CIRED Ljubljana Workshop 2018

Workshop 2018 on microgrids and local energy communities

Keynote speakers

Constantin Ginet, Siemens (Germany)

TitleTechnical challenges and innovative solutions for the operation of microgrids

Constantin Ginet is heading the global Microgrid group in Siemens since 2015, focusing on automation and digitalizazion offerings for decentralized energy systems and Microgrids. Mr. Ginet acquired a wide experience in the energy sector in the last 13 years having worked in various positions within Siemens’ Digital Grid and Medium Voltage Systems business units as well as in Alstom in electrical equipment and control for gas turbines power plants. He also participated in innovative projects such as Solar Impulse project and Rural electrification of Peru project as Engineer for the first one and project lead in the latter one. Constantin Ginet graduated from Swiss Federal Institute of technology (2015) in electrical engineering on Microgrid transient study and holds an MBA from IMD (2012).


Nikos Hatziargyriou, HEDNO and National Technical University of Athens (Greece)

TitleIntroduction of microgrids definitions and motivations 

Professor Nikos Hatziargyriou is since April 2015 Chairman and CEO of the Hellenic Distribution Network Operator (HEDNO). Since 1984 he is a faculty member at the Power Division of the Electrical and Computer Engineering School of the National Technical University of Athens. He is co-chair of the EU Technology and Innovation Platform on Smart Networks for Energy Transition. He is author of the book “Microgrids: Architectures and Control” and of more than 200 journal publications and 500 conference proceedings papers.

Wenpeng Luan
, IEC (China)

TitleDistributed Generation Intergration Practices and Standardization

Wenpeng Luan received the B.Sc. degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 1986, the M.Sc. degree from Tianjin University, Tianjin, China, in 1989, and Ph.D. degree from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, UK, in 1999, all in electrical engineering.
He has extensive academic and industrial experience in power system analysis, power system planning, smart grid applications, and distributed generation integrations. Currently, he works with China Electric Power Research Institute as Chief Expert. His special fields of interest include smart sensing, data analytics, distribution system analysis, renewable energy resource integration, and utility advanced applications.
He is the Secretary of IEC SC8B Decentralized Electrical Energy Systems.


Klemen Potisek, State Secretary for Energy (Slovenia)

TitleSlovenia's Future Energy Transition & Challenges

Mr. Klemen Potisek educational background cover both technics and economy. After electro engineering study, he continued university study with economics and finance. Most of his professional career was in energy sector, first in Slovenia's largest energy provider Petrol and later with HSE Group (Slovenian largest electric power producer). Mr. Potisek acquired wide professional experience in corporate governance as a member of several supervisory boards, including energy sector. In May 2015, he was appointed as State Secretary responsible for energy at the Ministry of Infrastructure of the Republic of Slovenia where he is in charge of national energy and mining sectors.

Joao Torres
, EDP Distribuição (Portugal)

TitleNew roles of DSOs

João Torres is the CEO of EDP Distribuição (EDPD), the Portuguese Distribution System Operator serving more than 6 million customers. After serving two consecutive terms as Chairman, he remains dedicated to the common interests of the sector at European level acting as Vice-Chairman of EDSO for Smart Grids, which is the association representing distribution system operators (DSOs) in Europe, aiming at bringing smart grids from vision to reality. João Torres joined EDP in 1982. Before becoming CEO in 2006, he held management and executive positions in energy generation and distribution, human resources, healthcare services and training, including the creation of the EDP’s shared services company. In 2012, he also became a Board Member of EDP International. Under his leadership, EDPD has been conducting several initiatives to deploying the innovative grids of the future, notably through its awarded InovGrid project and the InovCity of Évora, demonstrating the technological, societal and economical value of the smart grids implementation.


Jorge Vasconcelos, NEWES (Portugal)

Title : Governance and regulation of new energy architectures

Energy entrepreneur, consultant to several international organizations and national authorities, invited professor at the Technical University of Lisbon, MIT/Portugal Program.
First chairman of the Portuguese Energy Regulatory Authority. Co-founder and first chairman of the Council of European Energy Regulators. Co-founder of the Ibero-American Association of Energy Regulatory Authorities (ARIAE). Founder and member of the Executive Committee of the Florence School of Regulation. Prior to the regulatory experience, he worked in industry and at several European universities. Author and editor of several books and articles. Graduated in power systems from Porto University and got the Dr.-Ing. degree from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.


Michèle Delville &
Céline Dizier

Event coordinators

Phone +32 (0)4 222 29 46