Sustainable Urban Energy Systems Conference

Technological prospects, citizen involvement and governance arrangements

8 - 9 November 2018    TU Delft Science Centre

Urban energy systems are going through fundamental technological and societal changes in the transition to sustainable energy systems. Ambitious climate change targets can only be realized by transforming urban energy systems into smart low carbon energy systems. From being passive agglomerations of energy consumption and environmental pollution, the future energy provision of cities is deemed to be cleaner, smarter, more self-reliant, resilient, and closer to the needs of citizens. Technological innovation is an important driver, allowing for decentralized and sustainable energy provision beyond the traditional boundaries of electricity, gas, and heat infrastructures.

Many cities are taking up this challenge, ranging from big cities like London, Amsterdam, and Paris, to well-known medium-sized cities like Freiburg, Milton Keynes, Delft and Breda, to small ones like Lochem and Saerbeck. In this process, citizens are not only influential by making lifestyle changes. More importantly, they increasingly take part in the provision and (self-)governance of urban energy. For instance, by actively participating in grassroots initiatives for renewable energy. Social innovations like these are potential game changers. At the same time, they challenge the prevailing institutional setting of centralized energy systems. For a successful transition towards sustainable urban energy systems, technological and social innovations need to be aligned with the underlying societal values and guided by the wider institutional and governance context.

This conference takes a multi-disciplinary approach and explores the technological, economic, ethical, behavioral, governance and public policy aspects of (analyzing and designing) urban energy systems. It does so from a comprehensive engineering perspective, and aims at highlighting current trends and issues affecting urban energy systems.

Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Governance, policy and regulation of urban energy systems;
  • Social innovations and local energy initiatives;
  • Responsible innovation in energy systems;
  • Energy justice and poverty;
  • Energy demand: energy demand side management, energy efficiency, energy consumption and conservation;
  • Public engagement, controversies, and conflicts in changing energy systems, participatory methods, consumer empowerment;
  • Digitalization: smart grid, artificial intelligence and blockchain technology;
  • Integration of energy systems: electricity, gas and heating;


Organizing Committee at Delft University of Technology


Rolf Künneke
Thomas Hoppe
Laurens de Vries
Mark de Bruijne
Daniel Scholten
Amineh Ghorbani
Ellen van Bueren
Arjen van der Meer
Tristan de Wildt
Christine Milchram



Tracks
Modeling of Systems/Infrastructure/Technology Technological Innovations
Governance / Organization / Institutions Citizens/REScoop
Values Others
Wednesday 7th November
17:00-18:00 Visit the Green Village
Van Den Broekweg 4, 2628 CN Delft
18:00-20:00 Welcome Drinks
Café X, Mekelweg 8-10, 2628 CD Delft
Thursday 8th November
8:30-9:00 Location: Science Center

Registration
9:00-9:15 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Welcome
9:15-10:00 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Keynote Prof. Peter Palensky
Professor for Intelligent Electric Power Grids, Delft University of Technology
Title: Modeling Smart Grids
Chair: Prof. Miro Zeman
10:00-10:15 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 1

Coffee Break

walk to/from Architecture building
10:15-11:45 Room: Architecture 01.West.620

Session 1-1:
Governing safety hazards in future gas distribution systems

Chair: Ben Riemersma

Rosmuller N. Responsible innovation in energy systems: how about safety issues?

Hermkens R. Future Gas Distribution Grids

Riemersma B. Governing Safety Hazards in Future Urban Gas Distribution Systems
Room: Architecture 01.West.270

Session 1-2:
Organization / Institutions / Governance 1

Chair: Rolf Künneke

Fuchs G. Urban situative governance and electricity projects in Germany

Karjalainen J., Heinonen S. Anticipatory hybrid governance – a model for peer-to-peer urban futures

Korsnes M. Distributed Renewable Energy in Chinese Cities – the role of rooftop PV in low-carbon smart city projects

Müller L., Späth F. Strengths and constraints of municipal utilities acting in support of distributed renewable energy. Munich utilities’ activities as an extreme case
Room: Architecture 01.West.060

Session 1-3:
Co-evolution of smart energy products and services (CESEPS)

Chair: Carla Robledo

Reinders A. Improving the design of future energy systems and their smart energy products

Gercek C., Reinders A. Prosumers’ energy consumption and production patterns from a residential smart grid pilot: A Dutch Case Study

Reihs D., Übermasser S. Capabilities of strict power limits at prosumer households for solving network load issues at LV grids: An Austrian Case Study

Van Mierlo B., Gültekin E., Brouwers H. Demand shifting: Stakeholders’ Experiences and Future Expectations
Room: Science Center Collegezaal

