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  • EP01 | Innovative solutions for transmission and distribution planning: results of the FlexPlan and INTERPLAN projects

    EP01 | Innovative solutions for transmission and distribution planning: results of the FlexPlan and INTERPLAN projects

    DAY 1 JUN 28 SALA  GOYA | 10:30 - 12:00

    Chair: Gianluigi Migliavacca RSE S.p.A.

    Add to calendar2021-06-28 10:30 2021-06-28 12:00 Europe/Madrid EP01 | Innovative solutions for transmission and distribution planning: results of the FlexPlan and INTERPLAN projects Chair: Gianluigi Migliavacca RSE S.p.A.POWERTECH 2021

    ABSTRACT

    The increasing penetration of RES in Europe calls for a new approach for planning which includes storage and DSM as an alternative to traditional grid expansion. The new methodology proposed by the project FlexPlan consists of a set of tools for medium to long term planning of the Pan-European network by addressing a significant number of challenges of the current and the future 2030+ EU power grid, from the perspective of the transmission system, the distribution system, and with a particular focus on the transmission-distribution interface. In this sense, the main goal of the tool is to achieve the planning of an integrated grid from the perspective of a Transmission System Operator (TSO) or a Distribution System Operator (DSO) through handling efficiently and effectively intermittent Renewable Energy Sources (RES) as well as the emerging technologies such as storage, demand response and electric vehicles. In fact, the FlexPlan methodology supports utilizing flexibility potential coming from RES, demand side management (DSM), storage and electric mobility to support grid de-bottlenecking. The methodology is applied to six regional cases which will allow to cast a view to the potential for storage and DSM to support grid planning in Europe till 2050 and will bring to formulate regulatory guidelines. The presentation is going to include a description of the methodology as well as an in-depth description of the regional cases. The approach of two European Project will be presented: FlexPlan and Interplan.

    CHAIR Gianluigi Migliavacca RSE S.p.A.
    • Flexplan project
      Gianluigi Migliavacca – RSE S.p.A. Overall description of goals and activities of the FlexPlan project
      Hakan Ergun – KULeuven/Energyville – FlexPlan modelling framework
      Raul Rodriguez – TECNALIA – The six regional cases
    • Interplan project
      Helfried Brunner - AIT – Austrian Institute of Technology, Technical Project Coordinator
      Marialaura di Somma - ENEA - Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Project Coordinator
      Christina Papadimitriou - FOSS Research Centre for Sustainable Energy, University of Cyprus
      Raul Rodriguez – TECNALIA – The FlexPlan pre-processor (POR CONFIRMAR)
    SHORT BIOS
    Dr. Christina N. Papadimitriou received her diploma in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece (2001-2006) as well her PhD degree (2007-2012/Heracleitus II grant). She was a senior researcher at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) (2013-2016) while she has held short term lecturer positions at the Open University of Cyprus (2016) and University of West Attika (UniWa)(2016-2018). From 2016-2019 she served as a system engineer at Greek Distribution System’s Operator (HEDNO). She is currently a post-doc fellow with FOSS and University of Cyprus. In this context, she manages and coordinates European and National projects on her main research interests that is smart grids and flexibility of the integrated grid. She is co-chair of the TF Replicability and Scalability of BRIDGE and a WG5 expert of ETIPSNET leading the Team Group for the R&I needs identification.
    Marialaura Di Somma received the Ph. D degree in Mechanical Systems Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II (Italy), in 2016. In 2014, she held a position as visiting research assistant at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the University of Connecticut (USA), whereas since 2015, she is a Research Scientist of the Energy Technologies and Renewable Sources Department of ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development). She is representative of ENEA within the European Energy Research Alliance – Joint Programme on Smart Grids and within Mission Innovation, Innovation Challenge 1 on Smart Grids, and she was part of the coordination team of INTERPLAN project and Work Package leader. Currently, she is project coordinator of the Horizon2020 project eNeuron on the optimization of local integrated energy communities. Editor of books on the topic of integrated energy systems and networks and chair in scientific conferences, she is author of many scientific contributions published in international journals and proceedings of international conferences, most of them awarded as highly-cited papers.
    Helfried Brunner studied Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, specializing on Power Engineering at the University of Technology Graz and Innovation and Technology Management at the University for Applied Sciences Technikum Vienna. Since 2004 he is with the AIT - Austrian Technology of Technology and thematic coordinator for power system planning and operation and responsible for related projects in this topic. Helfried is AIT representative within the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Program on Smart Grids and from 2013 to 2018 he was Technical Coordinator of the EERA Integrated Research Program ELECTRA and from 2017 to 2021 Technical Coordinator of the Interplan Project. He is Austrian Alternate ExCo member within the IEA International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and member of board of the National Technology Platform Smart Grids Austria.
    Gianluigi Migliavacca works with RSE as project manager. He was coordinator of the European FP7 research project REALISEGRID (2008-2011), then work package leader in the key EU project eHIGHWAY2050 (2012-2015). More recently, he was coordinator of the Horizon2020 research project SmartNet (2016-2019) aimed at analysing TSO-DSO coordination for allowing participation of distribution to ancillary services markets. Presently, he is again project coordinator of the Horizon2020 project FlexPlan, creating an optimal T&D grid planning methodology by considering flexibility as an alternative to traditional planning. He is involved in ISGAN Annex VI being responsible of Focus Area “Expansion Planning and Market analysis”.
    Hakan Ergun (Senior Member, IEEE) received the Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the Graz University of Technology, Austria, in 2009, and the Ph.D. degree from KU Leuven, Belgium in 2015. He is currently a Research Expert with KU Leuven/EnergyVille, working on transmission expansion planning for large-scale renewable integration, power system security, reliability management, and optimization modelling in power systems. He is the PES vice chair of the joint IEEE Benelux IAS/PE/PES joint chapter.
    Raul Rodriguez, he has been working since year 2000 at the Energy Division of TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION, as researcher and project manager on socioeconomic and technical aspects related to the power system (distributed energy resources, microgrids, demand response, electric vehicles, renewable energy resources, high penetration of power electronics), developing research projects for both administrations and private companies. Today, he is responsible for the projects related to the integration of storage systems into electricity networks, including techno-economic analyses and the development of digital twins for batteries. He is author and co-author of several journal and congress papers.
  • EP02 | Challenges for flexibility provision from distributed energy resources

