Energy experts address global power issues at SmartGridComm

Anthony Capkun
August 13, 2010
August 13, 2010The first IEEE international conference on smart grid communications—SmartGridComm, a forum for “advancing the latest smart grid information technologies”—revealed its inaugural technical and keynote programs, which will be highlighted by the presentation of over 100 global energy leaders from companies such as IBM, Google, Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent.
“The need to upgrade the world’s power grid systems is an economic, environmental, and societal imperative,” says Dr. Stefano Galli, a general co-chair of IEEE SmartGridComm and a director at Panasonic. “Billions of people worldwide are dependent on electricity for the performance of everyday tasks, as well as demanding business and entertainment activities. SmartGridComm’s goal is to bring together the leading world experts to exchange their latest ideas in how to revolutionize the world’s power delivery infrastructure through the development and implementation of innovative communications technologies that will ensure environmental sustainability and create a robust and secure infrastructure.”

IEEE SmartGridComm was designed by the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc) to explore nearly every communications area related to the upgrade of the world’s energy grids, as well as the need to decrease energy use, enhance emergency resiliency and increase eco-friendliness. This includes reviewing the latest pathways for supporting the two-way flow of information and energy, advancing remote monitoring capabilities, quickly isolating and restoring power outages, integrating renewable energy sources and empowering consumers with the tools needed for better optimizing their energy consumption.

Highlighting the conference’s keynote agenda will be Paul De Martini, VP and CTO of the Smart Grid Business Unit at Cisco, who will address attendees on the “Future of Global Electronic Networks” and the development of intelligent grid systems that are “more observable, controllable, automated and integrated”. Others scheduled to join De Martini as keynote speakers are Guido Bartels, GM, Global Energy and Utilities Industry at IBM Sales and Distribution; Vinton G. Cerf, VP and chief internet evangelist, Google; Emmanuel Darmois, VP of Corporate Standards at Alcatel-Lucent; Patrick D. Gallagher, director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) at the U.S. Department of Commerce; and Patricia A Hoffman, assistant secretary, Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability.

In addition, the technical program at SmartGridComm has been developed by experts to address a variety of key topic areas ranging from electric vehicle communications, distributed generation at virtual power plants and wide-area monitoring and control to metering, field trial deployments and regulatory issues.

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