Digitalization is becoming a decisive factor in the transformation of industries and the rise of competitiveness in the 21st century. Simultaneously, the environmental challenges currently faced by society require actions such as the promotion of low-carbon industries, the first step towards creating sustainable cities.
In this context, the energy sector requires a transformation that has to be linked to new emerging technologies, as these present an opportunity for all agents involved in this industry, including researchers, businessmen, the people responsible for defining energy policies, and even society as a whole.
The next Mobile Talks session will count with the presence of international representative of this sector – energy services, technology suppliers and telecommunications operators – to define the new profile of energy consumers in the 21st century and to identify the challenges and opportunities posed by the digitalization of the energy sector.
That is why during the course of the session the experts will answer the main questions concerning this industry with regard to its necessary transformation:
– Which are the main obstacles for digitalizing existing energy markets and infrastructures?
– What is the energy consumer’s new role and how do we incorporate it into the decision-making process?
– Are smart networks taking off?
– What synergies exist between telecommunications and energy networks?
– Which are the main fields of investigation that most call for the digitalization of the energy sector?
Born in Barcelona in 1966, Emilio Rousaud Parés is a founding partner and the CEO of Factorenergia, the leading electricity and gas company born in the free market. He currently combines running Factorenergia with being vice-president of the Catalan employer’s association PIMEC. He is also a member of the Spanish Electricity Market Agents Committee, being a promotor and a founding member of the Independent Energy Traders Association (ACIE), of which he is currently deputy vice-president, and he is also vice-president of the Catalan association Group of Energy Managers (GGE).
On the other hand, he is an associate professor at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), teaching subjects related to the field of marketing in the faculty of Journalism and Audiovisual Communications. After the elections of July 18, 2015, Rousaud joins the Board of Directors of FC Barcelona as a spokesperson. Emilio Rousaud holds a degree in Business Sciences and an MBA from ESADE, as well as a degree in Business Management and Administration from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) and a master’s degree in Tax Consultancy and Management from ESADE.
Santiago Cascante Nogales is Enel’s Head of the Innovation Department for the I&N Global Business Line. His job is to develop Open Innovation Models with the internal and external entrepreneurs ecosystem. When he first joined the company he led the Innovation Corporate Model Project Change in the HV Distribution Business in Spain and Latin America. This role involved developing cooperation models with National Research Centres, strategic partnerships and funding bodies, as well as managing the Innovation Project development portfolio. Later he became head of e-mobility new business models and demonstration projects. He had gained significant professional experience in the international energy sector, prior to joining Enel.
He collaborated with large companies such as Siemens and Schneider Electric and worked on international projects in the field of smart grid technology, in addition to managing the development of new business models. He was born in Barcelona 1976. He has an MSc in Industrial Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, a Master’s degree in Project Management from Universitat Ramon Llull-Barcelona, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University. He also has extensive experience as a speaker and lecturer at a number of business schools.
Oriol Gavaldà is an industrial engineer and an economist, and he holds a master’s degree in renewable energy. He is currently the general manager of Aiguasol, and he counts with more than 18 years of experience in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency.
He joined Aiguasol in 2006 after acquiring much experience in rural electrification projects using renewable energy. He has worked as a field engineer in numerous energy efficiency and renewable energy implementation projects, as well as for consultancies, especially in the industrial and tertiary sectors. Some of the projects he’s been a part of include NZEBs and smart district networks that have earned national and international awards and recognitions (Endesa Award to the Most Sustainable Residential Property 2011, European Heat Pump City of the Year2014 Award). He has overseen Aiguasol’s R&D, participating in a number of tasks of the International Energy Agency (Task 44-45 SHC-*IEA).
José Luis Domínguez-García was a researcher visitor of the Institute of Energy, Cardiff University, and University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, in 2011 and 2016, respectively. In 2010, he joined IREC as researcher, and currently acts as Head of Power Systems Group. His work deals with the grid integration of renewable energy sources, smart grids, and microgrids. He actively participates and coordinates several industrial and research projects focused on grid integration of Renewables, Power electronics and the usage of ICT technologies for the smart grid expansion.
Oliver is currently the Director of the Siemens Digital Hub in Barcelona, focusing on delivering digital solutions for energy customers in Southwest Europe. He is also collaborating with universities and startups in Barcelona to further strengthen the digital offerings in Siemens within data analytics and artificial intelligence.
He started to work for Siemens in 2002 and has held different roles across Europe and the United States within Siemens Energy and Siemens Management Consulting. Oliver holds a Master of Science from Stanford University in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. While at Stanford Oliver collaborated with NASA as the Satellite Operations Lead in the BioNanoSat project.
Manel Sanmartí is Industrial Engineer in Energy by the Politecnical University of Catalonia and Master in Technology Enterprise by IMD, Lausanne, Switzerand. He has more than 20 years’ experience leading and participating in national and international R&D projects in the field of energy systems and in large international scientific facilities such as LHC or ITER.
He joined IREC in 2011 focusing his research in energy efficiency systems, buildings and communities as Head of the Electrical Engineering research area and leading the Barcelona Fusion programme. He is also leading the RIS3CAT Energy Community, a 10 MiEuro Action Plan to develop and improve the competitiveness of the energy sector in Catalonia. He has been recently appointed Coorporate Development and Knowledge and technology Transfer Director at IREC.