    EP02 | Challenges for flexibility provision from distributed energy resources

    DAY 2 JUN 29 SALA GOYA | 10.30 - 12.00

    Chairs: Kirsten Glennung (E.DSO)
    Samuel Borroy (CIRCE)

    Add to calendar2021-06-29 15.30 2021-06-29 17:00 Europe/Madrid EP02 | Challenges for flexibility provision from distributed energy resources Chairs: Kirsten Glennung (E.DSO) Samuel Borroy (CIRCE)POWERTECH 2021

    ABSTRACT


    CoordiNet and Interrface were both kicked off in January 2019 with the aim to elaborate the recommendations for TSO-DSO-Consumer coordination which could support an enhanced uptake of renewable energy and unlock the value of distributed energy resources in the system. While having elaborated each their project plan with demonstrations in different countries which will test the proposed coordination schemes as well as products and services, the two projects have committed to collaborating and bringing forward their joint conclusions at the end of their work. In this session CoordiNet and Interface will present the preliminary results reached after the first two years of operating and layout the next steps of their work which will point towards the elaboration of a pan-European coordination platform as well as give input to the network codes.

    The session will also present the FLEXIGRID Project, which proposes to improve the distribution grid operation making it more flexible, reliable and cost-efficient, through the development of four hardware solutions consisting in (S1) the secondary substation of the future, (S2) new generation of smart meters with improved feeder-mapping capabilities, (S3) protections dealing with high RES penetration and (S4) a multi-purpose concentrator able to control grid assets, called Energy Box. Moreover, the project envisages the development of four additional software modules addressing (S5) fault location and self-healing, (S6) forecasting and grid operation, (S7) grid congestion management and (S8) thermal energy storage optimization. Furthermore, last solution is an open source platform to enable the integration of the different hardware and software solutions at the edge by fully exploiting the data provided by local and distributed energy resources.

