12.00 Registration and networking lunch

13.15 Welcome

Moderator of the day, Ronnie Belmans, CEO EnergyVille, welcomes you in Brussels.

13.25 Opening Speech on the European energy ambitions

The European targets are ambitious, but is it achievable? Will the EU-countries be able to manage these targets or will the citizens across Europe lose faith? Juraj Nociar, Head of Cabinet Energy Union European Commission.

13.50 Keynote: EU energy ambition -> Industry perspective

The view of the industry on the EU energy ambition. How can we manage the future system with more renewables and decentralised assets such as (battery) storage? Christophe Degrez, CEO Eneco Belgium

14.15 New System -> New Regulation

The energy sector is changing, which demands for a new approach. What are the biggest challenges for suppliers, grid operators and energy users? Is regulation an enabler for the transition or will it delay innovations? Pieterjan Renier, CEO Flemish Regulator for Electricity and Gas (VREG).

14.40 The new business case of the grid operator

With the increased demand for sustainable energy sources, new technologies and the impact of big data, the playing field is completely changed. Business cases of established companies need to adjust. What is the expectation of key player TenneT? Frank-Peter Hansen, Corporate Senior Manager Regulation TenneT.

15.05 Coffee break

15.50 A groundbreaking smart grid

The grids are quickly evolving. With the introduction of smart meters in Belgium at the beginning of next year significant changes are expected. What are the biggest challenges Belgium faces in the smart transition? Maarten Messagie, Researcher Mobi Research Center Vrije Universiteit Brussel

16.10 The highlights of battery technologies

Innovative technologies are developing quickly. What can we expect in the near future? In which technologies do we need to invest? Jean-Marc Timmermans, Business Group Leader Agoria.

16.25 Giant battery in Ghent for district heating

EDF Luminus will use 4,5 million liter water to provide the district heating in Gent. What advantages does this way of energy storage bring? Frederik Snoeck, Corporate Director Production EDF Luminus.

16.45 Hydrogen: storage for the best reasonable price

Ad van Wijk, Professor Future Energy Systems TU Delft, is the expert in the hydrogen economy. Will hydrogen storage be the answer to all our challenges?

17.10 Closing and networking drinks