Session 1-4:
Innovative low temperature heating/cooling grids

Chair: Ivo Pothof

Bloemendal M. Thermal storage in urban environments

Pothof I. Surface water as a source for heating and cooling

Jansen S. Cool heat grids (KoWaNet)
Room: Science Center Bestuurskamer

Session 1-5:
Behaviour, communication and technology in Zero Energy Homes

Chair: Joost Miedema

Paradies G., de Koning N., Cremers R. Factors in the Journey towards the Adoption of Sustainable Home Improvements by Home Owner Associations: a Qualitative Study

Oostra, M. Experiences from ‘Stroomversnelling’

Pak S., Shortall R., Mouter N. Designing Sustainable Urban Energy Systems through Participatory Value Evaluation

Sanders F. Housing Sustainable Transition due to Residents Behaviour
Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Session 1-6:
Distributing Power: Civil Society Engagement in Urban Energy Distribution

Chair: Arwen Colell, Angela Pohlmann

Pohlmann A., Colell A. Distributing Power: Civil Society Group engagement in arenas of urban energy distribution

Webb J. Do different societies sustain differential capacities for civil engagement in urban energy systems?

Blanchet T., Herzberg C. The democratic challenges of the territorial energy transition: an investigation into Jena’s citizen energy cooperative
Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 4

Session 1-7:
Modelling, Simulation, and Validation of Urban Energy Systems

Chair: Arjen van der Meer

Heussen K., et al. Holistic testing for Urban Energy Systems Coupling and Integration

Widl E. Recent developments in simulation-based assessments of integrated urban energy systems

Pérez-Sánchez L., et al. Characterizing the energy metabolic pattern of urban systems with MuSIASEM: the case of Barcelona

Wang N., et al. Optimization modeling of regional energy systems considering coordination mechanisms
11:45-13:15 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 1

Lunch, including Poster Presentations
13:15-14:00 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Keynote Drs. Erik ten Elshof
Senior Policy Advisor Energy and the Environment at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
Title: Sustainable Urban Energy Systems in the Perspective of Dutch Regional Energy Strategies
Chair: Laurens de Vries
14:00-14:15 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 1

Coffee Break

walk to/from Architecture building
14:15-15:45 Room: Architecture 01.West.620

Session 2-1:
Prosumer market design

Chair(s): Laurens de Vries

Hers S. Flexibility Mechanisms including Net Metering

Lazowski B., et al. Examining the influence of in-home displays on residential energy consumption patterns

Klaasen, E. USEF, the market coordination mechanism for demand-side flexibility
Room: Architecture 01.West.270

Session 2-2:
A heat supply for dwellings without natural gas in the Netherlands

Chair(s): Theo Fens, Robert Geurts, Richard van Gemert
Room: Architecture 01.West.060

Session 2-3:
Sustainable Urban Energy Solutions: from Buildings to Neighbourhoods

Chair(s): Sabine Jansen

Jansen S. Introduction to the Smart Urban Isle Project & outline of the Development of the SUI concept for Haarlem

Bokel R. Retrofitting solutions and how this is related to energy demand and required temperature level of the heat supply

Mohammadi S. Development of the neighbourhood energy concept for two examples: Haarlem (NL) and Limassol Campus (CY)

Fortuijn, E. Ramplaankwartier: User participation and cooperation with stakeholders
    Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Session 2-6:
Renewable energy supplying cooperatives, citizen-led initiatives and their involvement in the governance of sustainable energy systems (1)

Chair(s): Thomas Hoppe, Frans Coenen

Bögel P., et al. Shahrokni H., Upham P., Kordas O. Consumers versus prosumers: using a storytelling approach to understand consumers’ attitudes towards business models in energy storage

Horstink L., Ng K., Wittmayer J., Campos I., Marín E. Placing citizens at the heart of the energy transition in Europe: the role of prosumers

Wittmayer J., Avelino F. Mainstreaming Social Innovation for Transformative Change: a MultiActor Perspective on Prosumerism

Bauwens T., Devine-Wright P. Does community energy facilitate energy democracy? A cross-national, empirical study
Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 4

Session 2-7:
Go2Zero Game

Chair(s): Ellen van Bueren

Note: This session will last until 17:45. If you want to participate, please join at 14:15
15:45-16:15 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 1

Coffee Break

walk to/from Architecture building
16:15–17:45 Room: Architecture 01.West.620

Session 3-1:
Local policy instruments to support the adoption of energy saving in districts

Chair(s): Erwin Mlecnik

Mlecnik E. Local policy instruments for activation of homeowners to adopt low-carbon technologies: experiences from the Triple-A project

Bolliger R. Local policy instruments for building renovation in Switzerland

Van de Vyver I. Encouraging energy efficient home renovations by increasing awareness and securing easy access: case Mechelen

Oung O. How to position homeowners in the heart of local engagement campaigns? The Rotterdam approach to encourage homeowners to adopt energy savings measures