    CHAIR Kirsten Glennung (E.DSO) Samuel Borroy (CIRCE)
    • FLEXIGRID Project - Interoperable solutions for implementing holistic flexibility services in the distribution grid
      SPEAKERS:
      - Alberto Laso Perez - University of Cantabria. Energy and Electricity department - Researcher; Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.; Topic: FLEXIGRID demonstration in Spain
      - Marily Efstratiadi - Elin Verd SA. Smart Energy Systems; Topic: FLEXIGRID demonstration in Greece
      - Vide Markovic - HEP-ODS - Engineer; Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.; FLEXIGRID demonstration in Croatia
      -Marco Baldini - EDYNA SRL - Special Projects; Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.; Topic: FLEXIGRID demonstration in Italy
      - Samuel Borroy - CIRCE Foundation. Director of Electrical Systems Area; Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.; Topic: Introduction of FLEXIGRID Project
    • CoordiNet and Interface
      SPEAKERS:
      - Kirsten Glennung - E.DSO
      - Marco BARON - Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks
      - Marco Rossi - Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE)
      - Pierre Mann - Institute of High Voltage Equipment and Grids, Digitalization and Energy Economics (IAEW)
    SHORT BIOS
    Kirsten Glennung is the Sustainability and Projects Director in E.DSO who represents the largest and leading DSOs in Europe with strong commitment to innovation. She is a graduate from Copenhagen Business School and College of Europe, and was selected for the European Commission Bluebook program in DG ENERGY before joining E.DSO as Junior Projects Officer in 2018. E.DSO has since 2019 expanded its activities in R&I significantly and is today involved in several flagship projects within European grid innovation underlining the central role that DSOs play in the energy transition.
    Marco BARON is currently the Head of Subsidized Programs Unit in Enel Global Infrastructure and Networks s.r.l. He received the M.Sc. degree in Electronic Engineering from Università degli Studi Roma Tre. In 2010 he joined ENEL to work on Smart Grids and New Technologies Development. He has been involved in several European FP7 projects (e.g. ADDRESS, ADVANCED). He was responsible for the coordination of the FP7 European projects METER-ON and EVOLVDSO and the Horizon 2020 FLEXICIENCY. Currently, he is coordinator of the H2020 COORDINET project.
    Marco Rossi is Research Engineer at Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE), Italy, where his main activity covers electricity network modeling, simulation and analysis. His interests are principally in the field of grid innovation, especially looking at the integration of renewable energy resources in electricity networks. These interests are fed by his active participation in European Research and Innovation projects for which he has management and operative roles.
    Pierre Mann studied Business Administration and Engineering with a major in Electrical Power Engineering at RWTH Aachen University. Since 2016 he has been working at the Institute of High Voltage Equipment and Grids, Digitalization and Energy Economics (IAEW) in the research group Distributed Flexibility and has gained working experience in projects for energy utility companies, Transmission System Operators and in publicly funded research projects as a project consultant as well as a project manager. In his Ph.D. thesis, Mr. Mann focuses on the modelling of regional distributed electricity demand and decentralized flexibility options.
    FLEXIGRID
    Alberto Laso Perez
    Alberto Laso received the telecommunications engineer degree from the University of Cantabria (UC), Spain, in 2008 and the M.Sc. and Ph.D degree in industrial engineering in 2015 and 2021 also from the UC. He has been a researcher with the Department of Electrical and Energy Engineering in the Advanced Electro-energetic Technology Group (GTEA) since 2012. Additionally, he worked as a Telecommunication Engineering for a private company from 2009 to 2011.Affiliation: University of Cantabria. Energy and Electricity department - Researcher
    topic: FLEXIGRID demonstration in Spain
    Marily Efstratiadi
    Marily is a mechanical engineer with an MSc degree in Sustainable Energy Futures from Imperial College of London. She has worked on the smart energy systems’ sector focusing on developing techno-economic feasibility studies of sustainable energy solutions for medium and large industrial and commercial customers. She is the R&D and commercial project manager of the Smart Energy Systems team of VERD. In her free time Marily enjoys any outdoors sports’ activity gets her away from the virtual world.
    Affiliation: Elin Verd SA. Smart Energy Systems - Project Manager
    topic: FLEXIGRID demonstration in Greece
    Vide Markovic
    Vide Marković received a Master’s degree on Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in Zagreb, profile Electrical Power Engineering. He has been working as an electrical engineer in Croatian Distribution System Operator (HEP-DSO Ltd.) in Department of Power Network Protection and Power Quality on medium voltage power network protection relays and fault indicators since 2017.
    Affiliation: HEP-ODS - Engineer
    topic: FLEXIGRID demonstration in Croatia
    Marco Baldini
    Electronic engineer since 2004 for 10 years worked in Enel Distribuzione, the largest DSO in Italy, in the Network Operation in Florence, becoming an expert in protection systems and connections of production plants and customers on the MV grid.
    For a year worked in ENDESA, Spanish DSO, in the MV Control Centre in Seville, learning in the job other methodologies to manage the distribution grid.
    Since 2014 he works in EDYNA, Italian DSO of the South-Tyrol. Here as well as dealing with protections and connections of production plants, he has become expert in network planning and grid simulations, taking on the role of Technical Analysis responsible.
    At EDYNA, he also worked as a technical expert on several special projects. These include European projects SmartNet and Storage4Grid inside Horizon2020 program.
    In 2018 was co-author of the paper “Smart TSO-DSO interaction schemes and ICT solutions for the integration of ancillary services from distributed generation”, winner of the best Paper of the Paris 2018 CIGRE Session.
    Now he is technical responsible for the FlexiGrid project and coordinator for the Italian pilot.
    Affiliation: EDYNA SRL - Special Projects
    topic: FLEXIGRID demonstration in Italy
    Samuel Borroy
    He is the Director of the Electrical Systems Area of CIRCE, whose technological offer responds to the needs and challenges of the electrical sector in the fields of generation, transmission, distribution and use of electrical energy, under the paradigm of its evolution towards sustainable and smart systems.
    His professional career has been linked to the electrical sector since its inception. After an initial period in CIRCE, involved in R+D+i developments related to transmission and distribution networks protection, he joined the Network Security and Analysis department of Red Eléctrica de España (REE) to contribute to the objective of guaranteeing the security of the Power System. He returned to CIRCE as Head of Power System Protection & Smart Grids group at Electric Power Systems Area. Since 2015 he is Area Director at CIRCE.
    He is MSc Industrial Engineer from the University of Zaragoza, he obtained the Diploma of Advanced Studies and he is in the process of completing his PhD. His training is complemented and updated specifically with technical and management programs.
    Affiliation: CIRCE Foundation. Director of Electrical Systems Area
    topic: Introduction of FLEXIGRID Project and coordination of the session
  • EP03 | Implementation of Wide-Area Protection, Automation and Control System applied to crossborder transmission systems

