The corona pandemic impacts the whole society: the private life, but also all industrial and service sectors. Due to a deceleration of the economic activities by the measures taken to confine the virus, there is a major change in electricity generation and demand patterns, which are also reflected on the electricity prices we are currently observing. In this  talk, we'll have a closer look at the changing patterns of power generation, demand and electricity prices, comparing them to a number of previous years. Based on this comparison, we will try to understand how these changes could affect supply reliability, not only in the coming days and weeks, but also in the future when the transition to renewable energy will be more advanced, reaching for a full renewable power system by 2050 in Europe. 

Additional time will be provided for questions.

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Practical Details

  • When?
    Thursday 14 May, 2020
    13h-14h (PM)
  • Where?
    The link to the webinar will be provided via mail after you've registered via the link below.
  • Price?
    The webinar is entirely free of charge, though registration is mandatory.
  • Language
    The webinar will be held in English.


  • Hakan Ergun: Hakan holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from KU Leuven since 2015. He has been a post-doctoral researcher until 2018 and is currently a research expert at KU Leuven/EnergyVille. His main research interests are optimization methods in power system planning, power system modelling, power system reliability, electricity markets and regulation. To this date he has worked in several national and international research projects on several aspects of power system modelling and optimization.
  • Ronnie Belmans: Ronnie Belmans is full professor at KU Leuven, teaching techno-economical aspects of power systems, electrical energy and regulatory affairs, among others. His research interests include smart grids, security of energy supply and the techno-economic aspects of the liberalization of the electricity market. Prof. Dr. Ir. Ronnie Belmans is also cofounder and CEO of Campus EnergyVille. Since 2017 he is chairman of the board of directors of the VREG, the Flemisch regulator for electricity & gas markets.
  • Jef Beerten: Jef Beerten received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from KU Leuven in 2008 and 2013, respectively. He is currently an Assistant Professor with KU Leuven and EnergyVille. His research interests include future power system dynamics, modeling, and control. He was the first person who received the ABB Research Award in Honor of Hubertus von Gruenberg (in 2016), and received the KBVE/SRBE Robert Sinave Award and the Prix Paul Caseau from the Institut de France—EDF Foundation for his Ph.D. thesis on modeling and control of DC grids.
Hakan Ergun


Hakan Ergun

Researcher power system modelling and optimisation at EnergyVille/KU Leuven
Ronnie Belmans


Ronnie Belmans

CEO Campus EnergyVille
Jef Beerten


Jef Beerten

Professor Electrical Engineering at EnergyVille/KU Leuven