Smart grids, which increase energy efficiency and can contribute to the increased use of electricity from renewable sources, thereby relieving the power grid, is a hot topic in discussions about making the energy transition possible. There are a variety of issues – such as the political framework, technical details as well as social acceptance – that need to be further concretised in order to be able to implement smart grids on a wider scale and thereby generate smart cities or smart communities. In this context, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) offers for the third time the Smart Grid World Forum, this year in Geneva.
We spoke with Marko Delimar, professor at the University of Zagreb, Croatia, and Geneva Steering Committee Chair of the Smart Grid World Forum.
What is the Smart Grid World Forum?
Taking place on Dec. 6 and 7 in Geneva, the Smart Grid World Forum (SGWF) – organized by IEEE and its partners – gathers international industry experts and leaders from around the world for an impartial assessment of the current developments in smart grid technology.
The theme of the 2012 SGWF is Smart Grids as Enablers for Smart Cities and Other Smart Community Solutions. Like its predecessors in 2010 (Brussels) and 2011 (Beijing), it fosters wide-ranging, highly relevant international perspectives on technology, applications, standards and policy.
Registration for SGWF, Geneva is now open at: http://www.ieee-smartgridworld.org/.
Who would benefit from attending this event?
The event provides a neutral meeting place where business executives, educators, government officials, and other influential leaders in the smart grid and energy systems industries, come together in a meaningful way to exchange ideas and discuss best practices on real-world smart grid developments and deployments.
What differentiates the event from the many other conferences about similar topics at the moment?
At this year’s SGWF in Geneva, more than 60 smart grid top experts will provide a combination of short presentations and interactive panel discussions – extending the opportunity for attendees to engage in conversation and exchange information on actual smart grid deployments and innovations as well as lessons learned from pilot projects. Unlike any other conference, participants are invited to submit questions for discussions in advance. During informal receptions, lunches, and breaks, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with like-minded individuals working to advance smart grid technology.
What are the focus topics of this year´s conference?
IEEE provides a uniquely broad view of smart grid technology during this two-day SGWF event. Topics provide an international perspective on a wide range of interests that include standards, business requirements, and technical aspects.
Specifically, attendees will join discussions focusing on policy and regulatory issues, integrated infrastructure, flexible demand, sustainability, smart cities, as well as funding opportunities for industry and academia, and much more.
What are the characteristics of a smart city or a smart community?
A city or community using smart grid technology to its full potential has a range of benefits. Using next-generation technology, these communities will be using smart meters, linked sensors and controls, , charging systems for electric and hybrid vehicles, and so much more.
The key factor in a “smart city” is technologies that work together, seamlessly.
Why are smart grids so important?
The adoption of smart grid technology is important to the further progress and advancement of electricity and energy. By using next-generation technologies, cities and communities around the world can confidently approach the next path for energy consumption that’s responsible and sustainable. Because today’s electricity and energy systems offer no reliable answer to our future needs, the smart grid is a choice for a more connected and efficient means of economic prosperity.