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Let’s discuss the future of the grid in the CEE region.
A forum in Prague for TSOs and energy innovators.
We bring inspiration to our region that will spark significant changes in the energy industry.
The energy community is facing some of the biggest threats in a generation but also the largest opportunity.1
What are the near-term, most innovative technical solutions to energy's biggest challenges?3
What will the future hold for the CEE energy grid, and what is the most realistic solution to a complex problem?2
It’s time to create a better future by coming together, sharing ideas and taking action. 4
BE PART OF IT!
Participants include transmission system operators (e.g. from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary or Croatia), innovators from energy companies, representatives of flexibility aggregators, and industrial companies wishing to benefit from new opportunities.
CEO, Nano Energies
Since 2018 Stanislav has directed Nano Energies in its mission of achieving its long-term vision of shared sustainable energy. After 8 years in the UK, where he gained experience in the energy sector and in banking for companies such as Morgan Stanley, Lloyds Banking Group and Siemens, Stanislav joined CEZ Group where his tenure began at CEZ Trading where he was originating trading business across Europe. Then he set up a commodities business within CEZ ESCO. Stanislav ran one of the first local commercial pilots on flexibility for demand response and is considered as a thought leader on this topic in the Czech Republic. He has a degree from the University of Hull international finance and economics and an MBA from the University of Manchester.
Executive Director at smartEn
Michael Villa is Executive Director of smartEn - Smart Energy Europe, the European business association integrating the decentralized solutions of the clean energy transition. He joined smartEn in 2018 when he led the advocacy efforts as Head of Policy. Before joining smartEn, he worked as a Senior Consultant to provide specific advocacy support to clients in the EU and the Middle East in the energy sector. He led the Secretariat of a cross-sectorial business organization, the European Alliance to Save Energy (EU-ASE), and supported Knauf Insulation as Public Affairs Adviser in Italy. Michael also worked in the European Parliament for a Cypriot MEP and at the Embassy of Italy in Copenhagen during the UN Climate Change Conference COP15. Michael has a master's degree from the Institute for European Studies in Brussels and a bachelor's degree from the Catholic University of Milan.
Member of the Management Board at NPC UKRENERGO and CEO of UKRENERGO Digital Solutions
The scope of responsibility of Andrii Nemyrovskyi includes dispatch and operational and technological control of the IPS of Ukraine, integration of the Ukrainian power system into the ENTSO-E Continental European Power System, and creation of a modern and secure IT infrastructure of the company.
In addition, Andrii Nemyrovskyi is appointed Director of Ukrenergo Digital Solutions LLC. This company was established in accordance with the decision of Ukrenergo's Supervisory Board for timely and high-quality fulfillment of Ukrenergo's obligations in creating industry-critical software packages, including DataHub and a new auction platform for allocating cross-border transmission capacity.
Previously, Andrii Nemyrovskyi held several positions at Ukrenergo for several years: head of markets development and customer service, deputy director for market development and IT, deputy chairman of the Management Board, and others.
Before that, he worked as Deputy Director at Ukrinterenergo and coordinated the company's foreign economic operations.
He has the experience of working (in 2015) in the Council of Wholesale Electricity Market of Ukraine, where he participated in resolving problematic issues regarding the electricity market's functioning and preparing draft resolutions concerning the organization of the Ukrainian electricity market's functioning.
As Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine (in 2015), he was responsible for analyzing the energy markets of foreign countries and preparing proposals on supplying fuel to generating companies.
During 2011-2014, Andrii Nemyrovskyi worked as a top manager at several commercial companies, gaining experience in business management. He ensured the implementation of investors' strategic plans and relations with foreign partners and suppliers.
His employment history also includes the position of chief inspector at the State Customs Service of Ukraine (2008-2010). During this period, he gained extensive experience controlling compliance with customs rules when clearing goods and detecting tax evasion schemes.
He graduated from Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics (management of organizations). He later got his second higher education at the National Technical University of Ukraine "Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute".
