May 17th 2018 - Energy Congress - Evoluon

Programme

Programme

 

 

 

Theme

Storage & Conversion

The key to a sustainable energy system

The transition to a world powered by sustainable energy is up and running. Although energy sources such as solar and wind are successful, major steps still need to be taken to reach the targets as agreed on in Paris 2015. One of the issues with the most common sustainable energy resources is their weather-dependency: on sunny days we generate too much energy, on rainy days too little. In the current system, supply and demand are not meeting. On top of that,  sustainable alternatives for large polluting factors like heavy transportation and heat production for both industries and households need to be developed to become completely independent of fossil fuels. Energy Now 2018 will take a closer look at the role of storage and conversion of energy as the missing link between the supply and demand of energy in a sustainable system.

Storage and conversion of energy has several application areas which have been categorized into application areas by Energy Storage NL. Energy Storage NL is a platform for energy storage which aims at connecting companies, knowledge institutions, authorities and financers in a meaningful way to create sustainable business cases for energy storage. Energy Now will divide the overall theme of storage and conversion into subthemes in accordance with these  application areas. This way, Energy Now will support the connection goals of Energy Storage NL and provide a structured but broad overview of developments within storage and conversion technologies.

All breakout sessions of Energy Now have one or more subtheme labels. Most breakout sessions cover multiple  application areas. To make storage and conversion valuable for society smart connections between the different application areas are needed. It are the integral combinations of knowledge, technologies and applications that will make a significant difference.  The subthemes are, thus, not supposed to divide the theme into stand-alone subjects, but aim to provide guidelines for choosing the right breakout session for your interests.

Built Environment

The built environment is able to reach carbon neutrality in 2035. This is possible due to energy saving technologies like electrification, enlargement of heating grids and local energy production. Also flexibilisation of supply and demand is needed, for example by using local storage and conversion applications of energy.

Currently, battery systems can only solve the gap in supply and demand over a night and day scale. However, heat batteries are being developed which can meet the heat demand over  longer periods. Region specific solutions have high potential to enter the large-scale energy market. Other conversion methods, such as usage of ground heat, could also contribute to closing the gap between supply and demand.

Industry

Recent studies show that industrial companies can play an important role when making energy supply and demand more flexible. Peak production of sustainable electricity can be converted and stored within heat or chemical bondings, so that it can be used for processes at a later moment. Storage of industrial heat also provides opportunities to decrease carbon emission significantly. Innovative technologies enable the storage of high process temperatures for longer periods.

The existing Dutch infrastructure currently used for transport of natural gas, has potential to, in the future, be used by the industry for delivery and transport of energy carriers such as hydrogen and other chemicals. Other transport modalities can help to move stored energy in place and time as well.

Transport and Mobility

In the upcoming ten to fifteen years, classic fuel-driven vehicles will be replaced by cleaner technologies for cars, trucks, ships and airplanes. Implying a large-scale introduction of alternative energy carriers such as electricity, hydrogen, LNG and solar fuels.

Many of these alternative energy carriers can be stored over a longer period of time on a large scale. This way transport, vehicles and the associated charge infrastructure become part of the energy system. In a short period, electric vehicles will be charged and discharged bidirectional. However, the capacity and quantity should increase exponentially before an electrical vehicle park can be used for large-scale energy storage.

Energy Production and Infrastructure

An important condition for the energy transition is that large fluctuations in supply and demand are handled in an efficient way. This asks for strong infrastructure and revision of the role of the energy production sector. Instead of separate chains for gas, electricity and heat an integrated energy system is needed with storage and conversion technologies as its main player. Such a system will increase the delivery security and the sustainably produced energy can be used optimally.

Above subdivision is based on the vision document of FME about large-scale energy storage. The document can be viewed here.

Breakout sessions 

 

Morning Sessions

Alfen

THEOBROMA CACAO FACTORY IN NIGERIA
Theme: Industry

Theobroma B.V., headquartered in Amsterdam and part of global sustainable commodity merchant Ecom, processes cocoa beans into high-end cacao products for the chocolate industry. As the energy grid in Nigeria is not always reliable, their factory in Lagos currently uses diesel generators. Diesel however, is a polluting and expensive fuel, and its local supply is not always guaranteed as well, causing expensive interruptions in the production process. Theobroma therefore opted for a sustainable alternative that guarantees the continuity and cuts the expensive operational costs.

Alfen was awarded the contract to build a sustainable end-to-end energy installation. Over 8,000 solar panels will be installed on the roofs and at the factory terrain of Theobroma. To optimally use the generated electricity, Alfen combined this solar energy with its in-house developed battery storage system. With two energy storage systems of approximately 1 MWh each, this is the largest local energy storage project in Nigeria. With the combination of solar energy and battery storage, Alfen expects to help Theobroma attain an annual saving of over one million liters of diesel.

TKI Gas & Gasunie

ENERGY TRANSITION SEEKS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIP
Theme: Energy Production and Infrastructure

We all face the enormous challenge of realising the transition to a fully sustainable, carbon neutral energy system. Basically, in 2050 we need to be carbon free. To realise this giant step several options exist. During our presentation we will highlight these options, such as the production and use of sustainable electricity, the use of biomass, hydrogen, CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) and geothermal energy. All these options seem to be necessary to make the energy transition.

One option that is of particular interest in hydrogen. It can be produced in different ways, such as from fossil fuels combined with CCS, from biomass and from green electricity by electrolysis of water. On the other hand there are many applications for hydrogen: for high and low temperature heat, for mobility, for electricity and as a feedstock in industry. Moreover hydrogen can fulfil an important role as a system fuel providing storage and flexibility to balance the fluctuating production of wind and solar.

