November 23, 2020


Webinar- Extracting value from data sharing for RES forecasting: Privacy aspects & data monetization

17 Dec 2020 @ 14:00 CET Duration: 1h Recent works in renewable energy sources (RES) forecasting, have shown the interest of using spatially distributed time series and assumed that data could be gathered centrally and used, either at the RES power plant level, or at the level of a system operator. However, data is distributed in terms of ownership, limitation in data transfer capabilities and with agents being reluctant to share their data anyway. The goal of this presentation is to rethink those learning problems by reformulating them as distributed learning problems and exploring two paradigms: privacy-preserving analytics and data markets. It will start by presenting the paradigm of collaborative RES forecasting and the challenges to implement a privacy layer for data from multiple owners. Then, the different algorithmic solutions for that data markets are discussed together with its applicability to RES forecasting. In this context, agents will be incentivized to collaborate, either through monetization of data or a privacy protocol for data exchange.

Intended audience

  • Decision-makers from the energy sector and the power system industry (operators of power systems, energy producers, market regulators, energy traders, etc.)
  • Senior engineers with experience in renewable energy or statistics / data science
  • Data providers, data science companies, grid operators
  • RES traders
  • Academia, Regulation bodies

Liyang Han                               Ricardo Bessa


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November 20, 2020


Webinar: Demonstrating the technical and economical viability of grid-forming converters: first lessons learnt from Osmose demonstrators

14 Dec 2020 @ 14:00 CET From a newly installed 1MVA energy storage system demonstrator in the French Network, Rte will present how a grid-forming converter can operate robustly in grid-connected situation, how it can interface multiple DC storage devices, and how we can measure its effectiveness from the point of coupling.

Intended audience:

Senior Engineers in power systems, from academics to TSO & DSO entities, RES generators and equipment manufacturers.

 

Key messages:

  • Suitable grid-forming algorithm can be implemented on commercial converters for transmission grid interface, provided minimal DC energy storage upgrade.
  • Multiple DC storage operator can be interfaced behind the same grid-forming converter mutualized for multi-services.
  • High resolution measurement must be used to validate the grid-forming behaviour from point of coupling.

Carmen Cardozo        Guillaume Denis       Antonio Zecchino              Zhao Yuan


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October 24, 2020


Webinar: Local flexibility solutions leveraged by RD&I projects as system stability solutions

The presentation will shortly provide an introduction to flexibility solutions, focused on DSO and demand side innovative service enabling solutions This introduction is followed by the presentation of ATTEST and INTERRFACE as example of RD&I projects where these flexibility solutions are being developed at an European level.

10th Nov 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

The intended audience from in this webinar includes: academy members from the power systems area and industry players also from power systems including TSOs, DSOs, policy makers, regulators, research centers and associations focused in grid management and grid planning.

Key messages:

Flexibility plays a key-role in the decarbonisation of power systems and in increasing the involvement of end-users through the creation of innovative demand-side services.

INTERPRETER will develop an open-source interoperable grid management solution consisting of a set of 10 software applications for an optimal design, planning, operation and maintenance of the electricity grid, with a special focus on the distribution network.

ATTEST aims to develop a secure ICT platform that integrates a set of optimization tools for operating, planning and managing assets of power systems.

INTERRFACE aims to create a common architecture that connects market platforms to establish a seamless pan-European electricity exchange linking wholesale and retail markets and allows all electricity market players to trade and procure energy services in a transparent, non-discriminatory way.

André Guimarães                                                George Boultadakis             Hans Bludszuweit


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October 18, 2020


Webinar: INTERPRETER – Flexibility needs at system level

Introduction to flexibility solutions, which can be used to increase efficiency in power systems. The solutions considered for the webinar are network level solutions. This introduction is followed by the presentation of FlexPlan and CoordiNet as example of RD&I projects where flexibility solutions are being developed to change the power system landscape.

6th Nov 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

Academy members, from the power systems area and industry players also from power systems including TSOs, DSOs, policy makers, regulators, research centers and associations focused in grid management and grid planning.  

 

Key messages:

Flexibility plays a key-role in the decarbonisation of power systems (e.g. by promoting the integration of DER or enabling new TSO/DSO coordination strategies) and RD&I projects contribute to the European leadership in the power system industry by developing related solutions. 

INTERPRETER will develop an open-source interoperable grid management solution consisting of a set of 10 software applications for an optimal design, planning, operation and maintenance of the electricity grid, with a special focus on the distribution network. 

FlexPlan aims at establishing a new grid planning methodology considering the opportunity to introduce new storage and flexibility resources in electricity transmission and distribution grids as an alternative to building new grid elements. 

CoordiNet aims to demonstrate how DSOs and TSOs by acting in a coordinated manner can provide favourable cooperation conditions to all actors while removing barriers to participation for customers and small market players connected to distribution networks 

 

Nuno Amaro                                Gianluigi Migliavacca                                  José Pablo Chaves


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On behalf of the CEM11 pre-event organizers (ISGAN and PSF), we invite you to the ISGAN-PSF joint workshop “A holistic approach to low emission energy systems through the sector integration” on Wednesday 16 September, 14:30 – 16:00 CET (15:30 -17:00 Riyadh).

Clean Energy Ministerial 11 (CEM11) hosted this year by Saudi Arabia, will be entirely virtual and open to all via live webcast.

This workshop will bring together ongoing and upcoming CEM work from various perspectives, looking at power system integration enabled by digitalization and new technologies for power system flexibility – such as electric mobility and distributed storage. The focus of the discussion will be on key policy support, including market design, multi-stakeholder coordination, cross-sectoral approaches. From CEM, this includes the Power System Flexibility Campaign, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the work of the Horizontal Accelerator for EV Integration. Also, during the event, the winning projects of the Sixth ISGAN Award of Excellence will be announced. (Please find more details in the attached PDF file.)


* How to join the event:

Please visit the CEM11-MI5 event website and register www.cem-mi-saudi2020.sa. You will be sent an access code the platform which will let you log in to the virtual conference, select your avatar to wander around the virtual venue, go to the chat room to network, and go to your side event room.

