Domitille Alozy, Project Co-ordinator, BienVEnu, ENEDIS
French distribution system operator ENEDIS celebrated a win at the European Utility Industry Awards 2016 with its BienVEnu project. Here Project Co-ordinator Domitille Alozy explains how eight partners worked together to find a simple electric vehicle charging solution for multi-dwelling houses. Engerati’s Carol Stimmel comments that the BienVEnu project aims to solve a utility problem of grid stress caused by electric vehicles as well as alleviating a customer-side problem of wanting to charge cars in the simplest way possible.
Elena Santiago, Director-General, CEN-CENELEC
Elena Santiago of European standardisation organisation CEN-CENELEC talks to Engerati’s Sophia de Francesco about grid flexibility. In this interview, Santiago highlights how standards can help integrate different energy sources and ensure a high level of grid flexibility. Santiago also touches on financial incentives in the market to improve grid interoperability.
Gavin Roberts, Head of Strategy and Portfolio B2C/SME Customer Solutions, E.ON
Customer centricity is the focus of this interview between Engerati’s Sophia de Francesco and Gavin Roberts, Head of Strategy and Portfolio B2C/SME Customer Solutions at E.ON. Roberts describes how the European energy giant is “obsessed" with getting close to the customer. And the key to retaining customers? Creating a seamless experience that is simple and intuitive even if it means working with multiple partners to achieve it. Hear more E.ON interviews from European Utility Week 2016 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fCGycVNypo
Elias De Keyser, KULeuven and UPC (Dual Degree Master)
Engerati’s Sophia de Francesco interviews energy engineering student Elias De Keyser from Dutch university KULeuven about winning an award in the Initiate! Hub. In the interview, De Keyser outlines his vision of the future energy system, which secured him the award.
Panama Bartholomy, Director, Investor Confidence Project Europe
Engerati’s Adam Malik discusses with Panama Bartholomy the challenge of attracting investment into building energy efficiency projects. Bartholomy outlines a European certification programme that allows global investors to know that forecasted energy savings will be achieved. Read more on this topic in ‘Intelligent Buildings Europe - Where’s the Money’ featured in Engerati’s Power in Europe digital magazine (http://insights.engerati.com/power-in-europe-2016#!/intelligent-buildings)
Jonathan Sandham, Smart Networks Manager, ESB Networks
Engerati’s Sophia de Francesco talks to Jonathan Sandham of Irish vertically integrated utility ESB Networks about cybersecurity and cyber resilience. Sandham recommends that utilities accept they will be penetrated at some point and find solutions to combat this threat such as using cryptocurrency technology such as bitcoin for metering and substation traffic. In this interview, Sandham also highlights the biggest threat vector to the energy network - new third party entrants that aren’t bringing the “traditional steadfast approach to security that DSOs have”.
Stephen Haw, Partner, Baringa Partners
The ambivalence of residential prosumers and finding ways to unlock this flexibility is one of the discussion points in this interview between Engerati’s Rose Bundock and Stephen Haw of Baringa Partners. Haw emphasises the rising interest of commercial and industrial energy consumers in becoming prosumers - not because of major energy savings but because of brand value. For more on the transition from consumer to prosumer, watch this Engerati-Baringa co-branded webinar - https://www.engerati.com/webinars/evolution-customer-prosumer
António M. Aires Messias, Head of Inovgrid, EDP Distribuição
Gianluigi Migliavacca, Project Manager, Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE
Engerati’s Sophia de Francesco interviews Italian energy research and development organisation Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE) to dive deeper into the SmartNet project. Project Manager Gianluigi Migliavacca explains its purpose is to understand the most efficient interaction between transmission system operators and distribution system operators to allow the creation of ancillary services in distribution networks. Hear more from RSE in an Engerati webinar - ‘The Path to the Intelligent Grid: A Trial by Technology and Innovation https://www.engerati.com/webinars/path-intelligent-grid-%E2%80%93-trial-technology-innovation
Dr Giulia Privitera, Innovation Engineer, UK Power Networks
Engerati’s Rose Bundock asks Dr Giulia Privitera about the award-winning project EnergyWise. The Ofgem-funded initiative won best Community Energy Project at the European Utility Industry Awards 2016. Privitera outlines the approach to engaging marginal groups in the UK smart meter rollout using field teams in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Read more about the project here (https://www.engerati.com/eua/community-energy-award/energywise)
Norberto Santiago, Founder & President, ZIV
ZIV founder and President Norberto Santiago walks Engerati’s Carol Stimmel through the transition in the European market he has seen since launching the company in 1993. Santiago touches on global smart grid projects in the UK, France, Holland, Portugal, Spain, Brazil and India, and gives his views on interoperability. ZIV partnered with Engerati to produce a webinar on advanced network management. Watch it on demand here - https://www.engerati.com/webinars/advanced-network-management-system-anm-making-smart-grid-real