The 6th Annual Smart Energy UK and Europe Summit brought together Europe’s leading smart grid specialists, investors, and regulators, providing those who attended with the tools and resources they need for successful smart grid rollouts in the communities they serve.
Held in February in Nice, France, the summit was driven by the Energy 2020 strategy, which is focused on competitive, sustainable, and secure energy throughout Europe. The sessions provided invaluable insights into the most important smart grid projects as well as the research and developments that are making Europe a world leader in energy technology and innovation. Topics included customer management, smart cities, and interoperability. And of course, IEEE was there to participate.
IEEE speakers provided an overview of the changes that consumers will experience in the next 10 years as well as the challenges smart grid innovation and development face.
Pierluigi Mancarella, chair of the IEEE European Public Policy Initiative Energy Working Group, focused on business models and the value of working with multiple energy and network services. He explained why selecting the right model for one’s company is critical for the future of smart grids, and explored integrated energy and network capacity services from the aggregation of distributed energy systems.
Marko Delimar, chair of the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Engagement in Europe, focused his presentation on the next generation of the smart grid and whether people should reconsider the concept of energy as we know it today in order to help minimize its conversions, losses, and the need for its storage.
Overall, the summit allowed participants to take part in a variety of sessions, giving attendees the ability to tailor the agenda to their own needs. The sessions also presented case studies from experts detailing industry developments with practical advice for smart energy and utility professionals, as well as workshops that provided advice from professionals and the opportunity to ask questions.
The result was a summit packed with information, and opportunities to meet leading smart grid experts from all over the world. This helped attendees better understand the progress being made in the field and in the real world, and not just on slides on theory.
Karine Iffour is the director of IEEE Business Development Europe, based in the IEEE Brussels office.