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The European Commission endorsed, for the third consecutive year, the EU Projects Zone featured at the exhibition floor of European Utility Week and POWERGEN Europe.

The need for Innovation in the European energy landscape

The shift towards a low carbon economy – especially the deployment of renewable sources of energy and the decentralization of energy generation – calls for increasing digitalisation of the energy system. The digital developments (big data, the internet of things, smart grids, smart metering, smart homes and buildings, smart charging solutions for electric vehicles, and the more recent artificial intelligence, 5G and high-performance computing) impact multiple aspects of the European energy landscape.

The greater use of digital technology contributes to using energy more intelligently and efficiently and to optimising transmission, distribution and consumption (energy efficiency). Moreover, the increased use of digital in energy production, transport and distribution is making cybersecurity a key concern, thus calling for appropriate consideration of this challenge in the development of solutions.

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The energy sector is a good example of where digital products and services can provide new opportunities for consumers and European companies, thus creating high value-added employment and offering new business opportunities based on technology, research and innovation.

H2020 has put together basic elements in addressing some of these challenges and in putting the basis for the creating of a market for energy services (by notably supporting the creation of partnerships and critical mass in addressing such challenges).

However, the establishment of such market and the further creation of innovative solutions and services is still a challenge that calls for an elevation of the European efforts with emphasis (in parallel to research and innovation) on measures aiming at the creation of better conditions for access to knowledge, infrastructure and services deployment.

The urgent need now is to scale up innovative solutions and ensure large-scale deployment of digitally-enabled markets for energy services. This requires an interoperable ecosystem.

The Commission aims to foster and facilitate this nascent development via the plans recently put forward for the next MFF. The ambition is to bridge research and innovation to be supported by Horizon Europe, with investments in smart grids and the operational digital platforms, which will contribute to the digitalisation of energy, under the new CEF2 programme and the large-scale deployment of services envisaged under the Digital Europe Programme.


In the EU funded projects zone these challenges were presented


There were also discussions and presentations grouped in various sessions, with the aim to discuss common challenges and to map measurable and mature achievements of the projects, which can represent the basis for achieving a functional fully digitalised, cyber-secure, interoperable and sustainable energy ecosystem and which can be potentially interesting for investors, contributing thus to the ambitious deployment goals of the next MFF.





  • Meet the projects: Interflex

    21 Oct 2019 Christian DUMBS, InterFlex Project Coordinator
    Christian DUMBS, InterFlex Project Coordinator
  • Meet the projects: RESOLVD

    01 Oct 2019 Heidi Tuiskula, International project manager, Smart Innovation Norway.
    Heidi Tuiskula, Innovation Manager of H2020 RESOLVD project
  • Meet the projects: COGEN

    10 Sep 2019 Hans Korteweg, Managing Director, COGEN Europe
    Hans Korteweg, Managing Director, COGEN Europe
  • Meet the projects: SOGNO

    06 Sep 2019 Dr. Monti, director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University
    Dr. Monti, director of the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems, E.ON Energy Research Center at RWTH Aachen University.
  • Meet the projects: RESPOND

    23 Aug 2019 Mio Dart, Energy Expert and Account Executive, Dexma Energy
    Mio Dart , Energy Expert and Account Executive, DEXMA Energy
  • Meet the projects: FLEXCoop

    06 Aug 2019 Roland Tual, Project Manager at REScoop.EU and Communication Manager for the FLEXCoop project
    Roland Tual, Project Manager at REScoop.EU and Communication Manager for the FLEXCoop project



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  1. Workshops
    Espace 2000 – MR A
    180 mins
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  1. Workshops
    Meeting Room ESPACE 2000 - C, 1st floor (above the exhibition)
    120 mins
    • Workshops
      In this high-level workshop we are going to discuss the role of local flexibilities for stabilising the grid with practitioners (represented by four big European DSO associations E.DSO. CEDEC, Eurel ...
  1. Workshops
    Meeting Room PÉGASE, 1st floor (above the exhibition)
    270 mins
    • Workshops
    Free to attend Workshop, organised by Smart Innovation Norway on behalf of RESOLVD project   The on-going change towards an energy ecosystem, where production is as distributed as consumption, increas ...

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