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Preparation Technology Platform Future Grids
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Preparation Technology Platform Future Grids



Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future
Open Call for Expressions of Interest for stakeholders willing to become members of the Advisory Council and other potential groups
During the first international conference on the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources and Distributed Energy Resources held in December 2004 (http://www.conference-on-integration.com/), industrial stakeholders and the research community suggested the creation of a Technology Platform for the Electricity Networks of the Future.
The initial concept and guiding principles of the Technology Platform are being developed by the European Commission Directorate General for Research with the support of an existing FP5+6 research cluster (IRED, Integration of Renewable Energies and Distributed Generation, see http://www.ired-cluster.org/), which represents over 100 stakeholders in the electricity networks sector. A first outline concept and tentative structure of the Platform is proposed in the this Document. The main elements are the following:
- Scope. The initial scope of the Platform aims at increasing the efficiency, safety and reliability of European electricity transmission and distribution systems and removing obstacles to the large-scale integration of distributed and renewable energy sources, in line with the proposed priority for "Smart Energy Networks" in FP7.
- Structure. The Platform should be open and accessible, allowing the participation of all active stakeholders. The structure should reflect the diverse and complementary activities which will be undertaken by the Platform, and be such as to ensure that initiatives are taken forward in an active and dynamic manner. It is recommended that the Technology Platform should be steered and monitored by an Advisory Council, which should provide guidance on the definition, initiation and putting in place of the structure, procedures and work programme.
- Deliverables. The first deliverable of the Platform should be a Strategic Research Agenda for this area, which should be ready at the beginning of 2006. Other deliverables will be determined by the Advisory Council, when formed
In order to begin the process of establishing the Technology Platform, the Advisory Council needs to be formed. To ensure that the selection of candidates comes from the widest possible constituency and geographic distribution, the European Commission is inviting expressions of interest from organisations who would be interested in putting forward a candidate to become a member of the Advisory Council. The tentative composition of the 1st Advisory Council will be based on 20-25 members from:
  • Power and energy Utilities.
  • Transmission System Operators and Distribution System Operators.
  • Supply Industry - systems, equipment and component suppliers.
  • Academia and Research organisations -public and private.
  • Public authorities and regulators, including the European Commission.
  • Financial community.
  • Civil society, e.g. NGOs representing the consumers and environmental associations.
  • Others as appropriate.
To facilitate the process and ensure rapid progress, the Commission Services intend to propose from the list of candidates the members of the 1st Advisory Council as well as a chairperson and two vice-chairpersons. In the interests of transparency and inclusion, these appointments will be for a period of 18 months, when revised procedures for selection of members have been put in place by the Advisory Council.
Members should be at a high level in their organisation which should have significant involvement in the Platform-related activities. They should also have access to authoritative experts of international standing involved in a wide range of activities relevant to the Platform. Members should be able to make an active contribution to the Advisory Council, and be in a position to influence stakeholders on the planning of research programmes, to foster partnerships and to leverage resources. They will need to be able to demonstrate a high degree of commitment to the Platform and be able to devote sufficient time to its activities. They will participate in a personal capacity, not representing their specific organisation, but a field of activity.
To register interest, organisations are invited to send a letter of intent to the Commission before noon of the 30 April 2005 by e-mail to:
rtd-energy-futurenet@cec.eu.int
Letters of intent should provide an outline of the organisation's activities, the level of human resources that it is willing to allocate to the Platform and the specific reasons for wanting to be involved in the Advisory Council. The letter should also specify the name of the person that the organisation is supporting to become a member of the Advisory Council. The nominated person should then complete the Form and return it to the Commission (either as an attachment to the letter of intent or separately) to the above e-mail address.
For further information, please contact:

Manuel Sánchez Jiménez
European Commission
Research Directorate-General
rtd-energy@cec.eu.int

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