Final Congress Innovation Program for Intelligent Networks (IPIN)

24 September 2015
The Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO NL) organized the Final Congress Innovation Program for Intelligent (Electricity) Networks (IPIN) 'Lessons learned' in collaboration with participants from the pilot projects DC=DeCent.

Last update on 01 February 2022

Smart Grids and Smart Energy Systems Pilot Projects

In 2011, the Innovation Program for Intelligent Networks (IPIN) was launched, in which 12 pilot projects participated in collaboration with, among others, the DC Foundation, Siemens, Joulz, Kema and SGN, stood out as the only project on DC (direct current).. The pilot projects were facilitated to test new products and services in a realistic environment and to investigate how users react to them. The IPIN program is now being completed after 4 years and the results were announced in the final conference. The future was also taken into consideration. How can we positively influence the development of 'smart grids' and 'smart energy systems'? What are the challenges ahead? Which bottlenecks must (still) be settled? And which parties will work with this?

Results and TIS Analysis

The lessons learned from various smart grids themes were shared with the participating pilot projects, and based on that an analysis was compiled of what was needed to advance smart grids. Because of the good results and the innovations of great significance for the further development and implementation of a DC grid, RVO recognized the importance of the DC project to include it in the TIS analysis. This is a true boost that the innovations that Direct Current BV has brought about are taken seriously.

In the TIS analysis, the DC=DeCent project in the greenhouse ranked very high on all points. The TIS analysis took the following points into consideration:

1. Entrepreneurial activities
2. Knowledge development
3. Knowledge dissemination
4. Give vision / direction
5. Create market
6. Mobilisation of resources
7. Break through the resistance

DC and Smart Options

Various workshops on Smart Grids and Smart Energy Systems were held. Harry Stokman, CEO Direct Current BV and DC expert, gave the workshop "Infrastructure: DC and other (smart) options," which was well received. Attention was given to issues such as: Which issues for future infrastructure were examined? How can we use DC? What are other options for a flexible infrastructure: smart substations, "big data"?