Hydrogen is not only a system solution it also requires a system approach. One positive issue is that it can largely use existing infrastructure such as on- and offshore infrastructures for natural gas and gas storages. However, hydrogen has to compete with other options in the system. For example we also want to use the existing infrastructure for CCS, especially CO2 transportation and storage. Also energy storage such as subsurface compressed air storage is an option. An important issue is how to deal with these potentially conflicting issues? Or can they complement each other?

Gasunie and TKI New Gas invite you to this workshop. We are curious what your ideas are! How can we tackle this challenge? Please join us to work on this important issue.

Enpuls

THE ENERGY TRANSITION GAME
Theme: Energy Production and Infrastructure

During the workshop Enpuls will play a negotiation game with the attendees: The Energy Transition Game. During this interactive workshop the participants will be divided into several groups. These groups all have their own characteristics, interests and preferences:

– Grid administrator

– Municipality

– Housing corporation

– Energy corporation

– Residents

A part of the existing energy grid (based on the ecosystems developed by us) will be enlarged.

During this case, the goal of the different groups to create an energy solution which meets the following criteria:

– Inclusive

– Sustainable

– Reliable

– Affordable

– Flexible

The different groups will receive different forms of information, causing an asymmetric information supply during the negotiations. Prior to the negotiations, all parties will receive a basis of information, as well as specific information for every interest group (among other things: grid capacity information for the grid administrator and daily consumption- and production of energy). Every now and then during The Energy Transition Game additional information will be added during the game, which can influence the dynamics of the game.

By playing The Energy Transition Game the attendees will experience the dynamics and complexity of the changes in the energy grid which it currently faces:

The energy sector is subject to a metamorphosis. Energy is not only produced by power stations, but also via solar panels on the roof of the local schools. Neighbourhoods generate energy together, businesses share their excess heat with their district and energy is stored in electric vehicles. Enpuls looks at the future, sees chances and helps to fulfill local energy ambitions.

TenneT

PRIMARY RESERVE
Theme: Energy Production and Infrastructure

The purpose of the primary reserve is to stabilize frequency disruptions in the entire (internationally) interconnected high-voltage grid, regardless of the cause and location of these disruptions. Serious frequency disruptions can result in automatic load shedding and in the worst case initiate a black-out.

TenneT is now acquiring these balancing products from large-scale electricity suppliers, but with the arrival of more and more sustainable energy sources (wind and solar), we need to be able to acquire these products from other sources as well.

What alternatives does TenneT have for retaining a sufficient primary reserve to ensure that the required balance (50 Hz) can be maintained?

More information about the case: http://www.tennet.org/bedrijfsvoering/Systeemgegevens_voorbereiding/primaire_reserve.aspx

Tata Steel

ENERGY STORAGE CASE STUDY: HOW TO BEAT DISCONTINUITY?
Theme: Industry

Steel is one of the key materials in modern society. It will also be of great importance for a transition towards a sustainable future. At TATA Steel great care is put into product quality, which often results in indirect energy savings. For example: TATA Steel can enable industries to produce more durable products or lighter vehicles. However, it takes a lot of energy to convert iron ore into high quality steel. To get to the ultimate goal of making sustainable steel, emphasis should be placed on efficient (re-)use of energy. In the past decade TATA Steel IJmuiden has accomplished large energy savings within the steel making process, making us one of the front runners in energy efficient steel making.

In this breakout session we will introduce you to the process of steelmaking and some challenges that the industry is still facing on the subject of energy efficiency. After the presentation, you and your team will discuss an actual case study TATA Steel is currently looking into. The subject of this case study will be the re-use of waste heat that is produced by a batch process. Because batch processes have a discontinuous production of waste heat, re-use is often difficult. You will be challenged by thinking outside the box about long term solutions for these problems. We are looking forward to welcome you!

Antecy & ECN, part of TNO

ELECTRONS TO MOLECULES: POWER TO FUELS!
Theme: Industry

Renewable energy (Solar, Wind, Hydro, Geo, Tidal etc.) is usually in first instance converted into electrical power. Due to the intermittent production of electricity of these technologies there is a dire need for effective storage mechanisms so that surplus energy can be stored and used.

However, electrons are in general costly to store (batteries) and/or transport, therefore conversion to higher energy density molecules like gaseous (H2, CH4) and/or liquid hydrocarbon is an attractive option to pursue.

A promising solution is to use carbon (CO2) from the air by Direct Air Capture for the synthesis of these molecules. The technology to convert power into molecules/fuel is now emerging, while the application of this technology can be of big importance to accelerate the penetration of renewable energy into the various energy sectors and offers a compelling energy storage solution.

Format
± 3 introductions (15-30 min) on the subject followed by Q&A panel discussion

SETalk Xtra: Heat Storage

NO ENERGY TRANSITION WITHOUT HEAT STORAGE
Theme: Built Environment

Energy Now 2018 introduces the new concept of SETalk Xtra: a breakout session consisting of three sustainable energy talks!

The energy transition cannot be realized by electrification of the energy system only. The main part of energy consumption in the build environment is in the form of thermal energy: heat and cold. To cover the mismatch between supply and demand, there is need for thermal energy storage technologies. In the first lecture of the session Wim van Helden from the Austrian energy institute, AEE-INTEC, will give an extensive overview of the present status of thermal energy technologies. He will address the most important concepts for heat and cold storage and will illustrate these concepts with his own experiences of fifteen years working in this field.

In the second lecture Henk Huinink from the Eindhoven University of Technology will show you how the performance of a heat storage device is intrinsically linked with the physics of materials on atomistic level. He will demonstrate this with an example from his own research practice, which has the objective to store heat by using hydration transitions of crystals. Some inorganic materials incorporate water in their matrix leading to heat output. This process can be reversed and thus a concept for heat storage is born.

