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ETIP PV Conference

Conference of the European Technology and Innovation Platforms, Photovoltaics and Smart Grids

May 18, 2016 – May 19, 2016

European Commission, Madou Plaza Tower; Place Madou, 1 - Brussels, Belgium

#RepowerEU

Most of Europe’s power system was built in the middle of the last century on the basis of centralised generation and passive distribution. This robust infrastructure has served us well even in the first waves of distributed power generation. Now Europe’s ambition to decarbonise its energy supply and to be world number one in renewables requires a step change in the way we adapt and operate our grids.

Photovoltaics is the generation technology most widely connected to distribution networks. As such it is at the forefront of both the challenges and opportunities in transforming the grid. This is why the two European Technology and Innovation Platforms, Photovoltaics and Smart Grids, have teamed up this year to address in their annual events the state of the art and the technical and strategic challenges ahead to achieve a sustainable repowering of Europe facilitated by a smart, adaptive and integrated grid.

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Opening Session

Policy keynote: European Energy Union, EU strategy


Presentation of Jeroen Schuppers, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation


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Technology/industry keynote: PV as major electricity source


Presentation of Eicke Weber, Fraunhofer ISE, EUREC President


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SESSION I: Inverters: The smart interface

The European inverter industry


Presentation of Krzysztof Puczko, Delta Energy Systems


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An overview of the next generation of smart inverters and aspects with respect to the energy transition


Presentation of Jan Van Laethem, SMA


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Supporting power quality in distribution networks with inverters


Presentation of Andreas Schlumberger, KACO New Energy


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Stability of the power system with converter-interfaced generation


Presentation of Marie-Sophie Debry, RTE


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SESSION II: Storage

Storage supporting PV deployment


Presentation of Veronica Bermudez, EDF - R&D


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Impact of storage on PV attractiveness


Presentation of Mariska de Wild-Scholten, SmartGreenScans


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Market development and price roadmap


Presentation of Marion Perrin, CEA INES


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The virtual battery: energy management in buildings and neighbourhoods


Presentation of Emanuel Marreel, Siemens


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SESSION III: Electricity market and system operations

Challenges and opportunities in the integration of PV in the electricity distribution networks


Presentation of Nikos Hatziargyriou, NTUA, Chair of ETP SmartGrids


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Forecasting use cases


Presentation of Marion Lafuma, Reuniwatt


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Market access


Presentation of Maher Chebbo, SAP


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SESSION IV: PV changing the power business

Changing roles: new business models for utilities


Presentation of Marcus Franken, E.On


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PV value for Europe beyond electrons


Presentation of James Watson, SolarPower Europe


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