Smart Grids Middle East: Conference Program 2009

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Smart Metering Middle East

Smart Grids Middle East

4 May – 6 May 2009

Pre-Conference Workshops

Monday 4 May, 2009

09h30 – 12h00

Pre-conference workshop 0.1.1:  Evolution of the Smart Grid
Workshop leader: Jeff Tolnar, Chief Technology Officer, BPL Global, USA

  • The global challenges of today’s grid
  • General industry responses to challenges
  • Transforming the electric network
  • Smart grid technology hierarchy
  • Steps to building a smart grid 

13h30 – 17h00

Preconference workshop 0.2.2: Smart grids 101 – Developing a roadmap for the Middle East

  • Why a smart grid: ageing infrastructure
  • Technology that is emerging
  • How to marry technologies
  • Issues faced by each company – the most likely scenario they will confront
  • Where utility companies should start – the first step for each scenario that will provide them with the faster returns

Workshop leader: Ingo Schönberg, Chief Operating Officer, PowerPlus Communications AG, Germany

Conference Program Day 1

Tuesday 5 May, 2009

Opening session: 1.0.1

The impact of privatisation and liberalisation on smart grids and smart metering for the Middle East
Chairman: Sascha Meier da Fonseca, Director Marketing & Business Development, Lower Gulf Region, Siemens, Abu Dhabi

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote and welcome address
Saeed M. Al Tayer, Chairman, Managing Director , Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai* 

09h30 – 10h20

Leaders plenary panel discussion: 
Setting the scene – How smart metering and smart grid technologies could deliver significant operational, environmental and consumer benefits in the Middle East
An esteemed panel of leaders will discuss the transformation of the utility industry brought on by technology advances and environmental drivers, specifically focusing on this affecting their utilities. They will also demonstrate how their utilities’ business models and business cases will enable them to justify investments in advanced metering, smart grid, billing and CRM infrastructures and how they believe this will impact on their organisations processes.

Moderator: Wolfgang Braun, General Manager Transmission and Distribution Lower Gulf, Siemens, Abu Dhabi

Panellists: 

  • H.E. Saeed M. Al Tayer, Chairman, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai
  • Wolfgang Braun, General Manager, Transmission and Distribution, Lower Gulf Region, Siemens, Abu Dhabi
  • Steve Wheeler, Deputy Managing Director, Al Ain Distribution Company, Al Ain

10h20 – 10h30

Awards ceremony: Smart Energy International Excellence Awards
Presented by Geoff Dickinson, Chairman, MECOM forums, Dubai

The awards programme will recognise and encourage excellence in the Middle-East’s power and utility sector. Winners will be recognised and honored for the following categories:

  • Leadership Award: recognises dedication and a utility’s leader’s ability to be an instrument of change – both in an organizational context and within his/her wider community.
  • Metering Project Award: recognises excellence amongst Middle-East electricity and water utilities and meter manufacturers with respect to projects and programmes which have shown a remarkable improvement in efficiency or has had benefits for the community or environment.
  • Metering Technology Award: recognizes excellence amongst Middle-East electricity and water utilities and meter manufacturers with respect to service initiatives or technologies and solutions in the Middle-East power and utilities markets.
Session 1.1.1

Case studies and success areas
Chairman: RÄ“gis Hourdouillie, Smart Grid Programme Director, Areva, France

11h00 – 11h30

The benefits and challenges for the smart grid in a multi-national liberalised electricity market: the European experience
Francois Meslier, Acting Secretary General, MEDELEC, France

11h30 – 12h00

Customer-driven smart metering – experience of selling smart to residential customers in a deregulated market
Martin Vesper, Executive Director, Yello Strom, Germany

(Presentation not available, for further information, please contact Ryan Matthews)

12h00 – 12h30

Utility case study: Smart Metering goes Smarter (Project Citypower, South Africa)
Fred Claassens, Chief Operating Officer, HefCom, South Africa

12h30 – 13h00

Evolution of the Smart Grid
Jeff Tolnar, Chief Technical Officer, BPL Global, USA

Session 1.2.1

SMART METERING MIDDLE EAST
Billing and data

Chairman: Mr. Andreas Brun, Senior Vice President, Landis+Gyr, Finland   

Session 1.2.2

SMART GRIDS MIDDLE EAST
Making the right investment decisions for the next generation grid

Chairman: Thomas Fernandes, Business Development Area Manager, Sergi, France

14h00 – 14h30

Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Meter Data Management Implementation: A Case Study
Tony Clarke, International Sales Manager, Siemens Metering Services, UK 

Transformer explosion and fire prevention
Thomas Fernandes, Business Development Area Manager, Sergi, France 

