SYNERGY at ENLIT Europe 2022: Insights and Outcomes.

ENLIT Europe is one of the biggest industry fairs and conferences in the area of energy in Europe that addresses every aspect of the energy agenda. In 2022, the event was held in Frankfurt, Germany, from 29 November to 1 December. The event hosted over 18,000 visitors, 700 international exhibitors, more than 250 international utilities, 14 country pavilions, and 113 countries. 55 EU-funded R&I projects took part in the event and were displayed in the EU Project Zone – a meeting place for all energy-related projects.


Ugo Stecchi of ETRA I+D, SYNERGY’s project coordinator, has provided us with overview of the ENLIT participation and the hopes for the coming year.

What was the main objective of participating in the ENLIT Conference? 

“SYNERGY Project has renewed its participation at ENLIT conference again in 2022, as one of the most important events in Europe to meet all relevant stakeholders in the energy industry and present and share the results achieved so far in the project. From our Innovation Action project perspective, through the ENLIT participation it is possible on one hand to get in touch with the industry world, discover the technology trends and the off the shelf solutions at real-life problems. On the other hand, it is always interesting to be in a common forum with more European research and innovation projects and discuss about the state of the art in power and energy systems, while sharing visions and approaches to deal with current and upcoming challenges for the energy transition.”

How was the SYNERGY project presented at the ENLIT Conference?

We have been present to ENLIT with a project booth in the European Project Zone. Apart from ETRA as Project Coordinator, the event the Technical Coordinator Suite5 and the Communication and Dissemination Leader Smart Innovation Norway were present at the event as well, contributing to engage attendees and improve the communication to other stakeholders. 

Moreover, during the first day of the conference, it was my pleasure to present the main achievements of SYNERGY project in a workshop dedicated to the digitalization of the energy sector. The EU Commission is determined to make the union ‘Fit for the Digital Age’. During this decade, the EU will strengthen its position in the digital arena and set standards. Data and Digitalization have a huge impact on the entire energy value chain, from generation to transport, distribution and consumption. Projects like SYNERGY are therefore important to contribute in this kind of discussion in order to focus on the topic and provide the community with feasible solutions for all our needs.

Finally, SYNERGY has been involved in the ENLIT podcast interview, where it was possible to introduce the novel framework platform, in response to the need for “end-to-end” coordination between the electricity stakeholders. In a nutshell, the framework references significant data architecture that leverages data, coming from diverse sources, enabling advanced analytics and services at the core of new data-driven business opportunities.

What was the outcome (s) of this event participation for the project? 

As previously explained, it was a great opportunity to get in touch with other R&I projects and EC representatives to understand the current state of the energy transition and what are answers expected to the main problems for the next years. 

The main topic at the centre of all the discussions was the data. It was undoubtedly the most recurrent object of talk and debate in a direct or indirect way and under several perspectives. Privacy, federation, sovereignty and intelligence are only the most relevant words associated to the data and they are representative of the main topics of discussion. 

As a matter of fact data-driven power system modernization is a priority this year across the energy industry. But as the shift to renewables gathers pace, it must be ensured a proper and ethic use of all data generated. Therefore, energy sector in Europe should be able to face a double challenge at the same time: increase the renewables shares to meet the climate goals, while preserving the privacy of the data owners, that means ensuring IT infrastructure is fit for this complex purpose.

Why do you think participation in the ENLIT conference was significant?

ENLIT is the kind of place to be if you are working in such areas because of the participation of all actors and stakeholders involved in the energy sector. In recent year the presence of the EC representatives with delegates from many H2020 and Horizon Europe projects has enriched the event bringing the contribution of the R&I world and the vision of the European policy the point of view. Indeed it represents one of the main event in the energy domain and, as a big-data for energy project as SYNERGY is, it is definitely worth to participate share the main outcomes and lessons learnt from our project.

Thus, the SYNERGY project’s participation at ENLIT Europe 2022 provided a valuable opportunity to engage with the energy industry and R&I community, share our project outcomes, and learn about the latest technology trends and solutions. We look forward to continuing our engagement with the energy industry and collaborating with stakeholders to advance the energy transition.

SYNERGY at Enlit 2021: The potentialities of SYNERGY Big Data Platform

– Interview with Ugo Stecchi, the Project Coordinator of the SYNERGY project

by Ioana-Emilia Badea [GECO Global]

SYNERGY will attend Enlit Europe 2021 in Milan, Italy, at the end of this month. The three-day event will take place at Fiera di Milano from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December. Enlit, formerly known as European Utility Week, brings together collaboration and innovation to address some of the world’s most critical energy issues. SYNERGY is delighted to be a part of the Enlit community and to be able to attend the event in-person to present the projects’ development and the SYNERGY Big Data Platform.

Ugo Stecchi of ETRA I+D, SYNERGY’s project coordinator, provides us with a sneak peek at what SYNERGY contributes to Enlit and the hopes for the coming year.

What will SYNERGY be showcasing at Enlit more specifically?

The SYNERGY Big Data Platform’s capabilities will be showcased at Enlit. In particular, we’d like to share our achievements in terms of platform performance which can offer some crucial functionalities concerning interoperability, data sharing mechanisms, pre-trained analytics, AI big data sharing, etc. Moreover, additional services for final users, belonging to different categories of energy stakeholders, have been developed on an upper layer of the same platform. They were created to match with the most recent requirements of the energy market services, exploiting the platform’s tremendous potential, and they will be shown at Enlit as well.

What does SYNERGY hope to get out of the Enlit Europe 2021 event?

Ugo Stecchi – Project Manager Etra I+D

It is a great opportunity for us to be present at this event, likely the first big physical event in the energy domain after a long season of virtual meetings and isolation. We do hope to share our partial results achieved so far and receive profitable and effective feedbacks from engaged stakeholders and other colleagues and partners that are going to participate. We did a great job in the first period of the project, we are very motivated to share it with the rest of the scientific community, but also with the industrial world and Enlit is the place to be. We’d like also to promote our upcoming open call, it will be published at the beginning of 2022 and we hope to have onboard a talented start-up to collaborate with.

What is your hope for next year, in terms of in-person events?

Being able to return to a normal pre-covid situation is what everyone hopes for the near future and hopefully next year we would be able to recover the classic habits we initially use to design and set up the concept of SYNERGY.

It is not just a matter of having back presential meetings within our consortium, (or, why not, with the granted subjects from the Open Call too) that would be great news, but also of being able to get back in direct touch with other actors to exchange results, knowledge and experiences and contribute to the common development of the state of the art in this sector. On the other hand, SYNERGY has a strong vocation for interacting with external stakeholders through various mechanisms and tools; being able to cooperate face to face with these subjects would certainly be of great benefit to the results of the project.

You can meet us in Milan in person, in the EU project Zone, to find out more about our project and to discuss with us potential collaboration opportunities. Register on to get your free three-day guest pass for the event.