Vice Chairman of the Board, ČEPS
Svatopluk Vnouček is a graduate of the Czech Technical University’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Prague (Heavy-Current Electrical Engineering), he has worked in the energy sector since 1993. He has worked at ČEPS since it was formed in 1998 and has held various positions both in transmission and system services. He was a member of the UCTE and ENTSO-E international working groups.
Board Member, ČEPS
Graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. His professional career started at a power plant building subsidiary of Škoda Praha in 1986. He worked at ČEZ in 1993–1999, then joined ČEPS, a.s., where he held several managerial posts until 2012. He was in charge of the Energy Section of the Ministry of Industry and Trade as a deputy minister from 2012 to 2015. He was a member of the Board of Directors of ČEZ Distribuce in 2016–2020, also serving as Head of Distribution Asset Management.
Managing Director at Gravitricity
Charlie has been an innovator of Energy Systems for 15+ years. He is always working with technologies on their way to significant market growth and disruption in the power and heat sectors. He is currently working as MD of Gravitricity Ltd, a pioneer of underground grid-scale electricity storage.
CEO at Energon Advanced Energetics
Tomáš Pastrňák has been the director of Energon Advanced Energetics since 2017, which specializes in the design and construction of large-capacity battery energy storage systems (BESS) and complex EPC units, including photovoltaic, wind and hydropower plants. It has been active in the energy sector since 2006. In the past, he was involved in the completion of the Ledvice power plant, and for several years he led the construction of a power plant in Turkey.
He is the author of a unique concept of an "all-in-one" battery container. The company introduced the first one with a capacity of 1.3 MWh in 2018. At the time, it was only the third battery storage of this size in the country and the first to be wholly designed and assembled domestically.
Location Head Europe at Powerledger
Cristina leads the European market expansion of Powerledger's blockchain platform for decentralized energy, grid flexibility, and renewable energy certificates. With extensive experience in distributed energy systems, grid integration of renewables, and electricity markets, Cristina drives Powerledger's impact on decentralized, decarbonized, resilient power systems. Over the past decade, Cristina has worked on optimizing and managing renewables and their grid integration at Iberdrola, Fraunhofer Institute, and Selco Foundation. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in energy engineering from Madrid Technical University and a Master's degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden) and Technical University of Berlin (Germany), specializing in power system transformation and grid flexibility. Cristina has been featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list as one of the top energy leaders in Europe.
CEO of the Demand Response Association of Ireland
Siobhán McHugh is Chief Executive Officer of the Demand Response Association of Ireland, representing 700MW of demand and embedded generation response operating in the energy, capacity and DS3 (system services) markets on the island of Ireland. Siobhán has over 15 years’ energy sector experience, having worked for Aryzta, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities, the Single Electricity Market Operator and EirGrid. Most recently, she worked as a management consultant, focused on energy strategy, transformation, and major programme delivery.
Demand Response Association of Ireland (DRAI) members are committed to shaping the future of power system flexibility through advancing demand side flexibility on the island of Ireland. As Ireland strives to achieve up to 80% renewable generation by 2030, our promise as an industry-led organisation is to champion the development of innovative demand side flexibility solutions that are designed to address the system-wide requirement for flexibility.
DRAI represents approximately 700 MW of demand and embedded generation response across hundreds of industrial and commercial customer sites throughout the island of Ireland. These sites are managed by our members each of whom actively participate in the capacity, system services, and energy markets.
The association was formed to give a single voice to companies operating in this space, in order to help facilitate market participation for demand, and provide perspectives on how to design market and system rules can allow greater volumes of active participation by flexible sources of demand.
COO at Nano Green
In the summer of 2014, he co-founded the development company S9Y. He is also behind the startup Instacover, which focuses on using artificial intelligence in the insurance industry. In addition, he gained experience at Socialbakers, primarily focusing on product and software development from his position as VP of Engineering. He has been with Nano Green as COO since spring 2022. He wants to move the company into an environment built on a completely different type of service for customers that decentralizes, decarbonizes, and, most importantly, makes electricity cheaper.
