Breakout Session B1: smart grids & energy storage

March 17, 2022 / 11.45 -13.15 EDT (Ottawa), 16.45 -18.15 CET (Bern)


The increasing share of intermittent renewables worldwide will require intelligent demand-side management as well as a variety of power storage solutions. In Switzerland, this transition is accelerated by the Energy Strategy 2050. In Canada, the transition is driven by a number of provincial initiatives as well as the federal Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act. This transition entails tremendous business opportunities worldwide.


In both countries, a number of smaller companies are flourishing by providing demand-side management as a grid service. We are also seeing increasing investments in new storage solutions.


This breakout session on Smart Grids and Energy Storage will focus on state-of-the-art applications and innovation in the fields of demand-side management and in storage solutions.


We have invited innovative Canadian and Swiss companies to present their pitches, and encouraged corporates and research institutions to present specific projects and areas in which they are looking for innovation partners.


The session will conclude with a discussion on the latest market developments in Switzerland, Canada, and beyond.

Greg Robart

Session Lead and Moderator

Greg Robart

Greg Robart

CEO, Smart Grid Innovation Network, Canada
Speakers CH

Speakers - Switzerland

Energy Science Center (ESC) at ETH Zurich

Speaker: Dr. Christian Schaffner, Executive Director

The Energy Science Center at ETH Zurich (ESC) facilitates the deployment of an environmentally friendly, reliable, low risk, economically viable and socially compatible sustainable energy system.
The ESC enhances cooperation between ETH Zurich, industry, government, and society on energy related issues, offering a platform for nourishing the exchange between engineering and social sciences as well as for directing joint projects.


Speaker: Prof. Mario Paolone, Ph.D., Distributed Electrical, Systems Laboratory

The EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university. It welcomes students, professors and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities. EPFL has a Swiss and international vocation and has three missions: teaching, research and innovation. EPFL collaborates with universities and colleges, secondary schools and gymnasiums, industry and the economy, political circles and the general public, aiming to have a real impact on society.

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW)

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Petr Korba, Head of Electric Power Systems & Smart Grid Lab, Deputy head of Institute

The Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. In research the ZHAW concentrates on important societal challenges, with a particular focus on energy and social integration. With locations in three different cities of the canton of Zurich, the ZHAW is strongly integrated in the local region whilst also collaborating with international partners.


Speaker: Omid Alizadeh-Mousavi, PH.D., R&D Director

Depsys enables electricity distribution system operators to adapt and move more easily towards the energy transition, and to build a sustainable future more quickly. By providing them with relevant, real-time data and insights via its platform GridEye, depsys enables them to better manage and control their grids. A 2022 global Cleantech 100 company, depsys has won numerous awards and contracted over 50 grid operators around the world.

Leclanché SA

Speaker: Guido Guidi, Senior Vice President of Global Sales

Leclanché, driving Energy Transition based on 112-years of rich heritage


Electrification of transport systems
We deliver integrated Battery Packs for Electric Vehicles of all sizes, with intelligent interface to the charging infrastructure.


Integration of Renewable Energies
We deliver Energy Storage Systems that reliably add intermittent solar and wind energies in the electricity network as dispatchable power on as needed basis.

TellCo Europe Sagl

Speaker: Rudolf Fiedler, CEO
Speakers Canada

Speakers - Canada

BrainBox AI

Speaker: Nicolas Bossé, Chief Energy Transition Officer

BrainBox AI’s offers artificial intelligence to combat climate change by making commercial buildings smarter and more efficient. Its flagship product optimizes HVAC systems in real-time, enabling existing infrastructure to become predictive and self-adaptive, reducing energy consumption by up to 25% and emissions by up to 40%. Its next phase forms a virtual network of buildings that champions a reliable, clean, and safe electrical grid.


Speaker: Humam Fadel, International Sales Manager

BluWave-ai is focused on driving the proliferation of renewable energy and electric transportation worldwide. Our artificial intelligence optimizes the cost, availability, and reliability of different energy sources, with a focus on renewable energy. Our goal is to drive the global energy transition from a centralized, carbon-based energy model to the point where clean energy can be produced by almost anyone, anywhere, aided by advanced real-time computing.

University of Alberta, Future Energy Systems, Kenneth Tam, Communications Manager

Speaker: Kenneth Tam, Communications Manager

The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s leading research institutions, ranked first in Canada (and among the Top 30 in the world) for publications and citations related to energy systems. Future Energy Systems is a federally-funded $75 million research program at the UofA which has launched more than 115 research projects into energy technologies, policies, and environmental impacts since 2016.

University of British Columbia

Speaker: Walter Merida, Associate Dean Research and Industry, Senior Advisor to the President and Vice-Chancellor

Kanin Energy

Speaker: Randy Rutherford, Vice President of Business Development

Our mission at Kanin Energy is to help heavy industry decarbonize their operations.  We’re hyper-focused as turnkey developers of industrial waste heat to power projects, and we use vetted, commercially-proven technology to deliver near-term, cash flow-positive carbon abatement projects.  We bring innovation to our business model, which includes financing, to de-risk waste heat to power project implementation.

This is a Third Party Event. The Swiss-Canadian Cleantech innovation Summit is jointly organized by the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the Swiss State Secretariat of Economic Affairs (SECO), the Embassy of Switzerland in Canada, Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), and the Embassy of Canada in Switzerland, with the invaluable support of Innosuisse, Switzerland Global Enterprise, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the National Research Council Canada.



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