21 Mar 2019
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Who's Going To Replace the Energy Dinosaurs?: How Energy Transition Will Reshape the Grid

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Thursday 21 March 2019

The Visionary Seminar is organized by Leuven MindGate and imec

Members: €135 excl. VAT
Non-Members : €175 excl. VAT
Under 35 years old : €75 excl. VAT
Students: 10€ incl. VAT

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Registration is possible until 14 March 2019.

Thor Central
Thor Park 8000
3600 Genk
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Thor Central
André Dumontlaan 67
3600 Genk
*Please note, parking in front of the EnergyVille buildings is not possible under any circumstances. This is reserved for EnergyVille staff and will close before the end of the event. Please be sure to park in the official public parking lots at Thor Central.*
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The electrical grid of today is largely unchanged since the beginning of the twentieth century – that is, we’re still basically working with a 100-year old system. It’s kind of an energy dinosaur. How will it evolve? What kinds of animals will replace it?


(14:30 - 16:15 Optional tours of EnergyVille 1 & 2)
From 14:30 to 16:15 participants will have the opportunity to partake in a tour of EnergyVille labs 1 and 2. Registration is mandatory as groups have a limited capacity of 25 people per tour. Please indicate when you register whether you would be interested in taking a tour.
16:00 - 16:30 Welcome and registration with coffee

16:30 - 16:40 Introduction
Prof. Jef Poortmans, imec/EnergyVille
16:40 - 17:00 The Return of Edison at the Building Level
Prof. Johan Driesen, KU Leuven
17:00 - 17:20 An Industrial Vision of DC-grids in Residential and Commercial Buildings
Dr. Marija Zima, ABB
17:20 - 17:40 Microgrids: Opportunities for Solid-State Power Electronics and Material Savings in Distribution Grids
How DC lost the battle against AC in the previous century, but may win the war in a liberalized, decentralized, CO2 neutral energy supply!
Prof. Rik De Doncker, Director E.ON ERC, ISEA and FEN, RWTH Aachen University
17:40 - 18:00 Microgrids and Decentralized Solutions for Global Energy Access
Ongoing technology development and cost reduction in PV, storage, and digital technologies are bringing historical opportunities for universal electricity access within reach, as demonstrated by our experience with hybrid and full-renewable microgrids and solar home systems in Africa
Dr. Bart Boesmans, Engie

18:00 - 18:30 Break with soup and sandwiches

18:30 - 18:50 Grid Modelling and Trend Towards HVDC Meshed Grids
Prof. Dirk Van Hertem, KU Leuven
18:50-19:10 Grid monitoring and Dynamic Line rating of Transmission Grids
Dr. Frederic Vassort, Ampacimon
19:10 - 19:30 Transmission Grid Development in the Interest of Society
How to make responsible decisions and be an enabler in an evolving electricity system
Dr. Jonathan Sprooten, ELIA Group

19:30 - 21:00 Networking and Reception