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NGIOT Community Events: EV charging – A case for the edge?

April 29, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Electric vehicles represent the future and the present of transport across Europe; in 2021, EV sales were at 18.0% of total car registrations, up from a 10.5% share in 2020. This ever-growing market will bring changes and shifts in how the energy grids can leverage EV vehicles as a grid component through contextual IoT applications and edge-based AI solutions, one of the many cases for the NGIoT at the edge.

Over the next few years, it is estimated that 80% of data will be processed at the edge, compared to 20% today and the NGIoT initiative is leading this area in providing the necessary architectures, systems and use cases to bring artificial intelligence closer to the human leveraging the power of federation and swarm computing.

With the direction away from a cloud-centric model becoming a reality, what implications does this have for the businesses involved? Where does the real value exist and is it enough to invest in a federated and novel edge? This event focuses on a specific application to highlight the technical differences between edge and cloud approaches and brings together industry experts to debate the opportunities and barriers that will arise. Ultimately asking, is it worth it?

The application will centre on the Smart Energy Grid Active Monitoring/Control Living Lab from the IoT-NGIN project. The EV charging pilot is based in the municipality of Terni Italy with the goal of enabling driver-friendly dispatchable EV charging, based on energy demand-response due to renewable energy sources along with human-centred smart micro-contracts and micro-payments.


9:30 – 9:45 Welcome

  • Tanya Suárez, CEO BluSpecs, Board Member AIOTI, Founder IoT Tribe
  • Dolores Ordoñez, CEO Anysolution, Co-Chair AIOTI Energy

9:45 – 10:05 Application breakdown

Balancing the grid with EV charging – modelling consumers and demand

  • Francesco Bellesini, EV use case lead – IoT NGIN Energy Living Lab, Emotion
  • Dimitrios Skias, Responsible for the integration and laboratory evaluation activities, IoT NGIN

10:05 – 10:15 Coffee Break

10:15 – 11:10 Is the edge worth it?

Moderated debate on the value to be derived and the barriers to adopting a large-scale edge investment from cloud

  • Michael Metzger, Principal Engineer, Smart Energy Systems, Siemens
  • Damian Bevan, Cloud Architecture Lead, Gemserv
  • Tanya Suárez, CEO BluSpecs, EU-IoT
  • Laurent Schmitt, President Digital4Grids

11:10 – 11:30 Closing comments

  • Marion Malafosse, Policy Manager, smartEn

About the speakers

Dolores Ordoñez

Dolores Ordoñez holds a degree in Law, specialising in European Community Law, and holds an Executive Master in Innovation. She is the co-chair of the Smart Energy WG in AIOTI, and also vice-president of Planetic (Spanish technological platform for ICT) and vice-president of the international cluster of Tourism (TURISTEC).

As the technical director of AnySolution, she is involved in several EU projects related with energy efficiency, smart mobility, and data spaces.

Francesco Bellesini

Francesco Bellesini is a mechanical engineer who started his career working as a researcher in R&D laboratory of ASM Terni S.p.A. from 2016 to 2018. The main focus of his research activities was energy efficiency, energy consumption awareness, energy management systems, smart grid and smart city.

Currently, he is working as a Project Manager at Emotion Srl, a charging station manufacturer and e-mobility services provider. Since 2016, Emotion has been participating in several European research projects of the H2020 program, collaborating with international partners to design solutions in the field of smart grids, smart cities, energy efficiency, renewable energies and cyber security, leveraging on artificial intelligence (AI) and distributed ledger technologies (DLTs).

Laurent Schmitt

Graduated in Power System Engineering, Laurent Schmitt is the president of Digital4Grids since early January 2021, working to provide consulting and new generation DER orchestrations platform to Grid operators.

He has been working for the last 25 years through the Automation, IT and Digitisation of the Power Industry. Before creating Digital4Grids, he was the General Secretary for ENTSO-E and Global Smart Grid Strategy Leader at General Electric Grid Solutions.

Laurent worked in Europe, the United States and Asia on all sectors of the electricity value chain, from power generation controls, trading and market, and Grid management, as well as DER integration and Microgrid community. He has been member of several strategic committees in CIGRE, IEC, EPRI and chairs the Digital Committee of SmartEn (representing the interest of Prosumers and Flexibility aggregators in Europe).

Marion Malafosse

Marion Malafosse is Policy Manager at smartEn, the European business association for digital and decentralised energy solutions. She is also the coordinator of smartEn Digital Committee. Prior to joining smartEn, she has been working for seven years in DG Energy in the European Commission, notably in the retail market unit promoting consumer’s engagement and active participation.

Michael Metzger

Dr. Metzger is principal technological key expert in sustainable energy and infrastructure at Siemens Technology, located in Munich. Within his role, he is the key expert for smart grids and distributed energy systems, working on microgrids, sector coupling, energy mix studies, digitalisation and control of power grids, being his core expertise in energy systems management and optimisation.

He has acquired a strong experience in modelling, system design and control at the Fraunhofer Institute and Siemens for more than 20 years in several positions. Today, he is mainly in charge of R&D activities and pilot projects. Michael Metzger is also a member of two committees of the German the Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (VDE).

Dimitrios Skias

Dimitrios Skias is a software and computer engineer with specialisation in big data analytics. He has granted a M.Sc. degree in Web Science and Big Data Analytics from the University College London, United Kingdom, and a B.Sc. degree in Informatics from the University of West Attica, Greece.

Since September 2018, he is a senior research consultant at Netcompany-Intrasoft S.A, participating in a number of H2020 research projects (AFARCLOUD, PHOENIX, DEMETER, IoT- NGIN). He is also responsible for the integration and laboratory evaluation activities at IoT NGIN, one of the ICT-56 RIAs within the NGIoT initiative.

Damian Bevan

Damian is an accomplished and versatile IT specialist with over twenty two years’ experience in the industry. He has a range of experience in digital technologies including cloud platforms, systems integrations, and cybersecurity. Damian ́s work has always been aimed at putting the customer’s needs at the heart of any digital transformation using innovative digital technology to deliver measurable business benefits that aligns with IT strategy. Damian leads the Cloud Services team within Gemserv’s Digital Services practice delivering professional services to clients across multiple sectors, including Energy, Low Carbon, Health and the Public sectors.

Tanya Suarez

Tanya is a recognised industry-leader with over 20 years’ experience in Strategy, Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurship working with multiple public and private sector clients in projects involving new technologies.

Tanya is CEO of BluSpecs, a digital transformation agency, and founder of IoT Tribe, an equity- free tech ecosystem builder with hubs in the UK, Singapore and Madrid. She is a member of the European Innovation Council and a WEF European Digital Leader, and she is on the board of the Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) and the Quantum Industry Consortium (QUIC).

About the organisers

This event is co-organised between the NGIoT Initiative and the AIOTI Energy Working Group. The Next Generation Internet of Things (NGIoT) Initiative is a growing community of projects and related initiatives at work to maximise the power of IoT made in Europe. NGIoT works to lower the barrier for adoption and development of next-gen solutions at the convergence of the cloud-edge-IoT continuum, by supporting business models, innovation and skills, sharing best practices and building a growing and on-the-move “network of networks” for knowledge and technology transfer, at the intersection of different research and innovation communities and industrial-driven initiatives.

AIOTI is the industrial association for Internet of Things (IoT) players in Europe, It drives on behalf of its 200 members business, policy, research and innovation development in the IoT & Edge Computing and other converging technologies across the Digital Value Chain to support digitization in Europe, and competitiveness of Europe.


April 29, 2022
9:30 am - 11:30 am
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