    EP03 | Implementation of Wide-Area Protection, Automation and Control System applied to crossborder transmission systems

    DAY 3 JUN 30 SALA GOYA | 10:30 - 12:00

    Chair: Eduardo Martínez (Head of Protection Systems (CIRCE))

    Add to calendar2021-06-30 10:30 2021-06-30 12:00 Europe/Madrid EP03 | Stability of power systems with very high penetration of renewable generation Chair: Eduardo Martínez (Head of Protection Systems (CIRCE)POWERTECH 2021
    ABSTRACT

    Wide area protection and Control (WAMPAC) are systems with increasing implementation in transmission systems. Power oscillation monitoring, wide area protection, feedback and actuation with active elements, system state estimation, islanding detection, among others; are services that can be implemented in WAMPAC systems.

    Designing and testing these solutions in laboratory before its implementation in field are needed to verify and debug the behaviour of the proposed solutions. Interoperability between different manufacturers, incidence of the communications in the performance, actuation times of the algorithms, ability to detect and act against different disturbances are some interesting aspects to be verified in laboratory.

    To stablish a fruitful debate about WAMPAC solutions, this Special Session includes different researchers and technicians that are involved in Working Group 6 of FARCROSS Project. In that project, a DEMO of a Wide Area Protection and Control System will be deployed in Greek Transmission System.

    During this Special Session, the presenters will introduce each topic by presenting different oscillation detection and protection algorithms and its applicability and efficiency for real time applications. These methods will be used in the project for implementation of wide area protection based on PMU measurements and power oscillation damping by interaction with active elements in the grid. Previously to its implementation in the field, a lab-scaled laboratory using RTDS and physical elements (PMUs, PDC; the same than will be used in the real DEMO) is already ready to check the behaviour of the proposed solutions.

    The different parts of the session will go through important aspects of Wide-Area applications. The presentations will introduce the debate with the audience by briefly explaining the specific applications developed in the project.

