Hydropower Plant Digitalization Virtual Forum

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Enhanced digital controls are part of a growing trend in the hydropower sector towards improving the performance of turbines, plants and equipment, by reducing costs and optimising asset management. As the industry continue to lower down the cost of operations and maintenance, digitalization and data analytics plays a vital role to achieve further cost reductions & increase revenue. The conference will look at how digitalisation is bringing in a wave of new technologies, and how digital twins could be the key to future operations. It will investigate how digital control systems can optimise reservoir management and maximise revenues for power producers.

Digitalization of hydropower is essential to improve the performance of hydropower plants by optimizing asset management and reducing operation and maintenance costs. Digital solutions also help to access and analyze right data in order to derive actionable insights for making right decision at right time and support to enhance efficiency.

The performance of turbines, plants and equipment are expected to be improved through the use of new digital controls, while digital transformation could play a vital role in helping hydropower projects to work more efficiently with other renewable technologies by supporting operations at hydropower plants and improving decision-making.

Hydropower Plant Digitalization Forum aims to bring the hydropower industry together to discuss the market opportunity of digital hydro, digital innovation and technological challenges for the industry, including how machine learning, digital twin and predictive analytics can enable monitoring and prediction failures to help drastically improve availability, reliability of the hydro assets & increase revenue and reduce O&M costs.

Predictive analytics and digital twin modeling are sweeping across many industries, including the wind sector. Hydro asset owners seek to improve power plant performance, minimize operations and maintenance costs and enable better decision-making.  Turbines are highly instrumented machines, lending themselves well to collecting vast amounts of data that can inform and refine digital twin models.

Hydropower Plant Digitalization Forum is set to cover all aspects of data analytics & digital innovation and its impact on the hydropower sector as well as identifying issues and challenges and providing potential solutions. It is a great opportunity for industry professionals to come together to exchange the ideas, explore new thinking and help shape the development of the industry. The sessions are set up to be interactive for the attendees to get involved in the experience-sharing process and to tackle existing problems in real-time discussions.

The Hydropower Plant Digitalization Forum will critically analyze hydropower sector digitalization and data-driven operations, performance forecasting and new business models, hydropower assets optimization with artificial intelligence (AI) and automation, data-driven monitoring and inspection, predictive maintenance, and using advanced analytics to reduce costs and drive performance.

The Hydropower Plant Digitalization Forum aims to bring together industry leaders and experts to exchange and share their experiences on all aspects of digital innovation, big data and artificial intelligence. It also provides a unique interdisciplinary platform for researchers, scientists and thought leaders to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, technology and application as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Do not miss the opportunity to join the Hydropower Plant Digitalization Forum where we will be discussing digital twin technology with AI, how digitalization can help to increase the efficiency in wind turbine operation, using data analytics tools to reduce wind turbine failures and operational costs, the potential of technology to enhance hydropower cyber security in the age of digitalization. We will have a deep look into how digitalization can help asset owners and turbine OEMs operating hydro turbines to predict and plan for faults and optimize performance of their assets.

Attendees will gather to discuss the importance of data-driven predictive maintenance and develop an optimized strategy for their hydropower performance. Learn how equipment manufacturers are embracing digitalisation as a way to widen their scope of services, and how digitalisation could be instrumental in the modernisation of the existing fleet of hydropower facilities. Discuss advanced data analytics and Integrated Big Data platforms based on IoT develop analytical opportunities for planning and forecasting, revealing the bright future for the hydropower industry.

The future is here, and digitalization is the way forward. Join us at Hydropower Plant Digitalization Forum and you will have the chance to hear from those in the industry who have already embraced digital technology and moved their projects to become more automated, achieving higher efficiency and improving operations.

