UK and Europe Smart Electricity Grids and Grid Modernisation

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UK and Europe Smart Electricity Grids and Grid Modernization

Possible speakers on the UK and Europe Smart Electricity Grids and Grid Modernization included Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Nikos D. Hatziargyriou, Venizelos Efthymiou, and Ged Barlow.


We were unable to get the direct email addresses of Rachel Taljaard and Ged Barlow. In an attempt to find the missing inforamation, we first did a direct search on Rachel Taljaard. The search provided us information that she is currently working for LinkedIn and Facebook. On both company pages, no direct information about her is given. We found her profile on Facebook, but her email address was not disclosed. Additionally, she was also found on other social media sites, but her contact or email address was not available.

We then looked into her scientific publications in Research Gate and Academia. There were many published works under her name, but none of them included her email address. We also looked into her university, but she no longer has an email address registered there. The search eventually led us to the i-Group. From there, we were able to find references to Dr. Taljaard. We then decided to use the contact information provided on the company's website as a proxy for her email address.

We also conducted a direct search for Ged Barlow. The search provided us information that he is also currently working for LinkedIn and Facebook. We looked into both company pages and found no direct information. We also checked his social media accounts, but none of them provided a direct email address for Ged.

We then decided to look into industry publications by Ged on sites such as Energy Live News, and companies like Storengy. He was quoted in many articles, but no direct email address was provided. We also reviewed business sites such as Crunchbase. The only information we found was outdated, and the only information about his last position was from C-tech Innovation. As such, we provided the email address for Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, through which he can be contacted.

UK and Europe Smart Electricity Grids and Grid Modernization Experts

Sotiris Georgiopoulos

Sotiris Georgiopoulos is the Head of Smart Grid Development. He is in charge of the UK Power Network’s Distribution System Operator. His work also includes smart grid strategies.

Additionally, he is in charge of the technical and commercial strategies that need to be implemented for the energy transition. Furthermore, Sotiris has 13 years of experience in energy services. His email address is

Svet Bajekov

Svet is the CTO of E.ON Off-Grid Solutions. He has worked for three years on PV mini-grid deployments located in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently developing a software solution that could manage existing off-grid energy systems. Furthermore, Svet has a Ph.D. in Atomic and Laser Physics from Oxford University and a Msci in Theoretical Physics from Durham University. His email address is

Nikos D. Hatziargyriou

Nikos is the Co-Chair of the European Technology Platform of SmartGrids. He is also the Chair of CIGRE SC C6 Distribution Systems and Dispersed Generation. He also works as a professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of NTUA. He is also the director of the same school. Nikos is also the founder of the “SmartRue” research unit. His email address is

Venizielos Efthymiou

Venizielos is the Chairman of the Research Center of Sustainable Energy. He is also a member of the steering committee of the European Technology Platform SmartGrids. His specialties include “RES, Automation, Smart Grids, Microgrids, Analysis of Power Systems, and Protection.” His email address is

George Kiokes

George is a member of the Special Educational Laboratory Personnel at Hellenic Air Force Academy. He is also a Senior Researcher at the ICCS and the Smart RUE group of NTUA. George has taught different courses such as “Telecommunications Principles, Electric Energy Systems, Wireless Communications, Mobile Communication Networks, Automatic Control Systems, and RF Embedded Systems Design.” His recent projects with Smart Rue includes Ηorizon 2020 “Nobel Grid,” and Ηorizon 2020 “SmarterEMC2.” (14) His email address is

Jan-Philipp Exner

Jan-Philipp is a Research Professional and Project Manager for the AWS-Institute for Digitized Products and Processes. He also authored and published a paper titled “Requirements for Reliable and Flexible Smart Grids as Energy Networks in Smart Cities.” Another paper he wrote and published is “Smart Sensoring - New approaches for user-driven social urban acting.” His email address is

Ged Barlow

Ged works for the Cheshire Energy Hub as an Independent Consultant for the company. He has 19 years of experience when it comes to management innovation, research, and technology transfer businesses, both in the UK and internationally. His expertise primarily covers two sectors, and these are the development of projects from research and development and the product launch of food, chemical, energy, and environmental industries. Recently, Ged received a smart grid research grant to develop a multi-vector energy system. The system can be scaled so that it may cover other regions of the UK. Ged can be contacted through the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership email address which is

Rachel Taljaard

Rachel works for Smarter Grid Solutions as its Senior Consultant. She specializes in power systems analysis. She worked with customers found in North America and the UK such as the Western Power Distribution, Avangrid, UK Power Networks, and Southern Company. She also worked with the deployment of the Active Network Management on electricity networks. She can be contacted through the Smarter Grid Solutions’ email address which is

Ron Brandl

Ron is a researcher for the European Energy Research Alliance on Smart Grids (EERA-SET Smart Grids) and the secretary of the Smart Grid International Research Facility Network (ISGAN-SIRFN). His email address is

Miko Hakosalo

Miko Hakosalo works for the City of Stockholm as its project manager. He also works for GrowSmarter as its site manager. He coordinates and manages that part of city solutions. He is also helping to develop a smart connected city for Stockholm. His email address is