Results of the Joint Programming Conference Smart Energy Systems 2022

At our virtual Joint Programming Conference Smart Energy Systems 2022 (18-20 October) we showcased approaches to implement Energy Systems Integration at local, regional, European level – and even beyond! On this page, you can get a glimpse into the results and watch the session recordings. They are also available in the agenda of our conference platform. The presentations from our speakers can be found on expera (if you are not a member yet, you can register for free).

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Conference agenda
The conference announcement and detailed agenda are available here.
Policy Conference on 18 October 2022 morning:
Knowledge Management for Energy Transition in Europe
The conference of the Joint Programming Platform ERA-Net Smart Energy Systems (JPP SES) 2022 kickstarted with our coordinator Michael Hübner who set the scene together with Jatta Jussila and Ludwig Karg from the JPP SES Support Team. They outlined future perspectives of JPP SES, such as the development of the Clean Energy Transition Partnership.

Pia-Johanna Schweizer from the Institute of Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) opened the Policy Conference with her key note on Risks, Innovation and Knowledge, in which she focused on risks and benefits associated with energy transformation and how we could organize our knowledge co-production processes in a coherent and strategic way.
This key note laid the basis for the panel discussion, which focused on connecting knowledge across all countries and governance levels to overcome the crisis. Here representatives from the European Commission, national policy-makers and research discussed the importance of knowledge for energy transition. The panelists were:
  • Elena Mihaela Williams, Policy Officer, European Commission - DG Research and Innovation
  • Eric Lecomte, Policy Officer, European Commission - DG Energy
  • Volker Schaffler, Head of Department III/3 - Energy and Environment Technologies at Austrian Ministry of Climate Action and Energy
  • Lisanne Brummelhuis, Senior Policy Officer Energy Innovation at Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate of the Netherlands
  • Paulo Partidario, Research and Renewables of the Portuguese Directorate-General for Energy and Geology
  • Ivo Krustok, Green transition advisor in the Government Office of Estonia
  • Venizelos Efthymiou, Chairman of Research Centre Sustainable Energy, University of Cyprus
  • Fredrik Backmann, Swedish Energy Agency
Watch the recording of the first part here: 
Linking the Worlds: the National Stakeholder Coordination Group (NSCG)
The second part of the Policy Conference addressed the National Stakeholder Coordination Group (NSCG) aiming to bring together Research, Development and Innovation processes at national level and linking them with initiatives at EU level. Initially, Michele de Nigris from RSE and Delegate of NSCG outlined the Vision and mission of NSCG in the framework of the SET-Plan and presented the JPP SES Policy Briefs. This was followed by a panel discussion in which experts gave concrete hints on how it can create even more benefits for different partners. The panelists were:
  • Michele de Nigris, RSE, Delegate of NSCG
  • Mugurel George Paunescu, Policy Officer, European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy
  • Orsolya Küttel, Horizon Europe Officer, Energy & Cities Mission National Contact Point Hungary, JPP SES Co-Chair
  • Ralf Eickhoff, Project Manager, Projektträger Jülich
  • Adel El Gammal, Secretary General of European Energy Research Alliance  
  • Natalia García Mozo, BayFor, Senior Adviser Enterprise Europe
Watch the recording of the second part here: 

Interactive Impact network sessions on 18 October 2022 afternoon:

In the afternoon we discussed in 4 workshops cooperation opportunities with business clusters, Digital Platform Providers, RDI projects focusing on interoperability as well as funding opportunities. 

Have a look in the agenda and watch the recordings of the single workshops by clicking on the title:
At the right, you can view poll results from the first workshop in the list revealing expectations regarding the Digital Platform Provider Programme.

Status Conference on 19 October
On the second day of the conference, the focus was on the projects!
We started our Status Conference with snapshots of project solutions and impacts, presented by Julia Chenut (JPP SES Support Team) and commented by our JPP SES Co-Chairs: Fredrik Lundström, Orsolya Küttel and Cagri Yildirim.

Afterwards, we could hear 12 very insightful project pitches by finalising projects, which received feedback by jury members that could support RDI projects in exploiting their results. The jury members represented funding programmes, companies, SMEs and local authorities. Congratulations to Franz Zeilinger from ZEHTC project and Saeed Teimourzadeh from SMART MLA project for winning respectively the first and second prize!
Watch the recording here: 

In the afternoon the discussion proceeded in "deep-dive” sessions, where the projects presented and discussed their latest results: BioNRGStore, DISTRHEAT, FlexSUS, R2EC, SONDER, SUPERP2G, REgions, ZEHTC and Flexi-Sync.

In the afternoon, the Knowledge Community Spotlights for the year 2022 were finalised within the single Working Group Meetings.

You can find the Working Group results and join the exchange on the dedicated expera working spaces:
If you are not a Working Group member yet but would like to join, please register for expera and contact us at:

Watch the recording here: 

Family of Projects meeting on 20 October 2022:

The last day of our Joint Programming Conference 2022 was reserved for our projects’ partners. We co-created ideas for the future of the ERA-Net project family in small groups, followed by introducing a survey on characterization of stakeholders in the future flexible energy system. Furthermore, projects shared experiences and measures to improve in project communication. Later, projects could learn about European Commission’s Open Research Platform.
Below, you can find an example of some of the results.

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The Joint Programming Platfrom Smart Energy Systems receives funding from the European Union´s Horizont 2020 research and innovation program under the grant agreements no. 646039, 775970 and 883973 .
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