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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

 08:00-08:40  Registration, Welcome and Icebreakers Session

Chair’s Opening Remarks – Roberto Zangrandi, Special Advisor, EDSO for Smart Grids


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)


POLLING SESSION: How will hybrid business models be the key a successful digitalisation of energy

With Smart Home a growing trend, customers are not yet ready to spend money on the complex systems necessary to transform the market. Learning from the telecommunications market, see how tiko drives success through the integration of innovative and modular IT solutions delivering value on both side of the meter, thus enabling the creation of sophisticated hybrid business models.

Frédéric Gastaldo, CEO, Swisscom Energy Solutions


Networking and Refreshment Break

Stream A: Digital Utilities

 Stream B: Using IoT to enable new customer service models


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 in micro-generation stations, the distinction between producer and consumer is blurring. This makes the possibility of disintermediation for energy providers real.

As the grid transforms, the relationship between supplier and consumer must also evolve. In a new era of customer-centricity, it is essential that customer service models offer greater transparency and flexibility.

Join this session to understand innovative ways to incentivise customers through
dynamic pricing and loyalty rewards. Learn how to use new channels of communication
to connect with customers and ensure you remain relevant in an age of consumer choice.

Fonger Ypma, Head of Innovation Strategy, Eneco


CASE STUDY: Energy storage the ‘Smart way’

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

Join this session to learn how market leaders E.ON are leveraging IoT devices and energy storage technology across their B2B portfolio for greater power quality control and smarter energy management..

Eliano Russo, Vice President Energy Storage – Batteries, E.ON

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


PANEL: 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

Panel Moderator: Gilles Robichon, IoTC360
Julie Delahaye, PhD
, Research Engineer in Nanotechnologies, ENGIE

Bernd Nordieker, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Swiss Grid
Eric Woittiez, Senior Innovation Manager, Essent




 PANEL: 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

Frauke Thies,
Executive Director,  Smart Energy Demand Coalition
Roberto Zangrandi,
Special Advisor, EDSO
Dr Susanne Nies, Corporate Affairs Manager, ENTSO-E
Pavla Mandatova
, Advisor Retail Markets & Innovation, Eurelectric


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]


CASE STUDY: Energy gone digital: The rise of the Virtual Power Plant

VPP’s are offering utilities the opportunity to leverage a portfolio of energy storage devices, and generators which support flexible energy usage.

This new tool which has the ability to ramp up or down to track frequency deviations and market prices in real-time is transforming the way energy is distributed.

The session will explore the role of the VPP in critical grid balancing services as well as extracting revenues for stakeholders.

Erik Nygard, Co-Founder, Limejump

 CASE STUDY: How will IoT change the workforce

Remember the pictures of Klondike? Complete chaos, everybody rushing?

This is what often happens with new technology, leading to relative low returns. IoT is definitely going to be an important game changer for the DSO’s and we have some interesting innovations to share.

Even more interesting is the question: how do we really change DNA of the existing ICT staff regarding IoT? Based on recent innovations we started a program to leverage skills of all ICT employees – with the goal to connect the existing in-depth existing knowledge & experience of current process to the new opportunities around IoT. We share our insights on improvement of the skills set and new ideas.

Kees Mench, Programme Manager, Enexis


CASE STUDY: Meters and advanced analytics in electricity distribution

IoT provides countless opportunites for system operators gain advance insight into electrical distrubution.

Join this session to hear from one leader system operator regrarding the opportunities and challanges of advances analytics and new meter technology.

Kaspar Kaarlep, Head of Digital Network Technology, Elektrilevi OÜ

 WORKSHOP: 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


Networking and Refreshment Break

16:15 – 16:45

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

16:45 – 17:15

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)


17:15 -18:00

PANEL DISCUSSION and Start-up Showcase

Benefiting 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 Landwehrmann, Head of IoT and Smart Home, EnBW

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]


 Chair’s closing remarks


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.

Christian Buchel, Deputy-CEO, Chief Digital & International Officer, Enedis (ex-ERDF) and Vice-Chairman, EDSO for Smart Grids


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


This session is reserved for Gemalto

Session details to follow


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

Stream A: Utilities 2025

Stream B: Unlocking the value of IoT generated data

11:00 -11:30

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

WORKSHOP: Finding the ROI of connected technology

Connectivity doesn’t necessarily equate to added value. It is clear that utilites 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.

Gilles Robichon, IoT Consultant, IoTC360

11:30 -12:00

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

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, EON

 12:00 – 12:30 This session is reserved for sponsorship. For further details email [email protected]
12:30 – 13:15

FISHBOWL: 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, Former Head of Smart Grids, Bitkom
Craig Morris, Co-Author, Energy Democracy
Konstantinos Stamatis, Policy Officer, DG Energy European Commission
Pavla Mandatova, Advisor Retail Markets & Innovation, Eurelectric

13:15- 14:15


 14:15- 14:30

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  

14:30 – 15:30

ROUNDTABLES: 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? In these interactive roundtable discussions explore the how to utilise Big Data for tangible business benefit.

Table 1: Using data to better understand consumer habits and offer a more personalised and tailored service

Table 2: Using multiple data sources for greater contextual awareness

Table 3: The importance and practicalities of data sharing

To become a roundtable leader please email [email protected]

15:30 -16:00

CLOSING KEYNOTE: 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

16:00 – 16:10

Closing remarks from the chair


Conference End