IEA-ISGAN Annex 7 Smart Grid Transitions (ISGAN) 22 October 2018 - 13:30-17:30


The seminar

We are pleased to invite you to the ISGAN Annex 7. 

The seminar will discuss the key concepts of smart grids in a context of smart energy systems for a low carbon future and focus on the regulatory and market challenges to achieve a fully flexible and decarbonised energy system. Experts from the industrial sector and the academics will present their views on the topic and will be invited to debate in a panel discussion on the business opportunities and challenges emerging from flexible integrated solutions across energy systems.

The workshop ends with a guided tour of the Nordhavn showroom, followed by a networking reception.


ISGAN is the short name for the International Energy Agency (IEA) Technology Collaboration Programme (TCP) for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN – International Smart Grids Action Network).


This seminar marks the start of the second phase of the Danish ISGAN Annex 7 project, and is co-organised with the CITIES and Flex4RES projects. For more details on the first phase of the project, see the pamphlet on Smart Grids initiatives where DTU is involved.




Background information

Denmark has a long experience with decarbonisation policies and is a world leader in the sustainable energy transition. The Danish energy model is marked by ambitious effort for renewable energy sources (RES) development where wind energy accounts for more than 40% of the electricity supply, coupled to the use of combined heat and power (CHP) plants. RES integration and CHPs are the two pillars that gave Denmark an edge on flexible low carbon integrated energy systems.

Reaching a 100% renewable energy generation by 2050 requires that further efforts are made in the electrification of the heat sector in district heating with power-to-heat (P2H) but also of other energy sectors such as e-mobility and gas through power-to-gas applications. Beyond energy systems integration, the offer of smart energy services combining load management measures, storage and variable energies integration should reap the value of flexibility and achieve the smart energy systems for the low carbon energy transition.


The rapid development of smart grids has given access to technological solutions that enable flexibility. Yet, adjustments are yet to be made on the regulatory and market sides to fully reach the expected benefits of smart energy systems. In this context, utilities, industrials, policy makers and the civil society have to work jointly to overcome the existing barriers and develop efficient solutions.

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