Winkels Z., Mlecnik E.   Panel discussion
  Room: Architecture 01.West.060

Session 3-3:
Technological innovations 1

Chair(s): Mark de Bruijne

Barns D., Bale C., Taylor P. The value(s) of thermal storage in urban energy systems

Fouladvand J., Ghorbani A., Herder P. Looking at energy security through community lens, new perspective

Fremouw M., Gommans L. PLANHEAT: mapping LowEx heating and cooling sources

Segal N., Dolev S. A District Scheme for GHG Reductions in Urban Energy Systems: the Case for Cooling
  Room: Science Center Bestuurskamer

Session 3-5:
Workshop: Make your research a Living Lab: combine research, co-creation, and pilots in urban environments

Chair(s): Leendert Verhoef, Arjen van der Meer
Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Session 3-6: Renewable energy supplying cooperatives, citizen-led initiatives and their involvement in the governance of sustainable energy systems (2)
Chair(s): Thomas Hoppe, Frans Coenen

Quist J., Spekkink W., Pesch U. Local Energy Initiatives in the Sustainable Urban Energy Transformation: the case of Vogelwijk Energie(k)

Sifakis N., Daras T., Tsoutos T., Savvakis N. Renewable Energy Cooperatives as prosumers: Results from the REScoop Plus project

Ruggiero S. Community Energy in the Baltic Sea Region

Hoppe, T., Coenen, F. Renewable energy supplying cooperatives as a stimulating factor to household energy conservation; Results from surveys in France and Belgium

Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 4

Continued Session 2-7:
Go2Zero Game

Chair(s): Ellen van Bueren

Note: This session starts at 14:15. If you want to participate, please join at 14:15
19:00–22:30 Conference Dinner
Restaurant van der Dussen, Bagijnhof 118, 2611 AS Delft
Friday 9th November
8:30-9:00 Location: Science Center

Registration
9:00-9:45 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Keynote Mr. Siward Zomer
Director ODE decentraal, Chairman De Windvogel and REScoop.eu
Title: The role of community energy in cities
Chair: Thomas Hoppe
9:45-10:00 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 1

Coffee Break

walk to/from Architecture building
10:00-11:30 Room: Architecture 01.West.290

Session 4-1:
Discussion: The role of municipalities in the energy transition

Chair(s): Udo Pesch and RESPONSE team
Room: Architecture 01.West.270

Session 4-2:
Urban energy transitions: emergent intermediaries and the need to connect energy flows

Chair(s): Gilles Debizet, Melike Yalçın-Riollet, Antoine Tabourdeau

Yalçın-Riollet M., Tabourdeau A., Kragh-Furbo M., Walker G. Switching things on and off: the intermediary roles of ‘aggregators’ in the making and enactment of grid balancing demand response in the UK

Laborgne P. Intermediaries as niche for local energy transitions: case studies in three urban areas
Room: Architecture 01.West.060

Session 4-3:
Integrated Photovoltaic Applications for the Urban Energy System

Chair(s): Machteld Lamers, Zoheir Haghighi

Van den Dobbelsteen A. Urban Integration of Solar Energy

Veltman T. Government Insight on PV Integration

Reijenga T. Building Integrated PV from the Architects Point of View

Herrera D. Integration of Solar Energy Applications on Historic Buildings

Lizcano J. PV technology development for increased aesthetics
Room: Science Center Collegezaal

Session 4-4:
Citizens/REScoop 1

Chair(s): Rolf Künneke

Baudry S., Pellegrino M., Nessi, H. Governance, local energy initiatives and (co)terroritial policies in Rome: considerations regarding urban peripheries

Gährs S., Knoefel J. Stakeholder demands for services with community battery storage in Germany

Hoffmann E., Mohaupt F. User expectations and attitudes towards community battery storage in Germany
Room: Science Center Bestuurskamer

Session 4-5:
Energy Justice

Chair(s): Behnam Taebi, Aad Correljé

Feenstra M., Özerol, G. Gender and energy justice in urban settings

Taebi B. Energy Justice and normative uncertainties

De Wildt T. Exploring energy injustices using the capability approach and agent-based models

Milchram C. Incorporating energy justice in smart grid systems
Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Session 4-6:
Discussion: Tools and results from the REScoop Plus project (EU-Horizon 2020) - Special session for policy makers and energy stakeholders

Chair(s): Frans Coenen, Stan d’Herbemont, Thomas Hoppe
Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 4

Session 4-7: Workshop: Green Village project - Aquabattery presentation and workshop
Chair(s): David Vermaas

Juan Sebastian Alvarez (AquaBattery)

Elisabeth Vandeventer (Zown / EXE Energy)

Samira Farahani (TU Delft)
11:30-13:00 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 1