Finally, Aris de Groot from Ecovat will show how thermal energy storage technologies can be made ready for business. He will illustrate that with two different cases, where Ecovat is involved: heat storage (< 95 °C) on a district level in a one direction approach - Heat and cold delivery with an Ecovat Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage – and high temperature (220 – 550 °C) heat storage by integration of a pebbles bed heat storage section in an Ecovat in search for bi-directional heat and electricity delivery on a district level.

Afternoon Sessions

Alfen

ADO DEN HAAG
Theme: Energy Production and Infrastructure, Built Environment

During the daytime, the ADO The Hague football stadium generates its own energy from solar panels on its roof. This energy is mostly needed at night, to light the stadium but also to charge the increasing amount of electric vehicles of its visitors. Alfen’s energy storage system can store the solar energy that is generated during the day, and supply this energy to the electric vehicles during the night.

For this project Alfen will supply a charging hub for electric vehicles consisting of 20 charge points to the municipality of The Hague, including an advanced load balancing platform to maximize the utilization of the existing grid connection. This charging hub will be connected directly to Alfen’s energy storage system. Alfen will also supply its remote management platform and connect the system to renewable energy sources and the electricity grid of Stedin.

This project brings together all of Alfen’s areas of expertise: grid connections, EV charging equipment and energy storage. Integrating these areas of expertise will play an increasingly important role to incorporate the growing amount of renewables and electric vehicles, as these are causing imbalance on the electricity grid.

InnoEnergy

ENERGY STORAGE: VIABLE SOLUTION FOR NEIGHBORHOODS OF EINDHOVEN?
Theme: Built Environment

Energy storage will have an increasing interest for cities, especially in the Netherlands, where the ecosystem is very complex and regulations are constantly changing.

Moscarda Consulting puts you right in the center of the challenge through a role-playing game where will get into the shoes of different stakeholders along the energy value chain.

You will be part of a team which will impersonate social housing corporations, home owners, municipalities, technology providers, DSO etc. All of these stakeholders have different needs, therefore the value proposition for each of them differs.

Your task – come up with tailored value proposition, focusing specifically on finding the best solution for energy challenges of the neighborhoods of Eindhoven.

Pitch your idea to the other groups and convince them that your new energy mix which will design is financially and environmentally attractive for Eindhoven 2050 plan.

TNO & Alliander

LOSS FREE HEAT STORAGE, THE ENABLER FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION
Theme: Built Environment

During the workshop the participants will look at the possibilities of loss-free heat storage on the level of individual homes, residential blocks and neighbourhoods. During the workshop, the short and long term objectives and possibilities will be looked at and together with the participants, a techno-socio-economic analysis of the pros and cons of heat storages on these 3 levels will be investigated.

Witteveen + Bos

STORING THE SUN IN ZWOLLE
Theme: Built Environment, Transport and Mobility

Background
The Paris agreement has set the aim to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels”. As a result almost all countries in the world signed a petition to take climate change adaptation actions. The municipality of Zwolle and the province of Overijssel have set a goal of 20% of renewable energy within the next years (Zwolle: 2020; Overijssel: 2023).

Introduction
As an advising company, Witteveen+Bos was asked by the Province of Overijssel to analyse potential ways for the implementation of renewable energy carriers in the Zwolle region with respect to mobility and built environment. Currently, we are investigating a business park in the north east of Zwolle as a potential location to test various renewable energy carriers (dihydrogen, batteries, biogas) and their implementation for various reasons. One of them being that Groenleven will be building a 26 MW solar park close to this business park in the near future.

Case Witteveen+Bos
Witteveen+Bos is closely involved in the development and implementation of Elestors hydrogenbromine flow battery. Within the session you will learn about the hydrogenbromine flow battery and the energy management modelling tool developed within Witteveen+Bos. You will be thinking with us about the potential of the flow battery, and other storage technologies, for storage of the solar energy from the solar park in Zwolle. Within the scan you will think about the potential costs, safety, capacity, location, charging strategies, method of use and other aspects of sustainable storage of energy. The output of the energy management modelling tool will be used as a base for the research in this session. The outcome of the session will be used in as input for our pilot project in Zwolle. This session will give you a broader look on the technological and social aspects of energy storage in the built environment.

Schneider Electric

WHAT MAKES CITIES AND HOMES SMART? AN INTERACTIVE DEEP DIVE INTO THE FUTURE OF CITIES
Theme: Built Environment, Energy Production and Infrastructure

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. More than 150,000 people work in more than 100 countries.

What is a smart city? “A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory action” (Caragliu and Nijkamp 2009). What is needed to realize a smart city? A collaborative multi-stakeholder approach and new technologies are required to reduce carbon emissions in a large scale roll-out of sustainable projects.

Vandebron

BLOCKCHAIN AND ELECTRIC TRANSPORT
Theme: Transport and Mobility

Vandebron, an Amsterdam based supplier of renewable energy, has started an innovative smart charging pilot based on blockchain technology, together with TenneT and IBM. Vandebron’s Smart charging means that you contribute to balancing the electricity grid while charging your electric car. This simply means that we stop charging hundreds of electric cars when the demand is larger than the supply. We start charging when it is the other way around. By doing so, we can contribute towards making gas and coal-fired power plants superfluous. For providing this flexibility, an average lease driver can earn up to 250 euro a year. A Smart charging driver can set its personal charging preferences, so that the battery of the car will always be fully charged at departure. To get further insight into what Smart charging exactly means, you can watch this video and read this blog (in Dutch).

Case: In order to join the Smart charging pilot, a few requirements need to be met. 1) The driver has an energy contract at Vandebron, 2) the driver has a smart meter and 3) charges its car at home. These requirements create a barrier for customers to join our pilot. How could we simplify the sign up flow and lower the barriers in form of a complete package for the customer?

SETalk Xtra: Solar Fuels

More information coming soon.

Built Environment

SETalk Xtra: Heat Storage

NO ENERGY TRANSITION WITHOUT HEAT STORAGE
Time: Morning

Energy Now introduces the new concept of SETalk Xtra: a breakout session consisting of three sustainable energy talks!

