Thank you to everyone who attended the first ISGAN-GSEF Joint webinar on “System Challenges and Opportunities in Electric Vehicle Integration with the Grid”.
It is now available by recorded video on the ISGAN YouTube channel!



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November 10, 2021

Webinar – Optimizing the value of storage in power systems and electricity markets – the Smart4RES project

9 December 2021 - 12:00 CET - ISGAN Academy Webinars invites you to discover how optimize the value of storage in power systems and electricity markets - the Smart4RES project

ISGAN Academy invites to to the fifth episode of the Smart4RES webinar series. The webinar will provide an industrial view on the problematic and role of storage and a discussion on utilities needs and expectation through addressing the different Smart4RES use cases. The webinar will also focus on the joint optimization and dispatch of RES power plants and storage topic through different angles.
Finally, a presentation of the work done by ICCS will focus on the dispatch of RES and storage in isolated power systems including storage ancillary services and frequency security.

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Join the webinar: 2021-12-09 at h 12:00 CET (UTC+1)


Maria Inês Marques


Simon Camal


Dimitrios Lagos






Key messages

  1. Electrochemical batteries constraints and what EDP foresees for future (coupling storage and renewables).
  2. Importance of modelling in assets management, maintenance and lifecycle.
  3. Combination of technologies, presenting VPP to the market instead of physical ones.
  4. Multi-objective optimization for RES and storage offer interpretable results to stakeholders who want to participate in multiple electricity markets.
  5. Data-driven trading solutions simplify the modelling chain of trading decisions.
  6. Necessary ancillary services for storage systems in non-interconnected island systems with high RES penetration.
  7. Dispatch of thermal units, RES and storage in non-interconnected island systems considering the frequency security and the ancillary services provided by storage devices.

Intended audience

  • International
  • TSOs/DSOs
  • Storage system industrials
  • RES producers, aggregators, grid operators
  • RES traders
  • Academia, Regulation bodies


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October 21, 2021

Call for pilot projects on digitalisation for flexible and resilient energy systems

Following up on the 2019 Climate Action Summit, the Italian Ministry of Ecological Transition (IMET) in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is launching a call for pilot projects on digitalisation for flexible and resilient energy systems.

The initiative aims to step up global climate action and uptake of clean energy models. Pilot projects will provide an opportunity to gain on-the-ground insights, test new approaches and disseminate learnings that will feed into the IEA’s Digital Demand-Driven Electricity Networks (3DEN) Initiative, which focuses on the policy, regulatory, technology and investment context needed to accelerate progress on power system modernisation and effective utilisation of demand-side resources.

25 October webinar: The webinar will be an opportunity for the public and private sector to learn more about the call for proposals. Proposals are expected to showcase innovative business and regulatory models for the uptake of smarter digital power infrastructure. Information shared will include the terms of reference for pilot projects, application process and timeline, and selection criteria.


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October 18, 2021

Webinar – Dynamic Virtual Power Plant to combine flexibilities of dispatchable and non-dispatchable RES – the POSYTYF project

18 November 2021 - 15:00 CET - ISGAN Academy Webinars invites you to discover the Dynamic Virtual Power Plant (DVPP) concept under development by the POSYTYF project.

This webinar introduces the Dynamic Virtual Power Plant (DVPP) concept under development by the European Commission funded project POSYTYF, that aims to facilitate Renewable Energy Sources (RES) integration into the electrical network. After an overall project presentation, the webinar will introduce the proposed DVPP concept and detail the first project deliverable: the definition and specification of DVPP scenarios.

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Join the webinar: 2021-11-18 at h 15:00 CET (UTC+1)

Key messages

  1. The new DVPP concept fully integrates the dynamic aspects at all levels: locally (for each RES generator), globally (for grid ancillary services and interaction with other neighbour elements of the grid) and economically (for internal optimal dispatch and participation to electricity markets)
  2. A DVPP is a set of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) along with a set of control and operation procedures. This means methodologies for:
    • choosing the participating RES, optimal and continuous operation as a whole (especially in case of loss of natural resources – e.g., wind, sun – on a part of the DVPP),
    • regulation (in the dynamic sense) to ensure local objectives for each generator,
    • participation to ancillary services of the DVPP as a unit and to diminish negative effects of interaction with neighbour dynamics elements of the power system,
    • integration in both actual power systems scenarios (with mixed classic and power electronics-based generation) and future ones with high degree of RES penetration.

Intended audience

  • Power system engineers, from students to senior experts.



