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Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn launches JRC-IET Smart Grids Interactive Communication tool

Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn launches JRC-IET Smart Grids Interactive Communication tool

On July 11th in Dublin, Ireland, as part of ESOF event Commissioner (research Innovation and science) Màire Geoghegan-Quinn launched the new web version of the JRC interactive smart grids communication tool. The interactive tool has been developed to increase awareness and understanding of smart grids, the demonstration shows how the system today and tomorrow will differ and how ICT and enhanced storage capacity will revolutionise the way in which we all use energy and the way in which utilities will be able to balance the supply and demand while reducing CO2 emissions. The interactive tool was developed last year as a stand alone system for exhibitions and group demonstrations, however the success of the communication tool and the demand from users for a web based version resulted in the commissioning of the web version. In the area of energy security and specifically smart grids the JRC performs independent scientific research and supports EU policy making on transformations towards smarter electricity systems, the work revoles around four pillars.

The JRC was fully involved at the 5th edition of the EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF), celebrated in Dublin between 11 and 15 July. The event brought together more than 4000 delegates and 500 speakers.

ESOF is the biennial pan-European meeting dedicated to scientific research and innovation. At ESOF meetings leading scientists, researchers, business people, entrepreneurs and innovators, policy makers, science and technology communicators and the general public from all over Europe discuss new discoveries and debate the direction that research is taking in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.

JRC speakers took part in 13 sessions out of the overall 150. They covered a broad range of issues such as modelling, sustainability, open innovation, scientific advice to policy making, smart grids, financial crisis, space weather, alternatives to animal testing or technology transfer.

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