2019 Annual Conference

October 21st, 2019

kultur & kongresshaus, in Aarau

This event will bring together 180 experts on smart grids from the academic, private and public sector in Switzerland.
Participants will have the opportunity to get insights on the research on smart grids in Switzerland; meet the experts behind innovation products/solutions; and explore potentials for new collaborations.


Please book the date and pre-register and further information will follow soon.

Registrations are free of charge but places are limited. If you are interested in attending please fill in the following form: https://tinyurl.com/y373gpa9

Pitch and Best poster competition

Participants will have the possibility to present their work at the poster session.
The poster/demo session will be co-located with the room of the session breaks ensuring maximum visibility.
Poster teams can participate in the Pitch and Best poster competition where 6 will present their posters at the plenary meeting and 1 of them will be awarded the Best poster award.
A committee of industrial partners will select the 6 posters and the Best poster in advance of the event.
For the participation in this competition, the e-version of the posters should be sent to the Management office (georgios.sarantakos@epfl.ch) by October 4th, 2019.
  1. Posters/Demos can be exhibited only by SCCER-FURIES (both mainstream and digitalisation) and JA-RED Partners
  2. SCCER-FURIES and Innosuisse should be properly acknowledged
  3. The following template should be used: Template.
  4. Do not forget to print and bring along your poster. The e-version will be used only for the competition. This year we don’t have the possibility of printing them in place.
  5. After October 4th, poster teams can still exhibit their work at the conference but without participating in the competition


From To Presenter
09:30 10:00 Arrival/Coffee
Session 1: Introduction
10:00 10:10 Introduction Prof. Dr. Mario Paolone
10:10 10:40 Keynote speech Yves Zumwald (CEO, Swissgrid)
Session 2: Planning and operation of modern active distribution networks – Chaired by Prof. Dr. Mario Paolone (EPFL)
10:40 10:55 Generating realistic distribution grid topologies Federico Rosato (SUPSI)
10:55 11:10 Decision support for planning flexible and sustainable districts: The examples of SBD and Urbio Paul Stadler (EPFL-IPESE) and Nils Schüler (Urbio)
11:10 11:25 Flexibility Provision from ADNs to Transmission System: A Comprehensive Approach Mohsen Kalantar Neyestanaki (EPFL-PWRS)
Session 3: Securing the Swiss transmission grid – Chaired by Prof. Dr. Petr Korba (ZHAW)
11:25 11:40 Mitigating cascading outages – Securing the transmission network against systemic risks Prof. Dr. Giovanni Sansavini (ETHZ-RRE)
11:40 11:55 Cyber defense for critical infrastructure Roger Wirth (Head of Cyber Security at Swissgrid)
11:55 12:10 Optimised Size and Location of Battery Energy Storage on the Transmission Grid Christiaan Joubert (ETHZ-LEC)
12:10 13:30 Lunch Break-Networking-Poster Session
Session 4: Pitch Session
13:30 14:00 Pitches 6 Selected teams by Pitch Selection committee
Session 5: Fault management in multi-terminal HVDC grid – Chaired by Prof. Dr. Christian Franck (ETHZ)
14:00 14:15 Overview Hybrid HVDC CBs and optimal dimensioning of main breaker path (incl. control scheme) Andreas Jehle (ETHZ-HPE)
14:15 14:30 Comparison technology limits of different HVDC CB topologies, need for UFD, research on new UFD concept with unprecedented speed Henrik Menne (ETHZ-HVL)
14:30 14:45 Overview HVDC CB portfolio ABB and relevance of FURIES research to industry Emmanouil Panousis (ABB)
14:45 15:15 coffee break – Poster Session
Session 6: Components of the future power grid infrastructure
15:15 15:30 The decline of PV prices and associated market impact Prof. Dr. Urs Muntwyler (BFH-PVLab)
15:30 15:45 Zusammenschluss zum Eigenverbrauch (ZEV): Laboratory for digitalisation in the electricity market. Daniel Klauser (Head of Development at SmartEnergyLink)
15:45 16:00 Behaviour of Cellulosic Oil Impregnated Insulation Material at High Frequency Stress used for High Voltage Solid State Transformer Applications Michael Schüller (HSR)
16:00 16:15 Summary/Best poster award
16:15 Adjourn