The International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) launched the Knowledge Transfer Platform (KTP) in 2016 to efficiently capture, collect, and share knowledge about smart grid solutions among countries and key stakeholders. The KTP offers a structured method for knowledge sharing, learning and co-creation of new solutions to joint challenges, focused on developing competence and building capacity.
Knowledge Transfer Platform (KTP)
Cultivating Smart Energy Solutions through Dynamic Peer-to-Peer Learning
Deep Dialogue, High Impact
In practice, the KTP approach constitutes a process of inter-linked activities aimed to optimize structured knowledge transfer based on interaction between participating stakeholders. The method is challenge-driven and outcome-focused, while enabling interdisciplinary groups of participants with complementary competencies to contribute to the development of joint ISGAN knowledge products, e.g. policy messages.
A key activity is the interactive workshop, in which participants meet to engage in structured deep-dive dialogue about key smart grid issues. To increase mutual understanding of contexts, approaches and challenges in different countries, the participants engage in preparatory activities, which set the stage for a well-informed dialogue in the face-to-face workshop.
Informal and collaborative, KTP workshops:
- Encourage open dialogue about successes and lessons learned from grid modernization efforts
- Promote cross-organizational dialogue inspired by experiences and results achieved
- Create a forum for peer-to-peer learning where all participants can contribute to and benefit from the collective thinking process.
The intent is to produce greater impact than traditional, presentation-based conferences. Aside from the mutual transfer of smart grid knowledge, which is the primary purpose, the KTP concept also creates strong social fabrics of peers across disciplines and international borders.
Flexible Options to Maximize Smart Grid Knowledge Transfer
After a successful 2016 pilot project in Mexico and five consecutive projects, each with a different focus and structure, the KTP has become an established practice that can support existing ISGAN or CEM initiatives. The organic, flexible approach enables organizers to tailor the preparatory activities, workshop design, and facilitation techniques to the specific objectives of each project. To accommodate different purposes, needs, and practical circumstances, ISGAN has adopted three basic models for delivering KTP projects.
- Country-centric — A multinational and interdisciplinary group of participants convenes to help identify potential solutions to one country’s smart grid challenges
- Multilateral — A multinational and interdisciplinary group of participants come together to share knowledge and ideate solutions to common challenges
- Hybrid — Inspired largely by the experiences and priorities of one country, this model brings together a multinational group of participants to share knowledge multidirectionally.
Reports and policy messages from ISGAN Knowledge Transfer Projects:
- KTP on ISGAN Regulatory Sandboxes 2.0 on how to maximize learnings from sandbox programs
- A project 2021 during that included KTP workshops, national meetings, an updated casebook and an ISGAN Academy webinar.
- The project was selected to share these results as an official On Demand Side Event of the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, hosted by Chile.
- Following the project, a Community of Practice has been established where participating countries share experiences in informal webinars.
- KTP on Power System Integration of Electric Vehicle (EV) Infrastructure as part of The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) Horizontal Accelerator involving four CEM work streams, April 2020
- KTP on Public Support to Smart Grids RD&I; Focus: Upscaling of Smart Grid Innovation. Workshop in Montreux, Switzerland, September 2019
- KTP on Innovative Regulatory Approaches with Focus on Experimental Sandboxes in Stockholm/Sweden, April 2019
- KTP on Public Support to Smart Grids RD&I in Vienna/Austria; Focus: Key Performance Indicators, October 2018
- KTP on Distributed Generation, Microgrids, and Smart Metering in Bengaluru/India, November 2017
- KTP on Public Support to Smart Grids RD&I in Genk/Belgium 2017
- KTP on Unleashing Smart Grids in Mexico City, Mexico, August 2016
- Additional project documents