Keynotes

Dr Alexander Micallef

Prof. Nikos Hatziargyriou

Prof. Eleonora Riva Sanseverino

Dr Alex Papalexopoulos

Dr Ivan Matejak

Dr Inġ. Joe Vassallo

University of Malta

National University of Athens

University of Palermo

INTERCONNECT MALTA (ICM)

ECCO Ltd.

European Energy Research Alliance

Alexander Micallef is Senior Lecturer at The University of Malta. Dr. Micallef is an Associate Editor for IEEE Access and IET Smart Grid . He is currently the Vice chair of the IEEE Malta Section. He was also the chair of the Technical Subcommittee on Smart Buildings and Customer Systems within the IEEE PES Technical Committee on Smart Buildings, Loads and Customer Systems (IEEE PES SBLCS) .He is Guest Lecturer at Aalborg University, Denmark and IEEE Senior Member.

Maritime Microgrids: Electrification of our waters

The keynote will present an overview of the electrification activities occurring in the maritime sector depicted as Maritime Microgirds. A brief overview of hierarchical microgrid architectures is provided followed by  state of the art in shipboard power system architectures, modelling and control, integration of battery energy storage systems (BESS) and fuel cells, cold-ironing, and power quality phenomena.

Nikos Hatziargyriou is with the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), professor in Power Systems, since 1995, and Professor Emeritus, since 2022. He is Part-time Professor at the University of Vaasa, Finland. He has over 10 year industrial experience as Chair and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO) and as executive Vice-Chair and Deputy CEO of the Public Power Corporation (PPC). He is author of more than 300 journal and 600 conference proceedings papers, he is included in the 2016, 2017 and 2019 Thomson Reuters lists of top 1% most cited researchers and 2020 Globe Energy Prize laureate.

The effect of EV charging on the grid and future trends

The transportation industry has a big impact on the environment, contributing to over 25% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. More EVs are hitting the road in recent years, thanks to the availability of various EV charging alternatives and support schemes. Uncontrolled EV charging in this regard could cause serious grid problems that would necessitate substantial infrastructure upgrades. The talk will go over smart charging and V2G techniques that can lessen the effect of uncontrolled charging on the network. In addition, synergies between EV charging and Renewable Energy Resources (RES) will be presented, showing how the demand for EV charging can be effectively shifted towards times when RES are more abundant and the potential to increase both the number of EV chargers and the grid’s capacity to host RES.

Eleonora Riva Sanseverino is full Professor at the University of Palermo. She serves as the scientific coordinator for a number of research initiatives with businesses and research groups including with Vietnamese institutions (Electric Power University and the Institute of Energy Science), as well as Aalborg University, Denmark, and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Since january 2020 she is national expert in Cluster 5 of Horizon Europe on Climate, Energy and Mobility and national stste representative in Driving Urban Transition and 2zero partnerships. She has authored 250+ articles, edited books and book chapters, and conference proceedings. She is the Editor–in-Chief of the UNIPA Springer Series.

Joseph Vassallo is Divisional Manager at INTERCONNECT MALTA (ICM).

Alex Papalexopoulos is an authority in energy market design and implementation. He is the CEO of ECCO International a specialized consulting company based in San Francisco, which provides energy market design services to Governments, Regulators, Utilities TSOs and Power Exchanges. He has designed 15 energy markets in North and South America, Western and Eastern Europe and Asia. He is also the CEO and Chairman of the Board of ZOME Energy Networks which focuses on smart grid development services. He is a IEEE Fellow and has authored numerous IEEE papers. He is an honorary professor at the University of Patras, Greece. Western and Eastern Europe and Asia.

EU Energy Crisis and Energy Market Design

This keynote proposes energy market interventions to lower the impact of gas prices on the wholesale electricity market prices and consequently the prices paid by consumers. The  objective of the interventions, based on sound economic principles, is to maintain the basic structure of the EU internal energy market.

Ivan Matejak is Operations Director at European Energy Research Alliance (EERA). In this capacity, he contributes to developing the association’s performance goals and long-term strategic plans. By coordinating more than 250 universities and public research centers in 30 countries, EERA represents a research pillar of the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan). Structured in 18 joint research programmes covering the whole range of low-carbon technologies and systemic and cross-cutting topics, its mission is to catalyse European energy research for a climate-neural society by 2050. He holds a PhD in Geopolitics and Geo-economy from the University of Trieste, Italy.

European Clean Energy Transition Context

The keynote will address the need to reach climate neutrality by not focusing exclusively on advancing the performance and competitiveness of a set of low carbon technologies but rather through the adoption of an impact-driven, multi-disciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to steer the required profound economic and societal transformation. The presentation provides an overview of the main achieved goals and criticalities of 15 years of policies in the matter of low-carbon technologies and outlines the perspective and ambitions of the revised SET Plan in the context of the current energy crisis.