WEBINAR RECORDING: EUW – Horizon 2020 projects


Horizon 2020 is one of the biggest opportunities for European utilities to test, trial and explore the impact of technology and innovation across the power, water and gas sectors.

This €80 billion initiative is seen as an investment into the future of Europe, Horizon 2020 is helping to deliver this opportunity with an emphasis on excellent science and industrial leadership. The goal?  Ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.

Join Greenbird CEO Thorsten Heller and Gianluigi Migliavacca, Project coordinator for the SmartNet project, as they discuss their projects, the scope and implications for the energy transition.

Thorsten Heller discussed the Greenbird Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, Phase 2 project. This project has been designed to develop Greenbird’s Utilihive Data Lake to illuminate “dark data” from smart metering for its members, benefitting utilities using the project by providing a centralised source of unified energy data – providing insights for operational improvements, saving and new services for energy consumers.

The SmartNet project sought to provide answers and propose new practical solutions to the increasing integration of renewable energy sources in the existing electricity transmission network, with a particular focus on both market structures and interactions between TSOs and DSOs.

SmartNet, which wrapped up on 30 June 2019, focussed on providing optimised instruments and modalities to improve the coordination between the grid operators at a national and local level (respectively the TSOs and DSOs) and the exchange of information for monitoring and for the acquisition of ancillary services.

View the webinar as we explore some of the following projects and programmes across the European utility sector:

  • SmartNet
  • Greenbird Horizon 2020 SME Instrument, Phase 2 project


Gianluigi Migliavacca – Project coordinator, RSE

For several years, Gianluigi was head of the Transmission Network Planning research Group at Ricerca Sistema Energetico. Now he acts as project coordinator of important national and international research projects. His research activities span over the following topics:

  • Transmission grid development expansion and technical economical assessments
  • Electricity markets studies and analyses
  • Smart Grids
  • He was task leader within the study SD-2012-01 (“Faisabilité de réalisation de capacités d’échanges d’électricité entre les pays du nord de l’Afrique et du Moyen Orient, et l’Europe” – Lot 2 : Couloir Centre (Algérie – Tunisie- Libye – Italie)” – 2013-2014) performed on behalf of MedGrid, concerning future energy import from North Africa to Europe through the Italian peninsula;
  • In 2013, he published as editor the book “Advanced technologies for future transmission grids” for Springer (ISBN 978-1-4471-4548-6)
  • In 2016 he began coordination of the SmartNet project (Horizon2020, call LCE6-2015), with 23 partners over 3 years.

Thorsten Heller – CEO: Greenbird

Thorsten Heller is the CEO at Greenbird, responsible for accelerating the energy revolution for utilities with Utilihive. Thorsten has long-term international experience from the energy industry as a CTO, integration developer, product manager, enterprise architect, technology advisor and technology evangelist. He is a much sought-after speaker on system integration within the utility industry, and a leading social media influencer on open source technology. He holds a Master of Science in Software Engineering and Information Technology from the Cooperative State University Mosbach.