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Keep up to date with the latest developments for Smart Grid Forum’s ‘Smart Grid Innovation 2020’ event.

Very Early Bird expires this Friday 28 February

Register before Friday 28th February to save €400 on delegate places and €2000 on exhibition spaces!

There’s just 11 weeks to go until Smart Grid Innovation 2020 takes place 12th – 14th May in Brussels! Hear utility innovation experts from leading TSOs and DSOs on delivering innovation, creating technology roadmaps, working with suppliers, academia and consultants, calculating ROI, and ensuring all your innovation activities deliver the best possible value to the business.

Plus, save a further 10% on 3+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time.

Join the solution zone:

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of smart grid innovation experts? Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more!

Capped at 10 stands, we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest innovation tools and solutions for our audience, and maximum visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.



Registration is now Live!

Registration is now live for the inaugural Smart Grid Innovation 2020 conference, exhibition, and networking forum. Join heads of innovation and those responsible for innovation in their functions to discover how they are managing the process of devising, developing, and implementing new grid technologies.

Take this opportunity to understand how you can shape the innovation process from concept to delivery. Develop your innovation strategy to ensure delivery and implementation by registering to gain case-study driven, innovation-focused solutions which will provide you with the knowledge to realise the concept, gain buy in, and ensure adoption of your R&D activities. Learn best practices from heads of innovation at major European utilities with examples of how they are transforming their innovation activities to drive the next phase of the energy transition.


Why this conference?

Hear from leading utilities on how they are delivering innovation projects that meet both their business and the industry’s needs, and also how they overcame the challenges they faced.

As a vendor-independent conference, Smart Grid Innovation 2020 will provide your research teams with the roadmap for leveraging the full potential of innovation through unbiased industry collaboration. Learn how to tailor your innovation activities and understand the actions you need to take now to ensure smooth implementation of future initiatives that will allow your business to leverage the opportunities presented by the energy transition.

Through an in-depth and meticulously researched programme, you will:

  • Learn how to create a consistent roadmap to speed up and manage innovation to deliver rapid and cost-effective results
  • Develop techniques and methodologies to create an open culture of innovation and understand why it’s crucial for success by selecting appropriate organisational models that will drive innovation into the DNA of your business
  • Discover ways to implement innovation by guiding projects from pilot stage to business-as-usual
  • Master how to unlock value from data by identifying, improving, and analysing data to identify new innovative project opportunities
  • Accelerate the innovation process with lessons from both utilities and innovation-driven digitally native companies built on a culture of innovation to determine ways to adopt best practices
  • Maximise the efficiency of the innovation process by understanding its value and accurately calculating return on investment


Discussion themes include:

Innovation Roadmap
Creating an effective innovation roadmap that incorporates understanding of the drivers, building the business case, and matching technology innovation with business needs
Creating the Culture
Selecting the appropriate organisational models that will drive innovation through the entire business, embed it in the corporate DNA, create effective teams, and allow the rapid identification of new opportunities
Delivering Value
Gaining accurate visibility of innovation project success to facilitate future funding allocations and ensure that innovation delivers high-value, well-targeted business projects
Fostering Collaboration
Improving co-operation by forging effective relationships with universities, managing supplier relationships, and extracting long-term value from consultants to develop commercially impactful innovation projects
Outside Perspective
Leveraging lessons learnt from the innovation programmes in digital native companies such as Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and IBM Watson, and progressive sectors such as automotive and petrochemicals
Future Technologies
Heads of innovation, innovation managers, heads of research and development, directors of technology, and anyone with management responsibility for driving the innovation process will convene to establish best practice for maximising the value and efficiency of the innovation process


14+ utility case-studies including:

  • Austin Bryan: Innovation Ventures – CLP
  • Serhii Tankevych: Head of Research & Development – Dtek
  • Sławomir Noske: Director of Innovation Department – ENERGA-OPERATOR
  • Frans Campfens: Senior Consultant, Energy Consulting – Qirion (Alliander)
  • Paulo Líbano Monteiro: Director of Technology & Innovation – EDP
  • Johan Maricq: Innovation Project Leader – Elia
  • Loïc Tilman: Head of Group Innovation – Elia
  • Åshild Vatne: Adviser R&D and Smart Grid – Elvia
  • Ingrid Myhr: System Engineer – Elvia
  • Rafael San Juan Moya: Digital Platforms & Innovation Team – Iberdrola
  • Aart-Jan Zwartscholten: Manager, Innovation – Stedin
  • Liam Ryan: Director of Grid Development & Interconnection – EirGrid


Join the solution zone:

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of smart grid innovation experts? Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more!

Capped at 10 stands, we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest innovation tools and solutions for our audience, and maximum visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.

Get in touch with us today on +44 (0)20 3691 1700, email registration@smartgrid-forums.com or visit the Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities page to find out more.

“This conference represented the perfect occasion to learn about innovation projects from our colleagues in Europe and it was a great opportunity for networking and sharing experiences and ideas.”
Luca Grella, Innovation Workstream Lead – UK Power Networks
“Once again Smart Grid Forums has presented a high-quality conference focused on one of the most important challenges for utilities. An excellent blend of conference sessions, exhibition and networking that enabled participants to have highly successful, driven, forward-looking and open discussions.”
Aurelio Blanquet, Director for Networks Digital Platform – EDP Distribuição
“A great opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge about changing technology trends and digital substation implementation”
Pablo Humeres Flores, Head of Digital Supervision and Substation Automation – Eletrosul Brasil

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Smart Grid Innovation 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! – Save up to €400 on Delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by registering before Friday 28th February! 

PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!

Save the Date!

Please save the date for the inaugural Smart Grid Innovation 2020 conference, exhibition, and networking forum. Taking place on 12-14 May 2020 in Brussels, this event will provide a crucial platform for those driving innovation across the smart grid to exchange new ideas, share lessons on successfully delivering cutting-edge projects, and forge new connections with a wide range of European energy system innovation experts.

Over 3 intensive days, you will get to grips with 14+ utility innovation case studies from leading TSOs and DSOs. Discussions will focus on the best practice for delivering innovation, creating technology roadmaps, working with suppliers, academia and consultants, calculating ROI, as well as how to ensure that all your innovation activities deliver the best possible value to the business.

Alongside the case study programme, you will benefit from the foresights of the technology innovation panel discussion, and insights from the end-user focused roundtable debates. You will gain hands-on experience with the latest project management tools and technologies through the live demo labs, and a comprehensive overview of the most relevant innovation products and services through the solution zone. You will also benefit from the networking reception open to all participants.

Discussion themes include:

  • The Innovation Imperative – putting innovation at the heart of utilities’ strategy to drive the next phase of the energy transition
  • An Innovation Roadmap – creating a consistent blueprint to speed up innovation
  • Utility Panel: The Role of the Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) – understanding the important role that a CIO has in managing the disruption of innovation and delivering business value from the process
  • Open Innovation – the value of combining internal and external ideas as well as internal and external routes to market to advance the development of new technologies
  • Funding Innovation – obtaining funding and matching resources against business requirements
  • Creating Teams for Innovation – selecting the appropriate organisational models that will drive innovation through the entire business value chain
  • In-House Innovation Process – the importance of developing an organisation and process structure to rapidly identify new opportunities and target effective innovation
  • Technology Innovation Panel – identifying the most effective tools to speed up the innovation process through improved communication, coordination and visibility
  • Creating Value Through Innovation – overcoming the constraints of established business models and a risk-averse operating environment to deliver high-value, well-targeted business projects
  • Creating Operational Efficiency – driving new levels of efficiency across the utility organisation to better meet the demands of the energy transition
  • Innovation ROI – establishing simple frameworks and effective methodologies to determine project ROI and inform targeted innovation investment decisions
  • Implementing Innovation – effectively guiding innovation from pilot project to business as usual
  • Grid Edge Visibility – developing innovative projects to establish real-time visibility of the power grid edge and behind the meter to manage evolving generation and demand profiles
  • HV Grid Reliability – identifying the innovations required to ensure HV grid reliability in an evolving power landscape as the number of DERs integrating into the grid increases
  • Grid Flexibility – determining the most cost-effective innovations that will deliver grid flexibility in the immediate and long term
  • Grid Cybersecurity – overcoming the challenges created by the digitisation of the power grid and increased use of real-time data
  • Innovation with Suppliers – managing suppliers to extract value from the relationship whilst maintaining independence
  • Innovating with Academia – forging effective relationships with universities and research institutes to develop commercially impactful innovation projects
  • Working with Commercial Consultants – extracting long-term value from consultancy-based innovation projects by effectively integrating with internal teams to maximise project impact and knowledge retention
  • An Outside Perspective – leveraging lessons learnt from the innovation programmes in other sectors to inspire profitable innovation in the utility sector
  • Tutorial: Unlocking Value from Data – leveraging data, data analytics and artificial intelligence to identify new innovative project opportunities

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Marina Lombardi, Head of New Technologies and Innovation – Enel
  • Loic Tilman, Head of Group Innovation – Elia
  • Paulo Libano Monteiro, Director of Technology & Innovation – EDP
  • Ashild Vatne, Chief Advisor Smart Grids and R&D – Hafslund
  • Slawomir Noske, Head of Innovation Office – Energa
  • Johan Maricq, Head of AI Centre of Excellence – Elia
  • Ingrid Myhr, Innovation Engineer – Eidsiva
  • Manuael Initi, Innovation Networks Business Unit – A2A
  • Frans Campfens, Principal Consultant Energy Consulting – Alliander
  • Serhii Tankevych, Head of Research and Development – DTEK
  • Jesus Rodriguez, T&D Data Analytics – McKinsey
  • Jacob Parsons, Head of Energy/Utilities/Engineering – Amazon Innovation Team
  • Austin Bryan, Innovation Ventures – CLP
  • Peter Vaessen, Director Innovations – CESI.
    With many others in the process of finalising their contributions!

Testimonials from our past events:

“This conference represented the perfect occasion to learn about innovation projects from our colleagues in Europe and it was a great opportunity for networking and sharing experiences and ideas.”
Luca Grella, Innovation Workstream Lead – UK Power Networks
“Once again Smart Grid Forums has presented a high-quality conference focused on one of the most important challenges for utilities. An excellent blend of conference sessions, exhibition and networking that enabled participants to have highly successful, driven, forward-looking and open discussions.”
Aurelio Blanquet, Director for Networks Digital Platform – EDP Distribuição
“A great opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge about changing technology trends and digital substation implementation”
Pablo Humeres Flores, Head of Digital Supervision and Substation Automation – Eletrosoul Brazil

Join the solution zone:

Would you like the opportunity to raise your brand profile, demonstrate your products and services, and share your expertise with a highly concentrated and influential group of smart grid innovation experts? Our adjoining exhibition area provides the perfect platform for you to do this and more!

Capped at 10 stands, we ensure a focused and relevant display of the latest innovation tools and solutions for our audience, and maximum visibility and interaction levels for each exhibitor.

Get in touch with us today on +44 (0)20 3691 1700, email registration@smartgrid-forums.com or visit the Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities page to find out more.

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:     +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email:  registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit:    Smart Grid Innovation 2020

PS: Very Early Bird Rate! – Save up to €400 on Delegate places and €2,000 on Exhibitor spaces by registering before Friday 28th February! 
PPS: Group Booking Discounts – Save 10% on 3 delegates, 15% on 4 delegates, and 20% on 5+ delegates booked from the same organisation at the same time!