The session will be broadcast live through this link also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS6IyRgUutY&feature=youtu.be 

 


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September 8, 2020


Online workshop “Testing Methods and Certification Protocols”

IEA-ISGAN invites you to the online seminar on "Testing Methods and Certification Protocols", which will take place on October 15th, 2020. The “Smart Grid International Research Facility Network - SIRFN” is a sub-programme of the “International Smart Grid Action Network - ISGAN” and will present its advanced work on testing and validation of Smart Grid systems. The online seminar will include automated testing of distributed generators, holistic validation considerations of energy systems, validations procedures of Microgrid functions and modern laboratory testing technologies.

Online workshop “Testing Methods and Certification Protocols”

Will take place on 15 October 2020.

SIRFN will present its advanced work on testing and validation of smart grid systems. The following topics will be covered:

  • automated testing of distributed generators
  • holistic validation considerations of energy systems
  • validations procedures of microgrid functions
  • modern laboratory testing technologies.

Further information about the event will be distributed to the registered persons shortly before the event.
For all enquiries regarding the event, please contact sirfn[at]der-lab.net.


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May 11, 2020


Webinar: Smart4RES – Data science for renewable energy prediction

The prediction of Renewable Energy Source (RES) production is a worldwide challenge for Smart Grids. In this webinar, you will learn next-generation solutions proposed by the European Project Smart4RES: • Future power system applications based on RES forecasting, • Innovative weather and RES forecasting products to increase performance by 10-20%.

5 jun 2020 @ 14:00 CEST

Duration: 1 hour

The targeted audience of the webinar is:

  • decision-makers from the energy sector and and the power system industry (operators of power systems, energy producers, market regulators, energy traders, etc.)
  • senior engineers with experience in renewable energy or statistics / data science.

Key messages of webinar:

  • Collaborative forecasts enable the distributed optimization of energy transactions by multiple actors of power systems, yielding value through data markets while preserving data privacy.
  • High-resolution forecasts give tailored information on the uncertainty of RES production sites, thanks to advanced weather predictions and cutting-edge data science.
  • Artificial Intelligence teams up with human expertise to exploit the big data available on RES production and power systems to optimize decision-making for market applications and grid management.
  • Synergies between RES and storage systems are optimized and validated in practice on various contexts, from a large RES power plant to an entire isolated power system.

George Kariniotakis                 Pierre Pinson


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April 24, 2020


Webinar: New business models for distribution grid stakeholders under high penetration of DER

In a context with high penetration of distributed energy resources, the smartening and digitalization of distribution grids enable unlocking the potential of distributed flexibilities. However, new business models are necessary to make this a reality. This webinar will explore some of these new business models, with a focus on four main agents, namely DSOs, aggregators, end-users, and data service providers. The challenges and opportunities for these stakeholders are discussed, with an emphasis on perspective of the DSO as neutral market facilitator and distribution system optimizer. The work presented in this webinar is part of the European H2020 project Integrid (https://integrid-h2020.eu/).

May 19, 2020 02:00 PM in Brussels

Duration: 1h

The webinar mainly targets DSOs, and potential flexibility providers (VPPs, aggregators, flexible consumers), but it is also relevant to all other stakeholders with an interest in the topics of smart distribution grids, local flexibility services and aggregation. These includes, but is not limited to: regulators, academics and researchers on these topics, retailers, or software and data service providers.

Key messages:
• New business models and solutions are necessary to unlock the full potential of distributed flexibilities and metering data.
• These business models open both new challenges and opportunities for several stakeholders such as DSOs, end-users, aggregators or data service providers.
• The DSO in particular will have a central role as market facilititator and system optimizer.

Presenters:

Ricardo Prata                             Rafael Cossent                          Ricardo Bessa


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March 21, 2020


Webinar. Assessment of smart grid initiatives: the ISGAN smartgrideval toolkit

Smart grid initiatives have grown the complexity of planning activities, the related wide-range impacts require broad approaches for being properly accounted. The webinar analyses current practices and use cases of the assessment approaches. The advantages of combining Cost-Benefit and Multi-Criteria analyses are presented. A tutorial on the smartgrideval software developed as a part of ISGAN activities is provided.

Apr 23, 2020 02:00 PM in Brussels

Duration: 1h

Smart grid initiatives generate wide range impacts which are not captured by the traditional monetary analysis.

Broader and more general assessment tools are required for estimating the actual smart grid potential.

The use of an approach which combines the Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) for the monetary impacts and the Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) for non-monetary impacts is promising to increase the accuracy of the assessment of smart grid initiatives.

As a part of ISGAN activities, the smartgrideval software is proposed a as decision support tool in the context of smart grid assessment.

photo of Fabrizio Pilo photo of Matteo Troncia

Fabrizio Pilo                 Matteo Troncia


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March 3, 2020


India Smart Utility Week (ISUW 2020)

International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Grids and Smart Cities

India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) has been organising its flagship annual event, India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) since 2015 and it is considered as one of the top five international events on Smart Grids and Smart Cities. With launching of 100 smart city projects by the Government of India, water and city gas distribution utilities will also need to equip themselves with latest technologies for improved operational efficiency and successful integration into the smart city systems. However, lack of effective policy and regulations both at the central and state level along with inadequate safety guidelines, standards, business models act as barriers for its growth. In order to address all the challenges and to discuss future technologies and opportunities, we have transformed the India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) to India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) in 2019. From the overwhelming feedbacks we received, ISUW 2019 was an astounding success, attended by over 1800 + delegates and 288 speakers from 41 countries.

ISUW 2020 will be organised as an International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Energy and smart mobility for Smarter Cities. ISUW 2020 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. ISUW 2020 will include plenaries, keynotes, interactive workshops, high level roundtables and technical sessions on variety of topics.

 

ISGW 2019 Post Event Report can be viewed at link: http://indiasmartgrid.org/reports/…

 

ISUW 2020 is planned from 03 – 07 March 2020 in New Delhi – see also: http://www.isuw.in/

 


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February 6, 2020


Webinar: The need to model coupled energy networks to transition to a decarbonized future

The coordination between planners and operators of coupled energy systems will allow the further integration of renewable energy sources in the electricity network by storing energy in fuel form over long periods of time using power-to-gas, the recovery and more efficient use of heat, and the decarbonization of industrial processes and transportation modes that can’t be electrified. Energy networks, such as electricity grids and natural gas pipeline networks, have traditionally been planned and operated independently. In order to enhance the integration and coordination of different energy networks, they must be planned and operated in coupled ways. Different energy networks have historically been and are still modelled by different tools.

