Previous Events

Lunch lecture Smart Energy Efficiency Platform 3 April 2018

Building Energy Epidemiology: dissecting building energy distribution for greater energy efficiency”

By professor Laure Itard - TU Delft 

The Chair of Building Energy Epidemiology focuses on performance analysis, diagnosis, and optimization of energy systems in operation at the level of buildings and the building stock. By combining statistics and data analytics with thermodynamics, building physics, behavioral sciences, and systems’ dynamics we can realize this. The research field of the chair offers new opportunities for energy policy assessment and for the identification of efficient measures and systems for buildings in use. This is relevant to two new developments. On the one hand, the complexity of buildings’ energy systems is increasing a lot, as a consequence of multiple integrated conversion, distribution, and buffering systems inherent to the use of renewable thermal or electrical energy. On the other hand, a huge potential for feedback on actual operational performances comes from the quickly growing availability of cheaper sensors, smart meters, building management systems, and large databases, including the cloud and the internet of things. The available data could be used for the optimization and design of systems, as well as for the monitoring of energy policies. However, suitable analysis methods are necessary in order to do so.

Biography: Recently appointed professor of Building Energy Epidemiology, Laure Itard (Le Mans 1964), has an academic background in Physics and Thermodynamics in both France and the Netherlands. She is driven by her passion for energy science and systems engineering and how that passion can be utilized for a better environment and greater comfort for mankind. Laure worked at Electricité de France as researcher and within the Research & Development department of Deerns Consulting Engineers, Laure worked from 1998 till 2004 as consultant and project lead. From 2010 till late 2017 Laure was also professor at the Hague University of Applied Sciences, conducting research on simulation models and building management systems.

Lunch lecture Smart Energy Efficiency Platform 13 March 2018

"The building as your smartphone for greater functionality and efficiency"

By Wouter Kok  - Managing Director & Smart Building Expert bGrid B.V.

Imagine a building that recognizes you as an individual, helps you park your car, navigates you to a free work place and automatically adjusts lighting and temperature to your personal preferences. A building that uses machine learning to recognize patterns in building usage, optimizes your building installations accordingly and even automatically closes down parts of the building during the quiet days. This is just a fraction of the smart building functionalities that is possible today. Learn how real estate can benefit from technology strategies similar to those from Apple and Tesla.

Kick-off lunch lecture Smart Energy Efficiency Platform 13 February 2018

“Advanced Methods in Building Diagnostics and Control: a Systems and Control Perspective”

By dr. ir. Simone Baldi - TU Delft DCSC

Buildings consume more than 42% of the energy in Europe. Estimates say that efficient building automation systems can reduce their energy consumption of up to 30%. In order to sustainably achieve this goal, "intelligent" algorithms for monitoring and control of the building automation system are compelling. This talk will show how a systems and control perspective can lead to advanced methods for building diagnostics and control, powered by intelligent adaptive and reconfigurable algorithms. Part of the presented work has been funded by the FP7 EU project AMBI (, a research project on which TU Delft worked in cooperation with Honeywell, University of Oxford and University of Dresden.

ClimateKIC Climathon Delft: Smart Energy Efficiency Challenges

On the 27th and 28th of October 2017, the first Climate-KIC Climathon was organised in the GreenVillage in Delft. In this 24-hour climate challenge participants are asked to generate ideas to solve pressing energy efficiency related issues in an urban environment. Climathon is an annual global climate change hackathon which takes place simultaneously in major cities around the world. The Smart Energy Efficiency Platform has been the content partner for the first Climathon in Delft.

During the 24-hours of the Climathon, the multi-disciplinary teams, consisting of 40 students and professionals from fields such as architecture, business administration, software engineering, process technology, energy technology and urban development, tackled two challenges related to Smart Energy Efficiency:

Challenge 1: Future Buildings - Design the TU Delft Aula of the future to cope with the pressing energy demand challenges and climate change

Challenge 2: Social Energy - How can people be steered towards eco-friendly/energy efficient behaviour with the use of social media, like they are steered towards certain commercial products

The teams were coached by Climate-CIK coaches, PhD students and staff from SEEP partner TOON in interactive sessions towards the prototype presentation of their solution. Finally, the teams presented their solution in a 5-minute pitch to a jury with Dr. Kirsten Dunlop, Climate-KIC CEO, as chair of the jury.

The winning team came up with a set of solutions related to dynamic heating and ventilation using mobile units and innovative vents. These solutions form a nice package of multiple solutions, in line with the philosophy to improve energy efficiency in buildings with unique characteristics, such as iconic buildings and multi-functional buildings, in a low-barrier and non-intrusive manner. All with all, the Climathon has been a fruitful learning experience for the participants from all over the Netherlands and has opened their eyes for which steps in the reduction of energy use can be made in the built environment.

The event magazine, with both visual and textual reports on the event, released by the Climate-KIC can be accessed through:


Student Visit to TOON

On 7th December, the Energy Club visited TOON, formerly known as Quby, with 10 students. The students visited the TOON installation in Amsterdam, where they saw a demonstration of their setup with a Tesla Powerwall. The students also had a long discussion with the scientists at TOON regarding the potential applications for their product. 

TOON is an established partner of the Smart Energy Efficiency platform. Beside participating and assisting in several activities of the platform, such as the Delft Climathon, TOON accommodates students for master thesis projects.