Enlit Milan 2021

Neil Williams

05 Dec 2021

Enlit Milan, 2021

Date: 30 November to 2 December

Venue: Fiera Milano di Rho, Milan, Italy

Over 10,000 participants, 500 exhibitors, and 350 speakers were present at the much anticipated and hectic comeback of European Utility Week which is now running under its new brand Enlit Europe.

Antonio Cammisecra, from Enel summed up the atmosphere:

‘It was amazing to see a great attendance in Milan and be able to [discuss] how the energy sector must evolve to deliver Europe’s Green Deal, with decarbonization, electrification and grids empowerment playing a key role.‘

Artificial Intelligence and digital twinning were key topics across the event. These innovations offer hope around solving the widespread problem of ageing electricity grids and in delivering the full potential of renewables, EVs, storage and demand side response.

Founder of the boutique technology consultancy company, A Bit of This & That, Kevin O’Donovan shared his view of how new technologies can transform the way we do things. Regards, the metaverse, Kevin explained that it simply refers to shared virtual environments and has great practical potential in the energy industry.

Enlit’s E-mobility Zone was hosted in partnership with AVERE, the European Association for Electromobility. The exhibition floor brought to light the EV sector’s growth potential as part of the energy transition by allowing companies from across the EV value chain to get in contact with their cousins in the European electricity grid.

Driivz represents a great example of innovation in this space. Their cloud-based platform manages tens of thousands of public chargers (100,000s in roaming), serving over 800,000 drivers in more than 20 countries throughout North and South America, Europe and Asia. Whilst Finish company eMabler exhibited their API-first EV charging platform, which offers seamless integration with energy companies’ customer base and various commercial systems to improve end user experience and enable new revenue streams.

The Hub Sessions that ran throughout the event explored innovations and technologies helping to transform the energy landscape, showcasing projects, intelligence and insights into future solutions. The Hub Sessions offered a dynamic format and engaging Q&As, allowing attendees to network in an exclusive topic-led setting. The range of Hub topics included:

  • Grids
  • Data
  • New Energy Landscape
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Empowered Consumer
  • Energy Markets

The startups which caught Tilix’s eye were:

Blicker

Blicker is an intelligent meter readout assistant that digitises gas, electricity and water meters from photos. This solution helps utility companies to empower their customers and workforce with digital, expert assistance, to faultlessly collect meter data with the ease of taking a picture.

Betteries

betteries combines deep tech-nology know-how and frontier market experience to deliver mobile and affordable power. Each betteries system can store 3 kWh to 12 kWh of energy, offers fast charging capability and can flexibly deliver up to 5 kW of electric DC as well as AC power. betteries are modular in configuration, stacked horizontally or vertically and can be charged by a variety of energy sources (solar, wind, hydro, grid).

Flexshape

FlexShape offers a set of tools to utilise your energy flexibility. These include PV forecasting, aggregation, optimization, and trading based on Big Data, IoT, Machine learning/AI, and blockchain. Their tools support a vision that the future energy system is best viewed as a set of energy communities connecting prosumers, DSOs, BRPs, and independent aggregators.

From Amazon Web Services to Zwick Armaturen GmbH, 500 of the most influential industry players, both European and international, exhibited on the main floor. Tilix visited many stands and were delighted to catch up with:

  • Kaluza
  • Eliq
  • Mecoms
  • MaxBill

Given ongoing work with Champion Energy, a good deal of Tilix’s time was spent with MaxBill. It was great to finally meet in person CEO, Kirill Rechter, Sales Director, Christian Cantoro and other key members of the team. They certainly enjoyed getting back into the swing of things after the COVID lock downs. Visitors to the stand learned how MaxBill relieves pain and delivers gain to a wide range of industry players in gas, electricity, water, heat and telecoms. Case studies discussed included multi-utility suppliers, municipal service enablers and innovators with novel business models.

Conclusion

Enlit Europe 2021 was packed full of the people you most need to know and those you didn’t realise you needed to know. A great opportunity for sharing technical and organisational challenges and choices with more than 10000 innovators and energy experts. Roll on Frankfurt 2022!