Program

Monday 26/11

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13:00 14:00 Registration for Tutorials and SG4SC
14:00 17:00

Tutorials

  1. Importance of ‘correct’ Policy & Regulation for energy system integration (ESI), William D’haeseleer
  2. Smart Electric Vehicle Charging, Prof. Johan Driesen
16:00 17:30 Registration
16:30 18:00 Visit of Energyville Labs (1)
18:30 21:00 Welcome reception

Tuesday 27/11

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08:00 09:00 Registration
09:00 09:30 Introduction & Opening

  • Geert Deconinck, Chair of the  IEEE International Forum SG4SC
  • Kathleen Sterckx, manager Thor Park
  • Daniel C. Toland, IEEE Smart Cities
09:30 10:15 Keynote 1: Diego Pavia, CEO InnoEnergy
10:15 11:00 Keynote 2: Kris van Daele, Vice President Smart Homes and Buildings at Niko Group
11:00 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 13:00

Tech session 1: City of Genk as a Smart City
Chair: Philippe Gelders, technical director infrastructure, City of Genk

The city of Genk actively facilitates the transition to a smart city. This session will showcase how concrete plans for heat network, for wind energy integration, for smart control of heating devices and for smart lighting implement this ambition.

Philippe Gelders, technical director infrastructure, City of Genk
Kris Lemkens, City of Genk
Peter Vos, City of Genk

13:00 14:00 Lunch
14:00 15:30

Tech Session 2A: Inclusive Energy Transition session
Chair: Geert Deconinck, KU Leuven

Panelists:

  • Margot Weijnen
  • Zofia Lukszo
    The Role of Hydrogen in Shaping an Inclusive Energy Transition
  • Nauman Aslam
    Efficient Charging Management Strategies for Electric Vehicles: the Role of Communication in Shaping an Inclusive Energy Transition
  • Aad Correlje, TU Delft
    The Challenge of Energy Justice in Shaping an inclusive Energy Transition

Tech session 2B: Electromobility – V2X technologies, overcoming gaps and barriers
Chair: Cristina Corchero Garcia, Catalonia Institute for Energy research

Panelists:

15:30 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 17:30

Tech session 3: Machine Learning for Smart Grids
Chair: Loi Lei Lai, Guangdong University of Technology

Panelists:

16:00 19:00 Visit of EnergyVille Labs (2)
19:00 19:30 Departure for diner
19:30 Diner
Wednesday 28/11

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08:00 08:30 Registration
08:30 09:00 Keynote 3: Ronnie Belmans, CEO Energyville
EnergyVille: from black gold to green gold
09:00 10:30 Tech Session 4A: Distributed monitoring and advanced measurements in smart cities
Chair: Dr. Ana Dumitrescu, Politehnica University of Bucharest

Panelists:

Tech Session 4B: SEEV4City-debate on “Future of V2G and smart charging”
Chair: Jan Cappelle, KU Leuven
Co-chair: Hugo Niesing, Resourcefully
Coordinated by Hogeschool van Amsterdam

09:00 – 09:30 “Lessons learned from the SEEV4City-project: Technical challenges of 6 smart grid pilots” – Jan Cappelle, KU Leuven

09:30 – 10:30 “Debate: Synergies between EV’s and renewables” – Robert van den Hoed, AUAS

Panelists:

10:30 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 12:30 Tech session 5A: New roles in the grid, customer engagements
Chair: Antonios Marinopoulos & Nikoleta Andreadou

Panelists:

  • Shafiuzzaman Khan Khadem, International Energy Research Centre, Ireland
    Local Energy Communities (Sustainable and Smart) – Their role in future Smart Cities: Who, What and How?
  • Roberto Zangrandi, Secretary General of EDSO for Smart Grids
    Local Energy Communities: their role in future Smart Cities
  • Nuno Vasco Lopes, DTx: Digital Transformation Colab
    The social perspective: the role of the citizen in future Smart Cities
  • Alvaro Nofuentes, the NOBEL GRID project
    The challenges of the European energy transition
Tech Session 5B: Multi-Agent Systems and AI for smart networks
Chair: Ann Nowé, VUB
State of the art in multi-agent reinforcement learning and network management allows to manage modern networked systems (e.g. smart grids, telecom networks, traffic control) through software. This session highlights the result of SMILE-IT.

Panelists:

  • Chris Develder, UGent, IDLab-IBCN
    Reinforcement Learning for coordinated EV charging
  • Steven Latré, UAntwerpen, IDLab-MOSAIC
    Reinforcement Learning for other domains
  • Tim Molderez, VUB
    Developing scalable, fault-tolerant multi-agent smart grids with Marlon
  • Chris Hermans, VITO, Geert Deconinck, KU Leuven
    Multi-agent learning for demand response
12:30 13:30 Lunch
13:30 15:00 Tech session 6A: Living Labs and Hardware test facilities
Chair: Thomas Strasser, AIT
Renewable energy sources are key enablers for a sustainable energy supply of the future. The intermittent behaviour of them and their limited storage capabilities present new challenges to power system operators in maintaining power quality and reliability. However, the increased availability of advanced automation and communication technologies has also provided new intelligent solutions to these challenges. Previous work has presented various new methods to operate highly interconnected power grids with corresponding components in a more effective way. As a consequence of these developments the traditional power system is transformed into a cyber-physical system, a smart grid. The goal of this panel is to discuss the importance of living labs and research facilities in the development and validation of smart grid systems.

Panelists:

  • Thomas Strasser, AIT
    Is there still a need for power systems/smart grid laboratories?
  • Hendrik Bindner, DTU
    Key role for experiments in labs for providing real input to real solutions
  • Erik de Jong, DNV GL
    Power Cybernetics – The future of Validation
  • Ibrahim Abdulhadi, University of Strathclyde
    The role of systems testing in de-risking smart grid control and automation
  • Peter Palensky, TU Delft
    RTDS Interfacing for integrated power systems
  • Steffen Vogel, RWTH Aachen
    Virtually interconnected laboratories for large power-system simulations
  • Davood Babazadeh, OFFIS
    SESA-Lab – A Platform for Cyber-Physical Energy Resilience Assessment
Tech session 6B: Education and training in smart grids and smart cities
Chair: Prof. Johan Driesen, KU Leuven
Coordinated by the European University Association

Panelists in this session will focus on education and training needs and innovative teaching methods for smart grids and cities. Panelists will actively engage with the audience and challenge them to reflect on interdisciplinary skills for tackling the energy transition from a holistic perspective (addressing technical, societal, entrepreneurial, market aspects etc.).

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15:00 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 17:00 Tech session 7A: Cyber Security and Resilience
Chair: Dr. Thomas Schlechter, Focus on Security

Panelists:

  • Ravinder Venugopal, Managing Director, OPAL-RT, Germany GmbH i. Gr., Nuremberg, Germany
  • Davood Babazadeh, R&D Group Manager, OFFIS e. V., Oldenburg, Germany
    Methods to Enhance Cyber-Physical Resilience in Energy Systems
  • Ehsan Sheybani, PhD – AI for Big Data in the Smart Grid
Tech session 7B: Multi-carrier energy
Chair: Panos Moutis

Panelists:

  • Spyros Skarvelis-Kazakos
    Reliable, resilient, intelligent, integrated energy systems
  • Meysam Qadrdan
    Maximising flexibility through multi-scale integration of energy systems
  • Panayiotis (Panos) Moutis
    Distributed battery storage systems as a savings mechanism in a bottom-up approach
  • Graeme Hawker
    Assessing the value of competing carriers for domestic heat: analysis paralysis or spoiled for choice?
17:00 17:30 Lessons learned and closing