3rd Annual InnoGrid2020+ Conference Highlights Importance of Research and Development to Achieving EU Energy and Climate Policy Goals

Brussels, (PresseBox) - The 3rd annual InnoGrid2020+ Conference got underway today (25 March). Jointly organised by ENTSO-E, EDSO for Smart Grids and GRID+, the conference gathers researchers, industry representatives and policy makers who will assess the role of Research and Development in the electricity grids of the future.

During the two day event speakers including Dominique Ristori, Director–General, DG ENER; Marie Donnelly, Director of Renewables, R&I, Energy Efficiency, European Commission, DG ENER and Maud Skäringer, Policy Analyst, Competence Centre Smart and Sustainable Growth, European Commission, DG REGIO, will discuss the status of EU funding opportunities and the challenges in integrating the new energy systems, from the end customer to the pan-European grid.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Pierre Bornard, Chairman, ENTSO-E and Joao Torres, Chairman, EDSO for Smart Grids, emphasised the progress that has been achieved to date by the industry in the areas of R&D, and also highlighted the importance of developing new opportunities.

In his opening statement, Pierre Bornard said: “Transmission and distribution systems are integral to achieving Europe’s 2050 climate targets as set out in the Commission’s Energy Roadmap 2050. In this regard TSOs’ research and development activities play a key role as they provide technology solutions for a secure and smarter grid. Cooperation among stakeholders is absolutely key, and events such as InnoGrid2020+ provide an opportunity for the sharing of information and the forging of new partnerships and ideas to drive progress: the challenges are huge, and we all have an obligation to deliver.”

Echoing this sentiment, Joao Torres said: “Grid innovation and testing in real-life situations is a crucial step for the development of the internal market for electricity in Europe and this conference brings together the people leading these developments. I am proud to be associated with this conference, which started three years ago as a seminar and has built up to this large and valuable opportunity for experts, decision makers, regulators and others to share their knowledge, their experience, advice and ideas.”

Delivering the keynote speech at today’s conference, Dominique Ristori, Director-General, DG ENER, reinforced the importance of coordinated efforts when it comes to the deployment of smart grids. He said: “I see the need to incorporate smart grids and smart metering because, in terms of maturity of technologies, we’re approaching the time of full deployment of smart grids but, this will take coordinated efforts.”

20 electricity transmission and distribution R&D projects contributing to the EEGI Roadmap will also present at this year’s conference, highlighting R&D theory in practice. Projects presenting at this year’s event include: OPTIMATE; Umbrella; iTESLA; After; DISCERN; evolvDSO and GRID4EU amongst many others.

Due to unprecedented interest in this year’s conference, you can follow this event live (maximum of 100 participants) by clicking on the relevant link below.

Day One - 25 March - Watch live

Day Two - 26 March - Watch live

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