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From innovation to mainstream: how to deploy innovative grid technologies at the distribution level?

16 May, 2024

CurrENT is hosting a two-hour online workshop discussing the issues facing deployment of innovative grid technologies at the DSO level and solutions to alleviate them. CurrENT recognises that introduction of new technologies can pose a challenge to DSOs, especially at the pace that is currently being demanded due to decarbonisaton goals.  

CurrENT recently published a first of its kind ‘handbook’, Recommendations for the deployment of DSO projects. This handbook aims to be a living, breathing document and engagement with industry stakeholders is essential to ensure it can remain up to date and impactful for operators across the whole sector. In this workshop, CurrENT will present the paper, and gather feedback from DSOs in order to improve future editions. Several DSO’s have been invited to present their own case studies, focusing on their specific needs and solutions, as well as their experiences with the implementation of innovative grid technologies into the grid.  

When: 16 May, 10am CEST  Where: Online


Layla Sawyer, Secretary General of CurrENT (confirmed), Opening Remarks and outlook for DSOs  

Ricardo Renedo Williams, Team Leader at DG ENER European Commission (Confirmed), Knowledge Sharing Among DSOs within the EU Grid Action Plan 

Mark Norton, SmartWires and Chair of CurrENT’s DSO Working Group (Confirmed), Presenting ‘Recommendations for the deployment of DSO projects’.  

Pat Howe, Former Senior Project Manager at SSE (confirmed), Presenting use case Advanced Conductor  

Andrew Burton, Innovation Project Lead at UKPN (Confirmed), Presenting use case Modular Power Flow Control  

Moonis Vegdani, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer at Counties Energy (Confirmed), Presenting use case Active Energy Orchestration  

Lenart Ribnikar, Data Scientist at Elektro Gorenjska, with Andrej Souvent, Chief Executive Officer at Operato, Presenting use case Dynamic Thermal Rating 

Arsim Bytyqi, Senior Coordination at EU DSO Entity (confirmed), How to improve Knowledge Sharing among DSOs 

Oliver Franz, VP of Associations at E.ON, Chair of the Distribution and Market Facilitation Committee at Eurelectric (confirmed), Lessons learned on Digitialisation 

Q&A Session with the audience