The energy transition cannot be realized by electrification of the energy system only. The main part of energy consumption in the build environment is in the form of thermal energy: heat and cold. To cover the mismatch between supply and demand, there is need for thermal energy storage technologies. In the first lecture of the session Wim van Helden from the Austrian energy institute, AEE-INTEC, will give an extensive overview of the present status of thermal energy technologies. He will address the most important concepts for heat and cold storage and will illustrate these concepts with his own experiences of fifteen years working in this field.

In the second lecture Henk Huinink from the Eindhoven University of Technology will show you how the performance of a heat storage device is intrinsically linked with the physics of materials on atomistic level. He will demonstrate this with an example from his own research practice, which has the objective to store heat by using hydration transitions of crystals. Some inorganic materials incorporate water in their matrix leading to heat output. This process can be reversed and thus a concept for heat storage is born.

Finally, Aris de Groot from Ecovat will show how thermal energy storage technologies can be made ready for business. He will illustrate that with two different cases, where Ecovat is involved: heat storage (< 95 °C) on a district level in a one direction approach - Heat and cold delivery with an Ecovat Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage – and high temperature (220 – 550 °C) heat storage by integration of a pebbles bed heat storage section in an Ecovat in search for bi-directional heat and electricity delivery on a district level.

Witteveen + Bos

STORING THE SUN IN ZWOLLE
Time: Afternoon

Background
The Paris agreement has set the aim to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels”. As a result almost all countries in the world signed a petition to take climate change adaptation actions. The municipality of Zwolle and the province of Overijssel have set a goal of 20% of renewable energy within the next years (Zwolle: 2020; Overijssel: 2023).

Introduction
As an advising company, Witteveen+Bos was asked by the Province of Overijssel to analyse potential ways for the implementation of renewable energy carriers in the Zwolle region with respect to mobility and built environment. Currently, we are investigating a business park in the north east of Zwolle as a potential location to test various renewable energy carriers (dihydrogen, batteries, biogas) and their implementation for various reasons. One of them being that Groenleven will be building a 26 MW solar park close to this business park in the near future.

Case Witteveen+Bos
Witteveen+Bos is closely involved in the development and implementation of Elestors hydrogenbromine flow battery. Within the session you will learn about the hydrogenbromine flow battery and the energy management modelling tool developed within Witteveen+Bos. You will be thinking with us about the potential of the flow battery, and other storage technologies, for storage of the solar energy from the solar park in Zwolle. Within the scan you will think about the potential costs, safety, capacity, location, charging strategies, method of use and other aspects of sustainable storage of energy. The output of the energy management modelling tool will be used as a base for the research in this session. The outcome of the session will be used in as input for our pilot project in Zwolle. This session will give you a broader look on the technological and social aspects of energy storage in the built environment.

TNO and Alliander

LOSS FREE HEAT STORAGE: THE ENABLER FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION
Time: Afternoon

During the workshop the participants will look at the possibilities of loss-free heat storage on the level of individual homes, residential blocks and neighbourhoods. During the workshop, the short and long term objectives and possibilities will be looked at and together with the participants, a techno-socio-economic analysis of the pros and cons of heat storages on these 3 levels will be investigated.

Alfen

ADO DEN HAAG
Time: Afternoon

More information coming soon.

InnoEnergy

ENERGY STORAGE: VIABLE SOLUTION FOR NEIGHBORHOODS OF EINDHOVEN?
Theme: Built Environment

Energy storage will have an increasing interest for cities, especially in the Netherlands, where the ecosystem is very complex and regulations are constantly changing.

Moscarda Consulting puts you right in the center of the challenge through a role-playing game where will get into the shoes of different stakeholders along the energy value chain.

You will be part of a team which will impersonate social housing corporations, home owners, municipalities, technology providers, DSO etc. All of these stakeholders have different needs, therefore the value proposition for each of them differs.

Your task – come up with tailored value proposition, focusing specifically on finding the best solution for energy challenges of the neighborhoods of Eindhoven.

Pitch your idea to the other groups and convince them that your new energy mix which will design is financially and environmentally attractive for Eindhoven 2050 plan.

Schneider Electric

WHAT MAKES CITIES AND HOMES SMART? AN INTERACTIVE DEEP DIVE INTO THE FUTURE OF CITIES
Time: Afternoon

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. More than 150,000 people work in more than 100 countries.

What is a smart city? “A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory action” (Caragliu and Nijkamp 2009). What is needed to realize a smart city? A collaborative multi-stakeholder approach and new technologies are required to reduce carbon emissions in a large scale roll-out of sustainable projects.

Industry

Alfen

THEOBROMA CACAO FACTORY IN NIGERIA
Time: Morning

Theobroma B.V., headquartered in Amsterdam and part of global sustainable commodity merchant Ecom, processes cocoa beans into high-end cacao products for the chocolate industry. As the energy grid in Nigeria is not always reliable, their factory in Lagos currently uses diesel generators. Diesel however, is a polluting and expensive fuel, and its local supply is not always guaranteed as well, causing expensive interruptions in the production process. Theobroma therefore opted for a sustainable alternative that guarantees the continuity and cuts the expensive operational costs.

Alfen was awarded the contract to build a sustainable end-to-end energy installation. Over 8,000 solar panels will be installed on the roofs and at the factory terrain of Theobroma. To optimally use the generated electricity, Alfen combined this solar energy with its in-house developed battery storage system. With two energy storage systems of approximately 1 MWh each, this is the largest local energy storage project in Nigeria. With the combination of solar energy and battery storage, Alfen expects to help Theobroma attain an annual saving of over one million liters of diesel.

