Smart Energy workshop

On Wednesday 10 May, four parallel workshops took place on four emerging challenges for industry, including Smart Energy.

Each workshop was set up as a panel with key players in the domain; large industry, academia, SMEs and customers, discussing main innovation trends in the specific challenge. An important element of the workshops was the interaction with the audience, with ample room for Q&A.

As interaction with the audience was key, participants were asked upfront to share their opinion. Check out their comments or share your opinion below. 

You can find the presentation of the Smart Energy workshop and other presentations given at the Digital Innovation Forum 2017 here.  

The panellists and moderators


Smart Energy - workshop focus

This workshop focused on highly sensitive and relevant issues for the current energy domain like:

  • Distributed energy resource Grid Integration (including storage)
    We observe radical changes in the way of generating, transporting, distributing, and consuming energy. It creates many challenges in particular the transformation of the current monitor and control schema from a Central Control Center (where the intelligence required to manage network infrastructures is provided by human operators and SCADA, EMS, and DMS systems) into a management architecture based on distributed intelligent devices capable enough to perform complex event processing, simulations, and to execute high-level technical and business rules.
  • Active Grid Monitoring - Fractal Grid (trend toward multi producers and multi energy, impact of Electrical vehicles on the smart grid deployment, …)
    Open interoperability in real time between devices, nodes, and systems in a common data space. Monitor, analyse and optimize the grid (HV,MV,LV) in Real Time using distributed and scalable technologies. Extend the life of assets, by continuously measuring, monitoring and forecasting key trends in the grid through massive and highly performing big data analytics.
  • Energy consumption optimisation
    Residential customers and Large or small businesses should be able to view and manage energy consumption, anytime, anywhere, using a friendly user interface. With a wide catalog of sensors (including lighting, comfort and security), measuring devices and actuators available, it is possible to monitor and control electricity, water and gas usage, and centralize this information for further data mining and statistical analysis.
  • Transactive Energy - Fractal Energy Market (Dynamic market of energy)
    The Energy industry is facing a radical transformation from asset ownership to shared economy. This trend is being propelled by the success of horizontal business platforms. The new energy value chain will be ‘transaction centric’ enabled by a multi-sided market and it will be characterised by localised, connected, transactive markets.
  • Disruptive Energy Technologies
    Speed of change: Technology and customer expectation is changing faster than business culture and regulation.
    Speed of adoption: Today there are 2,000+ innovation projects globally, approximately 70% of them in demonstration phase (obsolescence vs. ROI). Presence of disruptive players: Amazon, Google, Tesla, “Big Box” retailers, etc.