24 April 2014
Diplomatic Academy Vienna
Smart Grids: Next Step into the Future
A smart grid is a modern electrical grid that gathers information, such as about consumer behavior and energy supply data, in an automated manner, with the aim to improve the efficiency, reliability and sustainability of electricity production and distribution.
As world population continues to rise, living standards improve, fossil fuels become scarcer and the interest for cleaner technologies increases, new and innovative concepts become crucial for the maintenance of a secure energy supply towards social and economic stability. Proper management is necessary to improve energy efficiency and to allow the optimal integration of renewable energies into the grid.
The panel discussion aims to evaluate the development stage of smart grids and to outline their advantages and disadvantages. Moreover, it hopes to illustrate practical examples of smart grid solutions hoping to address some of the challenges, while also demonstrating the lessons learned.
Questions that will be addressed include:
Nadejda Komendantova-Amann (Research Scholar Risk Policy and Vulnerability, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis-IIASA)
Thomas Bleier (Head of ICT Security, , Safety & Security Department, Austrian Institute of Technology)
Andreas Lugmaier (Chairman, National Technology Platform Smart Grids
Gerald Vones (Head of Energy technology & Innovation, Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy)
Opening remarks by Günther Brauner (Vienna University of Technology, VP Austrian National Committees CIGRE, CIRED and the World Energy Council)
Moderation by Jakob Zirm (Journalist, Die Presse)
Last edited: 10 June 2014
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Schlossplatz 1, A-2361 Laxenburg, Austria
Phone: (+43 2236) 807 0 Fax:(+43 2236) 71 313