Vehicle-to-grid shares lessons learned at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week

From 5-7 June 2018, the SCIS consortium was represented at this year’s European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW). More than 2.500 participants attended the Networking Village and over 60 sessions at the Policy Conference organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy and the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).


The focus of #EUSEW18 was ‘Lead the clean energy transition’. The session by Marisca Zweistra from Alliander NV was to talk about the benefits, but also challenges and lessons learned of vehicle-to-grid installations in Amsterdam as part of the FP7 project City-zen. For example, finding a suitable location for the chargers is crucial for its success. In the end, real-life-stories like these are what promotes progress! And “a story about progress is bringing smart cities”, to say it in the words of SCIS storyteller Anthony Colclough from EUROCITIES. With his vivid and inspirational story (really, let’s not call it a presentation), he showed us that “the real information isn’t on websites, or power point presentations – it’s in the people, because people are natural story tellers! When you get a presentation or better yet a conversation, what you have is people weaving their information into a narrative. They give the data a beginning, a middle and an end. And they often tell quite classical stories about adversity, challenge, a hero and sometimes even a happy ending or at least a way to get to one.”

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