27 Feb 2020 @ 14:00 CET

Duration: 1h

In this webinar it will discuss the need to model coupled energy systems in a single framework and we will introduce encoord’s Scenario Analysis Interface for Energy Systems (SAInt), a software application to model, plan, and operate coupled energy networks.

 

Dr. Carlo Brancucci                Dr. Kwabena Pambour


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November 15, 2019


Webinar: CoordiNet- Large scale demonstrations for TSO-DSO Cooperation

The webinar presents the CoordiNet project which aims at demonstrating how Distribution System Operators (DSO) and Transmission System Operators (TSO) shall act in a coordinated manner to procure and activate grid services in the most reliable and efficient way through the implementation of three large-scale demonstrations.

Thursday, December 5th, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CET

 

The CoordiNet project aims at demonstrating how Distribution System Operators (DSO) and Transmission System Operators (TSO) shall act in a coordinated manner to procure and activate grid services in the most reliable and efficient way through the implementation of three large-scale demonstrations. The CoordiNet project is centred around three key objectives:

  1. To demonstrate to which extent coordination between TSO/DSO will lead to a more economic, more reliable and more environmentally friendly electricity supply to the consumers through the implementation of three demonstrations at large scale, in cooperation with market participants.
  2. To define and test a set of standardized products and the related key parameters for grid services, including the reservation and activation process for the use of the assets and finally the settlement process.
  3. To specify and develop a TSO-DSO-Consumers cooperation platform starting with the necessary building blocks for the demonstration sites. These components will pave the way for the interoperable development of a pan-European market that will allow all market participants to provide energy services and opens up new revenue streams for consumers providing grid services.

 

In total, eight demo activities will be carried out in three different countries, namely Greece, Spain, and Sweden.

Speakers:

Gonca Gürses-Tran
Research Associate @E.ON Energy Research Center – RWTH Aachen
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gonca-g%C3%BCrses-tran/

Marco Baron
Head of Subsidized Programs unit @Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks
https://www.linkedin.com/in/marco-baron-16419389/

Kris Kessels
Researcher energy markets @VITO
https://www.linkedin.com/in/kris-kessels-476b4227/

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October 25, 2019


Webinar: Outcomes of the KTP on Regulatory Sandboxes

The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) provides a strategic platform to support high-level government attention and action for the accelerated development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids globally. Experimental Sandboxes for Smart Grid Transitions has been the focus for a major ISGAN Inter-Annex knowledge exchange initiative in partnership with the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), involving more than 20 countries, with the purpose of identifying key lessons learned and examples of good practice in regard to the design and implementation of such innovative policy instruments. This webinar will disseminate and discuss the outcomes of this project.


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October 15, 2019


Webinar: Flexibility needs in the future power system

This webinar introduces you to the flexibility needs in the future power system. Multiple angles are considered: stability, frequency, voltage, power quality and balance at different time scales (from seconds to hours and seasonal adequacy).

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CET

See links for presentation and recording from the webinar.

Power system flexibility relates to the ability of the power system to manage changes.

Solutions providing advances in flexibility are of utmost importance for the future power system. Development and deployment of innovative technologies, communication and monitoring possibilities, as well as increased interaction and information exchange, are enablers to provide holistic flexibility solutions. Furthermore, development of new methods for market design and analysis, as well as methods and procedures related to system planning and operation, will be required to utilise available flexibility to provide most value to society.

However, flexibility is not a unified term and is lacking a commonly accepted definition.

The flexibility term is used as an umbrella covering various needs and aspects in the power system. This situation makes it highly complex to discuss flexibility in the power system and craves for differentiation to enhance clarity. In this work, the solution has been to differentiate

the flexibility term on needs, and to categorise flexibility needs in four categories.

Here, flexibility needs are considered from over-all system perspectives (stability, frequency and energy supply) and from more local perspectives (transfer capacities, voltage and power quality). With flexibility support considered for both operation and planning of the power system, it is required in a timescale from fractions of a second (e.g. stability and frequency support) to minutes and hours (e.g. thermal loadings and generation dispatch) to months and years (e.g. planning for seasonal adequacy and planning of new investments).

Speakers:

Emil Hillberg (RISE Research Institutes of Sweden)

 


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October 3, 2019


Needs, challenges and opportunities of TSO-DSO coordination

There is a trend across the world, towards utilizing more distributed energy resources (DERs) and an increased involvement of "active consumers" in energy supply.

The transition from a system comprised primarily of dispatch-able generators to a system increasingly reliant on intermittent power sources increases the variability, uncertainty and thus also the need for flexibility.  DERs and “active customers” can provide more flexibility and thus more services to both Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs).   This shift toward distributed and renewable electricity supply poses challenges to both the TSO and DSO; however, it also encourages exploitation of less utilized coordination synergies to achieve mutual benefits.

The coordination between TSOs and DSOs is of utmost importance for the grid to obtain the full value from services potentially provided by DERs such as, congestion relief, reactive power, voltage control and frequency reserves.

The public workshop will explore the needs, challenges and opportunities of TSO-DSO coordination from a broader perspective accounting for technical, market and regulatory aspects and different views from national/international TSOs, DSOs, and smart grids projects.

 

The participation is open to the public and free of charge, but a registration is necessary.  Please, register until Friday, 20 September 2019, at https://www.bfeevents.admin.ch/ …

Further Information about the work and outcomes of ISGAN Annex 6 on Power Transmission & Distribution Systems can be found at https://www.iea-isgan.org/our-work/annex-6/ETH Zürich is currently contributing to these activities by its own projects as, e.g., TSO-DSO Interaction and T&DFlex.

 


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July 11, 2019


Dynamic Line Rating: Principles – Applications – Benefits

The next webinar in the ISGAN Academy introduces you to the physics of Dynamic Line Rating (DLR). Learn how DLR data have been integrated into grid operators' processes, and how they can help to increase cross-border trading, reduce grid congestion, and support investment decisions.