Antecy and ECN

ELECTRONS TO MOLECULES: POWER TO FUELS!
Time: Morning

Renewable energy (Solar, Wind, Hydro, Geo, Tidal etc.) is usually in first instance converted into electrical power. Due to the intermittent production of electricity of these technologies there is a dire need for effective storage mechanisms so that surplus energy can be stored and used.

However, electrons are in general costly to store (batteries) and/or transport, therefore conversion to higher energy density molecules like gaseous (H2, CH4) and/or liquid hydrocarbon is an attractive option to pursue.

A promising solution is to use carbon (CO2) from the air by Direct Air Capture for the synthesis of these molecules. The technology to convert power into molecules/fuel is now emerging, while the application of this technology can be of big importance to accelerate the penetration of renewable energy into the various energy sectors and offers a compelling energy storage solution.

Format
± 3 introductions (15-30 min) on the subject followed by Q&A Panel discussion

TATA Steel

ENERGY STORAGE CASE STUDY: HOW TO BEAT DISCONTINUITY
Time: Morning

Steel is one of the key materials in modern society. It will also be of great importance for a transition towards a sustainable future. At TATA Steel great care is put into product quality, which often results in indirect energy savings. For example: TATA Steel can enable industries to produce more durable products or lighter vehicles. However, it takes a lot of energy to convert iron ore into high quality steel. To get to the ultimate goal of making sustainable steel, emphasis should be placed on efficient (re-)use of energy. In the past decade TATA Steel IJmuiden has accomplished large energy savings within the steel making process, making us one of the front runners in energy efficient steel making.

In this Breakout session we will introduce you to the process of steelmaking and some challenges that the industry is still facing on the subject of energy efficiency. After the presentation, you and your team will discuss an actual case study TATA Steel is currently looking into. The subject of this case study will be the re-use of waste heat that is produced by a batch process. Because batch processes have a discontinuous production of waste heat, re-use is often difficult. You will be challenged by thinking outside the box about long term solutions for these problems. We are looking forward to welcome you!

Transport and Mobility

Antecy and ECN

ELECTRONS TO MOLECULES: POWER TO FUELS!
Time: Afternoon

Renewable energy (Solar, Wind, Hydro, Geo, Tidal etc.) is usually in first instance converted into electrical power. Due to the intermittent production of electricity of these technologies there is a dire need for effective storage mechanisms so that surplus energy can be stored and used.

However, electrons are in general costly to store (batteries) and/or transport, therefore conversion to higher energy density molecules like gaseous (H2, CH4) and/or liquid hydrocarbon is an attractive option to pursue.

A promising solution is to use carbon (CO2) from the air by Direct Air Capture for the synthesis of these molecules. The technology to convert power into molecules/fuel is now emerging, while the application of this technology can be of big importance to accelerate the penetration of renewable energy into the various energy sectors and offers a compelling energy storage solution.

Format
± 3 introductions (15-30 min) on the subject followed by Q&A Panel discussion

Vandebron

BLOCKCHAIN AND ELECTRIC TRANSPORT
Time: Afternoon

Vandebron, an Amsterdam based supplier of renewable energy, has started an innovative smart charging pilot based on blockchain technology, together with TenneT and IBM. Vandebron’s Smart charging means that you contribute to balancing the electricity grid while charging your electric car. This simply means that we stop charging hundreds of electric cars when the demand is larger than the supply. We start charging when it is the other way around. By doing so, we can contribute towards making gas and coal-fired power plants superfluous. For providing this flexibility, an average lease driver can earn up to 250 euro a year. A Smart charging driver can set its personal charging preferences, so that the battery of the car will always be fully charged at departure. To get further insight into what Smart charging exactly means, you can watch this video and read this blog (in Dutch).

Case: In order to join the Smart charging pilot, a few requirements need to be met. 1) The driver has an energy contract at Vandebron, 2) the driver has a smart meter and 3) charges its car at home. These requirements create a barrier for customers to join our pilot. How could we simplify the sign up flow and lower the barriers in form of a complete package for the customer?

Witteveen + Bos

STORING THE SUN IN ZWOLLE
Time: Afternoon

Background
The Paris agreement has set the aim to “strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels”. As a result almost all countries in the world signed a petition to take climate change adaptation actions. The municipality of Zwolle and the province of Overijssel have set a goal of 20% of renewable energy within the next years (Zwolle: 2020; Overijssel: 2023).

Introduction
As an advising company, Witteveen+Bos was asked by the Province of Overijssel to analyse potential ways for the implementation of renewable energy carriers in the Zwolle region with respect to mobility and built environment. Currently, we are investigating a business park in the north east of Zwolle as a potential location to test various renewable energy carriers (dihydrogen, batteries, biogas) and their implementation for various reasons. One of them being that Groenleven will be building a 26 MW solar park close to this business park in the near future.

Case Witteveen+Bos
Witteveen+Bos is closely involved in the development and implementation of Elestors hydrogenbromine flow battery. Within the session you will learn about the hydrogenbromine flow battery and the energy management modelling tool developed within Witteveen+Bos. You will be thinking with us about the potential of the flow battery, and other storage technologies, for storage of the solar energy from the solar park in Zwolle. Within the scan you will think about the potential costs, safety, capacity, location, charging strategies, method of use and other aspects of sustainable storage of energy. The output of the energy management modelling tool will be used as a base for the research in this session. The outcome of the session will be used in as input for our pilot project in Zwolle. This session will give you a broader look on the technological and social aspects of energy storage in the built environment.

Energy Production and Infrastructure

TKI New Gas and Gasunie

ENERGY TRANSITION SEEKS INFRASTRUCTURE FOR LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIP
Time: Morning

We all face the enormous challenge of realising the transition to a fully sustainable, carbon neutral energy system. Basically, in 2050 we need to be carbon free. To realise this giant step several options exist. During our presentation we will highlight these options, such as the production and use of sustainable electricity, the use of biomass, hydrogen, CCS (Carbon Capture and Storage) and geothermal energy. All these options seem to be necessary to make the energy transition.

