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European Grid Service Markets Symposium 2018

05/07/2018 @ 09:00 - 17:15


The way how the electrical energy market is organized in Europe is changing, opening opportunities for more flexibility in generation and consumption. New sustainable technologies such as water electrolysers, fuel cells, batteries and others meet the needs of the future transmission and distribution grid. Flexibility, virtual power plant, dynamic load management, direct marketing, control reserves, grid services are few of the key words addressing this challenge.


Organiser and partners

European Fuel Cell Forum EFCF (organiser)




Lucerne University of Applied Sciences HSLU, Institute for Innovation and Technology Management, Competence Center Power Economy (organiser)



Standardized qualifying tests of electrolysers for grid services QualyGridS (research partner)



Swiss Competence Cener for Energy Research, Future Energy Efficient Buildings and Districts (research partner)


Clean Energy Package and development of new markets for grid services

Matti Supponen, DG Energy, European Commission, Brussels/BE

Today, grid services are mainly dimensioned and procured on a national level. This contrasts with the increasing demand for such services across Europe over the coming decades which is mainly due to large-scale cross-border flows and high volumes of variable generation. Further optimisation could be achieved by requiring transparency and harmonized approach across system operators. This would reduce significantly the need for must-runs and back-up generation and enable the European energy system to use the potential of renewable energies to the full. The presentation will focus on the current initiatives and legislative proposals to develop such markets across Europe.

Matti Supponen is working in the European Commission in DG Energy where he started in 1998. He has worked mainly on electricity market issues. His current topics are the proposals for the future electricity market design, included in the Clean Energy for all Europeans –package, and the implementation of the existing legislation. In addition, he is desk officer for electricity and gas wholesale markets for Sweden and Finland. Matti Supponen studied Electrical Engineering in Helsinki University of Technology and graduated in 1978. He got in 2011 the degree of Doctor of Science in Technology from Aalto University in Espoo.

Opportunities for storage units based on the Enexis smart storage units (SSU) project

Fons Jansen, Enexis B.V. Tilburg/NL

  • How short term electricity storage can help DSOs.
  • What roles and responsibilities for whom.
  • Some practical learnings and experience.
  • Business case and ownership issues.
  • Developments in legislation.

Fons Jansen studied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology (1987). He has broad experience in several parts of Enexis (Distribution System Operator): Marketing and Product Development, Regulatory Affairs, ICT, Smart Metering, Strategy and Asset Management. Most of the time he held management positions at the intersection of strategy and innovation.

Flexibility market development in Baltic states

Elis Paas, Elering AS, Tallinn/Estland

  • Why has flexibility become more important for power grids?
  • How TSOs cooperate with DSOs to utilize distributed flexibility resources?
  • Examining the business ues cases for flexibility currently available
  • How does geography relate to flexibility?
  • Addressing the role of data exchange
  • Aggregators as facilitators of flexibility market development

Elis Paas is Head of Energy Markets Department in Estonian TSO Elering AS. She is responsible for market design and related developments and regulations in Estonia, including balancing and demand response/flexibility markets development, European network codes implementation as well as the open communication with energy market participants. Elering is an independent electricity and gas transmission system operator with the primary task of ensuring high-quality energy supply to Estonian customers.

Impact of RES in Croatia to usage of ancillary services

Davor Bošnjak, Danko Marčić, HEP/HR

The presentation gives an overview of the portfolio in CEE and of the market & regulative development in the past few years. Challenges from the impact of RES to the operational work of power companies is described through several cases, comparing the usage of ancillary services.

Danko Marčić is Head of Short-Term Planning at the Short-Term Portfolio Management Department at HEP. He followed HEP in 2006. In 2008 he received a PhD from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing. 

Davor Bošnjak is Head of Intraday Trading and Planning Services at the Short-Term Portfolio Management Department at HEP. He followed HEP in 2005. He holds the title from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Electrical Power Engineering, Power Systems, and an MBA from University of Zagreb, Faculty of Economics and Business, Master study of business administration.

