October 12 to 14, 2022, the 8th International Conference "Energy Smart Systems – 2022" ("IEEE ESS-2022") was held at the Educational and Research Institute of Energy Saving and Energy Management. It was devoted to scientific, technical and economic problems of building Energy Smart Systems – Smart Grid. There is no doubt that the construction of such systems in Ukraine will become one of the main priorities of the post-war recovery of Ukraine's energy sector.

The organizers of the "IEEE ESS-2022" conference were the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute and the IEEE Ukraine Section. The Honorary Chair of its Organizing Committee were Professor Yuriy Yakymenko, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, and Professor Oleksandr Kyrylenko, Academician of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Academician-Secretary at the Department of Physical and Technical Problems of Power Engineering of NASU, Director of the Institute of Electrodynamics; and the Organizing Committee Chair was Professor Sergii Denysiuk, the Director of the Educational and Research Institute of Energy Saving and Energy Management of the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

IEEE ESS conferences were always held in May. But due to russia's military aggression against our country, the dates of the event were postponed to October last year, and despite all the troubles of the wartime, it took place!

The IEEE Ukraine Section as one of the organizers of the conference, decided to make participation in it free of charge for Ukrainian researchers in connection with this year's difficult economic situation in Ukraine. For this, the organizing committee of the "IEEE ESS-2022" conference expresses its sincere gratitude to Evgen Pichkalyov, the Chair of the IEEE Ukraine Section.

Needless to say that the conference took place in a virtual format. It featured 95 reports from leading specialists from 11 countries: Ukraine, India, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, China, Ecuador, Slovakia, the United Arab Emirates, Poland and the Czech Republic. Speakers delivered prepared presentations, and discussions took place after each one. The texts of the reports were published in the collection of scientific papers and included in the IEEE Xplore digital library, which is indexed in the international scientometric database Scopus.

10 meetings were held in five sections: "Smart energy, power and energy engineering", "Renewable energy systems and distributed generation", "Smart cities and building", "Smart industrial applications and consumers", "Policies, markets and challenges".
The materials presented at the conference researched and solved problems related to the transition from the traditional energy to a new innovative model, taking into account the fact that this power transition would lead to significant technological, economic and social changes. Such research is particularly important for Ukraine from the point of view of restoration and modernization of its fuel and energy complex.
The participants of the conference highlighted that solving the problems of the energy complex was particularly important nowadays. Therefore, the next conference is planned to be held again in the spring of 2023, just like before the extraordinary year 2022.

Halyna Bielokha,
Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Deputy Director of the IEE for Scientific and Scientific-Technical Work of Students

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