The defence of young energy professionals' projects was held in the EXPOFORUM Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). The teams of young specialists from Germany, China, Italy, Belarus and Russia presented their projects to an international jury.
The key theme of the fifth anniversary forum was the digitalisation of the electric power industry in the participating countries. The key requirements set before the contestants were to improve the controllability of the grid and the flexibility of the system in order to meet the needs of consumers, and simultaneously increase their availability, reliability and efficiency.
Each of the projects presented to the jury aroused their interest and caused spirited discussion. The jury members pointed out the relevance of the topics raised in the presentations.
The Deputy Energy Minister of Russia Pavel Sorokin, who attended the event, said to the forum participants: "It is up to young professionals to develop our industry and ensure its future. This makes every opportunity to gain new experience all the more important. I really like the motto of the forum: "Energy Without Borders". We are thankful to Rosseti for the cross-border integration achieved at the event. It will definitely give an impetus to the further development of the industry."
The awards of the forum were presented to the prize winners by Olga Sergeeva, Deputy General Director and Head of the Office at Rosseti, who drew the attention of those present to the high quality of the projects and the maturity of the solutions proposed by young energy specialists.
The international jury found the project of the Italian team "Digital Consumer and the Load-Adaptive Network" to be the most relevant of all, and announced it the winner in the Solution Most Fully Meeting the Country's Demand category.
The development presented by the German team, dedicated to creating a smart management system for the Russian Unified Energy System, received the prize in the Most Innovative Solution category. The young specialists from Germany suggested creating a digital platform to unite equipment manufacturers, network and IT companies.
Following the decision of the international jury, the Grand Prix of the forum was awarded to the Belarus team for its de-Mobility project. The development enables efficient integration of electric vehicles into the German power system, which helps to reduce peak loads in the power system and, at the same time, to save costs for the end user.
The International Youth Energy Forum, traditionally organised by Rosseti, is the main annual summit of the best young professionals of national energy companies in Europe and Asia. The forum is held in various formats: workshops, meetings, roundtables, and presentations. It is a key discussion platform for young energy specialists—future leaders of the industry, and an effective tool for bringing together youth from different countries.