Business Day

16 June 2016 - 13:00 to 18:00
EnergyVille, Thor Park, Poort Genk 8300, 3600 Genk

You are cordially invited to the EnergyVille Business Day! During this day you get a sneak peek of what EnergyVille has in store in research and development for the coming 5 years. We will focus on the domains of thermal energy, building-integrated photovoltaics with battery storage, and the ICT management of total energy systems (integrating thermal and electric energy). As a business you will gain valuable insight in future developments and you get the possibility to think along. The business day is your first step to make sure that you develop and produce the most advanced technology at all times.




    13:00 Workshops A

    1. GeoWatt
      EnergyVille develops innovative concepts and tools to further increase the efficiency of thermal nets (4th generation district heating networks incl. the use of deep geothermal sources), meanwhile limiting the risks and investment/operational costs and guarding the maintenance or even enhancement of end user comfort. More
    2. SolSThore
      EnergyVille develops enabling technologies for building-integrated PV and storage, ultimately to be validated in 2 demos: the façade integration of PV and commercial roof-integrated PV. More



    15:30: Workshops B

    1. SmarThor
      EnergyVille is developing an ICT platform that can control a fully integrated multi-energy system, using EnergyVille’s own algorithms. We aim for real-life and properly functioning demos in residential areas or industrial sites with an optimally functioning energy system, meaning that the various energy sources, thermal and electric, are perfectly aligned to each other and to the consumption. More
    2. Distribution Grids
      Given the increased penetration of renewable energy resources and the higher flexibility in the system, it becomes increasingly important to test devices under real conditions. At the same time, it is no longer possible to make hardware tests that can adequately model all possible variations in the power system. For this, real-time hardware-in-the-loop tests can be used to integrate the reality check with real devices subjected to all possible scenarios. Discover how EnergyVille will be equiped with real-time digital simulation equipment that can enable testing of equipment and controllers, including the required communication infrastructure. Brainstorm with us about how the simulator can be put to use for your present or future challenges. More


    17:30h: reception & guided tour of the building & research infrastructure


    Workshops in detail


    • 13:00 - 13:15 - Welcome and introduction “Sustainable energy supply in cities” - Carlo Mol, EnergyVille
    • 13:15 - 13:45 - Activity 1 “Research activities on 4th generation thermal networks” - Robbe Salenbien and Glenn Reynders, EnergyVille
    • 13:45 - 14:15 - Activity 2 “Efficient use of deep geothermal energy in thermal networks” - David Lagrou and Sarah Van Erdeweghe, EnergyVille
    • 14:15 - 14:45 - Activity 3 “Pre-study of a regional 4th generation thermal network” - Erik De Schutter, EnergyVille, Rudi Lens (Aperam) and Philippe Gelders, city of Genk
    • 14:45 - 15:00 - Q&A and Wrap-up - Carlo Mol, EnergyVille



    • 13.00 - 13.10 - Introduction to SolSthore - Jef Poortmans, EnergyVille
    • 13.10 - 13.20 - BIPV Roadmap - Wout Parys / Dirk Saelens, EnergyVille
    • 13.20 - 13.40 - New developments on module interconnection technology for crystalline Si and TF-PV - Eszter Voroshaszi, EnergyVille
    • 13.40-13.50 - Storage Roadmap - Bart Mantels, EnergyVille
    • 13.50-14.05 - Material devlelopment for new battery architectures - An Hardy & Ward De Ceuninck, UHasselt
    • 14.05 - 14.20 - Battery Management Systems - Bart Mantels, EnergyVille
    • 14.20 - 14.35 - DC nanogrid architecture and convertor development - Alessandro Pevere & Johan Driesen, EnergyVille
    • 14.35-14.45 - Outdoor test set-up & energy yield prediction - Hans Goverde & Francky Catthoor, EnergyVille
    • 14.45 -15.00 - Demonstrator Development - Kris Baert, EnergyVille



    • 15.30 - 15.50 - SmarThor: connecting ideas and systems - Wim Cardinaels en Sven Claessens, EnergyVille
      • Overview of the SmarThor programme
      • Overview of the SmarThor ICT framework
    • 15.50 - 16.20 - Energy Balancing in Buildings in Practice - Theo Rieswijk, Priva Research
      • Results from a demo of a cloud service that, as a tactical enhancement of the BMS,  further improves sustainability, decreases energy costs and improves comfort of a building with a hybrid heating system (driven by gas + electricity).
    • 16.20 - 16.40 - Generating Services by connecting Things to the Internet - Piet Vandaele, waylay
      • From a technical perspective, the Internet-of-Things connects sensor-enabled appliances to the Internet. The business value comes when the Internet-of-Things is connecting appliances with IT services, processes and people.
    • 16.40 - 17.00 - Envisioning future energy services - Erik Laes, EnergyVille
      • Goal and approach of a multi-stakeholder envisioning study:
        • Connecting visions of the future energy system with innovative business cases
        • Based on input from key stakeholders
    • 17.00 - 17.20 - Low Regulated Sites for real life experiments in living labs - Wim Cardinaels en Philippe Van Dievel, EnergyVille
      • Living Lab experiments for investigating technical feasibility, user adaptation and concerns and gaining insight in potential business cases (Wim) The impact from regulation on living lab experiments and how low regulation zones can contribute to stimulate innovation
    • 17.20 - 17.30 - Q&A & Wrap-up - Wim Cardinaels, EnergyVille


    Distribution Grids

    • 15.30 - 16.15 - Real-time Simulation Lab at EnergyVille - Jef Beerten, EnergyVille
      The increased penetration of renewable energy sources, combined with the introduction of smart meters, new protection devices and communication standards, makes that it becomes more and more challenging to guarantee the integration with the existing power systems. As such, individual component testings often no longer suffice and more detailed system integration studies are needed by subjecting the new devices to close to real-life conditions. The real-time simulation lab with hardware-in-the-loop capabilities at EnergyVille facilitate offers exactly that. We present the research direction taken in this exciting field and discuss how this the research will help in guaranteeing a safe operation and control of tomorrow’s electricity grids.
    • 16.15 - 17.00 - Decision Support for System Operation -  Frederik Geth, EnergyVille
      The integration of renewable energy resources leads to an increase in complexity in the operation of the power system, making it harder for to estimate what is going on. Furthermore it is also more challenging to make good operational decisions, for instance due to the variability of the output of intermittent generation or lack of observability. The goal of the decision support roadmap is to develop methodologies that support system operation closer to the limits, while keeping reliability high, but costs low, in the increasingly complex power system of the future. 
    • 17.00 - 17.30 - Open Discussion on Technical Challenges in Electricity Networks - Steven Van Deun & Kris Baert, EnergyVille
      An interactive discussion of the current and future challenges in electricity networks, and how real-time simulations and decision support systems can assist solving them in the future. This discussion will be conducted under Chatham House rules.


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