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Cologne, Germany
7-8 March 2017


Please find the Internet of Energy conference programme below

Disruptive Business Models: From Selling Electrons To Selling Services


Chair’s Opening Remarks


KEYNOTE: Digital Disruption: The ‘Uberization’ of the energy industry

The business model for energy retail and distribution is inevitably changing. The questions remains, do you want to disrupt or be disrupted?

Hear how Enel are challenging traditional business models from within and enabling the next generation of prosumers through improved vehicle to grid services.

Learn from Enel’s journey how to champion an organizational structure that can promote a culture of innovation.

Ernesto Ciorra, Head of Innovation, Enel


KEYNOTE: Breaking into a crowded marketplace : The opportunity of the Smart Home

Evidence suggests that if existing technologies were effectively deployed, homes could consume up to 35-40% less energy.

While the impact on decarbonisation is undisputed, what is the role of existing energy providers and DSO’s in this area? How can utilities compete with new companies offering Smart Home products and services?

  • How do you identify profitable partnerships with device manufacturers and service providers?
  • Customer vs utility: who pays for the smart home and how do you inspire mass market adoption?
  • How to monetise the huge volumes of IoT Smart Home data

Seb Chakraborty, CTO, HIVE (Centrica Connected Home)


IoT and the need for a new kind of IT infrastructure

The vision for IoT’s potential in energy may be compelling, but are the foundational technical capabilities in place to make it a reality?

The IoT-enabled Smart Grid will require an entirely new IT infrastructure that can support the delivery of real-time analytics and more.

 This session is available to sponsor. For more details, email [email protected]


Networking and Refreshment Break




CASE STUDY: Crypto currency and energy-storage

In an age of renewable integration, energy storage is integral to the grid to help combat issues of surplus and deficiency.

 But how will energy storage evolve in an age of IoT? Is the future of energy storage found in sharing?

Join this session to learn the merits energy storage vs energy sharing.

Jos Blom, Innovation and Strategy Consultant, Alliander

CASE STUDY: Uncovering new business models in an age of IoT

With the rise of distributed, renewable generation, the distinction between producers and consumers is blurring. Together with increasing competition, and accelerated by digitalization and evolving customer needs, this will force energy suppliers to transform their business model.

 IoT technology are crucial to move towards a service provider business model, where ‘energy as a service’ propositions can be delivered through platforms, while unlocking flexibility for the energy system at the same time.

 Join this session to learn how Eneco is transforming successfully into a service provider, through its smart home platform Toon, and through its other service plays in electric mobility, smart buildings, and smart cities.

Fonger Ypma, Head of Innovation Strategy, Eneco


CASE STUDY: Energy storage the ‘Smart way’

Is blockchain the crucial piece in the new energy internet?

In this first of its kind project, hear how innovators in Brooklyn are using bitcoin technology to create a ‘live’ platform for buying and selling energy securely.

Join this session to discover the implications for traditional utilities and their role in this new sharing economy.

Lawrence Orsini, Founder, L03 Energy (TBC)

CASE STUDY: Using IoT to develop and deploy new customer-centric services

Join this session to learn how a leading European utility is using optical sensors and plug and play technology to enable real-time feedback on energy consumption for both customer and utility

Understand how improved insights are enabling a wealth of new services and transforming the customer interaction.

Stanislas de Crevoisier, Smart Programme Director, ENGIE

12:00-13:00 FISHBOWL: Working in harmony: The value of cross-industry collaboration

In this interactive panel debate where audience participation is encouraged, explore how the energy eco-system can work together to capitalise on the potential of IoT.

  • Developing business models to ensure all stakeholders share the risks, costs and benefits of each IoT project
  • How to determine areas for private market investment and how to choose strategic partnerships with IoT innovators
  • How open is too open? Balancing the benefits of data sharing with regulatory compliance

In association with ENTSO-E, EDSO and SEDC



14:00-15:00 WORKSHOP: Finding the ROI of connected technology

Connectivity doesn’t necessarily equate to added value. It is clear that airlines and airports alike must continue to innovate in order to remain competitive, but how can businesses ensure it’s the right kind of innovation that delivers value.

This workshop will examine how innovation can be approached more effectively to deliver ROI for your business.

Facilitated by:

Robin Duke-Wolley, CEO, Beecham Research

WORKSHOP IoT: opportunities and challenges for the transmission-distribution interface

  • How Dynamic Line Rating (DLR) is optimising grid capability
  • Determining discrepancy between estimated and actual line loads to reduce losses in EP distribution
  • Using a combination of IoT sensors and cloud based analytics to identify and target ‘high-risk’ grid segments

Dr Susanne Nies, Corporate Affairs Manager, ENTSO-E


CASE STUDY: Striking a balance: The role of Demand Response technology offering flexible, reliable energy

IoT is enabling the real-time monitoring of grid frequency and opening up new capabilities for Demand Response technology

This new technology is enhancing grid stability, reducing overall consumption and providing cost savings for consumers and suppliers alike.

