May 17th 2018 - Energy Congress - Eindhoven University of Technology







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 used 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, to get rid of fossil fuels, sustainable alternatives for large polluting factors like heavy transportation and heat production for both industries and households need to be developed. Energy Now 2018 will take a closer look at the possible solutions for the missing links in the transition to a sustainable system, which can be found in the storage and conversion of energy.

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Partners 2017

Main partner: 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.

The 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.


Van Oord

Van Oord is a leading international contractor specializing in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oils, gas and wind). We find innovative solutions designed to meet our clients’ and business partners’ challenges. Marine ingenuity is what sets Van Oord apart. In just two words, we show in the clearest possible terms what we do, how we do it, and what makes us different. A passionate, smart, shrewd, international marine contractor – that is how we see ourselves.

Gemeente Eindhoven

Sustainability is more than a fancy word, it is a way of working, thinking and living. A sustainable Eindhoven is a city with clean air, clean soil and clean water. A safe place with good education, flourishing and diverse nature and where everybody can maintain in their basic needs now and in the future. In short, a city which you can leave safely to your children and grandchildren


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.

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.

Universiteits Fonds Eindhoven

The Universiteitsfonds Eindhoven (UFe) aims to do everything within its power to support education, research and student culture at the TU/e. UFe does this in close cooperation with companies and industry in the region. With the aids the UFe offers, it enables to realize events which could not be realized without its support.


One of the main goals of TKI Gas is the realization of a substantial contribution of green gas to the energy grid. In this way, TKI Gas wants to provide a competitive advantage for The Netherlands and to establish a strong export position in the fields of knowledgem technology, innovation and trade. An ambitious, but fair goal is the 10 x 10, twice an increase tenfold of 10% green gas. This means going from 30 million m3 gas per year now to 300 billion m3 gas in 2030 and to 30 billion m3 gas in 2050. Next to this, TKI Gas strives to find a balance between Discovery, Development en Deployment.

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.

TKI Wind op Zee

TKI Wind op Zee encourages, connects and support Dutch companies and knowledge institutions in the development and application of innovations for a fast transition towards sustainable, reliable and affordable energy systems for offshore wind.


Strukton is increasingly presenting itself as a technology company, particularly distinguishing itself by using data in both maintenance and management. Asset management is the key core competence here. Strukton’s mission is to help boost the quality and safety of rail transport, road infrastructure and technical systems and buildings. Strukton works in three workspheres: rail systems, civil infrastructure and technology & buildings.


At DAF we are proud of every DAF truck leaving our factory. Proud because we know we delivered a truck that enables the customer to execute his job. And proud because we know that drivers value the unmatched comfort and usability of the truck. Our love for trucks can be found in every part and every detail. Thats what makes DAF special. Minimalizing the environmental impact is an integral part of the development process.



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.


Innofest creates living labs out of festivals to support innovation. A festival is a temporary mini society. Just as in the real world, their are challenges in, amongst others, energy and waste. Festival visitors behave in certain ways like they would do in the real world: they move, eat and sleep. The difference with the outside world is the fence around the festival area. This makes festivals the ultimate testing ground to work together on prototypes and experimental techniques. And if the idea works at the festival, it could also work in the real world. Start-ups, companies, entrepreneurs and students come together at the festivals to test the (responsible) prototypes and to find solutions for the challenges the festival and entrepreuneurs in the region meet.


“By far the biggest challenge worldwide during the next few decades is the transition from a fossil-fuel based energy system to sustainable alternatives. Over the coming period the focus will be on hybrid energy systems, whereby we will be combining different fossil and sustainable sources. TNO wants to employ innovations, both technical and non-technical, to accelerate the transition to a fully sustainable energy supply,” says Mart van Bracht, managing director Energy. Industry and government ask us to deliver the technology and knowledge for this. For many years we have been researching sustainable and, on route to this, hybrid energy systems. 

Studium Generale

Studium Generale has the task of promoting the social, intellectual and cultural interests of students. Together with students, SG organizes lectures, discussions, concerts, exhibitions, excursions, theater and film performances and workshops for students. SG also has the task of strengthening the cultural role of the university in the city and the region, and of supporting and promoting student amateur art.


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).


BAM Bouw en Techniek focuses on commercial and technical development, preparation and realisation of non-residential construction projects in the Netherlands and also offers an extensive range of services for technical facilities (both for non-residential construction and industry as well as for residential construction and infrastructure).

BAM Woningbouw is the market leader in the Dutch residential construction market and offers a full service package (advice, development, construction, service and maintenance as well as renovation). The company has its own successful housing concepts for both new build and renovation projects. 


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.


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.


We use highly sophisticated algorithms, developed at KU Leuven and UC Berkeley, to unite your and your neighbours’ TCL in a large virtual power plant.

Being part of this highly valuable flexible energy source, you play a critical role in the promotion of renewable energies, such as wind and solar, which are dependent on the weather.

Following years of state-of-the-art research, with succesfull field trials using 250 households in the Belgian LINEAR project and the UC Berkeley dorm rooms, we are finally ready to solve the energy and climate issues our world is currently facing.

Heat Power

The competitiveness and environmental impact of heat intensive industrial processes can be much improved by reducing the use of energy. Efficient and fast responsive co-generation systems are however not yet available for small scale industries in the range of 250kW-2MW electric and 750kW-6MW thermal power. Heat Power satisfies that need and developed the Rankine Compression Gas turbine (RCG), which is capable of providing heat and power for industrial processes at highly reduced fuel cost and CO2 emissions.  The RCG system is truly unique, as it is capable of providing both steam and power at fast response times. Its multi fuel capability allows for application in waste streams, enabling manufacturers to achieve higher resource utilization, reduced cost of energy and green manufacturing.  


Develop your career, gain knowledge and discover solutions with like minded individuals to change the energy game for a better future.

The challenge is big, but our goal is simple: to achieve a sustainable energy future for Europe. Innovation is the solution. New ideas, products and services that make a real difference, new businesses and new people to deliver them to market.

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.

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