Key Topics & Discussions

  • Lifetime Extension of Rotating Equipment through Smart Maintenance and Digitalization
  • U.S. Department of Energy Hydropower Upgrade and Modernization Research
  • Predictive Maintenance, People and Innovation
  • Hydro Data – Monitoring and Maintaining in a Digital Age
  • XFLEX: Hydropower Extending Power System Flexibility (Horizon 2020)
  • Improving Plant Performance with Digital Twin Technology
  • Cyber Security Strategy in Hydropower
  • Integration of Condition Monitoring Data for Enabling Analytics and Anomaly Detection Algorithms
  • Dam Inspection with Drones and Artificial Intelligence

Key Learning Benefits

  • Learn about the key trends in European hydropower industries and global scenario
  • Deep dive into data driven predictive maintenance and operation optimisation in hydropower plants
  • Discussion on leveraging power of IoT and big data analytics for effective decision making to enhance fleet performance
  • Learn about the importance of IoT platforms for digital hydropower plants
  • Learn about real time analysis of Digital Twins, optimizing performances using design, simulation, and analytics software.
  • Get deep knowledge of AI and Machine Learning’s role in hydropower industry
  • Getting deep knowledge of AI, Machine Learning and Blockchain’s role in hydropower industry
  • Understand the potential cyber threat and mitigation strategies within hydropower industries
  • Discussing on emergence of new business models
  • Understand how to deliver a clear overview of the benefits and limitations of the blockchain technology
  • Learn about the importance of IoT platforms for digital hydropower plant
  • Understand the potential cyber threat and mitigation strategies within hydropower industries
  • Pros and cons working with small startups while developing a predictive maintenance system
  • Raise awareness of the issues of digitalization with regard to CO2 emissions
  • Knowledge of emissions reduction potential due to digitalization

Reasons to attend

  • Gain practical insights into digital cyber security trends in the Renewables Sector
  • Expand your network of top-level business contacts
  • Hear from enthusiastic speakers with powerful presentation
  • Use this exceptional platform for discussions and debates about then industry challenges
  • Benefit from our matchmaking and 1:1 meeting
  • Join our panel discussions, world cafe, interactive workshops, networking, strategic meetings and round tables discussion

Areas of responsibility:

  • Hydro
  • Technical
  • Data
  • Digitalization
  • Forecasting
  • Monitoring
  • Performance
  • Operations
  • R&D
  • O&M
  • Asset Management
  • Innovation
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • EPC
  • IT
  • Analytics
  • Automation
  • Cybersecurity
  • Fleet Optimization
Representatives Invited
  • Presidents
  • VPs
  • Directors
  • Heads/Managers
  • Adviors/Consultant
Industy Participating
  • Energy
  • Renewables & Environment
  • Utilities
  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Power


  • Elena Vagnoni, EPFL, Scientist - Lecturer
  • Etienne Parkinson, ANDRITZ Hydro, O&M Product Manager
  • Carlos Femmer, HDR, Director – Data Acquisition
  • Osman Ahmed, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Principal Technical Advisor
  • Aaron Hussey, Integral Analytics, Principal
  • Criscia Vecchiato, ANDRITZ Hydro, O&M Sales Manager
  • Francisco Machado, Aquila Capital, COO Hydropower
  • Simon Evans, Arup, Digital Energy Leader
  • Sylvain Grillet, GE Renewable Energy, General Manager, Digital Hydro
  • Felix Lober, Next Kraftwerke, International Business Development Manager
  • Luigi Papetti, FROSIO NEXT S.r.l., CEO & CTO
  • Stephen Woodhouse, AFRY Management Consulting, Director
  • Michael J. Frank, Uniper, Director Sales & Product Development
  • Farzaneh Abbaspourtorbati, Fortum, Head of Optimization
  • Hong Wang, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Senior Scientist
  • Marty Cochrane, Expert Analytics, CTO
  • Daniel Foster-Roman, Ontario Power Generation, Section Manager, Monitoring & Diagnostic Centre
  • Guido Gluschke, Brandenburg University of Applied Sciences, Director Institute for Security and Safety (ISS)

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Event details
Organizer :Leadvent
Event type :Conference
Attendance :Online Event
Reference :ASDE-22838