On June 28th, the Platone project presented the learnings and achievements of its nearly four years of activities during its Final Conference.

Location: The Faculty | 47 Rue des Veterinaires Veeartsen Straat | 1070 Anderlecht
Date: Wednesday, June 28 · 9am - 7pm CEST

Project partners and exceptional guest speakers from all across Europe took an audience of around 100 participants for a deep dive into the future of flexibility procurement, Open Source for energy data management and network observability during the Platone Final Conference. In the on-site and virtual showcase area, participants directly interacted with the consortium and the innovative products and services they developed.

The event started with a keynote on the topic "DSOs Face the Future” by Luis Cunha, Director of European Policies and Projects at E-Redes and Vice-chair of ETIP SNET. He emphasized that the challenges brought by increasing electrification and renewables connections will be overcome by striking the optimal balance between grid investment and use of flexibility.

To set the scene for the following sessions, Platone Project Coordinator Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen University, presented the project’s journey towards the digitalization of DSOs to unlock flexibility potential in the power system. His input was followed by a panel discussion on how Open Source solutions can foster the energy transition. The discussion was moderated by Ludwig Karg, CEO of B.A.U.M. Consult, who agreed with the panellists that Platone set a reference framework for DSOs pursuing to harness flexibility in the power system and set the path for the uptake and evolution of these solutions after the project’s conclusion. Next, project partners took the stage to introduce the Key Exploitable Results (KERs) of the project. Participants later had a further chance to learn about the KERs in the showcase area over the networking lunch.

Manuela Ojan, Head of Environmental Transition at Milan's Agency for Mobility and Environment, delivered a keynote on the value of demonstration projects promoting local renewable energy generation. The following panel discussion looked at how regulation and innovation go hand in hand together. Under the moderation of Ercole De Luca, Head of Electrical System Development at areti SpA and coordinator of the Platone Italian demo, the panellists illustrated how Platone was a brilliant example of this "walking together”. At the closing of the morning session, Luca Lo Schiavo, Director of System Services and Energy Monitoring at ARERA, discussed in his keynote the role played by regulation in the effective innovation of the power system.

The second part of the conference kicked off with a video message on the value of demonstration projects by Jens Bley, Major of the Municipality of Twistringen, where the German Demo of Platone took place. Then, in a panel participated by areti SpA, Acea Energia, Avacon, HEDNO and E.DSO, speakers reflected on the learnings of the three Platone demos, the potential impact of the tested solutions on power system stakeholders and the next steps to come towards smart grids innovation.

The next panel, moderated by Helena Gerard, Leader of the BRIDGE Regulation Working Group, focused on how collaboration, cooperation and communities can contribute towards accelerating innovation. The speakers concluded that now more than ever before it is the time to engage stakeholders and create communities to foster knowledge exchange and promote energy system sustainability.

Before the end of the conference, pitch presentations from the coordinators of the FLOW and BeFlexible projects and key partners working on energy system integration gave an outlook on how the Platone journey will continue after the end of its activities. The closing remarks of the event were brought by Roberto Zangrandi, Secretary General of E.DSO, who highlighted how we must ensure that key learnings from innovation projects are streamlined into new EU policy developments and that innovation must go along with the skills required for the green and digital transition. The conference closed with a get-together at the showcase area that allowed all participants to exchange once again on future opportunities for cooperation.

The Platone project will come to an end in August. We invite you to follow its website to keep updated on the publication of the final project results and the next steps to come.
For review und all those who couldn´t join:

Recording of the Platone Final Conference

Final agenda:

 09:00  Welcome
 Keynote: DSOs Face the Future
 Speaker: Luis Cunha, Director of European Policies and Projects, E-REDES PT; Vice-chair of ETIP SNET
 Digitalize DSOs to Unlock Flexibility: The Platone Project
Speaker: Antonello Monti, Platone project coordinator, RWTH Aachen University
 Panel Discussion: Open Source to Accelerate the Energy Transition
 Moderator: Ludwig Karg, B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH
  • Antonello Monti, TAC Representative to the Board, TAC Chair, Technical Lead, SOGNO, Linux Foundation Energy
  • Marc Pape, Team Lead Processes, Infrastructure & API, envelio, E.ON Group
  • Maurizio Bigoloni, Head of Grid Control Italy, Siemens
  • Pedro Marques, EUniversal Project Coordinator, E-REDES
 Pitches: Platone Key Exploitable Results
 11:25  Keynote: The value of Demonstration Projects

 Speaker: Manuela Ojan, Head of Enviromental Transition, Milan's Agency for Mobility and Environment

 Panel Discussion: Thinking Regulation and Innovation
 Moderator: Ercole De Luca, Head of Electrical System Development at areti SpA and leader of Platone Italian demo
  • Massimo Bonato, CEO, areti SpA
  • Luca Cavalletto, Head of Asset Management, Unareti
  • Marco Baron, Head of Subsidized Program, Enel Grids
  • Roberto Zangrandi, Secretary General, E.DSO
 12:10  The Contribution of Regulation to the Effective Innovation of the Power System
 Speaker: Luca Lo Schiavo, Director System Services and Energy Monitoring, ARERA
Opening of the Showcase Area and Lunch Break
13:00 - 13:30 Speakers corner: Platone Educational Video Series: Open-Source PLATforms for Operation of distribution NEtworks (Platone)
 Welcome Back
 Keynote: The Value of Demonstration Projects
 Speaker: Jens Bley, Mayor of the Municipality Twistringen, Germany
 Platone Demo Panel: Key Learning and Steps Ahead
 Moderator: Selene Liverani, E.DSO
  • Gabriele Fedele, areti, Italian Demo leader
  • Gianluca Nori, Acea Energia, User Engagement leader Italian Demo
  • Effrosyni Maria Gralista, HEDNO, Greek Demo leader
  • Benjamin Petters, Avacon Netz GmbH, German Demo leader


  • Simona Salvo, Customer of the Platone Italian Demo
  • Jonas Töpken, PwC Germany/WIBERA -  Project "Bürgerdialog Stromnetz" on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs  and Climate Action (BMWK), Customers Representative of the Platone German Demo  
 Coffee break
 Collaboration, Cooperation and Communities to Accelerate Innovation
 Moderator: Helena Gerard, VITO, Leader of BRDIGE Regulation WG
  • Ferdinando Bosco, The OneNet Connector
  • Ercole de Luca, Harmonised Electricity Market Role Model
  • Antonello Monti, Multi-level cooperation with Canada
  • Ludwig Karg, The FlexCommunity
  • Fiona Williams, The edgeFLEX project
 The Platone Journey Continues
  • Cristina Corchero, IREC, FLOW Project Coordinator
  • Andrea Gotti, New Product Developer e-Mobility, SCAME
  • David Martin Utrilla, i-De, BeFlexible Project Coordinator
  • Antonello Monti, RWTH Aachen University
 Closing Remarks
Speaker: Roberto Zangrandi, Secretary General, E.DSO
 Get-together at Showcase Area with Drinks and Buffet
 Closing doors / end of event
Platone Final Conference “Digitalize DSOs to Unlock Flexibility

Wed, 28.6.2023, 9:00 - 19:00 Uhr

Further information

  • Recording
    Watch the recording of our Platone Final Conference!
The Platone consortium at the Platone Final Conference on 28 June 2023 in Brussels
Networking at the Platone Final Conference showcase area