This session will explore:

  • Offering flexibility to defer energy usage through use of Critical Peak Pricing (CPP)
  • Installing DR with minimal disruption including the role of smart plugs and the retrofitting of existing devices.
  • The role of aggregators in the mediation of energy between supplier and consumer
  • Educating and incentivising consumers through monetary rewards and loyalty programs


Paul Lowbridge, Power Responsive Manager, National Grid

15:30 – 16:00

CASE STUDY: Green energy, Green consumers: How IoT is empowering consumers to make responsible choices

Learn how one utility are leveraging IoT technology to offer consumers the ability trace every KwH to its renewable source.

This new platform for energy retailing dubbed the ‘ebay’ for energy is creating greater visibility and allowing consumers to better understand there impact on the local energy economy while equally offering the utility ground-breaking insights into consumer purchasing habits.

Will Vooght, Head of Innovation, Good Energy

16:00 – 16:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: Embracing Innovation and engaging the start-up community

Benefitting from fresh thinking and start-up agility, energy companies must partner with the start-up community in order to survive in this new world.

This panel discussion will bring together retailers, Venture Capitalists, angel investors and start-ups to discuss:

  • How do you spot and nurture innovative start-ups?
  • How do you manage start-up partnerships to secure a competitive edge?
  • Understanding what legal help and administrative assistance may be offered by advisory boards and organisations promoting start-up engagement

Til Landerwerhermann, Head of IoT and Smart Home, EnBW

Check the website for further updates on panellists

16:30 -17:00

START-UP SHOWCASE: Your chance to identify your next partnership

Start-up companies have an important role to play in driving disruptive innovation that will shape the energy industry. Take this opportunity to gain early insight into new technologies and potentially identify your next investment project.

A series of elevator pitches will inspire you with fresh thinking and keep you at the forefront of technological developments that could give you a competitive edge.

To apply for one of our start-up feature roles, please email [email protected]

17:00 -17:30

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Intelligent urban ecosystems: Smart consumers, Smart buildings and Smart utilities

Smart cities will inevitable transform everyday operations. But what is the role of energy providers in this new eco-system? How can you ensure you are prepared for this radical shift?

Join this session for a glimpse into the future smart city and discover:

  • How to build a ‘smart’ strategy with the future smart city in mind
  • The active role in buildings in transforming the energy system
  • Cross industry collaboration: Future interaction with other industries

Maarten De Groote, Head of Research, Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE)


 Chair’s closing remarks

18:00- 20:00

IoB Mixer- A chance to network with peers over drinks and Canapés

Optimization, Reliability and Data


KEYNOTE: The journey towards the ‘Internet of Energy’

The energy industry is changing; traditional forms of generation no longer offer the earning capacity they once did. Moreover, while the development of the next generation of smart grids is crucial if Europe is to achieve its shared goal of 40% decarbonisation by 2030 what business opportunities does this transformation offer?

How can energy providers find new ways to profit from grid capabilities in an age of disruption? And how can you establish yourself as a market frontrunner?

In this visionary keynote, discover how the ‘Internet of Things’ is transforming the operational efficiency of the grid and driving significant cost savings. Plus, find out how IoT is enabling new business models and transforming the energy value chain at all levels.

Joao Torres, CIO, EDP (To be confirmed)


KEYNOTE: Keeping it stable: The rise of the ‘Self-Healing Grid’

IoT-enabled infrastructure is automatically stabilising the network, decreasing outages and reducing downtime.

Join this session to learn how ‘Advanced Distribution Systems’ (ADS) technology and circuit breakers are enabling the smart grid to automatically return to a synchronised state irrespective of external disturbances.

Discover the qualitative and quantitative benefits of ‘Self-Healing’ grid technologies and the potential implications for reliability and cost savings.

Sacha Fontaine, Head of Smart Grid, Duke Energy


CASE STUDY: IoT – What’s the business case?

IoT offers the potential to transform the operational efficiency of the Smart Grid, enabling greater transparency and increased reliability.

But with a myriad of emerging IoT solutions, it’s difficult to select the right investment and establish the business impact. Careful evaluation of the qualitative and quantitative benefits need to be considered before wide-scale adoption.

Join this session to learn:

  • Why IoT? What does IoT offer that other communication networks lack?
  • How to identify your next IoT investment and build the business case for it
  • The value of IoT pilot schemes in tailoring strategy to reflect situational factors

Claus Wattendrup, Managing Director Innovation, Vattenfall


Networking and refreshment break and one-to-one business meetings


DEBATE: Innovation vs Regulation – How to strike a balance

Regulatory policy is paramount in supporting the growth and deployment of the next generation of IoT-enabled Smart Grids.

But the highly regulated and constantly evolving nature of the electricity industry makes assessing the viability of a project complex.

