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


18 & 19 May 2016 - European Commission, Madou Plaza Tower; Place Madou, 1 - Brussels, Belgium

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

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

Presentation of Eicke Weber, Fraunhofer ISE, EUREC President

SESSION I: Inverters: The smart interface

Presentation of Krzysztof Puczko, Delta Energy Systems

Presentation of Andreas Schlumberger, KACO New Energy


Presentation of Veronica Bermudez, EDF - R&D

Presentation of Mariska de Wild-Scholten, SmartGreenScans

Presentation of Marion Perrin, CEA INES

SESSION III: Electricity market and system operations

Presentation of Nikos Hatziargyriou, NTUA, Chair of ETP SmartGrids

Presentation of Marion Lafuma, Reuniwatt

Presentation of Maher Chebbo, SAP

SESSION IV: PV changing the power business

Presentation of Marcus Franken, E.On

Presentation of James Watson, SolarPower Europe

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