Panel Sessions

Panel Session 1: Enhanced Grid Resilience by Data Sharing Between Protective and Control Systems, Operators and Significant Grid Users

Transmission system operators (TSO & DSO) are struggling with energy mix dominantly led by intermittent distributed energy resources (RES), decommission of traditional generation units, high cross border load flows and shadows behind the curtains, that describes distribution system on interface with transmission system that causes unpredictable load flows, from higher to lower voltage level but also via verse. State of the art is that under the term of “Smart Grid”, “Advance systems” or “Intelligent solutions” enormous number of new devices, technologies and methodologies are emerging to the power system that are often characterized by different protocols and a large amount of data, thus providing assistance in part of the system, while in fact making a mess in the operation of the system operator (TSO and DSO).

This panel will focus on existing and new developed resilience applications on different power system locations and voltage levels, in a way to allow mutual key data sharing based on developed data sharing system and defined set of rules.

To be more precise it is expected a new level of overall TSO-DSO data exchange and more focused on coordination of ancillary services on TSO & DSO level Panel aim is to discuss on:

  • Developed novel and adapted disturbance detection and mitigation solutions that are applicable to representative parts of the power system based on synchronized measurement platform – IoT platform
  • Methodology that determines the rules for exchange key data information between disturbance detection and mitigation systems to in order to achieve improvement of their resilience functionality for power system in general
  • Algorithms suitable to the variety of the entire grid for event detection and mitigation in interconnected TSO & DSO grid that includes big data analysis and artificial intelligence
  • Architecture of data management services, key data identification for exchange between embedded systems, data access and information acquisition that includes data mining
  • Architecture of data sharing, data access and archiving services across system operators and significant interconnected grid users


  • Dr. Srdjan Skok, Algebra University College, Croatia
  • Dr. Alfredo Vaccaro, University of Sannio, Italy


  • Dr. Damir Novosel, Quanta Technology LLC, USA
  • Dr. Vladimir Terzija, Skoltech Moscow, Russia
  • Dr. John McDonald, GE Renewable Energy, USA
  • Dr. Sasa Djokic, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr. Massimo La Scala, Politecnico di Bari, Italy

Panel Session 2: Role of Quantum Computing in Building the Grid of the Future

The unprecedented transformation of the electric power grid, driven primarily by the changing electric generation and load landscape and growing frequency and intensity of natural disasters, is necessitating new sets of analytics and computing practices. However, an ongoing challenge is that using existing solutions on more powerful computers is not a practical approach to addressing emerging complexities. This further requires the grid operators to move beyond classical computing solutions for system management, operation, and control. This panel brings together subject matter experts to discuss the applications of quantum computing technology and how it can support building the electric grid of the future.


Dr. Amin Khodaei, University of Denver, USA


  • Dr. Rozhin Eskandarpour, Resilient Entanglement, USA
  • Dr. Aleksandar Vukojevic, Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), USA
  • Dr. Ali Arab, University of Denver, USA

Panel Session 3: Enabling the energy transition while maintaining power system stability

As the European Union (EU) continues to accelerate the energy transition, as shown by the implementation of the “Clean Energy for all Europeans” package and the “European Green Deal”, and prepares for finalising the “Fit for 55” package, the IEEE European Public Policy Committee (EPPC), representing a large community of European engineering professionals, calls on EU policy makers to take action to maintain and enhance the security and stability of the electric power grid during the transition to a greener power system. Efficient, reliable and sustainable delivery of energy is critical to the health and welfare of the society at large. With an increasing penetration of renewable energy resources (RES) and high expectations from end-users for energy, business models are the key to integrating innovative technology into the grid. Developing business models within the transitioning energy sector can bridge the gap between technological innovation and climate impact, while leveraging an enormous economic potential. Maintaining power system stability is a complex task which greatly depends on the changes in the business models, technological developments and their roll up in the power system, policy and regulatory decisions related to it. This panel session will present the main challenges as well as indicating possible solutions to be further discussed:

  • Stability and Control Challenges and Opportunities
  • Modelling, analyses and information exchange/accessibility challenges
  • HVDC, power electronics challenges
  • DER and standardization harmonization challenges


