Digitizing the Energy System with Digital Twins and Smart Grid Indicators

The smarter E Podcast Episode 133 | May 11, 2023 | Language: English

Europe aims to become climate-neutral by 2050. To achieve this, the transmission and distribution networks urgently need to be expanded and modernized in order to integrate the rapidly growing number of decentralized renewable energy ressources and exchange electricity across national borders. This is the only way to ensure a resilient, sustainable and affordable energy supply. Digital technologies play an important role in making the grid smarter and more efficient. A digital twin of the European power grid will help develop innovative solutions and coordinate investments.

How this works, Peter Vermaat - Secretary General - EU DSO Entity reveals to us in our The smarter E Podcast.


  • 03:38 How well prepared are the European power grids for the energy transition? In which areas is there a need for action?
  • 06:20 Why is digitalization so important?
  • 08:22 SO Entity and ENTSO-E want to jointly develop a digital twin of the European power grid. What is a digital twin?
  • 15:04 What will be the concrete benefits of the digital twin?
  • 16:40 Smart grid indicators are also to be developed. How can these indicators support grid operators in their tasks?

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About Peter Vermaat & EU DSO Entity

Peter Vermaat started out his carrier at VolkerWessels, the No. 2 Dutch construction company, in 1991. After having taken up different senior and international management positions, mainly in infrastructure, he was appointed Director of PPP- and Concession Projects in 2004. In 2008, he became CEO of Evides Watercompany in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and subsequently moved to Enexis Group in 2014 to become CEO of this leading Dutch distribution system operator (DSO).

In September 2021 he started as Secretary General of the newly established EU DSO Entity, Brussels-based organisation. Mandated by EU regulation, DSO Entity unites over 900 European DSOs to provide technical and regulatory advice on energy transition to the European Commission. Throughout his international career, Peter has taken a particular interest in organizational development, public-private partnerships, sustainability, and in energy transition.

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