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Cologne, Germany
7-8 March 2017

2017 Agenda

Please find the Internet of Energy conference programme below

Disruptive Business Models: From Selling Electrons To Selling Services


 Registration, Vinelake Welcome and Icebreaker Session


Opening Remarks – Roberto Zangrandi, Special Adviser 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.

Riccardo Amoroso, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, Enel Green Power


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


PRESENTATION & 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 & Refreshment Break and One-to-One business meetings


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 Smart Energy Lab, Eneco Smart Energy


Demand Response in Practice: Being an Aggregator in Residential Domain

What is it like to be an Aggregator?

How DSO’s can procure flexibility on order to reduce peaks in the grid

How to entice prosumers to participate in the flexibility market

Eric Woittiez, Senior Innovation Manager, Essent/Innogy


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

Bernd Nordieker, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Swiss Grid
Eric Woittiez, Senior Innovation Manager, Essent
Luís José Oliveira,
Head of Asset Management, EDP Comercial


Networking Lunch and One-to-One business meetings    


 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

Karen Schelb, Project Leader, IoT & Digitalization, The Boston Consulting Group

Dr Susanne Nies, Corporate Affairs Manager, ENTSO-E

Pavla Mandatova, Advisor Retail Markets & Innovation, Eurelectric

Roberto Zangrandi, Special Advisor, EDSO


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


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: 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

 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 & Refreshment Break and One-to-One Business Meetings

16:15 – 16:45

Case Study: PV and P2P- Utilities of the future

In 10 to 15 years, having a PV solar panel and the possibility to store the spare electricity via a home battery or a car battery will be standard at every home.

In that scenario, a utility like HolaLuz will act as a P2P platform to allow our customers to exchange green power among them.

Discover how building a strong relationship with customers, based on honesty and truth is crucial for disrupting from the core an industry that is dramatically and fast changing.

Carlota Pi Amorós, Co-Founder and CMO, HolaLuz

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

Frances Bean, Project Manager , Building Performance Institute Europe



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

Gerhard Gamperl, Director Strategy, Corporate Development and Innovation, VERBUND AG

Joaquin Fernandez-Caro Yelamos, Innovation and Business Development, Viesgo

Carlota Pi Amorós, Co-Founder and CMO, HolaLuz

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.

Featured start-ups:
Guido Vogel, Head of Sales & Marketing, Lemonbeat
Werner Weihs-Sedivy, CEO, Twingzs
Andriy Shmyhelskyy, CEO & Founder, Hyko
Stefan Grosjean, CEO, Smappee
Miguel Carvalho, CEO and Co-founder, Watt-IS



 Chair’s closing remarks


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


Gala Dinner and Quiz

Optimization, Reliability and Data


Opening remarks from conference chair Konstantinos, DG Policy Officer, European Commission


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.

Joachim Schneider, Vice-Chair, EDSO for Smart Grids & Member of the Grid & Infrastructure Executive Committee, Innogy SE


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, Recent Grid Modernisation Consultant, Duke Energy


Trust challenges in IoT blockchain – Do we need a dedicated Energy Blockchain?

In this forward thinking session, hear from Gemalto on the opportunities and challenges of new blockchain technology.

IoT and Blockchain is often a hyped topic that promises to challange the way we do transactions in the energy system. But the industry needs a reality check as to whether these concepts and the underlying technologies can really scale to becoming disruptive in near future.
Join this session to hear how IoT and Blockchain could drastically reshape the industry and what needs to be done on governance side to unlock this potential by encouraging trust all over the ecosystem.

Thomas Weisshaupt, Director Markets Smart Energy & IoT, Gemalto


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


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

11:30- 12:00

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, IoTC360


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

John Celliers, Program Manager of Digitalisation Roadmap, E.ON Climate & Renewables

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
Konstantinos Stamatis, Policy Officer, DG Energy European Commission
Pavla Mandatova, Advisor Retail Markets & Innovation, Eurelectric

13:15- 14:15

Networking Lunch and One-to-One business meetings

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  


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

Led by: IoT360

Table 2: Using multiple data sources for greater contextual awareness

Led by: Boston Consulting Group

Table 3: The importance and practicalities of data sharing

Led by: Beecham Research

15:45 -16:15

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

16:15- 16:25

Closing remarks from the chair


Conference End