Smart Grid & Smart Energy

19/03/2015 19:00 to 19/03/2015 23:00

Incuba Thor
Genk, Belgium

Electricity is the most versatile and widely used form of energy and global demand is growing continuously. Generation of electrical energy, however, is currently the largest single source of carbon dioxide emissions, making a significant contribution to climate change. To mitigate the consequences of climate change, the current electrical system needs to undergo significant adjustments.

Smart grids will provide more electricity to meet rising demand, increase reliability and quality of power supplies, increase energy efficiency, be able to integrate low carbon energy sources into power networks.


Use GPS address: André Dumontlaan 67 3600 Genk!

19:00 - 19:30

Big & open data in smart grids

Abstract of the presentation follows

By Heidi Lenaerts - managing director @ Smart Grid Flanders

Heidi Lenaerts holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from KU Leuven, Belgium. She gained industrial experience as a project engineer at Atlas Copco (2003-2008) and as a project leader at Icos Vision Systems (2008-2009), before joining the research group ELECTA (Electrical Energy & Computer Architecture) at KU Leuven’s Departement of Electrical Engineering (ESAT). In 2011 Heidi took on her current position as managing director of Smart Grid Flanders (SGF). SGF is a membership organization offering knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities to all stakeholders involved in the development of the energy system of the future. SGF is also actively involved in numerous European projects on sustainable energy, e-mobility and smart grids.

19:40 - 20:10

Smart Meters, the Last Mile Issue

Introducing smart meters in the energy sector carries quite some technical challenges. Processing gigabytes of meter data, securing the breaker function against hackers, or replacing the complete meter park in a few years , instead of the normal twenty year meter life cycle.

In this talk we focus on the various solutions to connect the smart meter to the data network of the distribution company. These days most houses have broadband internet, and connecting a new gadget is as simple as pressing the WPS button on the router. Unfortunately this solution is, for a variety of reasons, not an option for most distribution companies.

The alternatives have a high back to the 90s feeling. GPRS, narrowband Power Line Carrier or radio mesh networks in the ISM band all share a low bandwidth, and all too often low reliability. Yet they have all been evaluated and put  into production by several distribution companies.

We will have a look at the pros and cons of each solution.

By Karel Haeck - CTO @ Energy ICT

Karel Haeck has been EnergyICT's CTO for more than ten years. This Belgium company builds both meter data management software and communication modules for the smart meter market, and has been part of the Elster group since 2009. He participated in multiple smart meter implementation projects in France, the Netherlands, UK , US, Canada and of course Belgium.

Today Karel works as an independent technical consultant.

20:20 - 21:00


EnergyVille unites the Flemish research institutes KU Leuven, VITO and imec for research on sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. Our researchers deliver expertise to industry and cities on energy efficient buildings and intelligent networks – such as smart grids and advanced heat nets.

EnergyVille strives to become one of the top five European institutes in innovative energy research. For that reason the centre was embedded in big national and international networks from the start. It gathers research, development, training and innovative industrial activities under one name and in close collaboration with local, regional and international partners.

By Peter Verboven  




Incuba Thor
Poort Genk 8300
    Thor Part 8300
    3600 Genk


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