On Thursday, 24 November SRBE/KBVE is organizing a study day on the 'Electrification of the industry to decarbonize the future.' 

This study day will cover new developments in the chemical, metallurgical and cement industries to achieve the objectives set by the European Community. Technologies that promote the use of electricity, such as electrolyzes, heat pumps and edrives, will be described.



SRBE/KBVE: Laborelec site
Roderstraat 125
1630 Linkebeek

Energy producers are developing solutions that avoid the use of fossil fuels while using renewable energies to power processes and their feedstock. On the other hand, manufacturers are working on new processes that consume less fossil fuels and more hydrogen and electricity.


  • 08.30: Arrival & Welcome coffee
  • 09.00: Introduction by the Chairman of the event; François Thoumsin- Business Line Power & Infrastructure; Engie- Laborelec 

    Morning session 
  • 09.15: Net-zero industry in Belgium by 2050: Different decarbonisation pahtways for a diverse industrial tissue; Danielle Devogelaer; SIA-Partners
  • 09.45: Powering industry towards net zero; Sophie Gorlé ELIA
  • 10.15: Clean steel partnership: Decarbonization of the European steel industry; Patrick Lafontaine; ESTEP (European Steel Technology Platform) 
  • 10.45 Q&A: Coffee Break 
  • 11.00: Engie's vision and project to decarbonize the future; Daniel Marenne, Engie:
  • 11.30: Role for molecules in the decarbonization of the industry and focus on the role of Hydrogen and CO₂ capture and storage, Cedric Van Hoonacker, FLUXYS
  • 12.00: How much does it cost to switch away from fossil gas in the food, chemical and glass industry, Benoit Martin, CLIMACT
  • 12.30: Q&A: Lunch 

    Afternoon session 
  • 13.30: LEILAC, DESTINY: two complementary examples of electrification in the cement industry, Koen Van Reusel, Professor KUL
  • 14.00: Strategy of European chemical industries to decarbonize their process, Philip de Smedt, CEFIC (European Chemical Industry council)
  • 14.30: John Cockerill's vision about H2 strategy for industry, Fabien Tordeur, JOHN COCKERILL
  • 15.00: eDrives, Dries Goossens, SIEMENS ENERGY
  • 15.15: Hybrid concept of electrolyzer & industrial heatpump, Wim Van den Mosselaer, SIEMENS ENERGY
  • 15.30: Q&A: Coffee Break
  • 15.45: Journey to net zero, Frank Vanwynsberghe, BASF
  • 16.15: Review of converter topologies to power an electrolyser and power quality measurement on a small-scale industrial electrolyser, Fabien Meinguet, LABORELEC
  • 16.45: Synthetic molecule development - Heat pumps to recover the heat generated by electrolysers, Frank Portier, EQUANS
  • 17.15: Q&A – Conclusions
  • 17.30: Networking drink