Energy

Future energy systems will be very different from the systems that we currently have. Important factors include renewable power generation (solar, wind) being intermittent and uncertain, intensive power demands (EVs, heat pumps, industry) that can be bulky and disruptive. Moreover, new types of energy carriers (H2, biogas), and increasing interdependencies between energy systems e.g. between electricity and heat, play an important role. Future energy systems need to be reliable, manageable, resilient, safe, predictable, and affordable. In the management of these systems, the role of ICT and digitization will be increasingly important. This includes e.g. intelligent data analysis, algorithms, AI, optimization, simulation, coordination and allocation mechanisms, decision support, system integration, privacy, and security. In addition, ICT itself should be energy-efficient as well. We welcome abstracts in all areas relating ICT and future energy systems.

Track chairs:
Han La Poutré (CWI/TU Delft)
Marjan van den Akker (UU)

Invited Speakers

Bio Geert Deconinck
Prof.dr.ir. Geert Deconinck is full professor at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium). Geert Deconinck is full professor (gewoon hoogleraar) at the KU Leuven since 2010. Since April 2012, he is head of the research group ELECTA (Electrical Energy and Computing Architectures) at the Department of Electrical Engineering (ESAT). ELECTA focuses on different research aspects related to electrical energy (smart distribution grids, electric power systems, HVDC, power electronics, techno-economic analysis of energy markets, etc.), from fundamental research to applications in collaboration with industry.

Since October 2016, he is head of the KU Leuven division EnergyVille, where he is scientific leader for the research domain algorithms, modelling, optimisation, applied to smart electrical and thermal networks.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) (M 2006, F 2013), co-chair of the IEEE SMC Technical Committee on Infrastructure Systems and Services, a senior member of the IEEE and of the IEEE Reliability, Computer and Power & Energy Societies (sM 1988, M 1996, SM 2000), and member of Cigr, KBVE and ie-net.

His research focuses on robust distributed coordination and control, specifically in the context of smart electric distribution networks.

Abstract title: 'Scalable residential demand response in smart grids – challenges after 10 years of research.'
Residential demand response (e.g. shifting appliance use in time) and local energy storage allow to integrate more renewables into a smart electrical grid, or to have lower energy costs, without impacting user comfort. Within EnergyVille, KU Leuven's research centre on sustainable energy for an urban environment, we have been working on scalable demand response applications for more than ten years. This presentation will shed a light on such applications and on involved algorithms and multi-objective optimisation issues, as well as look forward towards future challenges.

Bio Phuong Nguyen
Dr. H.P. (Phuong) Nguyen received the Ph.D. degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Netherlands in 2010. During his one-year sabbatical leave in 2019, he took up a group leader position of the Sustainable Energy Systems (SES) group of the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST). Since January 2020, he has been back to TU/e as an associate professor in the Electrical Energy System (EES) group. Dr Phuong Nguyen has committed his research effort to realize synergies of advanced monitoring and control functions for the distribution networks along with emerging digital technologies. This distinctive combination of competences allows him to develop a research pathway crossing over various domains of mathematical programming, stochastics, data mining, and communication networks. His research of interests includes data analytics with deep learning, real-time system awareness using (IoT) data integrity, as well as predictive and corrective grid control functions.

Abstract title: Digital Power & Energy Systems (DigiPES) lab
The digital Power & Energy Systems (digi-PES) lab associated with the Electrical Energy Systems group at TU Eindhoven aims to enable an energy transition from micro energy grids towards the future integrated energy system. The laboratory environment is a cyber-physical ecosystem for students and researchers to explore innovations in various energy-related aspects of, but not limited to, nano/micro-grids, local energy communities, local flexibility/energy markets, optimal power/energy flow, or congestion management, hand-in-hand with emerging (big) data and Internet-of-Things (IoT) domains to lay a foundation for comprehensive data-drive and inter-dependencies models of energy system integration.

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