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40  Spring 2016 European Energy Innovation


Digitalisation of Energy:
a vision becoming today a reality

By Maher Chebbo, Chairman of the ETP SmartGrids Energy Digitalisation group, Patrick van Hove,
Senior Expert Smart Energy Systems at European Commission DG Research & Innovation and
Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou, Chairman of the ETP Smartgrids

With the 2020 energy-                     mobile and/or social media. The           system will become much more
                     climate package and  wide roll-out of smart meters and         decentralised with a multiplication of
                     the 2050 energy      of related technologies in Europe         millions of distributed energy sources
                     roadmap, Europe has  will lead to massive amounts of data      and active consumers, many of them
engaged early in the transformation       and information that will support the     connected to distribution grids.
of its energy system. The EU’s “Energy    development of such services, while       Customers will increasingly become
Union” strategy and the recent CoP        respecting privacy.                       active and will manage themselves a
21 strengthen the energy policy axes                                                combination of generation, use and
of security of supply, sustainability     The energy sector has embraced            storage; new use patterns will come
and competitiveness, together with        digital technologies for a long time in   from electric vehicles and electric
the need to invest in research and        the context of technical applications     heating; customers will organize
innovation to embrace the necessary       such as simulation, modelling for         themselves in energy communities.
changes. Digital technologies             product design, monitoring, control,      New stakeholders such as aggregators
will be an essential ingredient           planning, markets, forecasting,           and energy service providers will take
of the 21st century low-emission          etc. This has allowed the industry        increasing roles while new ones will be
energy system, and will support           to improve the quality of service         required from existing players.
the new panorama of the service-          and to reduce costs. Many of these
oriented energy responding to new         applications were developed over the      The further digitalisation of the energy
expectations of customers, with           years as best solutions for particular    system will increasingly break the
many new players and new roles for        problems and are often isolated in silo-  barriers:
existing players. Digital technologies    based applications and data.
are also stressed in the EC’s Digital                                               •	 among silo applications and silo
Single Market strategy.                   The energy sector is now embracing            data sets; building synergies
                                          the major change linked with the              between the “back-office” technical
Digital technologies have reshaped        transition to a low-emission future,          data, information and applications,
the customer views on the services        and is faced with a wide range of             and the “front-end” link with the
and interactions they will expect         major issues. The supply and balance          customer.
from “public” service providers           of the system will no longer rely on
such as health, transport, energy,        large dispatchable power stations,        •	 among business processes;
administration. In the energy sector,     but rather on variable renewable              improving the ability to embrace
customers of the 21st century will        sources that need to be balanced              change and facilitate information
likely expect beyond products, high-      with a combination of distributed             exchange and service composition
quality, personalized services that       generation, demand response,                  among players.
are accessible 24/7 also through          storage and interconnections. The
                                                                                    Recently integrated smart grids

Maher Chebbo                              Patrick van Hove                          Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou

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