An overview of Enlit Europe's end-to-end energy experience

Enlit Europe’s content team unpack and explain their comprehensive guide to the energy transition.

New energy landscape

By Nigel Blackaby

Today’s energy professionals are having to operate in a fast-changing and exciting landscape, especially in Europe, where the energy transition is gaining pace.

Whether it is at the DSO level, where the second-generation smart meters are becoming the norm, or in the increasingly digitalised power plant, the only constant is change.

This article was originally published in the Enlit Europe supplement of 
Smart Energy International Issue 5-2020.
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Now we are starting to see signs of economies recovering for the coronavirus shock, and demand for energy rebounding, it increasingly important to have a clear understanding of just what is moving the industry.

That is why Enlit Europe is inviting the energy sector into a conversation with Europe’s leading electricity and gas experts, to hear first-hand what they are thinking, where their businesses are investing and where innovation is taking them. And to put them on the spot by asking them the tough questions.

Our online platform has just launched its second season of programming and among the topics featured in the New Energy Landscape series are energy storage, the future of thermal generation and the grid edge revolution. Plus, we have a virtual keynote session featuring a line-up of thought leaders, all of whom are running major energy businesses. It is a series that delivers the most authoritative voices, ensuring that energy professionals have the market intelligence and insights to help them succeed.

Data

By Areti Ntaradimou

Inspired by the EU Commission’s Strategy for Data, Enlit Europe’s Data Hub Series focuses on the need to put people first in developing technology.

As data is at the core of the digital transformation that the energy sector has undergone in recent years, this series features episodes spotlighting how data flow and exchange, data-driven innovation, data security and the technologies that enable all of this – but with a twist. The consumer is at the core of all strategies and all data-related projects on which we focus.

Core topics we will explore include digital twins, artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality and smart metering. We will also examine trends and technologies in blockchain, cybersecurity, and biased algorithms – all solutions to give users the right tools and skills to stay in full control of their data.

We believe the European citizen is an indispensable factor of this journey, a driving force, so join us and together we will explore the data-related mysteries of the European energy sector.

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Energy markets

By Patrick Bauduin

The COVID-19 crisis has had an unprecedented impact on global energy demand and on power and gas prices. By interviewing energy market stakeholders and organising interactive expert panels, Enlit Europe will remain at the forefront of market developments.

In our Energy Markets series, we cover all the latest developments and market outlooks in the power and gas markets. Energy trading experts share their insight into the underlying fundamentals of wholesale power price formation.

They also discuss new and disrupting market players, new business opportunities and models, the maturity of technologies, regulatory barriers and initiatives around infrastructure, and developments around cross border connections. We will give particular attention to challenges in flexibility market design and how the flexibility market should develop, by showcasing best practices and new ideas for a power marketplace of the future.

The European energy markets represent competition, transparency and open access in the European energy sector and enable a sustainable and secure energy supply. We will offer indispensable insight into these key areas.

Initiate: Clean hydrogen

By Heather Johnstone

An exciting addition to this year’s Initiate programme is the Innovation Booster, which seeks to shine a light on a particularly promising area of the energy transition, with the aim to raise awareness, promote innovation and encourage investment. This year, the focus is on clean hydrogen.

The establishment of a hydrogen economy has been talked about for a decade or more, yet little has materialised. That, however, is changing and changing quickly with it now being one of the energy transition’s ‘hottest topics’.

A major new driver now behind the establishment of a viable hydrogen economy is political will, which was somewhat lacking in the past. Embodied perfectly by the EU’s recent Hydrogen Strategy, which not only lays out a vision of achieving 40GW of electrolyser capacity by 2030, but also, via the formation of European Clean Hydrogen, acknowledges the need to build a clear pipeline of viable investment projects.

In the current season of the Clean Hydrogen series, we’ll be exploring the potential application of clean hydrogen in three key sectors – transportation, heavy industry and heating and cooling – plus its key role in the power generation sector to enable the ever-greater integration of renewables, showcasing new ideas, innovative solutions and ground-breaking projects.

Grids

By Florence Coullet

The GRIDS series gathers experts to discuss various approaches for futureproofi ng the grid and thereby ensuring the supply of affordable, clean energy. A smarter, more active and more digital grid is a pre-requisite for the success of the energy transition.

This series presents discussions that will deep dive into what’s impacting the grid. It is dedicated to system and network operators and covers the challenges they are facing in the energy sector today. Among the hot topics, we will spotlight are cross-sector integration, e-mobility as a tool for balancing, and digitalisation of the grid.

We will also focus on new grid technologies, fl exibility and congestion management, and how TSOs and DSOs can coordinate to procure grid services.

The future smart grid must be able to accommodate all the use cases that emerge with the least amount of effort in terms of time and money. We will explore in this series the best that Europe has to offer today.

This series is accompanied by our GRIDS WAVES interviews, where energy players, ranging from operators to end consumers, will share their visions and business strategies.

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Empowered consumer

By Heather Johnstone

One of the most significant changes resulting from the energy transition is the central role that the consumer, whether commercial, industrial or residential, now plays in relation to how we produce, supply, consume and even trade energy in Europe.

In the Empowered Consumer series, we will be reflecting this profound change in the region’s energy system by exploring the manifold opportunities and challenges of being more consumer-centric.

In the current series, we will be focusing on the often-overlooked topic in Europe of energy poverty, seeking to address the ‘affordability of energy’ question, as well as emphasising how vital easily accessible efficiency and renovation programmes and strategies are to the most vulnerable in society. We will also be exploring the growing phenomenon of energy communities, highlighting both the benefits and disruption they may bring.

An interview/podcast series, called Consumer Voices, is also launching, where expert stakeholders discuss the evolving relationship between the consumer and the energy value chain.

Topics will include utilities as service providers and facilitators; future implications of smart homes, intelligent buildings and smart cities transport; and connected environments, where smart appliances will facilitate end consumers.

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Lifecycle management

By Nigel Blackaby

The operation and optimisation of physical assets along the electricity value chain to their full potential has required increasing attention from asset owners, as the pace of the energy transition has quickened. Decisions about when and how to run a plant have become more complex and increasingly operators are reliant on fast, accurate and complete technical data and digital tools to inform these decisions.

Digitalisation is behind much of the most advanced operations and maintenance strategies, especially when it comes to optimising efficiency, fuel use and emissions control. Enlit Europe opens its second Lifecycle Management season with an examination of how this is affecting gas turbine owners as well as their supply and service partners. A live Enlit Europe webinar featuring a major OEM, large plant owner and service provider will give power professionals a window into this topic and provide an opportunity to pose questions to the experts and leverage their knowledge.

The episode will remain available on demand where there is also the chance to catch previously-aired episodes, including the recent debate around re-skilling the power sector workforce for tomorrow’s challenges and related industry interviews.

Enlit Europe will gather in Milan between 30 November and 02 December 2021 and will feature innovative companies accelerating decarbonisation at Europe’s largest gathering of companies driving and leading the energy transition. Are you going to be there?
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The Enlit Summit: Overview

The Enlit Europe Summit series elevates our ‘What if…?’ debates into a live format, as we continue to ask questions that will unpack the key aspects of the energy transition.

The Summit will provide a platform from which senior members of the energy sector can debate and discuss critical strategic issues impacting the industry. Issues of policy direction, regulation, financing, markets and adapting business models are likely to be at the fore, regardless of whether the focus is from the generation, trading, power delivery, data or customer side.

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