I lead the Industry Segment Initiative "Smart Grids" in ABB and I am a member of the Steering Committee of the European Technology Platform for Electricity Networks of the Future – short ETP Smart Grids. From 2008 to 2013, I was Chairman of the Power Engineering Society of VDE. Furthermore, I am an honorary professor at the RWTH Aachen and one of the four Vice presidents of T&D Europe, the European Association of the Electricity Transmission and Distribution Equipment and Services Industry, in charge of Energy Policy and chair of T&D Europe’s Energy Policy Working Group.

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GRID4EU – laying the groundwork for tomorrow’s electricity grids

Over the past four years the GRID4EU project has been an important platform to collect and share practical knowledge and develop insights on what is needed to move smart grid developments forward

Smart and sustainable city solutions on show at World Future Energy Summit

The optimism from COP21 is carrying over to WFES as experts share the latest developments in future energy, energy efficiency and clean technology

Distributed generation adds complexity to low-voltage grid

As the energy industry continues to change, network operators can leverage smart grid technologies to help manage additional grid complexities.

South Korea’s innovative vision for their smart grids

South Korea's smart grid roadmap is an impressive and thorough rethinking of how the industry has managed electrification for over 100 years

Smart Cities – intelligent solutions for future generations

Many of the building blocks for creating smart cities are already available. It is an ongoing evolution rather than a disruptive change.

The energy transition needs a change of mindset

The technologies needed to transform our power systems are already available. Now we need to change our mindset

Consumers need incentives to support the evolution of the power grid

A major topic at the recent World Energy Congress in South Korea was how consumers can help integrate more renewable energy into the power grid

(Re)Start me up: What could the world’s first reuse of electric vehicle batteries as energy storage mean for smart grids?

'Five Chevrolet Volt battery packs combined with an ABB inverter and test software could provide two hours of back-up power for three to five average American homes'