Monday, July 29, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM CEST

The webinar will introduce the physics of Dynamic Line Rating (DLR), and calculation methods based on CIGRE and IEEE standards. Various approaches are discussed: direct measurement technologies (sensors) as well as (weather) model-based simulations. We describe applications implemented by grid operators for some years already. These illustrate how DLR data have been integrated into grid operators’ tools and processes, in particular how forecasts are used.

 

Furthermore, some analytics will be share that demonstrate the benefits of DLR for reducing OPEX and CAPEX. This includes examples on increasing cross-border trading, reducing investment on new line infrastructure and reducing congestions, which helps to make decisions on reinforcement and investment.

Speakers:

Jean-Louis Repetto (Ampacimon)                                  Rena Kuwahata (Ampacimon)


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May 23, 2019


Webinar: Outcomes of the ISGAN Knowledge Exchange Project on experimental (regulatory) sandboxes to enable smart grid deployment

Experimental Sandboxes for Smart Grid Transitions has been the focus for a major ISGAN Inter-Annex knowledge exchange initiative in partnership with the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER), involving more than 20 countries, with the purpose of identifying key lessons learned and examples of good practice in regard to the design and implementation of such innovative policy instruments. This webinar will disseminate and discuss the outcomes of this project.

12 Jun 2019 @ 15:00 CEST
(check your local time)
Duration: 1h

This webinar will present:

  • ISGAN knowledge transfer projects approach
  • Regulatory Sandbox definition and application to Smart Grid technologies
  • Reference to relevant case studies, compiled in the ISGAN Casebook on Experimental Sandboxes
  • The main results of a knowledge exchange project on experimental (regulatory) sandboxes to enable smart grid deployment.
  • Key policy messages resulting from this project to be presented in the Clean Energy Ministerial event in Vancouver in May 2019.
Speakers
                                                                                  http://go.leonardo-energy.org/rs/279-UVC-173/images/Klaus_Kubeczko.png

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May 13, 2019


INNOGRID2020+

Connecting physics and digits: Power Platforms on the rise. An ICT layer is emerging on top of physical grids, transforming the energy system into a cyber-physical system. How to ensure digitalisation delivers all its potential value to European citizens? And how to make sure it leads to the best possible TSO-DSO interaction?

At InnoGrid 2019 you will hear from the industry’s CEOs on innovation strategies dos and don’ts, discover today’s rising power platforms and debate needed support from regulation, policy and financing. Interactive breakout sessions will get you acquainted with pilots and projects on active system management, sector coupling and storage, advanced grid resilience and innovations for the physical grid.

As at previous editions, a networking exhibition will showcase the works and results of R&D&I projects with a European scope.

see also: https://www.innogrid2020.eu/

 

 


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April 25, 2019


Webinar: Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Energy Services

Along with rapid EV uptake will come significant increase in electricity demand and electric power impact on the grid as public, private, and fast-charging infrastructure is developed. The ability to control and plan for the coming EV revolution will be crucial to ensuring the security of supply of global electric grids while weaning the transportation sector off of fossil fuels.

Additional trends of increasing penetration of distributed energy resources and energy storage acting in bi-directional operation paired with greater communication capabilities (i.e. the “Smart Grid”), will enable more intelligent charge control and greater integration of electric vehicles. The topic of this ISGAN webinar is on the coming Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) paradigm and its impact on the developing smart grid. While PHEVs and hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will also play an important role, the focus of this webinar will be on fully battery electric vehicles due to the energy and power capacity requirements of V2X. We will cover three main areas of interest: the grid impacts of EV integration, an explanation of the V2X paradigm, and a review of regulatory issues associated with V2X.

25 Apr 2019 @ 14:00 CEST
(check your local time)
Duration: 1h

V2X is an umbrella term to explain the use of Electric Vehicle (EV) batteries to provide energy services and derive additional value from the battery asset during times of non-use. V2X services aim to generate revenue from the battery asset through dynamic or bi-directional charge control to provide benefits to the electric grid or to reduce/flatten/shift peak energy consumption of buildings and can be classified in the following operating modes:

· Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G): Using an EV battery to interact with/provide value to the electric grid
· Vehicle-to Building (V2B): Operating EV batteries to optimize building energy consumption
· Vehicle-to-Home (V2H): Optimizing home energy consumption or as emergency back-up power
· Vehicle-to-Load (V2L): Any other instance of an EV battery providing energy to a load


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April 2, 2019


The future of electricity markets in a low carbon economy

The event focused on international experiences and lessons learned, with emphasis on the importance of market design in relation to the following key aspects of power systems transformation and smart grid development;

 

Date and time: 2 April 2019, 9:00–16:30
Place: Clarion Sign Hotel, Östra Järnvägsgatan 35, Stockholm, Sweden

 

  • New market opportunities enabled by digitalization of the power sector
  • Flexibility and power system interaction and optimization leveraged by smart grid solutions
  • Innovative regulatory approaches to advance smart grids deployment with focus on experimental sandboxes

 

For online registration and further information, please follow the link


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April 1, 2019


ISGAN Knowledge Exchange Project on Experimental Sandboxes

ISGAN, in partnership with the International Confederation of Energy Regulators (ICER) and the Swedish Smart Grid Forum organized an in-depth knowledge exchange initiative on models for experimental/regulatory sandboxes to enable smart grid deployment.

The objective of the project is to take concrete steps forward in regard to identifying key lessons learned and examples of good practice related to the design and implementation of regulatory sandboxes. With this knowledge countries are better placed to create conditions favourable to smart grid investment and deployment. This project is part of a broader scope of activities ISGAN is undertaking along with partner organizations to advance the international dialogue around good practices and new approaches for innovative market and power system design needed to catalyze smart grid investments.

As part of this initiative, ISGAN is gathering smart grid experts from the regulatory, policy making and research communities to participate in a deep-dive international dialogue taking place in conjunction with the ISGAN 17th Executive Committee meeting, during the Stockholm Smart Grid week, 1-5 April 2019.

To learn more, please contact Dr. Magnus Olofsson at magnus.olofsson@energiinstitutet.se.


