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EnergyDays is a recurring event at Eindhoven University of Technology organized by Strategic Area Energy in cooperation with DIFFER and Team Energy.

Currently, we are in the fifth series of EnergyDays. You can find series 1, series 2, series 3 and series 4 on their respective web pages.

Series 5 (2017-2020)

A new series of EnergyDays has started as of October 2017, each one focusing on a specific aspect of the present energy and climate discussion. Each day several experts will introduce and discuss in depth the subject of the day. It is the intention to explain in detail the various aspects, facts and the different views on the matter at hand.

  • Day 1:  Brainport Smart District – 26 October 2017
  • Day 2:  Renewable Fuels and Chemical – 27 March 2018
  • Day 3:  #CO2 – 07 June 2018
  • Day 4:  The Energy Transition from a Different Perspective – 15 November 2018
  • Day 5:  Climate Policy & Energy Markets – 28 March 2019
  • Day 6:  Cancelled – 06 June 2019
  • Day 7:  Climate Change: capturing the role of CO2 – 31 October 2019
  • Day 8:  Sustainable Mobility & Transport – 05 November 2020 (due to COVID-19 postponed)
DAY 1: BRAINPORT SMART DISTRICT – 26 October 2017

The Brainport Smart District will be a unique living lab, in which all new and smart technologies are to be integrated in a renewable, social and attractive living district, with the ultimate goal to improve quality of life of the inhabitants.
The Brainport Smart District gives us the opportunity to develop and experiment with new building methods, energy generation and storage, mobility concepts and to perform research on safety and health related topics, in close cooperation with industry.

  • Welcome by David Smeulders – TU/e
  • Smart City of the Future by Elphi Nelissen – TU/e
  • Simulation for energy efficient buildings and communities by Jan Hensen – TU/e
  • Multi-Carrier Energy Networks by Wiet Mazairac – TU/e
DAY 2: RENEWABLE FUELS AND CHEMICALS – 27 March 2018

In the future energy system, renewable fuels and chemicals are envisaged to fulfill the need for seasonal storage of energy, to provide clean dense energy carriers for transport and mobility, and to supply (chemical) industries with sustainable feedstocks. With Power-to-X technologies, CO2, H2O, and/or N2 ‘waste’ can be upgraded to ‘circular’ fuels and chemicals (X) in processes powered by renewable electricity (P).

Notwithstanding that electrolysis of water has already been in practice since 1800 being one of the first P2X technologies, the process is (still) not economically feasible for large-scale employment for the above purposes, also because of the strong competition with processes running on cheaper fossil fuels. What has to be done to realize the switch?

This Energy Day will give insight into the current state of research and development towards the deployment of P2X technologies. What are the challenges faced on different levels, from electrochemistry fundamentals, to chemical reactor engineering and scenarios for upscaling?

  • Welcome by Erik Langereis – DIFFER
  • Power-to-X: Challenging Fundamental Issues to enable Integrated Industrial Solutions by Rüdiger Eichel – Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH / RWTH Aachen University
  • Electrolyzers: Reactors with unlimited productivity? by John van der Schaaf – TU/e
  • P2X at time T. – What’s X? When’s T? What’s the scenario? by Gert Jan Kramer – Utrecht University, Copernicus Institute
DAY 3: #CO2 – 7 June 2018

On  7 June 2018 CO2 related issues were presented and discussed at the TU/e Energy Day. In all lectures, it resonated that it will be extremely difficult to reach the ambitious abatement goals that were set in the Paris Climate Agreement. Pepijn Veefkind (KNMI/TU Delft) reasoned for the necessity of accurate CO2 measurements to pinpoint emitter sources and its consequences for climate. From Remco de Boer’s presentation it became apparent that many (visionary) plans were made over the years, but hardly any action and little results were reported, which was substantiated by measurements from the Dutch Tropomi observatory satellite. Moreover, David Smeulders pointed out that a major source of emissions is outside the balance sheet as so-called ‘bunkers’ are not taken into account (fuel for international flights and shipping). In the built environment many options are under discussion now, but energy storage solutions (also in the form of gas) are key to facilitate the energy transition.

The Dutch government has drafted an ambitious climate and energy agenda. CO2 emission should be reduced in 2030 by 49% with respect to 1990. The Urgenda court ruling calls for 25% reduction already in 2020. European obligations are 14% renewable energy in 2020. The aim of the lectures and discussions in this afternoon is to shed some light on CO2 data, trends, perceptions and technical solutions for CO2 reduction.

  • Welcome by Daan Schram – TU/e | Founder EnergyDays
  • Global observations of greenhouse gases by Pepijn Veefkind – KNMI / TU Delft
  • CO2; promises, facts, fiction and perception by Remco de Boer – Expert Energy Transition
  • CO2 in the built environment; truth or dare by David Smeulders – TU/e
DAY 4: ENERGY TRANSITION FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE – 15 November 2018
  • Welcome by Geert Verbong – TU/e
  • Lessons from Rome: integration and discrimination in ancient Rome by Fik Meijer – emeritus professor University of Amsterdam
  • Energy transition in the Netherlands: a historical perspective by Jan-Pieter Smits – TU/e / Statistics Netherlands
  • Why we have solar panels but not yet nuclear fusion by Niek Lopes Cardozo – TU/e
DAY 5: CLIMATE POLICY AND ENERGY MARKETS – 28 MARCH 2019
  • Welcome by Geert Verbong – TU/e
  • Electrification of heating and transport: consequences for gas, costs and emissions by Machiel Mulder
  • Analysis of the effective market integration of decentralized flexibility by Michiel Roelofs
  • The community Based Virtual Power Plant by Anna Wieczorek
  • The Community of Loenen by André Zeijsseink
  • Market or governmental intervention: which topics remain unsolved in the climate agreement by Laetitia Ouillet
DAY 6: CANCELLED – 09 JUNE 2019
DAY 7: CLIMATE CHANGE: CAPTURING THE ROLE OF CO2 – 31 OCTOBER 2019
  • Welcome by David Smeulders (chair of de day)
  • The past predicts the future – really? Lessons on climate sensitivity from past climate changes by Anna von der Heydt
  • Feedbacks in the climate: the role of CO2 and CH4 by Han Dolman
  • Capturing CO2: making fossil fuels great again? by Berend Smit

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DAY 8: SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY & TRANSPORT – 05 November 2020
  • Welcome by Richard van de Sanden (chair of de day)
  • The future of mobility by Maarten Steinbuch
  • The inevitable role of renewable and low carbon liquid and gaseous fuels in mitigating the climate impact in the transport sector by Eric van den Heuvel
  • Accelerating the path towards climate-neutral aviation by Henri Werij

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