    CHAIR Eduardo Martínez (Head of Protection Systems (CIRCE)
    • Anastasis Tzoumpas (Ubitech Energy, Head of Unit, Electrical Power and Energy Systems)
      Konstantinos Plakas (IPTO – Independent Greek Transmission System Operator)
      Dalibor Brnobic – (Founder and R&D Engineer at STER)
      Zafer Korkmaz – Senior Application Engineer (SEL – Schweitzer Ingeneering Laboratories)
      Anibal Prada – Researcher (CIRCE)
    SHORT BIOS
    Anastasis Tzoumpas, Head of Unit, Electrical Power and Energy Systems at UBITECH ENERGY. He has strong R&D background with 18 years of research and management experience in FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020 EU R&D projects. He has studied at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens. He has been certified within the SCoOPE project (H2020-EE-2015-3-MarketUptake, Saving Cooperative Energy) as Energy Manager. His is currently active in the following research areas: Energy market and regulation analysis, development of innovative business models, cost benefit analysis of smart grid technologies, development of scalability and replicability plans and development of cybersecurity schemes for power systems.
    Konstantinos Plakas is a R&D Electrical Engineer in the Research, Technology and Development Department of the Independent Greek Transmission System Operator, namely IPTO. Konstantinos holds a B.Sc degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). In 2019, he also acquired his M.Sc degree in Wind Energy from the Danish Technical University (DTU). Currently, he is pursuing a Ph.D. degree at the University of Patras in the scientific field of Smart grids Technologies. His research interests lie primarily in the fields of energy forecasting, integration of renewable energy sources in the grid, energy markets, balancing services and modelling wind generation variability.
    Dalibor Brnobic received his Diploma in Electrical Engineering from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia in 1997 and 2005 respectively. He was with Technical Faculty University of Rijeka from 2001 to 2012 as a teaching assistant and a head of Control and automation laboratory. In 2006 he founded Studio Elektronike Rijeka Ltd (STER), R&D SME that develops complex measurement systems for electrical power systems. He conducted numerous field surveys in electrical systems both on- and off-shore in petroleum industry, distribution networks, shipyards and ship systems with PQ instrumentation and portable WAMS.
    Yusuf Zafer Korkmaz received his B.Sc. in electrical and electronics engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey in 1995. He worked on protection and control schemes, substation automation and telemetry systems and generator auto synchronization systems. In 2013, he joined Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. where he works as a senior application engineer. His focus area is power system protection, automation, control and communication systems for utilities and industrial plants. He is a member of IEEE.
    Anibal Prada Electrical Engineer by the Simón Bolivar University of Venezuela (2010). He has worked in CIRCE since 2018, where he is Researcher/Technician inside Network Studies & Smart Grids group of Electrical System area. Main responsibilities include the participation in process of Homologation and Validation of Power System Protection Relays. He participates in R&D projects related to protections relays in transmission and distribution systems and WAMPAC systems applied to transmission grid (FARCROSS). Furthermore, he has also experience in protection relay testing in laboratory and substation for different DSO and manufacturers. He has more than 8 years of experience in the area of testing, commissioning, setting and installation of protection relays for multiple manufacturers working inside the electrical industry, 1 year of experience in designs and manufacture of distribution transformer and 1 year of experience in the development of detailed engineering of electrical system for petrochemical industry.
    Eduardo Martínez Electrical Engineer by the University of Zaragoza and MsC in Electric and Electronic Engineering and Control Systems, he is presently pursuing his PhD in Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency, working on improved protection algorithms in grids with high penetration of renewable energies. He has been working in CIRCE since 2011, where he is currently the Head of Protection Systems group. He is specialized in control system algorithms and protection relay engineering. He is an expert in “hardware in the loop” simulation in real time using RTDS platform. His main interest fields are focused on protection relay performance and designing control systems of wind turbines and PV generators. He is author and co-author of several publications in conferences and journals. He is professor in EUREC Master degree.
  • EP04 | International cooperation to address Smart Grids challenges

    EP04 | International cooperation to address Smart Grids challenges- ISGAN

    DAY 1 JUN 28 SALA  GOYA | 15:30 - 17:00

    Chair: Luciano Martini (Research on Energy System (RSE), Italy)

