The Game Changer Roundtables is a new format that we plan to experiment at SmartGridComm 2021. Considering the current rapid evolution of the energy sectors and, at the same time, the compelling needs related to the climate change, these sections are intended to be a forum of discussion in which experts will debate some of the driving factors that are expected to have a large impact in this transformation process.
For this edition we identified the following game changers:
- 5G technology
- Open Source for energy
The experts will open the session with an impulse statement and then the most of the time will be dedicated to an open and possibly provocative discussion.
5G TECHNOLOGY – ORGANIZED BY DR. FIONA WILLIAMS, ERICSSON
Virtual Session on Tuesday at 11:00
5G is supposed to bring huge innovation in many sectors transforming our idea of connectivity. Will be the case for energy? What is the expected role of 5G in energy? Do we have clear use cases?
The following speakers will animate the discussion together with the coordinator Dr. Fiona Williams:
- Antonello Monti, RWTH
- Kristian Winter, Vattenfall
- Kalina Barboutov, Hitachi Energy
- Julian Stafford, EUTC
OPEN SOURCE FOR ENERGY – ORGANIZED BY PROF. ANTONELLO MONTI, RWTH AACHEN UNIVERSITY
Virtual Session on Tuesday at 15:00
Many sectors learned that open source can drive a fast process of innovation. Do we see the conditions for the same process in the energy sector? The Linux Foundation Energy is a concrete step in this direction. What is going to be impact? Is the sector ready for this new mindset?
The following speakers will animate the discussion together with the coordinator Prof. Antonello Monti:
- Alberto Dognini, RWTH
- Benoit Jeanson, RTE
- Ercole De Luca, ARETI
- Ferdinando Bosco, Engineering
REGULATION – ORGANIZED BY PROF. ADRIAN IONESCU, EPFL
Virtual Session on Wednesday at 15:00
There is no doubt about the interplay between energy and ICT but there is also a huge risk that more ICT in support of energy could bring to unsustainable consumptions. It is necessary a suitable cooperation and also the proper regulation scenario. How do we get there?
The following speakers will animate the discussion:
- Ilias Iakovidis, European Commission, keynote speaker, “What does it take for ICT to be part of the solution to climate change rather than a pollution“,
- Dr. Francis Balestra, MINATEC and G-INP Grenoble, France -- ''IoT deployment, energy sustainability and need for green regulations: how academia could contribute?'' -
- Prof. Reiner Waser, Aachen University, Germany, --''Are future emerging technologies designed to save energy?''
- Prof. Massimo Guarnieri, University of Padova, Italy -- ''Parking the energy: strategies to support future smart grids''
- Dr. Stephane Monfray, STMicroelectronics, Crolles, France -- ''How industry contributes to build energy-sustainable electronic technologies. Industry position towards new ICT regulations.''
- Thomas Ernst, CEA, France -- ''Green ICT assessment, adoption and strategy in large Research Organizations''
This session is organized in cooperation with the IEEE European Public Policy Committee, WG ICT and WG Energy.