14h30 – 15h00

Utility case study: Action Plan for reducing net lending through improving collection performance and accounts receivable
Salam Said Zagha, General Manager, Northern Electricity Distribution Company, West Bank, Palestine

How to build an open, real-time Smart Metering and Smart Grid Platform with Broadband Powerline
Ingo Schönberg, Chief Executive Officer, PowerPlus Communications AG, Germany

15h00 – 15h30

Integrating solutions to streamline billing and payment processes 
Suhaib Ahmed, Billing and Credit Control Manager, Palm Utilities, Dubai 

Fast-tracking Smart Grid Development
Oliver Iltisberger, Senior Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Landis + Gyr, Switzerland 

15h30 – 16h00

The value of an MDUS (MDM) solution to your organization for integrating your AMI collection systems to your back-office systems
Phyllis Batchelder, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Itron, The Netherlands 

Pathway to the smart grid – The evolution of today’s grid
Dr. Rolf Apel, Global Technology Manager, Siemens, Germany

16h30 – 15h30

Communication solutions for Smart Metering and Smart Grid
Workshop Leader: Ludger Böggering, Director Marketing and Product Management, Dr. Neuhaus Telekommunikation, Germany

Conference Program Day 2

Wednesday 6 May, 2009

Session 2.0.1

Smart Metering Middle East/ Smart Grids Middle East
Chairman: Dr Kazim Ayoub, Executive Director, Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV), Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), Dubai

09h00 – 09h30

Keynote address: The next generation of networks
Pier Nabuurs, Chief Executive Officer, KEMA Consulting, Chairman of the European Technology Platform SmartGrids, The Netherlands

Session 2.1.1

Vendor Briefings
Vendor briefings provide technology companies with an ideal platform to introduce products and solutions to a new audience. Hear from the following industry leaders and seize the opportunity to openly discuss their products:

09h30 – 09h45

Siemens technology briefing
Senior Executive, Siemens, Germany

09h45 – 10h00

Itron technology briefing
Senior executive, Itron, The Netherlands

10h00 – 10h15

Iskraemeco technology briefing
Senior executive, Iskraemeco, Egypt

10h15 – 10h30

PowerPlus Communications technology briefing
Senior executive, PowerPlus Communications, Germany

10h30 – 10h45

Areva technology briefing
Règis Hourdouillie, Smart Grid Programme Director, Areva, France

10h45 – 11h00

Landis+Gyr technology briefing
Rajiv Sawhney, Managing Director, Landis+Gyr, Abu Dhabi

11h00 – 11h15

Kamstrup technology briefing
Senior executive, Kamstrup, Dubai

Session 2.2.1

Utility conservation and encouraging energy efficiency
Chairman: Christian von Tschirschky, Principal, AT Kearney, Dubai

11h40 – 12h10

Achieving sustainability in Dubai Academic City through the deployment of energy and water conservation measures
Dr Kazim Ayoub, Executive Director, Dubai Knowledge Village (DKV), Dubai International Academic City (DIAC), Dubai

12h10 – 12h40

Advanced Metering: Iskraemeco and the way to the smart grid era
Ahmed Helmy Omar, Senior Research & Development Engineer, Iskraemeco, Egypt

12h40 – 13h10

Communication technologies to maximise the potential of smart grid infrastructure: Communication and network trends – The European working Groups for AMR and the new concepts coming up
Detlef Einacker Key Account Manager, Dr. Neuhaus Telekommunikation, Germany

13h10 – 13h40

Experiences from the Vendor: Managing a smart meter roll-out
Ali Mouslmani, Regional Director, Elster Electricity, Dubai

13h40 – 14h10

DEWA smart metering project case study
Abdulla Bel Ghuzooz, Deputy Senior Manager Telecommunication, DEWA, Dubai

Closing session: Session 2.3.1

16h00 – 17h00 – Take this opportunity to hear a comprehensive analysis of what was discussed during the conference: This session allows participants the opportunity to hear key points raised by selected chairmen and moderators from the past two days and jointly discuss some of the follow key areas:

  • What do we mean by the Smart Grid?
  • To what extent should utilities take data and network security seriously?
  • To what degree are utility companies actively involved in understanding their customers’ needs
  • Will smart grid/smart meter technology lead to total efficiency?
  • What is required for true interoperability?

Moderator: Dr Kazim Ayoub, Executive Director, Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai

Panelists:

  • Jeff Tolnar, Chief Technology Officer, BPL Global, USA
  • Pier Nabuurs, Chief Executive Officer, KEMA Consulting, Chairman of the European Technology Platform SmartGrids, The Netherlands
  • Christian von Tschirschky, Principal, AT Kearney, Dubai