Thematic Track Session 3.4

Smart Grids, Digitalization and Electric Vehicle Charging

Electricity distribution grids in urban areas will have to change dramatically to suit the increasing demand for electric cooking, distributed renewable energy, electric heat pumps and electric vehicle. How can electricity distribution companies plan for rapidly increasing power demand in dense urban areas? What is the role of demand-side management, including power pools, smart metering and time-of-use pricing? How are smart grids being deployed in the region and what is the role of local governments and the private sector?

The session will explore the intersection of smart grid technology, digitalization, and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. Presentations will cover how smart grids utilize advanced communication and control technologies to optimize electricity supply and enable real-time data analysis for efficient EV charging. Presentations will include a case study from Guwahati City, India, showcasing how smart grids and digitalization are revolutionizing EV charging, integrating solar power, and ensuring grid stability; a presentation on the importance of Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) integration using blockchain technology and the potential of green electricity for EV charging in India; best practices in cybersecurity for securing energy systems in Asia; the transformative impact of smart grids in Sri Lanka with demand response-integration to manage peak demand as well as renewable energy integration; and how innovative technologies such as IoT and Artificial Intelligence are driving energy efficiency initiatives, with a specific focus on municipal energy management in Pakistan.


11:00 - 11:05 a.m.

Introduction from Moderator

Jiwan Acharya, Principal Energy Specialist, ADB

11:05 - 11:55 a.m.


Smart Grid and Solar based Electric Vehicle Charging, Case of Guwahati City, India

Sushmita Ajwani, Director - Power and RE, ICF

Electricity Grid Management through Vehicle to Grid Integration Technology in India by Using Blockchain Technology and Charging of EVs with Green Electricity

Reena Suri, Executive Director, India Smart Grid Forum (ISGF)

Cybersecurity Threats and Solutions for the Future Grid

Tami Reynolds, Cyber Risk Optimization Group Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Demand Response Integrated Smart Grids for Enhanced Renewable Energy Integration and Peak Demand Management in Distribution Networks

Udana Ratnayake, Residential/Appliance Energy Efficiency Specialist, Chemonics

Overview of Indonesia's Electric Vehicle Policy

Gul Muhammad Khan, Professor / Project Director, Centre for Intelligent Systems and Networks Research (CISNR), University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar

11:55 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.

Panel Discussion and Q&A

12:25 - 12:30 p.m.