Special Sessions:



Filipe Soares, Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering of Porto (INESC TEC Porto), Portugal




The foreseen deployment of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), together with advanced building automation technologies, promises to turn passive consumers into active prosumers. These new resources include Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS), stationary storage, Electric Vehicles (EV), photovoltaic (PV) systems, etc., and they are expected to be equipped with sensors that will enable remote monitoring and control functionalities.

These technologies can render great benefits to the power systems by increasing the flexibility of the available resources. Demand flexibility in particular is widely acknowledged as a solution to increase the integration of renewable energy sources, improve the operation of transmission and distribution networks, and enhance the economic effectiveness of electricity markets.



André Madureira (INESC TEC) – “Exploiting flexibility in distribution networks reinforcement planning“



Pierluigi Mancarella (University of Melbourne / University of Manchester) – “Flexibility in multi-energy systems”



Aydogan Ozdemir (Istanbul Technical University) – “Gamification approaches to increase end users’ flexibility”



Carlos Moreira (INESC TEC) – “DER control in autonomous power systems”



Miguel Castilla (BarcelonaTech) – “Power electronic developments for future grid services”



ETRA I+D, E, ETRA Investigacion y Desarrollo, Spain




The special session will present most recent results from the H2020 project CROSSBOW – CROSS BOrder management of variable renewable energies and storage units enabling a transnational Wholesale market


CROSSBOW – “CROSS BOrder management of variable renewable energies and storage units enabling a transnational Wholesale market“


CROSSBOW is a TSO driven project with two interrelated and equally important strategic goals: on the one hand, it aims at the successful deployment in the market, within a 24 months horizon after project completion, of a set of technological solutions which enable increasing the shared use of resources to foster transmission networks cross-border management of variable renewable energies and storage units, making possible a higher penetration of clean energies whilst reducing network operational costs and improving economic benefits of RES and storage units.



Igor Kuzle, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing, University of Zagreb, Croatia




The special session will present most recent results from the national project funded by the Croatian Science Foundation.




WINDLIPS – “WIND energy integration in Low Inertia Power System“





SIREN – “Smart Integration of RENewables”




FENISG – “ Flexible Energy Nodes In Low Carbon Smart Grid”







Andrej Gubina, Head of Laboratory of Energy Policy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia




With the development of our society, we are experiencing increase of electricity demand. The renewable energy sources production times dont allways match with intervals with high energy demand. Improved energy storage solutions are needed to (localy) store surpluses of energy and utilise it when its most beneficial.

Challenge, pursued in project STORY, is to demonstrate and evaluate innovative approaches for thermal and electrical energy storage systems. Affordable and reliable solutions will lead to an increased electricity self-supply and self sufficiency levels in the network. STORY is H2020 european project, which consists of eight demonstration cases, each with different local/small-scale storage concepts and technologies, covering industrial and residential environments. These demonstrations feed into a large-scale impact assessment, with the central question:

“What could be the added value of storage in the electricity distribution grid?“

The STORY team will present applied state-of-the-art storage and ICT technologies, which are demonstrated on a number of field trial sites. Measured data from the field trials is used to evaluate Key Performance Indicators and to calibrate the simulation models of the small-scale storage technologies. Using simulation models, we are analysing the large-scale rollout of these storage technologies and evaluate the impact of large storage penetration. Additionally various business model archetypes are going to be established, together with identification of required policy and regulatory frameworks support.

Based on the Key Performance indicators and innovative business model income, we evaluate the contribution of the storage to the stable, economic, efficient and ever developing distribution networks.



The exact speakers list will be announced in mid April.



Special Sessions are participant-organized sessions that are intended as an alternative to the traditional paper presentation format. The special sessions format aims to provide new means for presenting and discussing design research during the conference. Special session can last 30, 60, or 90-minutes, based on the format and the preference of the organizer.

Furthermore MEDPOWER 2018 conference provides an opportunity for all participants (including papers in the special sessions) to publish in a special issue with one or more of the conference partner journals. http://medpower2018.com/special-issues/

Furthermore we invite all the international projects to consider the MEDPOWER 2018 conference as a place to disseminate their respective project results to the broader scientific community.

Possible forms of special sessions:

  • Short workshop offers a platform for presenting novel ideas in a more interactive way than the other tracks.

  • Panels are sessions that include experts invited to debate a topic or reflect on their experience through interaction with audience.

  • Structured group discussions are sessions that facilitate the conference attendees to discuss a theme or topic with the organizers

  • Poster session.

  • Project results dissemination session.

The special session proposal can be downloaded here.