NGIoT Thematic workshop series on IoT and Edge Computing
This workshop on Energy is part of a thematic workshop series on IoT and Edge computing, organised by the NGIoT and EU-IoT Coordination and Support Actions in collaboration with the European Commission and relevant associations, networks, and projects.
In spring 2021, NGIoT workshops are dedicated to IoT and Edge computing in 6 key application domains: Smart Cities & Communities; Agrifood and rural communities (30 March); manufacturing (27 April); energy and health (18 May).
IoT and Edge computing: Energy
The Internet of Things is growing at breakneck speed. Reports suggest that the global market for IoT will surpass $1.38 trillion by 2026 — a substantial increase from its 2020 valuation of $761.4 billion.
As more devices – whether smart meters, thermostats, electric vehicles, home appliances, HVAC and distributed energy resources- are connected to the grid, the challenge of communication between the grid and these distributed devices is becoming highly demanding. Utilities benefit from gathering information from these distributed resources in the context of efficient integration of renewables, i.e. for flexibility management and managing demand and response.
Higher efficiency and operational stability can be achieved by moving decisions to grid edge. The grid edge will allow to keep data local, leveraging data from distributed devices with low latency and ensure stability on a local level. With advances in digital technologies like AI, edge computing, 5G etc, IoT devices become increasingly intelligent allowing grid devices to analyse, and make independent decisions and to collaborate with neighbouring devices to address ad hoc grid challenges (e.g. with fluctuating renewable energy sources or EV Charging). Smart edge devices, such as next generation smart meters or a wallbox for EV charging, require to provide a communication interface to various cross-sector standards and systems to allow an active grid management. It is the core and crystallization of smart and distributed intelligence at the edge for increasing the reliability of the grid networks.
The workshop will address new concepts for the grid edge, including communication interfaces, interoperability, data exchange, resource virtualization and distributed intelligence at the grid edge to allow optimization of distributed energy resources and more efficient renewable integration.
- AIoTI whitepaper: Open Energy Marketplaces evolution
- Siemens Whitepaper: The grid edge revolution. Innovation drivers towards net-zero energy, Siemens Switzerland Ltd, University of Oxford & Technische Universität Berlin
- Siemens Whitepaper: Driving the Energy Revolution. An index for grid edge need and readiness Programme, Siemens Switzerland Ltd, University of Oxford & Technische Universität Berlin
Moderator: Natalie Samovich, AIoTI, Head of Research and Innovation, ENERCOUTIM
9:30 – 10:00 Welcome
- Martin Brynskov
NGIoT coordinator, Prof. Aarhus University, DITCOM
- Svet Mihaylov
Policy Officer, IoT, European Commission
- Sergio Gusmeroli & Giorgio Micheletti, OpenDEI
Politecnico di Milano & IDC
10:00 – 12:00 Part I: Strategic Agendas and Positions
New concepts in Grid Edge I
- Peter Hermans, DGA at VALCRE, former CTO, Stedin Connect (Presentation available here PDF)
- Alberto Dognini, OpenDEI Energy Cluster activities in the Energy Domain (Presentation available here PDF)
- Natalie Samovich, AIOTI (Presentation available here PDF)
- Antonello Monti, E.ON Research Centre, RWTH Aachen (Presentation available here PDF)
- Pierre Gronlier, CTO, Gaia-X (Presentation available here PDF)
New concepts in Grid Edge II
- Henrik Madsen, DTU, Center Denmark (Presentation available here PDF)
- Kalle Kukk, Elering, BRIDGE (Presentation available here PDF)
- Rafael Rodrigues, EDP, Uni. Lisbon (Presentation available here PDF)
- Miha Smolnikar, COMSENSUS, Platoon
- Fábio André Coelho, High Assurance Software Laboratory (HASLab), INESC TEC & Universidade
12:00 – 12:15 Part II Visions and Statements
- Short (2-minute) pitches from the audience (submit your own and see other statements here).
- Open discussion
12:15 – 12:30 Next steps and closing remarks
- Martin Brynskov, NGIoT coordinator, Prof. Aarhus University, DITCOM
- Svet Mihaylov, Policy Officer, IoT, European Commission
NGIoT invites European industry and the public sector to reflect on the results from the NGIoT workshops and convey their position or provide spontaneous feedback on the role of IoT in energy with a focus on the convergence of technologies, as between IoT and Edge computing. We collected vision statements through our website