    Add to calendar2021-06-28 15:30 2021-06-28 17:00 Europe/Madrid EP04 | International cooperation to address Smart Grids challenges- ISGAN Chair: Luciano Martini (Research on Energy System (RSE), Italy)POWERTECH 2021
    ABSTRACT

    The presentation will address main challenges on international cooperation to address Smart Grids. The presentation will be focused on three main topics.
    The first part will present the tools developed for cost-benefit and socio-economic analyses and results from applied case studies.
    A second topic will present a critical assessment of two trends which are largely influencing the decisions and the evolutionary process of power grids: the micro and MEGA trends. These trends are both aimed at enabling very high penetration of renewable energy sources in the electric power system, from two perspectives:
    • the micro focuses on local solutions, while
    • the MEGA focuses on system or even intra-system wide solutions
    From the micro vs MEGA work, it would directly relate to the importance of CBA for investments with considerations from a system over-all perspective. From the micro vs. MEGA grids will present several policy recommendations.
    A third part will present how regulatory sandboxes can act as a mean to foster innovation when regulatory constraints are in place. Lessons learned and design challenges from different countries will be presented.

    The session will count with a representative of each of the four demo sites of the Project, which represent in a complementary way the different use cases of the project and deploy and upgrade the mentioned FLEXIGRID solutions to reach complete and qualified systems: a rural and peri-urban network in the Spanish grid; a hotel resort in the Greek Island of Thasos; an urban grid in the city of Zagreb (Croatia), and an isolated valley in the South-Tyrol region of Italy. 

    CHAIR Luciano Martini (Research on Energy System (RSE), Italy)
    • Luciano Martini - Research on Energy System (RSE), Italy
      Fabrizio Pilo - Caglirari University, Italy
      Irina Oleinikova - Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
      Klaus Kubeczko - Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
    SHORT BIOS
    Luciano Martini works for RSE (Italy) where he is the Director of the “Transmission and Distribution Technologies” Department. Luciano Martini has 25 years’ experience on Research & Development activities dealing with renewable energies, superconductivity, and smart grids. He is the Coordinator of the EERA Joint Programme on Smart Grids, which includes 40 research organizations representing 17 European countries and of ELECTRA the European Integrated Research Programme on smart grids. He has been repeatedly recruited by organizations as the European Commission and the US DOE as independent expert to review research proposals and publicly funded R&D projects.
    Moreover, he is the vice-Chairman of the Executive Committee of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme for Smart Grids (ISGAN) and Chairman of a “Co-Operative Programme for Assessing the Impacts of High-Temperature Superconductivity on the Electric Power Sector”, and member of several CIGRE and IEC international working groups.
    Irina Oleinikova is Professor at Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Department of Electric Power Engineering, Power System Operation and Analysis group. NTNU Smart Grid Team Leader. Steering committee member in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme on Smart Grids, and an expert in International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) Annex 6: Power Transmission and Distribution Systems. Main research activities involve Power System Operation, Digital Power System Protection and Control. With more than 10 years of management experience to carry out research projects in field of Smart Grids, playing an active role in exploring R&D for industrial sector.
    Dr. Klaus Kubeczko is Senior Expert Advisor and scientist at the Center for Innovation Systems and Policy at the Austrian Institute of Technology. He has an industry background as electrical engineer and holds a doctoral degree in economics. His expertise and publications range from smart energy systems to smart cities and the transformative innovation policy instruments to achieve the energy transition. He has been advising policy makers at IEA, European, national and city level on these topics for more than 15 years. He has been scientific coordinator of several Europe-wide projects including the European Smart City Lighthouse Project RUGGEDISED and the ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems Project ReFlex. For the IEA TCP ISGAN he is Operating Agent of the Annex 7 on Smart Grid Transition and Institutional Change.
    Dr. Pilo is Full Professor, Faculty of Architecture and Engineering/ Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Cagliari, Italy. He received the title of Electrotechnical Engineer from the University of Cagliari in 1993 and the title of PhD in Electrotechnical Engineering from the University of Pisa in 1998. He became Researcher of Electrical Engineering in 1995 and Associate Professor of Electrical Systems for Energy in 2001. He is the author of over 150 international scientific publications, mostly indexed in the main scientific databases (SCOPUS; ISI; IEEE Xplore).