to support ISGAN presidium

Mr. A. K. Mishra is General Manager and Director National Smart Grid Mission Project Management unit, responsible for operationalizing National Effort in preparing the utility and industry, under National Smart Grid Mission, for the transformation towards Smart Grid. He is working in close coordination with National Mission Innovation Team for project selection and utility perspective integration into research.

Mr. A. K. Mishra was previously involved as deputy and Addional General Manager, ICT sectoral lead and team leads for engineering for POWERGRID Corporation of India Limited. He had responsibilities for initiating national efforts on smart grid and transmission sector utility preparation for renewable integration.

ISGAN Presidium

At the ISGAN ExCo 15, Newcastle, Australia 2018

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March 15, 2018

Webinar “Perspectives on ISGAN KTP in Mexico, Genk and Bengaluru”

This webinar will summarize results from three events based on interactive knowledge exchange using the KTP model, which will take place on 18 Apr 2018 @ 14:00 CEST.

The KTP events are:

1. Unleashing Smart Grids in Mexico. Mexico City 17-19 August 2016.
2. Knowledge Transfer Project on Public Support to Smart Grid research, demonstration and innovation. Genk, Belgium, 11 September 2017.
3. Knowledge Exchange on Distributed Generation, Microgrids, and Smart Metering. Bengaluru, India, 13–15 November 2017.

Focus on the presentation will be on results from the events with focus on the interactive KTP workshops. The workshops and events has been developed and arranged by ISGAN Annex 2 in close collaboration with Annex 4. Further KTP workshops are planned which will be mentioned at this webinar. Finally, the methodology will be presented briefly.

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March 15, 2018

Workshop on Mission Innovation Challenge 1

Synergies and interactions with MI IC#1 with ISGAN have been discussed within the ISGAN community at CSIRO, Newcastle.

The public workshop started with an overview what Mission Innovation (MI) is, how it developed and what the six mayor R&D topics they work on are.

Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 22 countries and the European Union to dramatically accelerate global clean energy innovation. As part of the initiative, participating countries have committed to seek to double their governments’ clean energy research and development (R&D) investments over five years, while encouraging greater levels of private sector investment in transformative clean energy technologies. These additional resources will dramatically accelerate the availability of the advanced technologies that will define a future global energy mix that is clean, affordable, and reliable. MI developed seven challenges and the topic MI IC#1 is Smart Grids

MI IC#1 was founded in autumn 2016. It is is co-led by Italy (Luciano Martini), India (Sanjay Bajpai) and China (Yibo Wang).

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March 13, 2018

Workshop on Smart City Strategy of Newcastle

Newcastle City Council representatives, local entrepreneurs and ISGAN Experts came together to work and brainstorm on innovative idea for Smart City Newcastle.

Brief history of energy in Newcastle

Where we came from Smart City; concept of the Living Lab introduced by the City Council representatives. In the past Newcastlewas reknowned for its steel-making and the largest coal exporting port in the world.

In 1997 steel production was closing. Pathways to sustainability conference laid the future vision of Newcastle, under which the city aims to establishe itself as a world leader of in the area of Sustainable Energy Industry. Another positive development involved the CISRO chosing Newcastle as its main location. Australia’s 1st Green Power Scheme was elaborated shortly after that. In 2000 the first energy meeting took place with the contribution and from 900 community members.

Currently a 5MW Solar park is realized on a closed land fill with the plan to use the concept of virtual net metering for the council’s electricity demand.

Idea Bombing

Ideas around a living energy lab for Newcastle’s sportsground number 2 have been discussed.

Themes included:

  • How people move
  • How goods move
  • Open or real time data
  • Energy near futures – what is coming on the horizon?

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March 11, 2018

15th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15)

We are pleased to inform you that the next ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15) and associated side-events (smart grid regional conference) will be held in Newcastle, Australia in the week of March 12, 2018.

Monday Workshops

Technical Site Visit

The ISGAN community visited Summerhill Waste Management Facility.

The head of the facility presented it capabilities in terms of waste collection and treatment in the local context. He raised the crucial importance of education in waste management and recycling and the measures currently undertaken in Newcastle.

The two main initiatives currently considered include waste to energy, WTE, and processed engineered fuel, PEF. PEF refers to the processing of waste to produce feedstock for WTE and involves sorting, screening and shredding of waste. The process ensures that the feedstock is suitable for the WTE facility, maximizes its efficiency, reduces waste from the WTE facility and, finally help to transport fuel more efficiently.

