This year, the European Utility Week included into its programme two additional hub tracks focused on the European energy revolution and smart buildings.
Smart energy revolution
The Energy Revolution sessions provided stakeholders in the energy industry with insight into and analysis of how technology has impacted trends within the European energy market.
The sessions were designed to highlight how utility firms in Europe are taking advantage of the latest smart grid innovation to optimise their operations, customer services and improve the intelligence of their grid networks.
The opening session of the Energy Revolution programme begun with a presentation made by Reinhard Brehmer, managing director at Aspern Smart City Research.
[quote] The session was titled ‘Technology is just an Enabler’ and discussed the impact of smart grid solutions on the development, maintenance and operation of virtual plants.
Reinhard spoke on how real-time distribution management systems are influencing utility’s grid reliabilities.
The Intelligent Buildings programme analysed how the EU region is using the Internet of Things to develop smart buildings.
The Intelligent Building hub included a session entitled ‘Energy Management for Intelligent Buildings – Building Reliability,’ presented by Roland Ullman, adviser at the Building Automation Association.
In his discussion, Ullman analysed the challenges building owners face in ensuring their buildings are smart and energy efficient.
The session provided attendees with knowledge regarding the latest sensors and technologies which can be employed to improve the intelligence of buildings.
The Intelligent Building session also included a panel discussion on the finance and funding for intelligent buildings. [Western Europe smart home market is boosted by the cloud].
Commenting on the launch of the new programmes, Paddy Young, conference director at EUW, said: “The event’s aim is to pick up on the trends that the market is focused on and these two hub sessions are a reaction to what interests the sector. Looking ahead to future events, our aim is to continue to change our programmes to reflect the changes within the industry.”