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23/05/2019
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SMART GRIDS Save the Date – the Mission Innovation Challenge 1 (IC1) lands in Vancouver

SMART GRIDS Save the Date – the Mission Innovation Challenge 1 (IC1) lands in Vancouver

Preparations are in full swing for the events to be held in the Canadian city on May 27-31 in the framework of the 10th Clean Energy and the 4th Mission Innovation Ministerials - CEM10 and MI4. Mandated by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development to co-lead the Innovation Challenge 1 on Smart Grids with India and China, RSE will reaffirm the commitment and international importance of Italian excellence in this field.

Following on the success of the four Innovation Challenge 1 Smart Grids Workshops in Beijing (June 2017), New Delhi (November 2017), Malmö-Copenhagen (May 2018) and Rome (November 2018), preparations are well underway for the IC1 events to be held in Vancouver in the framework of the 10th Clean Energy and the 4th Mission Innovation Ministerials - CEM10 and MI4.

The agenda for Vancouver’s CEM10/MI4 from 27-31 May will include in particular:

  - the 1st CEM ISGAN-MI IC1 Forum to facilitate cooperation to accelerate smart grid market uptake (May 29);

- the 5th MI IC1 Smart Grids Innovation Workshop – (May 30-31).

In Vancouver, the IC1 shall therefore renew its commitment to accelerating smart grid development and the demonstration of innovative technologies, including by involving the private sector.

Mandated by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development to co-lead the Innovation Challenge 1 on Smart Grids with India and China, RSE is playing a spearheading role, thus reaffirming Italy’s commitment to the Mission Innovation initiatives and putting the Italian smart grid excellence in the international spotlight.

This is matched with the shared, synergistic efforts made under the Clean Energy Ministerial ISGAN (International Smart Grid Action Network) initiative, within which RSE, representing Italy, holds the vice-presidency jointly with India and the USA while also participating in the activities carried out under the initiative’s different Annexes. While the CEM focuses on the development of existing clean energy technologies and solutions, MI supports research into and development of vanguard technologies capable to accelerate innovation.

May 29 agenda will feature events that are open to public participation and will explore areas of common interest and the synergistic efforts of ISGAN/IC1 to accelerate the development of smart grids. It will also include two joint announcements, namely on the development of the Smart Grids Innovation Accelerator (SGIA) platform, and the publication of two facts sheets on storage integration and grid flexibility.

On the same day, the afternoon session will host the second IC1 Industry Workshop addressing regulatory aspects and the SGIA platform, including several success stories of smart implementation as well as a round table on public-private cooperation. High-profile industry representatives are expected from the participating countries, including from companies such as ENEL and regulatory authorities such as ARERA e MED REG.

As in previous editions, the 5th IC1 Workshop will include two meetings behind closed doors for Innovation Challenge members to tackle technical and strategic issues, with special regard to the activities under the first IC1 joint R&D tasks. Also, it will feature the approval of the 2019 Country Report, a document collecting contributions from the 16 IC1 countries and the European Commission. The Report contains data on energy strategies, trends, projects and actions underway in the field of smart grids in the participating countries.


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