Theme: Smart Power Grids in the 21st Century
This year’s theme explores the transformation of the power network into a ‘smart’ grid capable of meeting 21st century economic, security and environmental challenges.
Smart energy technologies are enabling these changes, but the smart grid still faces hurdles.
Particularly, extensive field testing is required to prove new energy systems and regulatory reform. This will help eliminate financial disincentives for adopting new technologies.
A host of new smart energy devices and systems are emerging that can take pressure off overloaded grid infrastructure and power costs, dramatically improving grid reliability and security, and accelerating the growth of cleaner power generation.