Editorial: Digitalisation projects seek to optimise flexibility

Engerati continues its coverage of key events including the 25th biennial CIRED conference in Madrid this week.
Published: Mon 03 Jun 2019

Engerati concluded its May theme of digitalisation with a focus on the UK following Utility Week Live. We interviewed Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy, about the roll-out of electric vehicles and other developments in decarbonisation ahead of the Fully Charged Live event at Silverstone. Watch out for an E-book coming soon which will present prediction on the future of digitalisation from key experts.

Flexibility has emerged as the crucial element underpinning an efficient energy transition and many digitally-enabled initiatives are reaching commercial viability throughout Europe. The UK is offering up to £4m for three demonstration projects over the next three years and many of the EU’s Horizon 2020 projects are starting to publish results, one of which is the InterFlex project, both of which are covered by Engerati in this week’s newsletter.

As Engerati heads to CIRED in Madrid this week we launch our special focus on Spain and Portugal, starting with an overview of Endesa’s artificial intelligence-driven project PASTORA using data from the country’s impressive fleet of smart meters, and a summary of a CIRED paper on a low voltage supervision system presented by Ariadna Grid, a company with a disruptive technology for LV grid topology.

This week we will bring you coverage from CIRED including a side event hosted by the Think Smartgrids workgroup presenting the study ‘The digital transformation of utilities: meeting the challenge of integrating data to serve networks and customers’ with speakers from Enedis, Iberdrola and Schneider Electric. We will also publish an interview with Marina Serrano, President of Spanish utility association aelēc, outlining Spain's successful smart meter programme and how the new data streams will be used to optimise the grid.

If you have any analysis of regulation or projects focusing on the digitalisation of the Spanish or Portuguese electric grids please do not hesitate to get in touch with our editor Caroline Gentry at carolinegentry@fav-house.com.