Pathways to a European Smart Grid


Chair: Gérald Sanchis

RTE, France

Gérald Sanchis is responsible of Research & Development in the European Department of RTE, the French TSO. He received his Dipl.-Ing. degree in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse, France. He is the overall coordinator of the FP7 European Project e-Highway2050, a study program towards a modular development plan on the pan-European Electricity Highways System. Mr. Sanchis held a variety of positions in management and in technical domains inside RTE. From 2007 to 2011, he was appointed as special adviser in asset management for the German Company EnBW TNG.

Mr. Sanchis is distinguished member of Cigre for his whole contributions since 1992. He is a fellow of ENTSO-E, the European Association of Transmission System Operators with involvement in different working groups dealing with network development planning, asset management and R&D.


Panel Abstract

To overcome Europe’s strong dependence on conventional energy resources, the renewable energy sources in each region and country must be exploited to a greater extend. The resulting risk of overproduction or shortage of energy can be significantly reduced if a European smart grid on the transmission level is realized. This smart grid enables effective transport of energy from generation to regions with high loads or high storage potential. On the distribution level, corresponding measurers support overall efficiency. In the panel, experts from European Commission, industry and science will discuss which steps need to be taken in order to realize the vision of such a grid for Europe.




  • e-HIGHWAY 2050 – The ENTSO-E Facilitated Study Program Towards a Modular Development Plan on a Pan-European Electricity Highways System 2050   

Kai Adam (Swissgrid, Switzerland), Matthias Müller-Mienack (50Hertz, Germany), Mihai Paun (ENTSO-E, Belgium), Gérald Sanchis (RTE, France), and Kai Strunz (TU Berlin, Germany)


Flavia Lenk (50Hertz, Germany)


Patrick Van Hove (European Commission, Belgium)


  • Co-operative Realization of the European Smart Grid

Nikos Hatziargyriou (National Technical University of Athens, Greece), João A. Peças Lopes (INESC Porto, Portugal), and Kai Strunz (TU Berlin, Germany)