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?



Thor Park
Thor Park 8310
3600 GENK


  • (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
Who's going to replace the energy dinosaur