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Knowledge Hubs

Think of DISTRIBUTECH International Knowledge Hubs as the “lite” version of our wildly popular summit sessions. Whereas our summit provides in-depth 1.5-hour sessions exploring all facets of the changing utility business, knowledge hub sessions are designed to be “quick hits” on a variety of hot topics in the industry. Open to all, Knowledge Hubs are focused around the following broad themes:

Digitalizing the Grid:

World events like the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters are driving utilities toward digital solutions for running their operations. These knowledge hub sessions explore how digitalization and data analytics are being applied to advanced metering infrastructure, distribution automation, substation automation, asset management, cybersecurity and more — in order to improve utility operations.

Upgrade to full summit to access these related Summit Tracks:
• Asset Management
• Cyber-securing the Grid
• Data-Drive Digital Utilities
• Distribution Automation
• Grid Modernization Technologies
• Resiliency Planning and Prep,

Grid Edge Technologies:

Grid-edge technologies are getting more sophisticated and some are including smart features that can lower customer bills while also helping grid operators reduce load or congestion on the lines and implement non-wires alternatives to major grid upgrades. In addition, the rise of e-Mobility and charging stations at the edge of the grid are forcing grid operators to view the grid-edge differently than ever before. Sessions in this hub explore grid-edge intelligence, EVs, and communication technologies plus customer engagement in the ever-expanding grid.

Upgrade to full summit to access these related Summit Tracks:
• C&I and Residential Customers
• DERMS
• Energy Storage
• Distribution Automation
• Grid Modernization Technologies
• Electric Vehicles and Beyond
• Smart Cities, Communities and Homes

Renewables and Energy Storage:

With so many state and local low-carbon energy goals now in the books, meeting those goals will be the challenge of the next decade. What are the technologies, methodologies, processes and programs being used to make today’s grid more sustainable? Sessions in this hub explore solar PV, energy storage and microgrids and the impacts they are having on the grid.

Upgrade to full summit to access these related Summit Tracks:
• DERMS
• Energy Storage
• Electric Vehicles and Beyond

Smart Cities, Communities and Homes:

Smart devices are fast becoming embedded in our everyday lives. City leaders, municipalities, building owners, and homeowners are learning how these connected devices can help us meet sustainability, safety, and energy management goals quicker and easier than ever before. Utilities are, in many cases, providing the electric, communications and device infrastructures that form the core ecosystem upon which connected and interoperable devices are built. Sessions in this hub explore topics related to smart city and smart community developments and pilot programs as well as partnerships between utilities and the private sector.

Upgrade to full summit to access these related Summit Tracks:
• C&I and Residential Customers
• Energy Storage
• Electric Vehicles and Beyond
• Smart Cities, Communities and Homes

Utility of the Future:

If it’s brand new and has the potential to disrupt or enhance the utility business—it will be presented it this hub. Presentations will include topics involving blockchain, artificial intelligence, machine-to-machine learning, augmented reality, drones, reality modeling, 3D imaging, and more. If you’re just starting to hear about it, we’ll explore it in this hub where all things NEW are presented.

Upgrade to full summit to access these related Summit Tracks:
• Data-driven Digital Utilities
• DERMS
• Distribution Automation
• Next-gen Utility Business
• Energy Storage
• Electric Vehicles and Beyond
• Grid Modernization Technologies
• Resiliency Planning and Prep

Format:

These informative sessions are a mix of curated content from our advisory committee, inhouse content team and industry associations and also include some sponsored sessions. The sessions are 25 minutes long (approximately 20 minute presentations and 5 minute Q&A), and will include case studies.

Who Should Attend:

  • Engineers (Specifying, Mechanical, Consulting)
  • Operators
  • Project Managers
  • Dealers and distributors
  • EPCs

Location:

Free to attend, the Knowledge Hubs are open theaters in various locations throughout the exhibit hall. These convenient locations allow for quick access for follow up conversations with peers and exhibitors.

Registration Package Includes:

Access to the Knowledge Hubs is included in all registration packages.