On May 30 2017  Royal Dutch Engineering Society was present: Short report of Energy Now: innovating towards zero:

The host of the day Lieve Scheire and the chairman Len Wismeyer opened the first session and introduced the first keynote speaker Thijs Aarten managing director of Ecofys.

Keynote Thijs Aarten (Ecofys)

Climate trackerMr Aarten  explained the way of working and role of Ecofys. One of their important contributions towards proper climate change policies is the Climate Action Tracker (http://www.climateactiontracker.org/) which tracks the effects of the action planned by the participant of the climate agreement.  Fig. 1 shows the global-mean temperature increase above pre-   industrial by 2100, with an uncertainty range originating from carbon-cycle and climate modelling The current plans (pledges) do not reach below 2 C, so a lot more has to be done. A huge transition is needed with no CO2 emission around 2050!

Measures like energy efficiency, usage of renewables are main factors to consider. Prices of PV and wind will lower still more making these renewables profitable without subsidies.

There is a need an enabling environment which provides proper regulations, reduction of risk for investors and transparency of climate risks. That will lead to a future with an energy cloud, smart grid including storage and power2gas.

Settalk Sandro Tacoville (KU Leuven)

Tells about results of Flexicity project which is about a SW platform for Demand Response and Energy Storage which optimizes a neighbourhood’s energy with benefits for all participants from selling flexibility.

Breakout sessions

The next part of the day consisted of many breakout sessions before and after lunch.

Some remarks on the topic "Green Architecture".


Interesting view and technical details of the renovation of the ATLAS building of the Tue campus. Is currently ongoing and has earned a BREEAM outstanding award (2017) with a 93.86% score. Is a result of a coordinated effort of the various building disciplines and additional benefits form the living lab technologies initiated by ILI (Intelligent Lighting Institute (TU/e). An open API (Application Program Interface) will be provided for the lighting researchers with also access to the building sensors.

BAM and Stedin

Show a number of results related to renovation and retrofitting older buildings which is done as part of a EU project Rennovate. It is like the “stroomversnellings” activities in the Netherlands. Aspects are a BAM service to create flexibility by storing energy in 150 L water in all the individual homes. Gave rise to interesting discussions.

The day was closed by a SETtalk of Strukton followed by a talk by Remco de Boer.

Settalk Strukton

Patrick van Geffen (Strukton) made a clear statement about the platform Strukton is providing for collecting building data and combine those “BIG DATA” towards an advice to the building manager.

Talk Remco de Boer

In his talk Remco (Energia, BNR) challenged the audience to take action in the transition! There are a lot of confusing factors, but action is really needed.