One option that is of particular interest in hydrogen. It can be produced in different ways, such as from fossil fuels combined with CCS, from biomass and from green electricity by electrolysis of water. On the other hand there are many applications for hydrogen: for high and low temperature heat, for mobility, for electricity and as a feedstock in industry. Moreover hydrogen can fulfil an important role as a system fuel providing storage and flexibility to balance the fluctuating production of wind and solar.

Hydrogen is not only a system solution it also requires a system approach. One positive issue is that it can largely use existing infrastructure such as on- and offshore infrastructures for natural gas and gas storages. However, hydrogen has to compete with other options in the system. For example we also want to use the existing infrastructure for CCS, especially CO2 transportation and storage. Also energy storage such as subsurface compressed air storage is an option. An important issue is how to deal with these potentially conflicting issues? Or can they complement each other?

Gasunie and TKI New Gas invite you to this workshop. We are curious what your ideas are! How can we tackle this challenge? Please join us to work on this important issue.

TenneT

PRIMARY RESERVE
Time: Morning

The purpose of the primary reserve is to stabilize frequency disruptions in the entire (internationally) interconnected high-voltage grid, regardless of the cause and location of these disruptions. Serious frequency disruptions can result in automatic load shedding and in the worst case initiate a black-out.

TenneT is now acquiring these balancing products from large-scale electricity suppliers, but with the arrival of more and more sustainable energy sources (wind and solar), we need to be able to acquire these products from other sources as well.

What alternatives does TenneT have for retaining a sufficient primary reserve to ensure that the required balance (50 Hz) can be maintained?

More information about the case: http://www.tennet.org/bedrijfsvoering/Systeemgegevens_voorbereiding/primaire_reserve.aspx

Enpuls

THE ENERGY TRANSITION GAME
Time: Morning

During the workshop Enpuls will play a negotiation game with the attendees: The Energy Transition Game. During this interactive workshop the participants will be divided into several groups. These groups all have their own characteristics, interests and preferences:

– Grid administrator

– Municipality

– Housing corporation

– Energy corporation

– Residents

A part of the existing energy grid (based on the ecosystems developed by us) will be enlarged.

During this case, the goal of the different groups to create an energy solution which meets the following criteria:

– Inclusive

– Sustainable

– Reliable

– Affordable

– Flexible

The different groups will receive different forms of information, causing an asymmetric information supply during the negotiations. Prior to the negotiations, all parties will receive a basis of information, as well as specific information for every interest group (among other things: grid capacity information for the grid administrator and daily consumption- and production of energy). Every now and then during The Energy Transition Game additional information will be added during the game, which can influence the dynamics of the game.

By playing The Energy Transition Game the attendees will experience the dynamics and complexity of the changes in the energy grid which it currently faces:

The energy sector is subject to a metamorphosis. Energy is not only produced by power stations, but also via solar panels on the roof of the local schools. Neighbourhoods generate energy together, businesses share their excess heat with their district and energy is stored in electric vehicles. Enpuls looks at the future, sees chances and helps to fulfill local energy ambitions.

Alfen

ADO DEN HAAG
Time: Afternoon

More information coming soon.

Schneider Electric

WHAT MAKES CITIES AND HOMES SMART? AN INTERACTIVE DEEP DIVE INTO THE FUTURE OF CITIES
Time: Afternoon

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. More than 150,000 people work in more than 100 countries.

What is a smart city? “A city can be defined as ‘smart’ when investments in human and social capital and traditional (transport) and modern (ICT) communication infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life, with a wise management of natural resources, through participatory action” (Caragliu and Nijkamp 2009). What is needed to realize a smart city? A collaborative multi-stakeholder approach and new technologies are required to reduce carbon emissions in a large scale roll-out of sustainable projects.

Speakers

Host of the day

Ruud Koornstra

Ruud Koornstra will be a guide to all visitors throughout the day. As of January 2017, Ruud Koornstra has taken on the challenge of being the first Chief Commissioner of Energy in the Netherlands. His ambition is to lead the Netherlands to Energy Neutrality and he aims to do this by accelerating the transition to clean energy technologies. With his sustainable vision and entrepreneurial experience, he is the perfect host for Energy Now.

Opening speaker

Richard van de Sanden

As the director of the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, there is no one better to introduce the day’s topic than Richard van de Sanden. He is a professor at the Eindhoven University of Technology and leading in research on Solar Fuels. With his expertise he is able to link fundamental research to applications in current innovations. At the end of the day he will take place in the panel discussion to share his vision on the energy transition.

SETalk speaker 1

Andreas Plenk

Andreas is an out-of-the-box thinker, and a natural manager with a perfect sense for sustainable solutions. In the first SETalk of the day he will elaborate on Alfens future vision regarding the energy system. He is responsible for the global sales of energy storage systems and connecting storage solutions to sustainable energy sources.

SETalk speaker 2 

Aart van Veller 

With his entrepreneurial spirit Aart van Veller translates ideas into reality. He is one of the founders of Vandebron, a company that brings locally produced green energy straight to households. In the second SETalk of the day he will take us with him on his journey to a more sustainable energy system.

Panel member

Kees van der Leun

As the director of Ecofys, Kees van der Leun leads the development of strategic consultancy. His contribution to The Energy Report, which is a global scenario for a 100% renewable energy by 2050, is significant for his expertise and vision. With more than 30 years worth of experience at Ecofys, a navigant company in the energy sector, Kees has a well argumented opinion about the Dutch climate agreement, the topic of the panel discussion.

Panel member

Richard van de Sanden

See above

Panel member

Laetitia Ouillet

Laetitia Ouillet has been involved in the energy sector for almost a decade. She co-founded SQ consult, an international network of experts in the fields of energy transition, sustainability and climate change. Currently, Laetitia Ouillet is director of the Strategic Area Energy at the Eindhoven University of Technology. With a broad range of experience within the energy sector she has a grounded opinion and vision on sustainability, which is needed for an in-depth panel discussion. 