European hydrogen, fuel cell and electrolyser industry and grid services: contributions, business expectations, needs

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Hydrogen Europe, Brussels/BE

Is it the dawn of a paradigm shift? Or is it just another hype that comes up quite rapidly and finally upsets people as they do not see their expectations met? Indeed, hydrogen is about to become the new buzz word of the so called deep decarbonisation, which means the ban of CO2 emissions for more than 80 percent until 2050. This is extremely challenging but in order to make it affordable hydrogen becomes the game changer. It becomes obvious that the limitation to the power grid and electricity only is putting aside the assets that the huge European gas grid offers for the cheap transport of renewable or decarbonised power. Nearly on a weekly basis different studies underpin the decisive role of hydrogen molecules in addition to electrons.

What can the hydrogen, fuel cell and electrolyser industry contribute now in order to make this happen? Which business can be expected, what are the expectations of the EU legislators? Which are the needs of the sector?

Jorgo Chatzimarkakis is Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe. Before he was Representative of Infineon Technologies in Brussels and Member of the European Parliament (2004 – 2014) inter alia the ITRE Committee (Industry, Technology, Research and Energy) where he could contribute to lay the cornerstone for the first and the second Joint Undertaking on hydrogen and fuel cells. In 2007 he was elected “MEP of the year” by his EP colleagues in the category “Research and Innovation“.

Flexible operation of technologies through sector coupling

Jessica Thomsen, Noha Saad Hussein, Niklas Hartmann, Fraunhofer ISE, Freiburg/DE

Germany sets a target to increase the electricity generation from renewable sources and combined heat and power plants. The target increases the total cost of electricity carried by the consumers and puts pressure on a decentralized energy system in the operation management and expansion planning. Several scenarios are calculated for a decentral energy region to account for the need to increase flexibility within the region. In conclusion, flexibility options can reduce the total cost of the system, which provides an incentive for the region to upgrade the ICT infrastructure. And the region should set a long-term expansion target, with the consideration of flexibility options, infrastructure and technology expansion in the collaboration of the whole region to achieve the best solution.

Dipl.-Ing. Jessica Thomsen studied mechanical engineering with a focus on international project management at the University of Siegen (Germany) and Universidad de Talca (Chile). She joined at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in 2011 for her Diploma thesis on local manufacturing potentials of photovoltaic technologies in Morocco. Since then, she works as a researcher in the group Energy System Analysis. Her research focuses on energy system modeling and analysis for distributed energy systems. This includes renewable energies, as well as storage systems, demand-side management, and future smart grids. Her Ph.D. concentrates especially on the modeling and evaluation of distributed flexibilities in regional energy systems. The evaluation ranges from assessing an optimized operation and expansion planning up to the impacts of economic framework conditions on distributed flexibilities. In the past, she has also worked on the topics local manufacturing potential of renewable energies in different countries and techno-economic analyses of single technologies.

M. SC. Noha Saad Hussein studied Architectural Engineering and Environmental design in her Bachelor followed by a master degree in renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency at Kassel University. The Master Thesis was done at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE on the topic local manufacturing potential of CSP and Wind technologies in Egypt. Since then she works at the Fraunhofer ISE as a researcher in the Energy System Analysis group. The main focus of her studies is in the heating and cooling sector of different sectors with focus on the building sector. Currently the main fields of work are analyzing the effects of renewable energy integration and energy efficiency measures in the building sector on the energy system and the economic impact of certain measures. Her PhD is about building refurbishment and the effects of the measure on a decentralized energy system. In the past she also worked a lot on renewable energy integration potential in developing countries and mainly in the MENA Region while assessing local value creation potential in addition to researching alternative energy solutions for different sectors.

Hydrogen as the solution to many problems – but how and when?

Andrei Zschocke, Uniper Innovation, Essen/DE

The trend of decarbonization started in the energy sector and will spread into the sectors of mobility, heat and chemistry. Here, hydrogen applications are discussed as versatile solutions to many unsolved problems concerning sector coupling, storage and emissions. Where other approaches such as direct use of electricity have shortcomings, hydrogen can offer effective and apparently unique solutions. From piloting the technology, we learned that the technology is ready for the market. However, stable positive business cases are still missing for this important approach. The presentation will deal with the relevant drivers for hydrogen, the synergies with the power grid and a possible way forward.