Dr. Costas Vournas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece


  • Dr. Costas Vournas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Dr. Chavdar Ivanov, gridDigIt, Hungary
  • Mr. Said Cosic, gridDigIt, Hungary
  • Dr. Yannis Kabouris, SEleNe CC Regional Security Coordinator, Greece

Panel Session 4: Active Network Management – solutions to support distribution grid development

This panel will present final results of the European research project ANM4L ‐ Active Network Management for All. The aim of ANM4L has been to develop solutions enabling secure increase in grid utilization, providing agile and sustainable means for DSOs to enable new customer uptake, regarding both load and generation. ANM4L has focused mainly on capacity limitations due to distributed generation, and solutions to support both operation and planning.

The panel will present conclusions from both development and demonstration of tools and solutions, with the following issues to be addressed:

  • Swedish and Hungarian perspectives on today’s challenges in operation and planning of distribution grids
  • Financial decision support through CBA based tools
  • Technical control solutions utilizing ANM control for enhanced DG utilization
  • User interaction for Flexibility providers solutions to allow owners of small‐scale assets to capture additional revenues by offering flexibility


Dr. Emil Hillberg, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden


  • Mr. Neil Hancock E.ON Energidistribution Sweden
  • Mr. Bálint Borovics, E.ON Hungária, Hungary
  • Dr. Olof Samuelsson, Lund University, Sweden
  • Mr. Johannes Weber, Lumenaza, Germany

Panel Session 5: The role of flexibility in enabling the energy transition

This panel will discuss recent innovations in the design, provision and activation of energy flexibility, and how it can be used to accelerate the ongoing energy transition. This is especially important in the context of increasing demand electrification (e.g. heat, transport) and the proliferation of variable renewable energy sources. More specifically, the panel will draw inspiration from activities carried out in the context of the IEA Annex 82 on Energy Flexible Buildings, as well as several large scale national and European projects. In doing so, the panel members will bring different perspectives on modelling and activating flexibility at different aggregation levels ranging from the electric distribution and transmission grid down to the building and appliance level. The discussion will also cover practical topics such as trade-offs in the choice of algorithms, flexible assets (electric batteries and vehicles to thermal loads), objective functions (risk stacking, value hopping) and constraints (local vs. grid-based), as well as the challenges that arise in real world projects.


Dr. Hussain Kazmi, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium


  • Dr. Geert Deconinck, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Dr. Jelena Ponocko, University of Manchester, UK
  • Dr. Jerome Le Dreau, University of La Rochelle, France
  • Dr. Vincent Debusschere, Grenoble-INP, France

Panel Session 6: Research Capabilities and Thrusts of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

This panel will introduce attendees to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NREL is a world-class institution focused on renewable energy research, development, and deployment.

Topics to be covered in the panel include:

  • How NREL is providing customized, holistic modeling and analysis to help communities and partners translate their energy ambitions into actions.
  • A new, groundbreaking research platform called ARIES that is designed to support the transition to a decarbonized energy system.
  • NREL’s latest work to validate and advance key technologies at all scales (grid edge to transmission). This includes evaluating smart home devices, microgrids, and advanced distribution grid control solutions prior to implementation.

Meeting today’s energy challenges requires collaboration. NREL partners with utilities, industry, communities, and other research organizations from across the world. NREL panelists will be joined by an industry partner who will provide insights into their experience working with NREL.


Dr. Annabelle Pratt, NREL, USA


  • Dr. Annabelle Pratt, NREL, USA
  • Dr. Murali Baggu, NREL, USA
  • Dr. Martha Symko-Davies, NREL, USA
  • Dr. Ivana Krstic, Schneider Electric, Serbia

Panel Session 7: Powering System flexibility in the Future through Renewable, H2020 POSYTYF project

In the H2020 POSYTYF project a new concept of Dynamic Virtual Power Plant (DVPP) is introduced to fully integrate the dynamic aspects at all levels: locally (for each RES generator), globally (for grid ancillary services and interaction with other neighbor elements of the grid) and economically (for internal optimal dispatch and participation to electricity markets). This concept is presented along with the global control architecture on which it relays.