Panel member

Frank Wiersma

TBA

Panel member

Jillis Raadschelders

Jillis Raadschelders is Business Director Decentralised Energy Transition of DNV GL. He has experience in all fields regarding energy storage. He has researched the possibilities and applications of storage, helped create an advisory group in the USA and held a board position on the ESA. Using all his experience he created Energy Storage NL, to combine all relevant parties in the field of energy storage. Therefore he will be a great addition to the panel discussion.

Partners 2018

Main partner: Alfen

Dutch-based Alfen is operating internationally in the heart of the energy transition, as a specialist in energy solutions for the future. With its 80-years’ history, Alfen has a unique combination of activities. Alfen designs, develops and produces smart grids, energy storage systems, and electric vehicle charging equipment and combines these in integrated solutions to address the electricity challenges of its clients. In the period between 2015 and 2017 Alfen grew its revenues with 21% on average with a positive net profit. Alfen has market leading positions in the Netherlands and experiences fast international growth benefiting from its first mover advantage. For further information see Alfen’s website at: www.alfen.com

TU/e and Strategic Area Energy

The energy strategic area envisions a sustainable world that can produce enough energy for its consumption, unimpeded by scarce resources and without any impact on the climate. Our research will help pave the way for this challenging transition. Many roads lead to this future. That is why we are exploring a broad spectrum of promising technologies. In the short term, we expect to generate novel technologies for more sustainable use of existing resources. This research focuses on the built environment and fuel technologies. Somewhat further away, our research will deliver novel solar cells and other new energy conversion technologies. In the longer run, our fusion research will contribute to a sustainable transition.

EIT InnoEnergy

At InnoEnergy we support and invest in innovation at every stage of the journey – from classroom to end-customer. With our network of partners we build connections across Europe, bringing together inventors and industry, graduates and employers, researchers and entrepreneurs, businesses and markets.

We work in three essential areas of the innovation mix: education, innovation and business creation service. Bringing these disciplines together maximizes the impact of each, accelerates the development of market-ready solutions, and creates a fertile environment in which we can sell the innovative results of our work.

Witteveen+Bos

Witteveen+Bos offers its clients value-added consultancy and top-quality designs for water, infrastructure, environment and construction projects. We use our high-end expertise to resolve complex issues and are a committed partner for our clients. We attach great importance to our independence and to our corporate culture, which allows all of our employees to excel, utilise their talents to the full and maximise value for clients.

TenneT

TenneT is a leading European electricity transmission system operator (TSO) with its main activities in the Netherlands and Germany. With over 22,000 kilometres of high-voltage connections we ensure a secure supply of electricity to 41 million end-users.

We employ approximately 3,000 people, have a turnover of EUR 3.2 billion and an asset value totalling EUR 19 billion. TenneT is one of Europe’s major investors in national and cross-border grid connections on land and at sea, bringing together the Northwest European energy markets and enabling the energy transition.  We take every effort to meet the needs of society by being responsible, engaged and connected. Taking power further.

Enpuls

Enpuls is a part of the Enexis Groep and focuses on speeding up the energy transition. Enpuls is not driven by the intent of making profit, but by the ambition of accelerating the energy transition. They do this by working on four pillars: sustainable area development, sustainable mobility, energy savings, and flexibility.

TKI Gas

TKI New Gas is part of the Topsector Energy. We are a public private partnership that focuses on innovations necessary to make the energy transition. Our main goal is focused on the societal challenge to drastically reduce CO2 emissions. The topics we cover are:

·       Hydrogen: production and utilization of hydrogen in different markets
·       Green gases: production and utilization of renewable gases which use biomassa as a resource
·       CCUS: Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage
·       Geo Energy: using the subsurface for the production of geothermal energy and for energy storage
·       LNG: using (bio) LNG in heavy transport

We collaborate with the (gas) industry, knowledge institutions, governments and NGO’s. Our main tasks are designing innovation programmes, building ecosystems of interested parties and stakeholders, and provide support for innovators.

Gasunie

Gasunie is a European gas infrastructure company. Gasunie’s network ranks among the largest high pressure gas pipeline grids in Europe, consisting of approximately 15,500 kilometers of pipeline in the Netherlands and northern Germany, dozens of installations and approximately 1,300 gas receiving stations. Gasunie offers transport services via its subsidiaries Gasunie Transport Services (GTS) in the Netherlands and Gasunie Deutschland in Germany. With its cross-border gas infrastructure and its services Gasunie facilitates TTF, which has developed into a leading and strongly growing European gas trading hub. The company also offers other services in the gas infrastructure field, including gas storage and LNG and develops projects and business models for sustainable energy.

TATA Steel

TATA Steel is without doubt one of the most challenging industrial employers in the Netherlands. Together with the companies’ more than nine thousand employees we are continuously aiming for improvement. Every year, TATA Steel invests millions in highly relevant process and product innovations. Hereby we increase efficiency and reduce our costs. Our ultimate goal is the sustainable production of steel, which can only be achieved through a sound balance between the human, the environment and the company. TATA Steel challenges you to exceed your boundaries!

Vandebron

Vandebron is a green energy company based in Amsterdam that delivers green electricity and regular gas to individual and business customers. The company does not produce any energy itself, but instead sells energy generated by independent energy producers. The electricity is generated from wind, solar and biomas and most of the producers are located on farms or are larger wind parks.

Energy producers set their own prices, and customers of Vandebron choose which producer they wish to be supplied by. Vandebron also supplies natural gas, which is CO2 compensated. Customers also choose which compensation project they wish to support with their gas usage, from a selection of five compensation projects throughout the developing world.