How can you ensure that your innovation project is operating within the parameters of regulation? And what is the government doing to support growth and innovation?

  • How policy makers and the industry can better collaborate to form fair and comprehensive legislation for all parties
  • How to enable greater interoperability through common standards
  • Are governments doing enough? Learn how policy makers are facilitating new business models and mobilising investment in grid technology
  • Future-proofing: How to best prepare for incoming regulation changes

Felix Dembski, Head of Smart Grids, Bitkom

Manuel Sanchez, Head of Smart Grids, EU (Invited)

Craig Morris, Co-Author, Energy Democracy

Stream A: Utilities 2025

Stream B: The Opportunity of Big Data

11:45 -12:15

Beyond the smart meter and AMI… What’s next for the Smart Grid’s earliest IoT device?

EU directives, coupled with the availability of cost effective technology, has enabled the smart meter market to mature in Europe over the last few years.

Although the smart meter is widely accepted as an integral part of the grid, how will it evolve in an age of the interconnected network and what new capabilities are required?

Join industry experts raising the question – what’s next for the humble ‘Smart Meter’?

Joachim Gruber, Senior Manager, EnBW

Unlocking the value of IoT data

Big Data provides numerous opportunities to improve performance and service. Yet how can you make sense of and understand IoT data?

This session explores:

  • Differentiating between noise and value add
  • Using data to better understand consumer habits and offer a more personalised and tailored service
  • Using multiple data sources for greater contextual awareness
  • Using data analytics to improve grid performance

Els Descheemaeker, Head of Big Data, RWE


ROUNTABLES: What does the future workforce look like in an age of IoT?

With an acute focus on automation and millisecond decision cycles, what is the future of the workforce in an age of IoT-enabled grid?

  • Table 1: Identify skills ‘gaps’ and establish the most effective infrastructure to nurture new talent
  • Table 2: Tackling issues of a retiring workforce: Inspiring young talent in an age of IoT
  • Table 3: The connected workforce: how equipping staff with wearables is enhancing performance

To become a roundtable leader please email [email protected]

WORKSHOP: Transforming your business to become IoT ready

 The opportunities for IoT in energy are immense but do you have the organisational elements required for IoT success?

How can you prepare yourself to be a market frontrunner in a notoriously ‘aging’ industry?

  • How to embed fast and experimental innovation into your company’s DNA
  • How to develop short and long term IoT strategy and business case for garnering organisational support
  • Innovative funding models to support the wide scale roll-out of initiatives

Gilles Robichon, IoT Consultant, IoTC360

13:15 – 14:15


 14:15 – 14:45

CASE STUDY: IoT and predictive maintenance: case-study in power production

Clean energy production is playing an important role in future energy system. Balancing the grid with increasing amount of intermittent renewable energy – such as solar and wind – is playing bigger role all the time. This balancing can be made for example with hydropower.

Learn how Fortum is developing IoT enabled predictive maintenance to ensure the reliable and efficient operations of assets in their journey towards digitalization. Join this session to understand the benefits of real-time monitoring in lowering costs and reducing asset downtime, as well as the importance of pilot schemes in fostering a culture of innovation in a notoriously risk averse industry.

Kristiina Sodrholm, Lead of Digitalization Program, Fortum  


CASE STUDY: Asset Optimisation and the global windfarm

If Europe is to meet EC targets of a 20% reduction in Fossil Fuel consumption by 2020 , effective use of wind power is crucial

Join an industry leader to discover the role of the internet as an enabler to operating a global windfarm

– The business case for the retrofitting of existing assets with new capabilities such as ice detection sensors

– How advanced analytic software is optimising wind farm performance

– The role of drones in improved wind turbine inspection

Thomas Pump, Head of Asset Information, E.ON


The (in)security of the Internet of Things

In spite of its benefits, the connected grid introduces new points of vulnerability. Sensitive information could be disclosed regarding household activities and networks are increasingly becoming subject to attacks.

Join a leading security specialist to learn how to keep security at the forefront of digital strategy:

  • What steps can be taken to minimise malicious threats to the network?
  • How to protect consumer information from criminal monitoring
  • Where does responsibility lie? Who should be securing the grid, and who can be held accountable for failures and breaches?

Rajesh Nair, Former CIO, Swiss Grid

15:45 -16:15

If your utility pole could talk to you, what would you want it to say? A look at augmented reality and IoT in the Utility Space

Augmented reality promises to be the key that unlocks the internet of things.  Viewing information in the context in which it was created provides insights that are unavailable in spreadsheets and reports.

Join this session to learn:

  • The role of augmented reality as a window into IoT
  • The five Vs (yes, there are five) of Big Data, thanks to IoT
  • When does ‘Situational Awareness’ become ‘Situational Distraction’?
  • Not all use cases are created equal.  Choose carefully for success. Physical context is the ultimate meta data

John Simmins, Technical Executive, EPRI USA


Closing remarks from the chair


Conference End