Giving an overview of the issues in the industry is facing right now, the head of the facility mentioned fast changing regulation and the attitudes and awareness of the overall population. He pointed out the 70% recycling target established by the authorities, which is, however, currently difficult to achieve and the average recycling rate does not go beyond 45%. By way of an example, in big cities the population is not directly engaged with their environment, thus recycling activities are much more difficult to conduct compared to small communites. This creates an oportunity for a regulatory change from recycling to diversion and recovery (waste to energy).

Reception at Newcastle’s City Mayor

Newcastle welcomed ISGAN Experts at the City Hall

In the afternoon CSIRO and Newcastle City Council organized Workshops and Idea Bombing on Smart City Newcastle.

ExCo Meeting

From Wednesday to Friday the Executive Committee meet to discuss adminstrative issues and pogress as well as work programs within their Annexes. A new Vice Chair was elected to support ISGAN presidium: Mr. A. K. Mishra from India

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March 1, 2018

SIRFN Workshop on Test Protocols, Methods and Microgrid Research

ISGAN Workshop on Monday 12th, March 2018 in in Newcastle, Australia.

Proposed Agenda

Public SIRFN workshop
08:30-08:45 Welcoming remarks,Introduction, Meeting Objectives
08:45-09:45 Test Protocols for Advanced Inverter Functions: current

developments and future opportunities (Jay Johnson, Sandia)

09:45-10:00 Break
10:00-11:00 Advanced Laboratory Testing Methods (Roland Bründlinger, AIT)
11:00-12:00 Role of Microgrids Research in Future Power System Research
12:00-13:00 Lunch break

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February 13, 2018

Webinar “Planning of Distribution Systems in the Era of Smart Grids”

Webinar of the ISGAN Academy “Planning of Distribution Systems in the Era of Smart Grids”, which will took place on February 14th, 2018.

The webinar deals with distribution planning in the era of smart grids. It is based on the CIGRE WG C6.19 activity. The main topics of the webinar are:

  • Role and objectives of distribution planning
  • Shortcomings of traditional planning in the current context
  • Distribution planning in the era of Smart Grids
    • Load and generation representation, flexibility
    • Probabilistic models for distribution planning
    • Multi objective optimization
    • Smart Grid in distribution planning
  • Multi-energy systems
  • Cyber-physical simulation
  • Example of application and case studies

Watch the webinar or find out more at Leonardo Energy.

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February 2, 2018

Workshop of IEA Building Coordination Group

The IEA Buildings, IEA EUWP (End Use Working Party) and IEA TCPs came together to discuss priority R&D topics and how TPC are dealing with building related research questions

2018 Buildings Co-ordination Group Meeting in Vienna

With participation of several TCPs, IEA secretariat (John Dulac), IEA EUWP Vice Chair for Buildings (Sabine Mitter) and IEA EUWP chair (Gudrun Maass) discussed building related priority research topics.

Photo: Hannes Warmuth, Sabine Mitter, Teun Boekhoven, Gudrun Maass, Adriana Diaz, Monixa Axcell, Even Bjornstad, Robin Wiltshire, Matthias Stifter, Ralf-Roman Schmidt, Ricardo Enriquez, Takao Sawachi (from left to right) (photo: Sabine Mitter)

The following TCPs have been represented:

  • Demand Side Management (DSM)
  • Heat Pumping Technologies (HPT)
  • Energy Efficient End Use Equipment (4E)
  • Energy Conservation through Energy Storage (ECES)
  • District Heating and Cooling (DHC)
  • Energy in Buildings and Communities (EBC)
  • Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC)
  • International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)


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January 24, 2018

India SMART GRID Week 2018

INDIA SMART GRID WEEK (ISGW 2018) is the fourth edition of the Conference and Exhibition on Smart Energy and Smart Cities, organized by India Smart Grid Forum scheduled from 05 – 09 March 2018, New Delhi, India.

ISGF is a public private partnership initiative of Govt. of India with the mandate of accelerating smart grid deployments across the country. With 180+ members comprising of ministries, utilities, technology providers, academia and research, ISGF has evolved as a Think-Tank of global repute on Smart Energy and Smart Cities.

ISGW 2018 will bring together India’s leading Electricity, Gas and Water Utilities, Policy Makers, Regulators, Investors and world’s top-notch Smart Energy Experts and Researchers to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products in smart energy and smart cities domains. ISGW 2018 will include plenaries, interactive workshops, panels, keynotes, and technical sessions. 

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December 20, 2017

Webinar “Augmented reality applications for Smart Grids”

Upcoming webminar of the ISGAN Academy “Augmented reality applications for Smart Grids”, will take place on December 13th, 2017.

Annex 8 of the International Smart Grids Action Network would like to invite you to participate in the upcoming webminar of the ISGAN Academy Augmented reality applications for Smart Grids, which will take place on December 13th, 2017.

To find out more about the webinar and to register please see the link as below.

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