Knowledge Transfer Platform (KTP)

Cultivating Smart Energy Solutions through Dynamic Peer-to-Peer Learning

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.

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.

Further Information

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Reports and policy messages from ISGAN Knowledge Transfer Projects:


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