Grid Analytics Europe 2013 – first pan-European event dedicated to translating electric utility data into improved asset management and grid stability

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A recent survey of smart grid professionals across Europe, conducted by Phoenix Forums, reveals that 96% of respondents cite data analytics as either very important or somewhat important to their organisation’s implementation agenda, confirming that the issue of ‘big data’ is now gaining momentum in the utility environment.

Grid Analytics Europe 2013

Big Data Management and Analytics for Utilities

This conference covers most of the current and expected challenges in the evolving grid environment...I look forward to presenting my experiences and to gathering new insights into the crucial topic of Data Analytics at Grid Analytics Europe 2013.

A recent survey of smart grid professionals across Europe, conducted by Phoenix Forums, reveals that 96% of respondents cite data analytics as either very important or somewhat important to their organisation’s implementation agenda, confirming that the issue of ‘big data’ is now gaining momentum in the utility environment. With the potential benefits of improved asset management, grid stability and network planning recognised, tackling the issues faced around data quality and interoperability of systems is now a high priority for utilities.

In response to this, Grid Analytics Europe 2013 takes place 23-24 October 2013 at Prospero House London, UK. This pan-European Conference, Exhibition & Networking Forum will tackle Big Data Management and Analytics for Utilities through a series of practical experience-based sessions delivered by leading European utilities including Fortum Distribution, ENEL, EDP, Red Eléctrica de España, EDF, Enexis, Western Power Distribution, Elektrilevi OÜ, Agder Energi Nett, SSEPD, Fortum Sähkönsiirto Oy and Elektro Gorenjska.

The in-depth programme will deep-dive into practical strategies for accessing, managing and gaining real value from the volumes of data now flooding utility networks with the move towards the smart grid. Attendees will hear how to overcome challenges around identifying and storing meaningful data, interconnecting traditionally independent sources of data, ensuring data quality and consistency, and managing interoperability and harmonisation issues between data systems and tools. There will be practical examples shared demonstrating how utilities are leveraging data analytics to forecast energy trends, improve load management, prevent outages and enhance grid stability. Proactive maintenance and asset management will also be discussed to understand how the mining of smart grid and other data sets can be used to improve asset maintenance and network planning, and move from preventive to predictive condition-based maintenance in practice.

Stefan Rebner, Head of Business and Process Development, Network Operations at Fortum Distribution, will give the opening address at the conference. Mr Rebner commented “Understanding the information built into your data sets, when volumes and data points are expanding, is crucial in order to make the right conclusions and actions for both service and grid development. This conference covers most of the current and expected challenges in the evolving grid environment. Traditional grid information entering our control centres must be complemented with accurate analysis and outage communication to all external stakeholders. This may be the most important task to solve, in as close to proactive way of handling as possible, for the future grid. I look forward to presenting my experiences and to gathering new insights into the crucial topic of Data Analytics at Grid Analytics Europe 2013.”

Analytics experts and tech innovators from Accenture, Capgemini, Ovum, EPRI, Quanta Technology, Centre for Sustainable Energy, Ventyx, an ABB Company, OSIsoft and Smarter Grid Solutions, will also be sharing the latest technological developments and analytics techniques in panel debates and practical sessions. An adjoining exhibition area will complement this learning forum, where delegates can view state of the art data management and analytics systems and tools tailored to utility needs.

Event dates and location:

23-24 October 2013
Prospero House London, UK
Event website: http://www.gridanalytics-europe.com

For more information, interviews and media accreditation:

Rebecca Davison, Programme Director, Phoenix Forums Ltd
Email: Rebecca(at)phoenix-forums(dot)com
Tel: +44 (0)20 8371 1554
Fax: +44 (0)20 8371 9442

Phoenix Forums is an independent conference producer specialised in the smart grid sectors. 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 key utilities, power producers, regulators, investors and solution providers 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.

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