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
17:00-19:00 Visit the Green Village and Welcome Drinks
Van Den Broekweg 4, 2628 CR Delft
Thursday 8th November
8:30-9:00 Registration
Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)
9:00-9:15 Welcome
Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)
9:15-10:00 Keynote Prof. Peter Palensky, Professor for Intelligent Electric Power Grids, Delft University of Technology
Title: Modeling Smart Grids
Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)
10:15-11:45 Session:
Governing safety hazards in future gas distribution systems

Room: tba
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
Session:
Organization / Institutions / Governance 1

Room: tba
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
Session:
Co-evolution of smart energy products and services (CESEPS)

Room: tba
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
Session:
Innovative low temperature heating/cooling grids

Room: tba
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)
Session:
Behaviour, communication and technology in Zero Energy Homes

Room: tba
Chair: Joost Miedema

Sanders F. Housing Sustainable Transition due to Residents Behaviour

Tummers L. Connecting resident-led housing to new energy networks

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

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
Session:
Distributing Power: Civil Society Engagement in Urban Energy Distribution

Room: tba
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
Session:
Modelling, Simulation, and Validation of Urban Energy Systems

Room: tba
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 Lunch, including Poster Presentations
Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)
13:15-14:00 Keynote Mr. 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)
14:15-15:45 Session:
Prosumer market design

Room: tba
Chair(s): Laurens de Vries

Hers S. tba

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

Klaasen, E. tba
Session:
A heat supply for dwellings without natural gas in the Netherlands

Room: tba
Chair(s): Theo Fens, Robert Geurts, Richard van Gemert
Session:
Sustainable Urban Energy Solutions: from Buildings to Neighbourhoods

Room: tba
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. Detailed analysis of the district energy system

Tba Stakeholder involvement: Cooperation with residents and municipality
    Session:
Renewable energy supplying cooperatives, citizen-led initiatives and their involvement in the governance of sustainable energy systems (1)

Room: tba
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. Participation in community Renewable Energy Cooperatives: An international comparative analysis
Game:
Go2Zero

Room: tba
Chair(s): Ellen van Bueren
16:15–17:45

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

Room: tba

Chair(s): Erwin Mlecnik

 

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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.   Panel discussion

 

Session:
Technological innovations 1

Room: tba

Chair(s): Mark de Bruijne

 

 

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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

 

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

Room: tba

Chair(s):  Leendert Verhoef, Arjen van der Meer

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

Room: tba

Chair(s): Thomas Hoppe, Frans Coenen

 

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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

Thomas Hoppe, Frans Coenen   tba

Game:
Go2Zero

Room: tba
Chair(s): Ellen van Bueren
19:00–22:30

Conference dinner

Restaurant van der Dussen, Bagijnhof 118, 2611 AS Delft

Friday 9th November

8:30-9:00

Registration

Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)

9:00-9:45

Key note

Mr. Siward Zomer, director ODE decentraal, Chairman De Windvogel and REScoop.eu

Title: to be announced

Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)

10:00-11:30

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

Room: tba

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

 

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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

 

Wallenborn G.   Collective self-supply and self-consumption in urban situations

 

Laborgne P.   Intermediaries as niche for local energy transitions: case studies in three urban areas

Discussion:
The role of municipalities in the energy transition

Room: tba

Chair(s): Udo Pesch and RESPONSE team

Session:
Integrated Photovoltaic Applications for the Urban Energy System

Room: tba

Chair(s): Machteld Lamers, Zoheir Haghighi

 

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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

Session:
Citizens/REScoop 1

Room: tba

Chair(s): Rolf Künneke

 

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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

Session:
Energy Justice

Room: tba

Chair(s): Behnam Taebi, Aad Correljé

 

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Feenstra M.   Engendering energy justice: a solution to gender imbalance of energy poverty?

 

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

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

Room: tba

Chair(s): Frans Coenen, Stan d’Herbemont, Thomas Hoppe

Workshop:
Green Village project - Aquabattery presentation and workshop

Room: tba

Chair(s): David Vermaas

11:30-13:00

Lunch

Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)

13:00-13:45

Key note

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)

14:00-15:30

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

Room: tba

Chair(s): Holger Schlör, Carolin Märker, Sandra Venghaus

 

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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

 

Keilmann-Gondhalekar D.   NEXUS CITY: Operationalizing the urban Water-Energy-Food Nexus for effective climate change action in Munich, Germany

 

Schlör H.   The meaning of cities – Challenges of the urban age

Session:
Organization / Institutions / Governance 2

Room: tba

Chair(s): Daniel Scholten

 

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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.   Cycling Valencia: The role of the new mobility policy in the city energy transition

 

Valler T.   Intelligent Transport Systems in urban China: driving decarbonisation?

 

Session:
Heating and Cooling our cities: planning for the second energy transition

Room: tba

Chair(s): Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Michiel Fremouw

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

Room: tba

Chair(s): Theo Fens, Els van der Roest, Niels Hartog

Session:
Energy & behavior

Room: tba

Chair(s): Gerdien de Vries

 

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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

 

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

Room: tba

Chair(s): Frans Coenen, Stan d’Herbemont, Thomas Hoppe

Discussion:
Organizing flexibility in distribution grids (in Dutch)

Room: tba

Chair(s): Mathijs de Weerdt, Arjen van der Meer, Laurens de Vries

15:30-16:00

Closure

Room: Mekelzaal (Science Centre)

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)

  • Mr. 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: 

 

      

Register here until 26 October 2018!

 

Conference Fee

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.