Creating a digital ecosystem for the energy sector

 Creating a self-sustained digital ecosystem for the energy sector – strongly supported by IoT and 5G systems and applications  - requires active participation from all sides of the energy and digital spectrum. Utilities, solution providers, energy communities and regulators must coexist and co create in an increasingly digitalized world. Computers and algorithms may mediate much of people’s daily activity in one way or another, but the degree of digitalisation and its consequences are challenging to understand because most people lack first-hand experience of what digitalisation actually feels like. In order to overturn the situation and indulge citizens and local communities into participating actively in the digitalization of the sector, as well as interacting with utilities and other companies, a common data platform should be put into action. Within the energy sector there are great opportunities to adapt digital innovation, to review, optimize and transform existing infrastructure and process, while also find new ways to conduct business in a digital ecosystem. Among challenges related to the topic, the speakers will be encouraged to address: data sharing, security, reliability, resilience, governance, digital twins, AI systems for the predictive and operational management of prosumer energy networks and sector coupling topics. We come however to realise more and more so, that nothing of that is possible without the participation of the consumer. Interaction is the key and at the same time, everybody needs to be ready to prevent or react against malicious cyber-attacks. But how is this common data platform going to be created and operated and is it really what we need or are there more tangible solutions? Who has the knowhow and owns the infrastructure and how should the topic of educating and awaking the interest of the citizens be addressed? And finally, what is the role of digitalization within the Green Deal package? 

This topic tries to bridge several priorities of the new EC like the European Green Deal, an Economy that works for People and last but not least a Europe fit for the Digital Age. Representatives of the energy sector will complement IoT sector representatives and AI and policy experts and are essential to creating a relevant and relatable storyline on how IoT, networks, platforms and the related services along with AI can enable solutions.

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Enlit Europe
Policy Officer
European Commission, DG CONNECT
Content Director
Enlit Europe
TenneT, TSO
Founder and managing partner
Mobile Group
Director of energy policies and European projects
EDP Distribução
Chair steering board AIOTI, chair WG Smart Energy
Coalition manager
Netherlands AI Coalition
Chairman of the Board
5G Infrastructure Association
Energy Industry Executive, WE