TNO

TNO is the research organization of applied sciences in the Netherlands, with the mission to connect people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. Close to 3500 researchers and staff are daily involved in innovations in the areas of on Health, Defense, Industry, Energy, Logistics and Infrastructures. TNO works towards the achievement of reliable, efficient, and sustainable built environment with a leading role in the development and application of new technologies for and with industrial partners and the Dutch government.

Alliander

Alliander is an energy network company. We provide a reliable, affordable and accessible energy transport and distribution to a large part of the Netherlands. By constantly improving our network, we prepare ourselves for the future. A future in which everyone can consume, produce and share renewable energy. Alliander consists of a group of companies, among them Liander, Liandon, Kenter and Allego, which together represent an expertise in energy networks, energy technology and technical innovations. Come and meet our organization!

Ecofys

Ecofys is a leading international energy and climate consultancy. We have been at the forefront of energy thinking for over 30 years and are part of Navigant’s global energy practice. A joint team of more than 600 experts delivers impact in the global energy and climate transition. For us, knowledge and innovation are the key factors in turning the ideas of today into viable realities of tomorrow. Supporting public and corporate organisations alike, we enable our clients to adapt to changes and identify new opportunities quickly. If we act now, the 2050 global energy system can be sustainable, secure, affordable and fully based on renewable sources.

Stedin

Stedin is the system operator for gas and electricity in the provinces of Zuid-Holland, Utrecht, and the regions of Amstelland, Kennemerland and Northeast Friesland. With over three thousand employees, we work on realising our ambition: sustainable energy for everyone. The Dutch energy grid is a crucial link in realising a new chapter in the future of the energy system, ensuring our customers have energy to work and live. Providing energy that is always available for our own, and future generations. Generations of entrepreneurs, innovators, and do-ers, who just like Stedin will face new forms of energy. Ensuring an energy system that is more sustainable and more local, using technologies yet to be invented. It is up to us to make this system even more sustainable and to keep it both reliable and affordable.

Antecy

Capturing and concentrate (ambient) CO2 at low prices for direct use and production of fuels and chemicals, using solar or wind energy.

With the help of an organic, non-amine sorbent, turns ANTECY the negative of CO2 (greenhouse effects, environmental costs) into a positive, whereby CO2 becomes the ideal renewable resource for our Carbon Economy (fuels, chemicals and other materials).

ECN, part of TNO

TKI Energie & Industrie

The industry is a large-scale consumer and therefore plays a plural role in the transition towards sustainable energy. The energy use should become more efficient within this sector because of this. Industry should start using sustainable energy instead of energy from fossil sources. For Europe, this means that we need to convert from warmth driven processes to electronically driven processes. Next to this, more efficient use of resources will lead to more energy efficiency.

TKI Industrie en Energie is a collaboration between industry, universities and knowledge institutions that aims to increase energy saving and efficiency in industry.

Ecovat

Ecovat is an innovative company with a unique new system, namely a large scale, underground, thermal energy storage system for sustainable heating. Large scale means one Ecovat system can provide sustainable heating for 100 up to 1.000 households. At times when energy is abundant and cheap, the storage is charged by heating up the water inside the tank. Due to its good insulation, its scale, and its unique heat transfer mechanism, the energy can be stored efficiently for long periods of time whilst maintaining stratification. This allows for the seasonal storage of heat and makes a conventional heating system obsolete.

FME

The importance of energy storage is rapidly increasing in the transition towards a fully sustainable and clean energy supply. Energy storage will become vital for a reliable and affordable energy system. Energy Storage NL represents the interests of Dutch companies and organizations that develop, manufacture and apply innovative storage technologies. We do so by initiating and contributing to projects and studies on the application of Energy Storage. Through these efforts, we aim at bringing Energy Storage to attention in politics, the media and at events. This helps us to remove obstructive rules and regulations that hamper the development of energy storage. We furthermore organize regular meetings with a sophisticated network consisting of academics, research institutions, (energy) companies and system operators active in the field of energy storage.

KIVI

he Royal Netherlands Society of Engineers (KIVI) was founded on 31 August 1847 by three engineers under protection of His Royal Highness Willem Alexander Paul Frederik Lodewijk, Prince of Orange.

Nowadays, with over 20,000 members, KIVI is the professional association of engineers in the Netherlands.

KIVI offers its members: 

  • communities for specific and multidisciplinary knowledge;
  • a platform for addressing social challenges;
  • the possibility of branding yourself and giving direction to your career and
  • opportunities to take your career to the next level.

Go Green Office

The GO Green Office makes the university’s sustainability vision tangible in the everyday reality of its students and staff members. The GO Green Office is the platform where students and employees with fresh minds shape innovative sustainable ideas and launch projects, all with the objective to stimulate TU/e’s sustainable development.

Differ

We work on a future in which clean energy is available to everybody. Our climate changes due to CO2 emissions from fossil fuels. At the same time, the world population – and consequently the worldwide energy demand – continue to grow. The demand for sustainable, relevant energy solutions is considerable.

We carry out fundamental scientific research into new and improved energy technology for the future. In collaboration with our knowledge partners and industry we help to accelerate the transition to a sustainable society.

Provincie Noord-Brabant

The Province of Noord-Brabant represents the administrative layer between the national government and the local municipalities. The provincial administration takes initiatives on an economic, social and cultural level and coordinates actions.

The provincial administration of Brabant is primarily concerned with:

  • Spatial development
  • Accessibility and mobility for the region
  • Regional economic policy
  • Culture and regional identity 

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. 

With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. We provide integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software. 

In our global Ecosystem, we collaborate with the largest Partner, Integrator and Developer Community on our Open Platform to deliver real-time control and operational efficiency. 

We believe that great people and partners make Schneider a great company and that our commitment to Innovation, Diversity and Sustainability ensures that Life Is On everywhere, for everyone and at every moment.