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April 1, 2019


17th Executive Committee Of the International Smart Grid Action Network – Stockholm, April 1-5, 2019

It is with great pleasure that the Swedish Energy Agency invites you to the 17th Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) which will take place April 3-5, 2019, in Stockholm and Älvkarleby (Sweden).

 

Prior to the Executive Committee meeting, April 2nd, 2019, the Swedish Energy Agency and the Swedish Smartgrid Forum would like to invite you to the international public workshop “The future of electricity markets in a low carbon economy”, which will focus on international experiences and lessons learned in relation to several key aspects of power systems transformation, market design and smart grid development. Please find more information in the brochure attached.

 

On April 1st, 2019,  you are further cordially invited to attend a full-day Knowledge Transfer Project (KTP) eventon on experimental sandboxes to enable Smart Grid deployment as well as a preparatory workshop for Mission Innovation IC#1 and ISGAN event at CEM10.

 

To assist you in the planning of your travel, please find attached a first draft of the information package. The agendas of the events and more information on how to register will follow soon.

 

For any enquiry regarding the ISGAN ExCo meeting, please contact the ISGAN Secretariat at ISGAN@ait.ac.at.

 

We urge participants that need a visa to enter the Schengen zone to start the application process as soon as possible. If you need a formal letter of invitation, please contact the Swedish Energy Agency, Senja Nordström senja.nordstrom@energimyndigheten.se

 


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April 1, 2019


Smart Grids & District Heating and Cooling: Key Integration Aspects

An international cooperation between IEA ISGAN Annex 6 “Power Transmission and Distribution Systems” and IEA DHC Annex TS3 „hybrid energy networks“ will meet for an interactive cooperation event: 1-2 April 2019, Stockholm, Sweden

Integrating the different energy domains and thus creating “hybrid energy networks” is considered to be one of the key aspects of the future energy system. The interdisciplinary cooperation between international experts from ISGAN and DHC Annex TS3 is a unique opportunity for developing innovative solutions and successful business models towards a sustainable and flexible energy infrastructure.

  • The IEA International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) supports the accelerated development and deployment of smarter, cleaner electricity grids around the world. IEA ISGAN Annex 6 “Power Transmission and Distribution Systems” focuses on the potential system-related challenges in the development of future smarter grids, including technologies, market aspects, and policies. The Annex’s main goal is to facilitate the application of advanced technologies that enable power grids to maintain and improve the security, reliability and quality of electric power supply.
  • The IEA Technology Cooperation Programme on District Heating and Cooling (DHC) including Combined Heat and Power (CHP), is dedicated to helping to make DHC and CHP powerful tools for energy conservation and the reduction of environmental impacts of supplying heat. The aim of the IEA DHC Annex TS3 „hybrid energy networks“ is to promote the opportunities and to overcome the challenges for DHC networks in an integrated energy system context from a technical and strategical point of view, focussing on the coupling to electricity networks.

During the Stockholm Smart Grid week, hosted by the Swedish Energy Agency, both networks will join forces in an interactive cooperation event. Aim of the event is to create awareness on both sides on system gains from increased flexibility and resilience by coupling energy vectors. The workshop will identify concrete strengths & weaknesses, opportunities & threats of coupling DHC and electricity sectors based on the discussion of real case studies in different IEA countries and will initiate networking between key experts in the different fields. Some first results will be presented and discussed the next day during a panel session on ‘Flexibility and power system interaction and optimization leveraged by smart grid solutions’.


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India Smart Grid Forum has been organising its flagship annual event, India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) since 2015. The 4 edition of ISGW was held from 05 to 09 March 2018. From the overwhelming feedbacks we received, ISGW 2018 was an astounding success, attended by over 2200+ delegates and 245 speakers from 38 countries.

With the appreciation and motivation received from our stakeholders we are expanding the horizons of ISGW. With the inclusion of Gas Distribution and Water Distribution Utilities which are equally relevant in the Smart City domain, we are transforming the India Smart Grid Week (ISGW) to India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) in 2019. We are happy to announce that we have finalised 12 – 16 March 2019 as the dates for ISUW 2019.

ISUW 2019 will be organised as an International Conference and Exhibition that will cover key components of Smart Cities including Smart Grids,Smart Water and Smart City Gas Distribution. ISUW 2019 will bring together India’s leading Electricity, Gas and Water Utilities, Policy Makers, regulators, Investors and world’s top notch experts and researchers on above domains to discuss trends, share best practices and showcase next generation technologies and products in smart utilities and smart cities domains. ISUW 2019 will include plenaries, interactive workshops, keynotes, and technical sessions.

For more details visit www.isuw.in


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February 20, 2019


Webinar: How to Replicate solutions for the flexibility challenge? ReFlex Guidebook presentation

This webinar provides guidance on characteristics and specificities of replication of Flexibility Use-Cases aimed at end-user’s services, supply side services, infrastructure modifications and direct energy storage. It highlights insights from the forthcoming ReFlex Replicability-Guidebook, drawing on the learning experience form ReFlex partners’ 8 demo sites in 4 countries (AT, CH, DE and SE) and a comprehensive socio-technical replicability concept, including the levels of technical functionality, market institutions and regulation, social and political practices, social networks and micro- and macro-economy.

20 Feb 2019 @ 14:00 CET
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Duration: 1h

The webinar highlights insights from the forthcoming ReFlex Replicability-Guidebook, drawing on the learning experience form ReFlex partners’ 8 demo sites in 4 countries (AT, CH, DE and SE) and a comprehensive socio-technical replicability concept, including the levels of technical functionality, market institutions and regulation, social and political practices, social networks and micro- and macro-economy.

The ReFlex-Guidebook include 4 Use-Cases. We will outline which socio-technical context factors are to be looked at before prospective replication projects are planned and implemented. The webinar will provide a checklist and information on some tools to support demo regions and the wider group of stakeholders in smart grid and smart energy system in co-creating and advancing their smart grid initiatives and replication projects.

Dr. Enrique Kremers
Dr. Klaus Kubeczko                                                    Dr. Enrique Kremers

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November 28, 2018


ISGAN Award 2018 Webinar: Coordinating Power Control_Recorded lecture downloadable

What happens in a local distribution grid when all smart homes start being active, when batteries, EV charging and heat pumps start to react to the system wholesale price?

