CIRED 2013

CIRED, the major International Electricity Conference & Exhibition is the leading forum where the electricity distribution community meets every two years in various venues across Europe, with a world-wide perspective and participation.

The 2013 CIRED Conference is the 22nd in the series and took place in Stockholm, at the Kistamässan in Kista on the week commencing 10 June 2013. The focus for 2013 was Electricity Distribution Systems for a Sustainable Future with the conference made up of technical presentations and discussions over three days. This years’ event had record numbers of papers, delegates and exhibitors.

The IET and the Energy Sector were in attendance showing off their new stand in the exhibition space. The IET’s Chief Executive Nigel Fine was also in attendance on the Wednesday and came along to the conference dinner at the incredible Vasa Museum sponsored by Vattenfall.

An team were also on hand to capture the opening sessions and to highlight the innovation on display in the exhibition (please see below for further information and video content):

The opening sessions were as follows:

The Energy Sector interviewed a number of the exhibitors at CIRED to highlight some of the key technology innovations on display:

  • Annika Viklund – Head of Vattenfall Distribution Nordic – focus on Customer Engagement
  • Peter Soderstrom – Smart Grids Portfolio Manager Vattenfall – focus on Smart Grid innovations

  • Sylvain Ibanez, Alstom Grid, Head of Marketing for Substation Automation System - focus on Digital Substations using IEC 61850

  • Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director – focus on providing efficiency through software technologies on grid planning and operations

  • Paul Wienen, Business Development Manager Smart Grid & Related Markets, Europe – focus on 3M’s product and innovation strategy for smart grids
  • Jens Weichold, Senior Specialist Product Development – focus on smart cable sensor accessories
  • Rudi Van San, Business Development Manager Chemicals Europe MEA Novec – focus on fire safety and SF6 replacement
  • Michael Mansholt, Senior Specialist Product Development - Smart Systems – focus on work force access security
  • Allan Russell, Market Development Manager EMEA. ACCR & High Voltage Market – focus on upgrading existing infrastructure through cost effective and timely innovations

  • Tony Milne – Business Development Manager – Power & Energy – focus on reasons to attend CIRED as well as the provision of always on computer systems in harsh environments