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Getting ready for the Twenties

1On 15th-16th May, INNOGRID2020+ conference have taken place in Brussels and aimed to look at the next decade challenges and provide insights and solutions through innovative projects.

INNOGRID2020+, the EU event on innovation in electricity networks, have given the word to high level European policy makers, researchers, project developers but also grid users and citizens.

Customers, market participants, policy makers have strong expectations on what the electricity system and network should deliver as services beyond 2020. These expectations will impact the way the electricity system/network is operated, developed, planned, secured, etc.

The event co-organisers EDSO for Smart Grids and ENTSO-E jointly have presented their ‘Ten priorities for Europe’s research policy to deliver the Energy Union’ and hand them over to the Commission.

As ENTSO explained beyond 2020, at least half of the electricity consumption will be covered by variable renewable sources; around 20 million electric vehicles will plug into the power network and there will be a very high number of prosumers and smart devices connected to the grid. The transformation from a centralised, unidirectional and fossil fuel-based system to a more flexible, multidirectional and renewables-based one is unprecedented. The crucial role of networks in the energy transition should be acknowledged by the EU in future research programmes, including FP9, the HORIZON 2020 EUROPE plan.

Laurent Schmitt, ENTSO-E Secretary General, commented, “We ask for any EU research programme to de facto include a digital layer. Digitisation is horizontal. It glues sectors, geographies, operators together and enables new links between consumers and the system’. He added, “The flipside is cybersecurity. This should remain a top priority for the industry and policy-makers alike”.

Close to 30 projects in grid innovation were exhibited during the two-day conference at BOZAR in Brussels. Besides, INNOGRID2020+ took place under the patronage of the Bulgarian Presidency and in partnership with the Florence School of Regulation.

Download here the full paper “Ten priorities for Europe’s research policy to deliver the Energy Union’

Have a look of the Twitter highlights of INNOGRID2020+ here. 

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