Lunch
13:00-13:45 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Keynote Prof. Benjamin Sovacool
Professor of Energy Policy, SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
Title: Conceptual frameworks and new frontiers in energy justice
Chair: Daniel Scholten
13:45-14:00 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 1

Coffee Break

walk to/from Architecture building
14:00-15:30 Room: Architecture 01.West.290

Session 5-1:
The food, energy, water (FEW-) nexus in urban areas – infrastructural and institutional challenges

Chair(s): Holger Schlör, Carolin Märker

Märker C. Governance of the FEW nexus – Insights from current German resource management

Heitmann F. Unfolding multi-level complexity in strategies for sustainable development – Connecting requirements of urban and national decision-making plans – A case study in Germany

Schlör H. The meaning of cities – Challenges of the urban age
Room: Architecture 01.West.270

Session 5-2:
Organization / Institutions / Governance 2

Chair(s) Daniel Scholten

Asarpota K. Developing energy strategies for cities to make the shift to more sustainable, efficient and clean energy systems

Bazaiou A. The Energy Transition beyond technology: Why designers and engineers should work together towards Climate-responsive Urban Design

Gabaldón-Estevan D., de-Madaria-Escuder B. Cycling Valencia: The role of the new mobility policy in the city energy transition

Valler T. Intelligent Transport Systems in Urban China: driving decarbonisation?
Room: Architecture 01.West.060

Session 5-3:
Heating and Cooling our cities: planning for the second energy transition (in Dutch)

Chair(s): Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Michiel Fremouw
Room: Science Center Collegezaal

Session 5-4:
An integral approach for utility functions electricity, heat, hydrogen and water: the SPX project in the Netherlands

Chair(s): Theo Fens, Els van der Roest, Niels Hartog
Room: Science Center Bestuurskamer

Session 5-5:
Energy behavior

Chair(s): Gerdien de Vries

Van Hattum J. Guide to green: Developing a message-framing tool for pro-environmental consumer behaviour change

Van der Hofstad P. Schools in a role of energy embassies in their neighbourhood

Kooger R. More sustainable houses? No hassle!

Huijts N., Contzen N., Roeser S. Emotional responses to an (un)equal distribution of a new energy project’s risks and annoyances: The case of an ultra-deep geothermal energy project
Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Session 5-6:
Discussion: Tools and results from the REScoop Plus project (EU-Horizon 2020) - Special session for policy makers and energy stakeholders

Chair(s): Frans Coenen, Stan d’Herbemont, Thomas Hoppe
Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 4

Session 5-7:
Discussion: Organizing flexibility in distribution grids (in Dutch)

Chair(s): Mathijs de Weerdt, Arjen van der Meer, Laurens de Vries
15:30-16:15 Room: Science Center Mekelzaal 2

Closure, Drinks and Snacks
Panel discussion on lessons learned and ways forward


Panelists:
Ellen van Bueren, Thomas Hoppe, Arjen van der Meer, Behnam Taebi, Theo Fens

Moderated by Rolf Künneke

Keynotes
In addition to parallel sessions, the conference will feature four keynote speeches by leading academics and practitioners in the field of urban energy systems.
Confirmed key note speakers:

  • Prof. Benjamin Sovacool
    Professor of Energy Policy, SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex
    Title: Conceptual Frameworks and New Frontiers in Energy Justice
    Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)

  • Prof. Peter Palensky
    Professor for Intelligent Electric Power Grids, Faculty Electrical Engineering, Mathematics & Computer Science, Delft University of Technology
    Title: Modeling Smart Grids
    Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)

  • Drs. Erik ten Elshof
    Senior Policy Advisor Energy and the Environment at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs
    Title: Sustainable Urban Energy Systems in the Perspective of Dutch Regional Energy Strategies
    Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)

  • Mr. Siward Zomer
    Director ODE decentraal, Chairman De Windvogel and REScoop.eu
    Title: The Role of Community Energy in Cities
    Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)

Venue

TU Delft Science Centre
Mekelzalen (1st floor)
Mijnbouwstraat 120, Delft

Contact urbanenery@tudelft.nl 

 

Important Dates

Deadline for panel submission: 15 May 2018
Notification of panel acceptance: 30 May 2018
Deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance: 30 June 2018
Deadline for full paper submission: 15 October 2018

If your abstract is accepted for presentation, please submit your full paper in Word format using the following template.

Authors can present one paper as lead-author. Selected papers will be invited for submission to a special issue of a peer-reviewed journal.

 

Conference Fees

Regular fee: 150 Euro
Reduced fee for PhD researchers: 75 Euro
Conference Dinner on November 8, 19:30: 60 Euro

The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments on both conference days. 
A limited number of fee waivers is available. 
Please contact urbanenergy@tudelft.nl for further information.

 

Accommodation

There are various options available close to the conference venue in the city center of Delft. 
There may be other options not listed here. 

Hotels: