EVENT: Grid Analytics Europe 2016 – 5-6 April 2016, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Recent research with 30 European TSOs and DSOs conducted by Phoenix Forums indicates that leading European utilities are finally securing investment and procuring state-of-the-art data analytics platforms and tools, to turn the high volumes of smart meter and sensor data flooding their networks into actionable intelligence that better supports their grid performance and planning objectives.

5-6 April 2016, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Predictive Analytics for Dynamic Grid Performance

“The difference in utility confidence relating to data analytics is like night and day when we compare our latest findings with our 2013 research results” says Mandana White, Programme Director of Grid Analytics Europe 2016, organised by Phoenix Forums. “Utilities have known for some time how crucial analytics is to their grid performance and planning, but it is only now that compelling enough business cases are being developed, stake-holder buy-in is being achieved, and realistic investment levels are being secured to launch and develop analytics programmes with significant scale-up potential”.

This second edition of Grid Analytics Europe 2016 focuses on the potential of predictive analytics for dynamic grid performance and takes place 5-6 April 2016. 14 utility speakers are scheduled to share their lessons learnt from actual implementations of data analytics for a variety of use cases, including representatives of ERDF, Iberdrola, Vattenfall, Alliander, EDP, National Grid, PJM Interconnection among others. To support the industry’s drive toward the Common Information Model (CIM) for data integration and interoperability, a 2-hour CIM tutorial will take place on the afternoon of conference day two. Alongside the conference there are a series of facilitated networking events, including a round table discussion session, a networking canal cruise, frequent networking in the solution zone and more.

Robin Hageman, Manager of Analytics, Innovations and Livinglabs at Alliander, who will be presenting Alliander’s market leading data analytics approach comments: “We have been developing our data analytics organisation for several years and now have a central team of 25 data scientists, engineers & tool developers, working with our asset, grid & market management team, using complex data models and predictive analytics. The output of this team has been immensely helpful to our data driven strategy programme and our network development objectives. In the process we have experienced many challenges around handling the rapidly rising volumes of data, combining data from different silos and maintaining data quality and governance, fully integrating our IT&OT systems and starting to apply CIM. We have also faced some challenges around integrating our data scientists into the wider organisation and gaining stakeholder buy-in. However, I am happy to say that we have now overcome many of these challenges, and are looking to expand with more operational processes into our analytics methods, and for additional features in our Analytics Tool Landscape, to help scale up our current platform to handle a greater number of use cases. I look forward to sharing our experiences, lessons learnt and future plans with colleagues at Grid Analytics Europe 2016.“

Stefan Pantea, Interoperability and Systems Engineering Expert at National Grid, who will lead the 2-hour CIM tutorial adds: “Adopting and implementing IEC CIM for our operations feels like a journey. IEC CIM is a key standard of our data strategy and it has an important role in delivering data consistency between internal systems and with our partners. With IEC CIM we handle the data in a way that we never thought is possible. At Grid Analytics Europe 2016, I will share details of our journey to date so that other utilities embarking on the same journey can get a head start and benefit from the lessons we’ve already learnt.”

Bastian Fischer, CEO of Locamation, Sponsors of Grid Analytics Europe 2016 says: “With the deployment of sensors and digital control and automation systems grid operators have a largely untapped wealth of information at hand. This new information increases asset performance, improves power quality and visualizes network states and at the same time optimizes the use of renewable energy sources and thus reducing CO2. Applying new machine learning and intelligent algorithm on high fidelity data transforms the grid into a predictive and fully automated platform enabling new energy applications. We look forward to sharing our insights and data analytics approach for the utility sector with participants at Grid Analytics Europe 2016“

Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Business Case – establishing the cost-benefit model, determining the organisational structures and workforce development requirements, gaining stakeholder buy-in and investment, and driving your analytics vision from strategy to implementation
  • Utility Analytics Use Cases – applying predictive analytics to a variety of use cases including asset management, grid planning and investment, grid operation and maintenance
  • Effective Data Handling – identifying and prioritising the most useful data feeds to invest in from smart meters, substations, historian, social media, and published sources for a variety of use cases
  • Advanced Data Management - developing a data governance framework to ensure quality sourcing, storing, integration and analysis of static and real-time, structured and unstructured, high volume and complex data sets to maximise accuracy and speed up decision making
  • Tools & Technologies – benchmarking the latest open-source and proprietary analytics platforms and visualisation tools and selecting the most integration ready, high functionality, and future-proofed option for your grid scenario
  • CIM Protocol – understanding the essential building blocks of the CIM standard and identifying the optimal way to implement it within TSO and DSO infrastructures

Speakers include:

  • François Blanc, Digital Transformation Program Director – ERDF
  • Jose Manuel Corera Sanchez, Head of Control Systems – Iberdrola
  • Lars Garpetun, R&D Programme Manager, Smart Grid Projects - Vattenfall Distribution Nordic
  • Robin Hagemans, Manager Analytics, Innovations & Livinglabs – Alliander
  • John R. Baranowski, Senior Consultant, EMS and Model Management - PJM Interconnection
  • Stefan Pantea, Interoperability and Systems Engineering Expert - National Grid
  • Stefan Lanz, Data Scientist - BKW
  • Pedro Ferreira, Manager, Smarter Grids - EDP Inovação
  • Rob Cloosen, Specialist Asset Management – Stedin
  • Ruben Verweij, Risk Analyst Electricity – Stedin
  • Martijn van Huijkelom , Innovator – Enexis
  • Arjen Jongepier, Project Manager, Sustainability & Long Term Developments – Enduris
  • Frits Raas, Asset Manager – Enduris
  • Kaspar Kaarlep, Smart Grid Project Manager - Elektrilevi OÜ
  • Slawomir Noske, Senior Smart Grid Engineer - ENERGA-OPERATOR
  • Nejc Petrovič, Technical Researcher - Elektro Gorenjska

Event dates and location:
Conference: 5-6 April 2016
Location: Novotel Amsterdam City, The Netherlands

Event website: http://www.gridanalytics-europe.com

For more information, interviews and media accreditation:
Mandana White, Programme Director, Phoenix Forums Ltd
Email: mandana(at)phoenix-forums(dot)com
Tel: +44 (0)20 8349 6360

Phoenix Forums is an independent conference producer specialised in the smart grid sector. We work hand in hand with engineering professionals to create innovative event concepts and high quality programmes that inform technical decision makers and enable them to deliver exceptional results. Our approach is entirely market led. We stay exceptionally close to industry developments. Through our regular, rigorous and unbiased process of depth interviews with TSOs, DSOs, power generators, engineering consultancies, and technology innovators, we stay one step ahead of industry developments and provide live event platforms that act as a catalyst for new ideas, new directions, and new approaches to achieving future energy security.

Mandana White
Phoenix Forums Ltd
Winston House
2 Dollis Park
London, N3 1HF
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 8349 6360

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