Bogdan Marinescu

Ecole Centrale Nantes

Oriol Gomis Bellmunt

Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya

Carlos Collados Rodriguez

Universidad Politecnica de Catalunya


Speakers Bio

Bogdan Marinescu was born in 1969 in Bucharest, Romania. He received the Engineering degree from the Polytechnical Institute of Bucharest in 1992, the PhD from Université Paris Sud-Orsay, France in 1997 and the “Habilitation à diriger des recherches” from Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France in 2010. He is currently a Professor in Ecole Centrale Nantes and LS2N laboratory where he is the Head of the chair “Analysis and control of power grids”  (2014-2024) and the Coordinator of the European project POSYTYF (Research & Innovation Action, 2020-2023). In the first part of his carrier, he was active in R&D divisions of industry (EDF and RTE) and as a part-time professor (especially from 2006 to 2012 in Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan). His main fields of interest are the theory and applications of linear systems, robust control and power systems engineering.

Oriol Gomis-Bellmunt received the degree in industrial engineering from the School of Industrial Engineering of Barcelona (ETSEIB), Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2001 and the doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the UPC in 2007. In 1999, he joined Engitrol SL where he worked as Project Engineer in the automation and control industry. Since 2004, he has been with the Electrical Engineering Department of the UPC where he is Professor and participates in the CITCEA-UPC Research Group. He is involved in a number of research projects in national and international consortiums (medium-long term research oriented) and technology transfer projects with several manufacturers, operators and developers worldwide (short-term research and practical application). His research interests are focused on the understanding of modern power systems, based on power electronics (HVDC, FACTS, energy storage and renewables) and grid integration of renewable energy, especially onshore and offshore wind and solar photovoltaics. Since 2020, he is an ICREA Academia researcher. Since 2021, he is IEEE Fellow.

Carlos Collados-Rodriguez received the Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering and the Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona, Spain, in 2014 and 2017 respectively. He joined CITCEA-UPC research group in 2013, where he is currently pursuing the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering. His research interests include power converters, HVDC systems, grid integration of renewable energy and power system analysis, especially in power-electronics-dominated power systems.


  1. B. Marinescu, O. Gomis-Bellmunt, F. Dörfler, H. Schulte, L. Sigrist, Dynamic Virtual Power Plant: A New Concept for Grid Integration of Renewable Energy Sources,
  1. Deliverable 1.1 when publicly released: Definition and specification of Dynamic Virtual Power Plant (DVPP) scenarios.

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October 14, 2021

ISGAN-GSEF Joint Webinar : ‘System Challenges and Opportunities in Electric Vehicle Integration with the Grid’

27th Oct 2021 14:00(CEST) - The webinar will discuss the Vehicle to Grid (V2G) technology evolution and its present status across the globe in the global perspective. It will also discuss the challenges in rollout of V2G functionality and Incentives for the EV owners to participate. In addition to this the advantages and challenges of V2G as Ancillary Services for grid support what enables EV charging load to switch to off-peak hours will be discussed with Renewable Energy Integration (REI) and Battery Energy Storage (BES).

In most low-carbon scenarios, EV integration is a critical vector for the decarbonisation of the transport sector. However, effective EV integration presents various high-stakes technical challenges for distribution network operators that must be resolved for that promise to be realized at a speed and scale consistent with global climate and clean energy objectives.

This open event will bring together ongoing and upcoming ISGAN and GSEF’s work looking at EV integration. The discussion will focus on essential policy support, technical issues of EV, and cross-sectoral approaches.

Date : 27th October 2021

Time : 08:00-10:00 New York | 14:00-16:00 Paris | 17:30-19:30 New Delhi | 21:00-23:00 Seoul

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September 1, 2021

22nd ISGAN Executive Committee Meeting – Save the Date

ISGAN annouces its 22nd Executive Committee Meeting which will take place from October 12th-14th, 2021 as an online meeting.

During this meeting it is planned to discuss the future strategy of ISGAN on its way into its third period. Possible restructuring and the new legal framework will be addressed. The latest results of all nine ISGAN Annexes will be presented and discussions on the next steps for cooperation with other organisations are planned.


For any inquiry regarding the ISGAN and the ExCo21 meeting, please contact the ISGAN Secretariat at ISGAN[at]

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June 1, 2021

(CEM12) The 7th ISGAN Awards Ceremony

Open invitation to join the 7th ISGAN Award of Excellence Ceremony

Since 2014, ISGAN has recognised and showcased the leadership and innovation of more than 40 distinguished smart grid projects through an annual ISGAN Award of Excellence competitions each with a special focus.

The 7th ISGAN Award of Excellence recognizes exemplars in the field of smart grids with a special focus on “Future-Proofing the Grid Operation via Advanced Digitalisation and IoT”.

The ceremony of its award competition will take place at the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial on 2 June 2021.

Auditorium, 19:25-19:55 CEST, Wednesday 2 June 2021

*After being broadcast in the Auditorium, the recorded ceremony will be accessible through the On-Demand section. 



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May 25, 2021

Webinar – Regulatory Sandboxes for Smart Energy Systems – What innovators and researchers should know about it?