CPO at Nano Green
Co-founder of the development studio S9Y, who is a significant contributor to the success of the startup InstaCover at home and abroad. As part of S9Y, he has implemented AI projects for Generali Česká Pojistovna and classic development contracts for Rohlík.cz or startups such as Spendee or Stavario. He gained his first experience in product management at Socialbakers, where in five years, he became the head of a team of product managers who took care of almost 2,500 clients worldwide. He graduated from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen and has been with Nano Green since the spring of 2022 as Product Director. He and his team are working on matching user consumption to the planet’s breath. In other words, to consume electricity smartly following when the sun is shining, and the wind is blowing.
Consultant / Analyst at Nano Green
Prokop is a consultant and analyst at Nano Energies focusing on quantitative analysis of modern energy solutions. He strives to find feasible ways to steer the current energy system towards a more sustainable future, one step at a time. At the conference, he will present the results of a study he prepared for the European Climate Foundation.
Country Manager at Nano Energies Slovakia
Ján is currently developing business activities in the Slovak market as a director of DES Slovakia. He has been fulfilling DES’s growth strategy in flexibility management in both consumption & production of electricity. In his role, he builds partnerships & deepens relationships with key institutions & partners.
For several years, Ján worked at ČEZ Slovakia, where he managed to build a portfolio for purchasing electricity from renewable sources. Before that, he was responsible for a project introducing handover EIC codes to production facilities at ZSD, a.s.
Senior Innovation Developer at Cleanwatts
Dr. Lurian Klein combines expertise in Engineering, Social Sciences & Humanities to be at the forefront of socio-technical innovation and promote systemic interventions in the energy field. He is guided by a personal vision of strengthening democratic values, promoting the sharing economy, reducing energy poverty and injustice, protecting the natural environment, and advancing achievements in the renewable energy realm.
His PhD focused on investigating the less tangible social values dimension of peer-to-peer energy sharing interactions within renewable energy communities - developed under the MIT Portugal program at the University of Coimbra.
He is also a Senior Innovation Developer at Cleanwatts - an energy holding company that aims to foster the innovative use of clean energy and improve energy efficiency through a suite of proprietary advanced digital technologies and collaborative platforms that simplify, amplify, and accelerate the energy decarbonization for communities around the world. He is responsible for the conceptualization and deployment of multimillion (H2020 and Horizon Europe) R&D projects on Renewable Energy Communities, Local Energy Markets, User-Centric Energy Services, End-User Engagement, Social Value Creation, Energy Citizenship, etc.
He is also co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of the EffiSummer startup, which aims to unlock new added value from CO2 emissions reduction measures at the scale of renewable energy communities.
Europe is facing unprecedented challenges in ensuring energy security. High commodity prices are affecting all levels of the economy. Will we be able to reduce gas consumption to the necessary levels to avoid major issues?
What steps can we take now to lessen the risk and be able to address the crisis which is here now?
This discussion will take place between representatives from the Ukrainian TSO UKRENERGO, as well as experts in commodities, energy trading and energy security.
It's time to create a new grid, to meet the challenges of the 21st century. What must be discarded before we can start anew? How can we create better, more robust solutions for a rapidly decarbonizing world?
Joining us will be representatives from Central and Eastern European TSOs as well as Elia from Belgium. Together we will align on the biggest challenges and best strategies for building a resilient and low carbon grid across Europe.
Experts in European energy innovation will speak about solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing the energy industry and society today.
Gravitricity | How mineshaft gravity energy storage will support the transition from coal to renewables in the Czech Republic and Central Europe?
Cleanwatts | Connect all the things! Grid resilience from managed energy communities. How to reframe our relationship with energy and become active contributor to the energy transition.
Grid level storage | Affordable battery storage is now a reality thanks to alignment of economic factors, we’ll see an overview of those details.
EV | The challenges of incorporating EVs to the grid, how and when we can expect V2G to be a factor and how home energy storage will fill in the gaps.
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