edgeFLEX participated in the virtual 2021 IEEE Smart Grid for Smart Cities (SG4SC) conference.
Since all face-to-face events are suspended, SG4SC chose an innovative approach to try and make up for the missing networking and dissemination opportunities. Besides the main programme with several tech sessions on current topics in the smart grid area, the event featured an online venue where projects funded by the European Commission could present themselves. The edgeFLEX booth was open from 17-23 March 2021 in good neighbourhood to several other H2020 projects like Platone, FEVER, Asset and Interconnect. The virtual project zone was organised as a separate space with booths adapted to the projects’ corporate identities featuring information material such as presentations, graphics, videos, social media channels etc. Visitors with remaining questions had the possibility to contact consortium members of the different projects for a live chat or video call during the conference.
Within the main programme, edgeFLEX coordinator Fiona Williams from Ericsson gave a key note on the role of 5G in future energy systems and consortium partner CRE organised a tech session on the role of regulation in the smart grid area, both giving insights from the project.
The IEEE gathers experts from the energy, telecommunications, and computing sectors to address transformation challenges and opportunities. Worldwide, the convergence of data and energy infrastructures is used to enable a better life for the citizens in smart cities. Smart grids show to be a real enabler of such cities, by integrating a high penetration of renewable energy, facilitating electric transport, allowing smart buildings and increasing the involvement of the end-user in the energy scene. Altogether creating a sustainable lifestyle for the eco-aware 21st century citizen.
The main organiser of the event was the Institute for Automation of Complex Power Systems of our edgeFLEX consortium member RWTH Aachen University.
Official website of the 2021 IEEE SG4SC: www.ieeesg4sc.org