10 June 2021 14:00 CEST - The webinar will provide information about what Smart Energy Systems innovators and researchers should know about Regulatory Sandboxes and other Regulatory Experimenting as measures for accelerating the transition to a global clean energy economy.

Participants will get first hand information about

  • related activities in Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Finland, and
  • policy messages to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM).

In the second part experts and practitioners will discuss

  • how new projects on Smart Energy Systems can learn from this and
  • how the insights can help to upscale their projects in regulatory sandboxes; and
  • which insights are there and what do they mean to all the (new) actors in the SES world?

Building on the first initiative on Experimental Sandboxes (in 2019), ISGAN has organized a series of interactive knowledge transfer workshops and accompanying activities on maximizing learning from and by Regulatory Sandboxes and other Regulatory Experimenting programs for Smart Energy Systems.
This is based the policy messages sent to the Clean Energy Ministerial conference taking place in Chile from 31 May to 6 June 2021.

CEM being the high-level global forum of energy ministers of 28 countries (plus European Union) to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy.


Join the webinar: 2021-06-10 at h 14:00 CEST (UTC+2)

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May 18, 2021

Webinar – Optimising participation of renewables generation in multiple electricity markets: Smart4RES vision, opportunities and role of forecasting

09 June 2021 13:00 CEST - In electricity markets, errors associated to RES production forecasting lead to imbalance penalties when actual delivered production deviates from bids. Optimisation strategies, requiring multiple predictions, have been proposed to minimize these penalties. However, having so many predictions represents a cost for operators and can be source of inefficiency by cumulating forecasting errors. In this context, Smart4RES proposes optimisation methods for trading tools, considering multiple market opportunities, high resolution forecast and prescriptive analytics.

Intended audience

  • International decision-makers from the energy sector and the power system industry
  • RES producers, aggregators, grid operators, and traders
  • Academia
  • Regulatory bodies


Join the webinar: 2021-06-09 at h 13:00 CEST (UTC+2)

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May 12, 2021

Webinar: Electricity market designs for flexibility: from zonal to nodal architectures, findings from first market simulations

27 May 2021 14:00 CEST - Which are the most suitable market designs to capture the value of flexibility in power systems? The European project OSMOSE has developed different models from nodal to zonal market architectures to assess the economic value of different flexibility mixes (load, generation and power flows) in future power system scenarios. The webinar will introduce the zonal and nodal market designs modelled in OSMOSE, present the first simulation results, and discuss the preliminary findings of this ongoing work.

Intended audience

Senior Engineers and researchers in power systems

Energy economics & regulation experts


Join the webinar: 2021-05-27 at h 14:00 CEST (UTC+2)

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April 13, 2021

Webinar – IEC61850 standard: what for, which benefits, what pending challenges? How is the Osmose project contributing?

3 May 2021 15:00 CEST - This webinar introduces the IEC61850 standard on communication protocols for intelligent electronic devices at electrical substations, and its benefits. The interoperability needs and issues are presented, as well as the IEC61850 scope and structure, its applications fields, and complementarity with other standards. It concludes on the ongoing developments within the OSMOSE project for the standard’s implementation (subject of a second webinar).

Intended audience

Non experts but potential users of the standard, from TSO, DSO, DER project developers, to components manufacturers.


Key messages

  • The IEC61850 is an international standard defining rules and guidelines for substation protection and automation system communication, configuration and testing, supported by a data model and a configuration language.
  • The IEC61850 standard provides an engineering process to allow efficient device configuration.
  • Osmose provides and demonstrates the required extensions for engineering process extensions to support an efficient top-down end-to-end engineering process from concept and specification to configuration.
  • Osmose provides recommendations for IEC61850 WG10 in order to integrate the projects developments into a future release of the standard.


  • Have you ever heard of the IEC61850 standard?
  • Are you applying it in your substations?
  • How do you go from specification to IED configuration? Do you consider this as an efficient process?
  • Where do you believe improvements on engineering processes can be made?
  • Where do you believe improvements on the IEC61850 standard can be made?

Join the webinar: 2021-05-03 at h 15:00 CEST (UTC+2)

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April 13, 2021

Webinar – Advanced weather forecasting for RES applications: multi-source observations to improve solar forecasting within the Smart4RES project

29 Apr. 2021 13:00 CEST - ISGAN and Smart4RES invite you to the 2nd part of its webinar series on Advanced Weather Forecasting. This webinar will present solar irradiance forecasting methods based on a network of ground-based sky cameras, radiometers and ceilometers as well as satellite data. Furthermore, new designs to data assimilation are presented that combine the best of the observations with the best of numerical weather prediction models to produce optimized weather forecast for RES applications.

Intended audience

Academy members from the power systems and meteorological areas, forecasting services providers, renewable plant operators and market traders, and widely TSOs, DSOs and regulators.


