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Welcome to the 14th IEEE PowerTech

TomasGomez welcomeProf. Tomás Gómez
LuisRouco welcomeProf. Luis Rouco
PabloFrias welcomeProf. Pablo Frías
Javier welcome2Prof. Javier García-González

We welcome all participants to the 2021 IEEE Madrid PowerTech conference. Finally, despite our initial hope to celebrate Power Tech in person in Madrid, the pandemic made it impossible. In any case, we wish all of you a fruitful and participative conference!

PowerTech is the anchor conference of IEEE PES in Europe. It provides a forum for engineers and scientists in electric power and energy systems to present their work and share information in this area of growing interest and importance in the industry and economy worldwide.

We sincerely thank the International Steering Committee of the PowerTech for the received support to hold this conference for the first time in Spain at Comillas University. Our University, particularly the ICAI School of Engineering, is the alma mater of very prestigious professionals who have devoted their careers to the electric power industry.

Our acknowledgment also goes to all members of the Local Organizing Committee who have worked closely and intensively to prepare all the millions of details that this kind of event requires. Our thanks also to Grupo Pacifico acting as supporting company in the organization.

We sincerely thank our Institution, the Institute for Research in Technology (IIT), and the Engineering School ICAI for the support provided in the administration, organization, and logistics for the conference.
The sponsorships provided by IBERDROLA as principal sponsor, CEPSA, REPSOL, RTDS Technologies, EDP, POWERSYS solutions, AXPO, and ENGIE are greatly appreciated.

The conference lemma “Power for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” emphasizes the relevance of renewable and digitized power systems in achieving some of the main SDGs: fighting against climate change, affordable and clean energy for all, clean water and sanitation, and sustainable cities and communities, among others. The electrification of mobility, climatization of buildings, and industrial uses are the main drivers for achieving sustainable and CO2-neutral economies by 2050. This conference brings the opportunity to share and discuss challenges, technological solutions, and business and regulatory models for a more sustainable future.

Sincere thanks to all Authors that made this conference possible by means of their participation and papers. Despite uncertainties and challenging circumstances due to the pandemic, we received 532 paper submissions from 49 different countries worldwide. This overwhelming response required organizing a careful and time-demanding review process in which the support of all the members of the International Steering Committee, the International Advisory Committee, the Basil Papadias Award Committee, and the contributions of about 740 reviewers have been crucial. We sincerely thank all of them, as none of this would have been possible without their rigorous assessment, effort, and voluntary assistance. In the end, 402 top-rated papers, including 152 student papers, were finally accepted. All these works address hot-topics that will help power systems to become part of the solution to achieve sustainable development goals. The papers finally presented during the conference will be included in the conference proceedings and submitted to IEEE Xplore® for their publication.

We have prepared a very attractive program that includes not only paper presentations in technical and video-poster sessions but also several plenary and special sessions that will address hot topics on how to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the power sector. Precisely, we will have plenary sessions on “Challenges and opportunities in universal electricity access” and “Power System Models for Real Life Problems”. Universal electricity access session will address innovative approaches in regulation, business models, and the use of advanced technologies that can attract the private investment needed to supply reliable, sustainable, and affordable electricity to millions of people. The power system models session will present the main numerical and modeling challenges of future power systems and examples of collaborative efforts between industry and academia. In addition, the program includes four sessions dedicated to presentations of European research projects. We look forward to learning from all the invited prestigious speakers from all over the world.

The Local Organizing Committee wishes all of you a stimulating experience with active participation in the conference, meeting old and new colleagues. Please, do not forget to visit Madrid as soon as possible when this pandemic is over to enjoy our culture, our history, our gastronomy, our sun, and our lifestyle.