Andrei Zschocke is Innovation Manager at Uniper SE, Düsseldorf. In 2005 he followed E.ON and since 2016 he is Area Manager of Hydrogen at Innovation at Uniper. In 2000 he graduated as Geoscientist from the Technical University of Berlin, and in 2007 received his Doctoral Degree at RWTH Aachen.

Optimization strategies for the operation of renewable energy units in smart markets

Alexander Dreher, Fraunhofer IEE (Institute for Energy Economics and Energy System Technology), Kassel/DE

New business models for CHP plants are being explored to address the challenges and potentials of new smart markets currently being developed to reduce grid congestion. To this end, the flexibility potential of a market-oriented CHP will be examined applying MILP for the unit commitment in established power markets and new smart markets. In addition, the flexibility potential of a common portfolio of controllable and uncontrollable energy units, such as wind, will be analyzed.

Since February 2017, M.Sc. Marian Alexander Dreher has been supporting the Fraunhofer IEE in Kassel as a research associate. Before graduating from Erasmus University Rotterdam with a Master’s degree in International Economics, Alexander studied economics at the University of Bonn. During his time with the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Uruguay and Argentina, Alexander gained practical experience in the energy industry and was co-author of two studies on the Uruguayan energy market (wind power and energy efficiency). He gained further practical experience in science and energy economy at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) and an environmental consulting firm in Berlin. His current research focus is ancillary services and smart market related topics. Alexander deals in detail with the Frequency Restoration Reserve (FRR) capacity and distribution within the projects REstable and SystemKontext as well as the FRR provision by wind farms within the project Wind SRL. In the projects New 4.0 and C/Sells he is concerned with new flexibility markets and flexibility provision by CHPs and wind farms.

ENERGY market design instead of ELECTRICITY market design

Matthias Sulzer, SCCER FEEBD, Empa, Zurich/CH

Electricity is the key technology in the energy transition. In order to exploit the full potential of electricity supply, complementary technologies from the heating, gas, mobility, etc. sectors must be taken into account. Therefore, we do not need an electricity market design but rather an energy market design that establish comprehensive conditions for innovations in the energy sector.

Matthias Sulzer is co-owner of Inretis Holding AG, which currently employs around 650 people in the field of energy and building technology throughout Switzerland. He also directs the Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Future Energy Efficient Buildings & Districts (SCCER-FEEBD) at the EMPA and passes on his knowledge to students with lectureships at the ETH Zurich and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences.

Empirical data on DSM potentials in the services sector

Ulrich Reiter, TEP Energy, Zurich/CH

Demand side management (DSM) is seen as promising, cost effective measure to cope with high shares of intermittent renewable energy in the grid system. Currently, data on DSM potentials in the services sector is scarce. We present findings and empirical data of four European countries including data on Switzerland, UK, Italy and Poland.

Ulrich Reiter (PhD) has graduated in environmental engineering at the ETH Zurich in 2006. Following his master’s degree, he continued his education as PhD-student at the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in energy economics. During the years from 2010 until 2014, Ulrich Reiter worked in the field of renewable energies as project developer and group head for the Swiss utility Repower AG. Currently, he is working for TEP Energy GmbH as senior project manager.


Christoph Imboden, Co-Chair, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lucerne/CH

Christoph Imboden is Professor for product innovation at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences HSLU and Head of Research at the Institute for Innovation and Technology Management. He is engaged in several research projects focusing on power economy. Christoph Imboden studied electrical engineering at the ETH Zurich, received his doctorate in 1995 and an executive MBA at the University of Zurich in 2006. He looks back to more than twenty years of industrial experience in different application areas of the energy, communication and information technologies.

Regine Reißner, Co-Chair, project coordinator QualyGridS, DLR, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, Stuttgart/DE

Regine Reissner graduated in physics at the Universities of Stuttgart and Yale. She has been working as scientist at DLR since 1992. She is coordinator of the project QualyGridS having experience with PEM and alkaline electrolyser testing and testing procedures. Before she has been working in the fields of electrode development and cell testing for alkaline water electrolysis as well as in the fields of PEFC and DMFC fuel cells as well as surface analytics.


09:00 - 17:15


Prof. Dr. Christoph Imboden


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