10 Dec 2018 @ 14:00 CET
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Duration: 1h

This webinar will explain what happens in a local distribution grid when all smart homes start being active, when batteries, EV charging and heat pumps start to react to the system wholesale price. How can a distribution grid owner be able to plan when he has no control over all the aggregators that are active in his grid?

The coordinating power control project is key to find a balance between incentives and regulations and between technology providers, regulatory bodies and the DSO. Should the optimization focus on the end user cost, distribution grid throughput or the overall system function?

 

The copy of presentation slides and recorded lecture can be found on the following link :

http://www.leonardo-energy.org/resources/1518/coordinating-power-control-5bfbcaa565d10

 

Downloads:

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November 21, 2018


“CEM Days” Grid Integration of Variable Renewables: Challenges and Approaches for Power System Planning

“CEM Days” will take place in 21-23 November in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

The topic of the workshop is Grid Integration of Variable Renewables: Challenges and Approaches for Power System Planning. The work of the following CEM work streams will be presented: Power System Flexibility campaign, 21CPP, Distributed Generation campaign, and possibly ISGAN.

The detailed agenda is still under development and additional speakers from CEM member countries could be accommodated. Please contact the CEM Secretariat Secretariat@cemsecretariat.org or Brazil Sherpa thiago.ferreira@epe.gov.br  if you would like to participate and also if you would like to make a short presentation at this event on experiences, challenges and opportunities present in your country in this area of work.


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November 8, 2018


Webinar series: Long Term Scenarios for the Energy Transition Campaign

The LTES webinars will present attendees with a fuller picture of how long-term energy scenarios are currently developed and used by leading government and research institutions around the world.

They are an opportunity to engage with leading practitioners around these topics, and future questions around how long-term scenarios can best drive a rapid clean energy transition over the coming decades.  To register for the LTES webinar series, please follow this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2481864220176547083

Webinar schedule

The LTES webinars will be held on a near-weekly basis, beginning on November 8th 2018 at 9:30 CET:
November 8th 2018, 9:30-10:30 CET:
» Alec Waterhouse – UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
» Reshma Francy – UAE Ministry of Energy

November 15th 2018, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» Jesús Raymundo Duque – Mexico Secretary of Energy (SENER)
» Thiago Barral and Gustavo Naciff – The Energy Research Office (EPE) of Brasil

November 22nd 2018, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» Michael Paunescu – Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
» Glasha Obrekht and Li Xue – Environment and Climate Change Canada
» Michael Nadew – National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada

November 29th 2018, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» Uwe Remme – International Energy Agency (IEA)
» Alex Santander – Chile Ministry of Energy

December 6th 2018, 9:30-10:30 CET:
» Kaare Sandholt – China National Renewable Energy Centre (CNREC)
» Niels Bisgaard – Danish Energy Agency (DEA)

December 13th 2018, 9:30-10:30 CET:
» Tiina Koljonen – VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
» German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) (TBC)

December 20th 2018, 9:30-10:30 CET:
» Pieter Boot and Paul Koutstaal – Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL)
» Hiroyuki Ishida – Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

January 17th 2019, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» George Giannakidis and Brian O’Gallachoir – IEA ETSAP

January 24th 2019, 16:30-17:30 CET:
» NREL Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis (TBC)
» EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) (TBC)


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October 23, 2018


16th ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo16)

A very exciting ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting (ExCo15) and associated side-events (IRED 2018) have been held in Vienna, Austria in the week from 15th – 19th October 2018.

At the end of the meeting, ExCo representatives were very proud to look back on a highly successful meeting in Vienna.

 

A big thank you goes to the Austrian ExCo representative, as the 16th ExCo was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology and took place in the Ministry’s premises.

 

 

 

In addition to administrative decisions, important steps for future cooperation with external partners and organisations were discussed and defined. In order to stimulate active discussions among the ExCo representatives, discussions on strategic issues took place not only in the large group, but also in smaller focus groups. In three breakout-sessions the following topics have been discussed:

  1. Future Cooperation within CEM (21CPP and other CEM workstreams) and other relevant initiatives (ERANet Smart Grids+, etc.).
  2. Interaction with MI IC#1 Smart Grids and detailed discussions on the joint workshop at CEM10 in Canada.
  3. Discussion of further proposals on the budget line “Strategic actions” proposals for FY2019.

 

Fortunately, some high-level representatives of GSGF (Global Smart Grids Federation) also took part in an extra breakout session. Next to the goal of identifying what GSGF plans for the coming years, also possibilities for future cooperation and links between ISGAN and GSGF were discussed.

 

Another very important part of the meeting was the review of progress and strategic plans of all the Annexes.

 

Many thanks to all who actively participated at 16th ExCo and of course ISGAN would be very happy to welcome you again at 17th ExCo in Stockholm (spring 2019).

… but of course new participants would be also welcome.

 


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October 16, 2018


IRED 2018

History meets future - The 8th International Conference on the Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources in Vienna, Austria

Today’s power sector worldwide has been observing dramatic changes. The main reasons behind these changes are the growing shares of renewable and distributed energy resources (DER) and their advanced functionalities, the introduction of advanced communication technologies, rising volumes of data and the evolution of electricity markets. Within the 8th International Conference on the Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources – IRED 2018, the future of distributed energy resources and their participation in the power system management and operation will be discussed in the historic ambience of the city of Vienna.

IRED is a global conference gathering experts from industry, government and academia to share information on state-of-the-art technologies, research and know-how and engage in lively discussions related to the integration of renewable and distributed energy resources into the power systems. The conference will focus on the technical, market, and regulatory issues that challenge the integration of these resources into the grid. The goals of this conference are to:

  • Share status and latest results of research projects
  • Better understand and communicate the visions from various stakeholders and players
  • Learn from individual national programs and policies
  • Discuss main issues and barriers and identify other needed research and potential solutions
  • Stimulate international, national, and regional project and program coordination

The conference will include several opportunities for in depth discussion within pre-conference sessions, post-conference breakouts, a poster session, and evening events.