Key messages

  • A huge amount of observations (radiometers, ceilometers, sky images, satellites as well as solar plants) are used to derive solar nowcasts as well as the initial state of the atmosphere used by improved numerical weather models. The evolution of which is then predicted by NWP and LES.
  • For solar power prediction, both observations from the ground and from satellite are used, mostly to identify clouds and predict the displacement over time and space as well as their impact on solar radiation.
  • Smart4RES develops complementary methods to blend information from multiple source of data and to propose novel approaches towards a seamless view of RES forecasting at various temporal and spatial granularity levels.
  • As an example, Smart4RES new approach to data assimilation combines the best of the observations with the best of the physical models to produce optimized temporal and spatial irradiance maps and forecasts. Such detail can be useful for the optimized operation of solar power plants and grids with significant solar power penetration.

Join the webinar: 2021-04-29 at h 13:00 CEST (UTC+2)


Bijan Nouri Annette Hammer



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February 21, 2021

Webinar- Advanced weather forecasting for RES applications: Smart4RES developments towards high-resolution and Numerical Weather Prediction solutions to improve RES forecasting models

23 Mar. 2021 12:30 CET This 3rd Smart4RES webinar will address technological and market challenges in RES prediction and will introduce the Smart4RES strategy to improve weather forecasting models with high resolution. Through wind and solar applications, Innovative Numerical Weather Prediction and Large-Eddy Simulation approaches will be presented.

Intended audience

Academy members from the power systems and meteorological areas, forecasting services providers, renewable plant operators and market traders, and widely TSOs, DSOs and regulators.


Key messages

  • RES are sensitive to high-frequency and very localized variations of the atmospheric flow (wind guts, cloud shadows, fog occcurrence etc.)
  • Refining parameterizations used in NWP models is the first step to improve RES prediction
  • Getting rid of these parameterizations, for instance using Large-Eddy Simulations (LES), is a promising venue because it allows to resolve most of these small-scale fluctuations
  • The spectacular growth in computing power using GPUs now enable LES based weather prediction below 100m resolution. This is fine enough to resolve the effects of wind turbines, low clouds and turbulence.
  • Using ensemble simulations translates atmospheric state inherent unpredictability into a probabilistic view
  • The spectacular growth in computing power using GPUs now enable LES based weather prediction below 100m resolution. This is fine enough to resolve the effects of wind turbines, low clouds and turbulence.
  • A fourth webinar scheduled in April will complete this webinar on Advanced weather forecasting for RES applications and present how observations data can be used, together with measurements from RES plants, as input to dedicated RES forecasting models to predict the power output of these plants.

Matthias Lange                              Remco Verzijlbergh         Quentin Libois

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February 20, 2021

Webinar- Innovative solutions for increased regional cross-border cooperation in the transmission grid: the FARCROSS project

1 Mar. 2021 12:30 CET- The webinar will provide insight into the FARCROSS Horizon 2020 EU research project. Driven by recent development in EU internal market for electricity regulation, increased cooperation is key element for improving the interconnectors’ utilization and market harmonization. FARCROSS project looks into these challenges and promotes integrated hardware and software solutions in 5 pilot demonstrators across 8 European countries.

Intended audience:

  • Transmission System Operators (TSOs)  
  • Regional Security Coordinators (RSCs) 
  • Market operators  
  • Energy producers, traders and energy market actors 
  • Policy makers and regulation bodies 
  • Transmission and Distribution (T&D) equipment and services industry 
  • Academia and engineering communities 

Anastasis Tzoumpas                Katerina Drivakou                    Thanasis Bachoumis

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January 26, 2021

The 21st Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)

The 21st Meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) will take place March 16th-18th, 2021 as a virtual meeting.

As ISGAN enters its second decade, this meeting represents an important milestone for this Clean Energy Ministerial initiative and IEA Technology Collaboration Programme. The ExCo will consider ISGAN’s updated strategic plan as its prepares to submit the formal request for a third term (2022-2027).  The FY2021 Programmes of Work of all eight active ISGAN Annexes will be presented.  The results from the tendering process for a new Secretariat will be presented and the corresponding selection taken.  Breakout sessions will allow for more detailed discussions on core ISGAN themes and their definitions and on the next steps for cooperation with outside organisations. Lastly, the ExCo will discuss known and potential deliverables to the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM12, June 2021) and other major events.

For any inquiry regarding the ISGAN and the ExCo21 meeting, please contact the ISGAN Secretariat at


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Save the Date! The twelfth Clean Energy Ministerial hosted by the Government of Chile will be held in the week commencing 31 May 2021.

It will be a virtual event and will provide opportunities for the global CEM community to organize insightful, impactful clean energy events throughout the week.

Further details to follow in 2021.


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