3 topics of the approach are next detailed:

  • Simulation: suitability of EMT and phasor models to simulate large grids with renewable generation and power-electronics-interfaced storage is discussed. The objective is to provide criteria to state which simulation method should be used in each given power system situation and the implications and drawbacks of each one.
  • Reduced physical models of Renewable energy-based power plants for DVPP control design: interpretable dynamic models of Renewable energy-based power plants for the controller design of DVPPs are proposed in a unified mathematical form of matrices of transfer functions. Different renewable energy sources (wind, sun, biogas), electrical connection to the grid (synchronous machine -, inverter-based) and support levels for the grid (following, forming) are considered. Thereby, both the power tracking behavior and disturbance behavior of the individual power plants of the DVPP are described.
  • Optimization for simultaneous participation of the DVPP in Energy and Reserve Markets in Europe: A robust optimal bidding which takes into account the uncertainties that characterize non-dispatchable renewable energy sources, the willingness and availability of demand response, the market prices, and the features of the synchronous, dispatchable renewable energy sources.


Dr. Bogdan Marinescu, Ecole Centrale Nantes, France


  • Dr. Bogdan Marinescu, Ecole Centrale Nantes, France
  • Dr. Horst Schulte, HTW Berlin, Germany
  • Dr. Vinicius Lacerda, UPC Barcelona, Spain
  • Dr. Alvaro Ortega Manjavacas, UPC-IIT Madrid, Spain

Panel Session 8: Control and Optimization of Microgrids with Hybrid & Hydrogen Energy Storage Systems: Challenges and Solutions

Future networks will incorporate a combination of microgrids and different types of renewable-based distributed energy resources (DERs), allowing them to provide ancillary services in grid-connected mode and, if necessary, operate in an islanded mode to increase network proactivity, continuity of supply, reliability, and resilience. Also, energy storage has become a critical issue in microgrid and residential building applications due to varying limitations such as capacity-loss over time and aging.

This panel covers all types of smart solutions that exploit microgrid optimisation under uncertainty, new probabilistic methods for managing microgrid energy management systems, including Hydrogen (H2) as one of the key energy vectors for long-term storage. A sub-topic considers innovative approaches to the analytical and simulation techniques for assessing the optimal operation and control of microgrids and DERs, while dispatching different ancillary services for the grid in a reliable and economical manner. The panel insight will also extend to self-optimizing control solutions of building microgrids for the integration in net-zero energy buildings, as well as electric mobility (vehicle-to-grid, V2G, or boat-to-grid, B2G) within maritime, island microgrids, or integrated port energy systems.

The scope includes the predictive maintenance and fault detection capabilities in hybrid (grid-connected and islanded) microgrids to ensure a smooth operation and maximize self-consumption of renewable energy intermittency through predictive control, artificial intelligence, machine learning and/or novel forecasting techniques.


Dr Ignacio Hernando Gil, ESTIA Institute of Technology (University of Bordeaux), France


  • Dr. Ignacio Hernando Gil, ESTIA Institute of Technology (University of Bordeaux), France
  • Dr. Chenghong Gu, University of Bath, UK
  • Dr. Barry Hayes, University College Cork, Ireland
  • Dr. Ionel Vechiu, ESTIA Institute of Technology (University of Bordeaux), France
  • Mr. Alain Rocheux, H2Gremm, France

Panel Session 9: Modelling of flexibility and DER integration for low-carbon communities

The launch of the EU European Union’s Clean Energy for All Europeans Package resulted in a major increase in public and research interest in energy communities. One of the goals is to involve citizens in the transition to a carbon-neutral future. This shift in how we consume and generate electricity has a significant impact on how the future distribution system must operate. Modelling this pathway as realistically as possible is a crucial but complex step. Many new aspects must be incorporated into the models, such as local markets and peer-to-peer trading, aggregators managing an energy community or even creating a virtual power plant to manage devices, the transition to e-mobility and alternative fuels, sector coupling, particularly with heating moving more toward electricity, and flexibility measures such as demand side response.