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October 15, 2018


16th Executive Committee Of The International Smart Grid Action Network – Vienna, 15-19 October 2018

It is with great pleasure that the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) invites you to the 16th Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) which will take place 15-17 October 2018, in Vienna (Austria).

It is with great pleasure that the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT) invites the members of the Executive Committee and the Annex-Operating Agents to the 16th Executive Committee of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) which will take place 15-17 October 2018, in Vienna (Austria).

Following the Executive Committee meeting, you can participate in the International Conference on Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED 2018), taking place 17-19 October, as well as the new edition of the Knowledge Transfer (KTP) Workshop (October 18, afternoon – October 19, morning), which you are kindly invited to.

All Members of the Executive Committee and Annex-Operating Agents are asked to register for the ExCo meeting and for a reduced registration for IRED2018 in the for below. Please note that you need to create an account first and can then choose for which events to register for.

(Registration option closed)

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September 30, 2018


Submit your Technical Paper Abstract by 30th Sep 2018 : India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2019

India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF) is pleased to announce India Smart Utility Week (ISUW) 2019 scheduled from 12 - 16 March 2019 at Manekshaw Center, Dhaula Kuan, New Delhi, India.

ISUW 2019 will be organised as an International Conference and Exhibition on Smart Utilities for Smarter Cities. ISUW 2019 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. ISUW 2019 will include plenaries, interactive workshops, keynotes, and technical sessions.

We are pleased to extend the Call for Technical Papers Abstracts for ISUW 2019 upon receipt of extension request from several authors to 30th September 2018. 

Themes of the Technical Papers are listed below:

A.Electric Mobility

  • Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure for India
  • Vehicle- Grid integration (VGI)
  • Payment Settlement Systems for EV Charging
  • EVs as Virtual Power Plants

B.Smart Grids for Smart Cities

  • Common Automation and IT Layer for Smart City Infrastructure Domains
  • Smart Street Lighting
  • Smart Transport
  • Smart Security
  • Combined billing and customer care systems for all utilities in a smart city
  • Common GIS map for all domains in a smart city
  1. Foundational Blocks for Smart Grids
  • Learnings from Smart Grid Projects
  • Smart Microgrids for Campuses, Railway Stations, Sea Ports, Airports, Industrial Parks,  Military Bases, Hotels, Hospitals, Slums and Commercial Complexes
  • Cyber Physical Security of the Critical Infrastructure
  • Standards and Interoperability of Equipment and Systems
  • Communications Solutions for Smart Grids and Smart Cities

D.Technology Trends

  • Demand Flexibility
  • Digital Utility
  • Customer Engagement Strategies and Social Media for Utilities
  • Grid Interactive Buildings
  • Energy Storage Technologies

E.Disruptive Innovations for Utilities

  • Machine Learning
  • Wearable Devices
  • Blockchain
  • AI, Robotics, Drones
  • Deploying IoT and Augmented Reality Technologies for the Smart Grids
  1. Regulations for Smart Grids and Power Markets
  2. 250 Million Smart Meters in India – Rollout Strategies and Business Models
  3. Towards 100% Renewables
  4. Smart Water – Solutions for Water Production, Transmission and Distribution Networks
  5. Smart City Gas Distribution – Solutions for Gas Transmission and Distribution Networks

Guidelines:

  • Experts and Researchers on Smart Grid technologies are eligible to submit technical papers.
  • Abstract of paper: max 250 words to be submitted with this application latest by 30 September 2018 (Date extended). 
  • Papers: Shortlisted paper abstracts will be announced by 30 October 2018
  • Full Paper: Authors of shortlisted papers will be required to submit the full paper in IEEE paper format by 30th December 2018 (max: 6 pages / 1200 words)
  • Papers deemed purely commercial in nature will not be selected
  • To submit the abstract for ISUW 2019, please visit the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/cckoAvqlKFQ4i3V23.

For queries email us at tp@isuw.in


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4 Sep 2018 @ 14:00 CEST
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Duration: 1h

Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) is a well-established technique for Decision-Making (DM) in companies recently applied to Smart Grid projects whose impact can span over the electrical power system borders and cannot be easily monetized. Therefore, CBA lacks in describing the smart grid potential and Multi-Criteria Analysis (MCA) has been introduced for improving DM. The Webinar covers DM fundamentals focusing on MCA and CBA. Pros, cons and research gaps of each technique are analysed with the aid of real-world examples. Finally, a novel implementation of MCA-CBA is proposed with particular reference to Smart Grid application as proposed by ISGAN Annex 3.


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13 Jun 2018 @ 14:00 CEST

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Duration: 1h
The webinar offers a new approach to least-cost electrification planning, deciding down to each individual customer the best (least-cost) supply model, whether grid connection, distributed off-grid microgrids, or even a DC solar kit or an AC stand-alone solar system. By dealing with distributed electrification technologies, smart grid compatible off-grid technologies, demand management or digital utilities, in the context of developing countries, where 1.2 billion people still lack any electricity supply and around 500 million more suffer from a very low reliability and frequent blackouts, the savings offered by this comprehensive approach contribute to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal 7, ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

 


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June 4, 2018


ISGAN side event during CEM9: Intelligent market design – boosting global smart grid deployment

As part of the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Copenhagen 24 May 2018, an official Side Event on the importance of market design to smart grid deployment was arranged jointly by ISGAN and the Swedish Smart Grid Forum.

The Swedish Minister for Energy Ibrahim Baylan took part in the event, organized as a high-level panel discussion, bringing together key stakeholders and policy experts from the private sector, IEA and CEM member countries. The influence of market design on smart grid deployment in an international context involving opportunities on both the local/decentralized and the regional/interconnected level was in focus for the discussion.

You will find the agenda for the side event here

The high-level panel discussion was preceded by a full day workshop on Thursday 23. The highly interactive dialogue during the workshop was using a draft policy brief distributed in advance to the participants as a starting point for the discussions on how to accelerate the implementation of smart grid solutions. The outcome and recommendations from the workshop resulted in a concrete list of recommendations which was forwarded to the participants in the side event together with the final version of the policy brief.

