FGE Online-Seminar moved from the 25.06.2020 to Monday, 22.06.2020, 15.30 - 17.30, Theme: Accelerating the Energiewende: utilizing fast flexible grid solutions to transform power networks


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Monday, 22.06.2020, 15.30 - 17.30


Accelerating the Energiewende: utilizing fast flexible grid solutions to transform power networks

The FGE event scheduled for the 25.06.2020 has been brought forward to the 22.06.2020, 15.30 - 17.30 and the original theme of the event has been extended: "Accelerating the Energiewende: utilizing fast flexible grid solutions to transform power networks" is the new event title. The lecture will be followed by a discussion with national and international representatives from industry and politics (see below for a detailed program).

The event is part of the colloquia of the Forschungsgesellschaft Energie (FGE e.V.), which are planned for the summer semester 2020. Due to the corona pandemic, this event will be held online. The event will be held in English.

Summary of the Event

The German transmission grid needs to significantly increase its transport capacity swiftly. Optimization needs to be considered as well as reinforcement and expansion. Redispatch costs and curtailment of Renewables accounted for 1.4bn € (2017) and are expected to rise. Optimization of the grid with proven technologies can help reduce these costs tremendously, (by over 1 bn € in 2023). This would allow for more Renewable development, curb emissions and save consumers money.

The German Network Development Plan (NDP) 2019 already highlights solutions called power flow control measures. They are referred to as ‘Ad-Hoc’ measures and seek to maximize the use of existing assets.

Enquiring into the benefits of small scale power flow control solutions, called SSSC: this was the scope of the study by RWTH that will be presented on 22nd June to a wider audience. A key advantage of this proven relatively small device resides in its flexibility: It can be installed very quickly, can be upgraded in a modular manner, requires small space, and can be moved from one location to another.

Following the presentation of the study results a high level panel will discuss the broader policy and regulatory perspectives and the implementation of optimization in power networks that accelerate the energy transition.

Programm by speaker, key points and timing


-Prof. Dr Albert Moser (RWTH Aachen) and Dr. Michael Walsh, Managing Director Europe, Smart Wires

Modular power flow control technology introduction

Mark Norton, Vice President European Business Development, Smart Wires

Presentation of study results

Modular Power Flow Control enhancing German Transmission Grid capacity: an investigation.

-Dr. Annika Klettke, RWTH Aachen, Study Lead

Q&A moderated by Michael Walsh

Accelerating the Energiewende: utilizing fast flexible grid solutions to transform power networks

What are the key challenges for power networks until 2025-30? What needs to happen to use new solutions in German power network, and which tools to choose? The DENA 3 study: accounting for new solutions?

What is the role of optimization and ad hoc measures and what are the tools that TSOs are using now and will use in the future? What is the experience in the UK? What comments on the results of the RWTH study?

Panel introduced and moderated by

-Dr. Susanne Nies, Smart Wires

Giles Dickson, CEO, Windeurope

Dr.Stefan Mischinger – Head of Power Networks, German Energy Agency DENA

David Wright – Director, Electricity Transmission and Chief Engineer, National Grid

Dr. Bartosz Rusek, Manager Department for System- and Network Analysis, Amprion

Gregg Rotenberg – CEO, Smart Wires

Q&A and reactions speakers to statements of others

Concluding Key note: Prof. Dr. Albert Moser – Director IAEW/ RWTH Aachen


Speaker Biographies

Dr. Bartosz Rusek

Dr. Bartosz Rusek is manager of the department system- and network analysis at Amprion, Germany. In this role he focuses on the integration of new primary technologies into EHV grid. He studied power system engineering at Technical Universities Darmstadt and Wroclaw.


Giles Dickson

Giles Dickson is CEO of WindEurope, the Sector Association for Windpower in Europe and beyond. He was before VP Global Public Affairs at Alstom, and worked for the UK permanent representation and Foreign office of the UK.


Prof. Dr Albert Moser

Prof. Dr. Albert Moser leads the Transmission Grids and Power Economics team, at RWTH Aachen University’s Institute of High Voltage Equipment and Grids, Digitalization and Power Economics.


Dr. Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is Managing Director of Smart Wires’ European operations. Michael’s previous roles include Director of Future Grids at Ireland’s Transmission System Operator, EirGrid, and Chief Executive of the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA).


Dr. Susanne Nies

Is the General Manager Germany Smart Wires, since March 2020. Before she was Managing Director Strategy and Communication at ENTSO-E, Head of Generation and Distribution at EURELECTRIC, and Research Fellow energy at the French Institute for International Relations.


Mark Norton

Mark Norton is Vice President of European Business Development at Smart Wires. Mark has worked in the international electrical utility industry for more than 30 years, most recently with Ireland’s national transmission system operator, EirGrid.