Energy Experience to explain challenges of energy transition
Five key stakeholders in the Dutch energy landscape, Liander, Siemens, KPN, TNO and TenneT, are joining forces at this year's Metering, Billing/CRM Europe with an "Energy Experience" on the exhibition floor which will demonstrate how smart grids are changing industry and society.
The Energy Experience is an interactive expo of 900m˛, where visitors will be treated to a ride through "Voltage City" during which the challenges, developments and solutions to providing energy in the future will be explained. Delegates can visit "Voltage Park" where the latest innovations, new products and projects from all over Europe will be on display. The park will also be the forum for discussions on "cooperation in the energy transition" by experts from Dutch utility Liander, global technology giant Siemens, leading telecoms and ICT service provider in the Netherlands KPN, the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and TenneT, Europe's first cross-border grid operator for electricity.
To stimulate collaboration
Says Bram Reinders, Manager, Alliance Management at Liander: "As the Energy Experience will demonstrate, it is the aim of Liander to stimulate collaboration between the European Commission, governments, research organizations, industry, the financial sector and international organizations to work together on new energy technologies that will completely redesign our current energy infrastructure and enlarges the possibilities for our clients."
According to Erik van der Heijden, Head of the Smart Grid Division of Siemens Nederland: "the world is currently in a transition, for instance with a shift towards more renewables and decentralised power generation. To enable this we need more intelligent infrastructures, Smart Grids. In the future we will see more complex networks with energy and information going in two directions. This transition requires parties to cooperate and work closely together, network companies (DSOs) as well as suppliers. Siemens is ready to take the role of being the leading solution provider to make this possible, together with our customers and other stakeholders."
The consumer and end user
"TNO has a holistic approach on the energy-transition. In this, TNO combines R&D on technological and social aspects to facilitate the energy transition and the deployment of smart energy systems. The end-user is assumed to have a central position in a smart energy system", says the TNO's Director of Innovation Energy Efficiency, Suzanne van Kooten". She continues: "autonomy, getting the end user involved, privacy, integrity and the freedom of choice are important aspects here. By reasoning from end-users perspective, technological innovations can break through social barriers."
The CEO of KPN Business Market, John van Vianen, agrees and explains that electrical appliances are becoming smarter and information is increasingly being exchanged between these apps, the consumer and the energy provider. He continues: "These are critically important services and need a reliable and safe ICT infrastructure. KPN provides these services and from a business and social perspective will continue to invest optimally in products, services, expertise and commitment to facilitate this energy transition."
Metering, Billing/CRM Europe
Some 6500 utility professionals will gather in Amsterdam in October for the annual Metering, Billing/CRM Europe at what has become the largest industry conference and exhibition on the continent. The exhibition will gather more than 320 solution providers under one roof, with the latest utility technology on display.
Important platform for collaboration and partnerships
Now in its 14th year, Metering Europe has provided an important platform for collaboration, dialogue and new partnerships between all key parties in the European electricity sector. Co-located events to Metering, Billing/CRM Europe in Amsterdam from 9-11 October are Transmission & Distribution Europe as well as Smart Homes 2012.
Event dates and location:
9-11 October 2012
Amsterdam RAI, The Netherlands
Event website: www.metering-europe.com