Establish energy positive communities

Two days of interactive thematic sessions @ G-STIC 2017

Establish energy positive communities


The G-STIC 2017 conference aims to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technology innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On October 23 & 24, G-STIC 2017 dedicates an interactive session on energy positive communities.

This thematic session on Energy Positive Communities presents recent replicable results and innovations illustrating following energy aspects of local communities:

  • Positive impact on quality of living through combined services: e.g. energy, IT, health
  • Positive impact on climate targets through integration of renewable energy and storage
  • Positive and active role of local community in the system management and solution
  • Positive interaction between local and central energy and grid infrastructures  

The community needs are the starting point to structure and tackle the technology innovation gaps and opportunities with a first division between:

  • Rural, remote sites with no or limited access to the central energy system
  • Urbanized, industrialized areas with access to the central energy system

We start with the IRENA take-off session: The increasing role of consumers in the transformation of the power sector - innovations leading the way.

This is followed by interactive thematic sessions typically organized as a sequence of short presentations of recent projects worldwide, providing ample room for discussion with participants. After the practical examples, major international representatives enter in debate with the audience on priorities and strategies to follow in the near future.

The G-STIC 2017 thematic session on agriculture and food will focus on ‘Agroecology for Sustainable Food Systems’. The paradigm shift towards diversified agroecological systems is increasingly recognised as one that could enable substantially higher food production with far less resources than available today, while providing a set of small-scale, farmer-friendly and resource-efficient solutions that can realize more resilient agricultural practices and provide populations with access to sufficient and healthy food under changing climate conditions.

Discover new profitable growth opportunities for local energy systems


The thematic sessions build a knowledge base of best practices – available for all. Both business and technology experts from large companies and SME’s present their integrated solutions ranging from swarm electrification, micro-grids, combined energy & mobility hubs and approaches to achieve an optimal choice and interaction between the local and the central grid.

Learn about the most recent strategy documents on local energy networks


Major organizations as IRENA, UNIDO and the Global Smart Grid Federation have recently come forward with new insights on challenges and opportunities to replicate local energy networks at a major scale.  Experts of these organizations will present and/or debate these results. 

Dialogue and interact with leading energy community experts


G-STIC 2017 offers a unique chance for high-level interaction with industry delegates, technology researchers, socio-economic actors and policy makers.

The session on Energy Positive Communities includes contributions from and panel debates with renowned experts such as:

  • Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI – The Energy & Resources Institute, India
  • Dolf Gielen, Director of Innovation and Technology Centre, IRENA
  • Erika Velazquez, Global Product Marketing Manager for Microgrids, ABB
  • Dorothée Coucharrière, International Public Affairs Director, BlueSolutions, Bolloré
  • Daisuke Takeda, Group Manager, Energy Systems & Solutions Company, Toshiba Group
  • Ronnie Belmans, Executive Director, Global Smart Grids Federation
  • Karin Widegren, Chair, International Smart Grid Action Network
  • Reji Kumar Pillai, Chair, Global Smart Grid Federation
  • Diego Pavia, CEO, InnoEnergy