Dr. Lia Gruber, Graz University of Technology, Austria


  • Dr. Sonja Wogrin, Graz University of Technology, Austria
  • Dr. Matteo Troncia, Comillas Pontifical University, Spain
  • Dr. Pedro Crespo del Granado, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
  • Dr. Fabrizio Pilo, University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Dr. Ivana Kockar, University of Strathclyde, UK

Panel Session 10: The Economics of Decarbonization: Optimizing Pathways to Net-Zero Emissions Energy Systems

Decarbonization of the world economy is one of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Transitioning to net-zero emissions (NZE) energy systems by the middle of this century is at the center of this challenge. Achieving NZE milestone by 2050 requires a set of policies, technologies, and economic solutions to design realistic decarbonization targets that can be achieved under time and economic constraints. There is a wide range of transition pathways that can be adopted to achieve decarbonization targets. The adopted pathway, however, will directly impact the decarbonization timeline and economic variables for stakeholders in the process. Reaching these targets without considering the short-, medium-, and long-term economic costs and benefits of reaching and maintaining these targets can result in serious impediment to sustainability of NZE energy systems. Therefore, the economics of decarbonization should be incorporated in technological solutions to streamline their success. This panel intends to address this issue.


Dr. Ali Arab, University of Denver, USA


  • Dr. Vladimir Terzija, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Russia
  • Dr. Martha Symko-Davies, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA
  • Dr. Dino Lelic, Quanta Technology, USA
  • Dr. Sonja Wogrin, Graz University of Technology

Panel Session 11: FLEXI-GRID – Enabling Flexibility for Future Distribution Grids with High Penetration of Variable Renewable Generation

FLEXI-GRID aims to digitalize the distribution grids to the end-customers level which will enhance the flexibility of distribution grids to ensure the security of supply and use flexibilities from the end-users while integrating large shares of variable renewables. This will be enabled by an IoT platform which supports different market designs for energy exchanges and flexibility provisions. The project has demonstration sites from Bulgaria, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey which allow the demonstration of the solutions of i) grid monitoring, control and flexibility intervention; ii) centralized markets for energy and flexibilities services; iii) blockchain based provision of flexibility services; iv) flexibility services provided by local battery energy storage, V2G and local renewable energy production.

This panel session will present the main development and demonstration results achieved so far, focusing on how flexibilities provision would work in real-life, the benefits and challenges.


Dr. Tuan Le, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden


  • Dr. Phuong Nguyen, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Dr. David Steen, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  • Dr. Thong Vu Van, EMAX, Belgium
  • Mr. Ibrahim İbrahim Gazioglu, OEDAS, Turkey

Panel Session 12: Pushing the Boundaries of Real-Time Simulations for Validation of Future Complex Power Systems

The complexity of power systems is increasing with the fast emergence of active network controls, high penetrations of converter-connected generation, new digitization schemes, flexibility markets, and intelligent controls. At the same time, researchers and industrial practitioners have increasingly considered controller hardware-in-the-loop (CHIL), power hardware-in-the-loop (PHIL), and geographically distributed real-time simulation (GDRTS) for the real-time experimental validation of innovative schemes. However, to support the pace of transition required by climate policy commitments, there is a growing need to find novel techniques for real-time simulation and hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) experimentation that can characterize the intricate dependencies and interactions between control schemes and power technologies, and across integrated energy systems as they operate under a vastly greater range of operating conditions. This panel session focuses on the key challenges for the real-time simulation and validation of complex power systems, and presents the advancements that are pushing beyond existing limitations towards high fidelity, trusted validation of future grid solutions. The panelists will comprise a mix of real-time simulator manufacturers, internationally recognized academic researchers in real-time simulations and HIL approaches, and industrial adopters.


  • Dr. Mazher Syed, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • Dr. Thomas Strasser, Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria


  • Ms Udeesha Samarasekera, RTDS Technologies, Canada
  • Dr Alexandros Paspatis, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Dr Adrien Genic, Typhoon HIL, Serbia
  • Mr Zhiwang Feng, University of Strathclyde, UK