You will find the agenda for the workshop here

Policy brief “Opportunities to Accelerate Smart Grid Deployment through Innovative Market Design”

Recommendations from the workshop

 

(please see also the workshop report: Policy Brief and Workshop Summary)


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May 30, 2018


ISGAN booklets for CEM9 are now available online

The 9th Clean Energy Ministerial was held on 24 May in Copenhagen, Denmark and ISGAN, one of CEM initiatives on smart grids, disseminated its deliverables to several CEM side events in order to increase visibility and promote its activities to external stakeholders around the world.

With this, we are pleased to inform you that ISGAN booklet for CEM9 is now available for download as attached. For your information, it consists of a summary of various activities of ISGAN, including Annexes and the results of 2018 Award of excellence competition.


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May 24, 2018


CEM9 Side Event Perspectives on Energy Storage Systems

As part of the ninth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in Copehagen, an official Side Event on Energy Storage Systems was arranged on 24 May 2018.

The event was organized by the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in collaboration with the CEM-initiative 21st Century Power Partnership and Mission Innovation; Smart Grids Innovation Challenge. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), energy storage is a key clean energy technology, which will play a critical role in the transition to a climate neutral energy system.

The event gathered international experts for a knowledge exchange dialogue to inform a coming Case Book on Energy Storage Systems to be published by ISGAN later this year.

Examples highlighted at the event covered chemical storage (batteries) for power systems frequency response, the use of thermal inertia in buildings and chemical storage for seasonal balancing of power systems (ammonia and hydrogen).

From the discussions it was noted that future, rather than present, needs should be in focus in the coming Case Book. It was also suggested that examples based on regulatory experiments should be given priority, as these are of key importance to create an enabling environment for energy storage technologies.

The meeting was moderated by Ms Helen Clarkson, CEO The Climate Group and keynote speaker was Dr Lawrence Jones from Edison Electric Institute. The full program is attached.

 
Event contact:
 

Magnus Olofsson

Swedish Energy Institute
Email: magnus.olofsson@energiinstitutet.se



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May 23, 2018


Workshop on Intelligent market design – boosting global smart grid deployment

ISGAN side event at the Clean Energy Ministerial meeting on 23 May 2018 in Malmö.

How should energy markets be designed to allow for energy system integration and a greater variety of stakeholders and roles? And what are the key elements in market design that we must focus on to accelerate deployment of smart grid technologies and solutions? These are key questions that will be discussed during a highly interactive international dialogue.

The outcome of the dialogue will provide input to a high-level panel discussion in Copenhagen the next day – in connection to CEM – focusing on concrete policy recommendations pushing the market design agenda forward.

Event type
Workshop

Location
Malmö Live, Dag Hammarskjölds Torg 4, 211 18 Malmö

Organizer
Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and Swedish Smartgrid

Contact information
albin.carlen@swedishsmartgrid.se

Event website
http://swedishsmartgrid.se/intelligentmarketdesign


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May 3, 2018


WEBINAR TRAINING: Utility-Scale Storage: If, When, What Type, How Much, and Where?

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, an initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), is hosting a no-cost webinar titled, Utility Scale Storage: If, When, What Type, How Much, and Where?

 

The webinar is part of the GreeningTheGrid.org technical platform, which provides information and technical assistance to address the challenges related to grid modernization and the integration of variable renewable energy to the power system.

Affordable energy storage is sometimes referred to as the “holy grail” in the context of achieving high penetrations of solar and wind energy in the power system. With the costs of solar, wind and battery-based energy storage technologies declining dramatically in recent years, power sector stakeholders around the world are faced with policy and investment decisions related to the role of energy storage in a high-variable renewable energy system. Yet, the interactions between high variable renewable energy penetration and energy storage are power system-specific and in many cases are not well understood.

The webinar will provide a state-of-the-industry overview of the considerations related to cost-effective deployment of energy storage in power systems pursuing high penetrations of variable renewable energy. The webinar will explore common questions, such as:

  • Under what conditions is storage an attractive option relative to other sources of power system flexibility?
  • What services do storage offer a power system with high variable renewable energy penetrations, and how might the value of these services change in different power system contexts (e.g., moderate versus high variable renewable energy penetrations, large versus small power systems, market and non-market systems)?
  • What tools are available to help decision makers understand which type, what size, and where storage could be beneficial to their power systems?
  • How might the downward trend in battery storage costs change how storage is considered as an integration solution?
  • What lessons can other countries and power markets take away from the U.S. experience with energy storage?

The webinar will be presented and moderated by Paul Denholm and Jaquelin Cochran from NREL.

Paul Denholm, Ph.D., is a member of the Grid Systems Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL. Dr. Denholm is a leading researcher in grid applications for energy storage and solar energy. He pioneered a variety of research methods for understanding the technical, economic and environmental benefits and impacts of the large-scale deployment of renewable electricity generation. He has delivered over 100 invited presentations to agencies, including the National Science Foundation, the World Bank, and the International Energy Agency. He has co-authored over 100 articles related to renewable energy integration.

Jaquelin Cochran, Ph.D., is the group manager for the Market & Policy Analysis Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL. Dr. Cochran analyzes policies and market designs that create an enabling framework for emerging energy technologies (e.g., renewable energy, demand response, and distributed generation), with a focus on best practices for grid integration of renewable electricity. She recently co-led a renewable energy grid integration study of India. Before joining NREL, Dr. Cochran was an Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Management with KIMEP University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. She also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years with the Polish Foundation for Energy Efficiency (FEWE) in Krakow. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the Energy & Resources Group at the University of California at Berkeley.

The presentations will be followed by an interactive question and answer session with the audience.

16 May 2018
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time | 4:00 p.m. Central European Time

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Register now.
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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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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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The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) creates a mechanism through which stakeholders from around the world can collaborate to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electric grids.
This report summarizes an international event organized by ISGAN; the National Smart Grid Mission; the Ministry of Power, Government of India; and the Central Power Research Institute, titled “Knowledge Exchange on Distributed Generation, Microgrids, and Smart Metering.” This report describes the programme of events and gives a summary of conclusions from an interactive knowledge exchange workshop and public conference that took place 13-15 November 2017 in Bengaluru, India, with 100 participants of which c. 20 international experts.


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