3rd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

Universities in the Energy Transition: Focus on Smart Energy Systems and Communities

21 - 23 November 2016

The 3rd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event explored how European universities can further cooperate in research and education activities in the fields of energy system integration, smart systems and the role of energy consumers.




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The event was the third of a series of UNI-SET “Energy Clustering Events” which took place in 2016 and 2017 to discuss and stimulate the development of innovative research and education programmes in the energy field. The events sought to mobilise the European university community to tackle the “energy challenge” by fostering exchange and collaboration between researchers, educators and other stakeholders, framed by the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) and the Energy Union.

The event in Bucharest provided opportunities for clustering, consortia building and knowledge sharing. The main themes of the event, around which sessions were programmed, are derived from a core priority of the SET-Plan:

- ‘The future smart EU energy system, with the consumer at the centre’ (Core priority 2)

The event was organised in the framework of the FP7 UNI-SET project, an action implemented jointly by the European University Association (EUA) and KU Leuven, representing the universities in KIC InnoEnergy. The UNI-SET ECEs are mainly intended for EUA member universities participating in the UNI-SET Universities Survey.

Objectives

The event offered insights into innovative programmes and approaches from a multidisciplinary perspective through examples, lessons learnt and other best practice. The conference participants also contributed to the development of a roadmap and ultimately a strategic agenda for universities as important stakeholders in the future energy society. The overall goal was to strengthen inter-university cooperation and thus the voice of universities in the development of energy policy at EU level. The goal is also to make visible the substantial contribution of universities in implementing the European Energy Union.

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The UNI-SET Energy Clustering Events provide a platform for networking and exchange of views with a forward-look towards the future energy society and the need to better prepare the next generation of Master and Doctorate graduates. Specifically, the events will be of interest to university leaders in the field of energy (e.g. rectors and vice-rectors, deans, heads of institutional energy initiatives, with an interest in innovative approaches for energy research and education), as well as other stakeholders from the energy research, education and policy development.

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 609838.

  • TUESDAY 22 NOVEMBER

    9.30 - 10.30
    Keynotes

    Andreea Strachinescu Head of Unit for New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG Energy, European Commission 

    Prof. Horia Necula, Dean of the Faculty of Power Engineering, University Politehnica of Bucharest

    11.00 - 11.30
    Presentation of the European “Roadmap for Universities in Energy” and an outline of the European roadmap in the fields of smart energy systems and communities

    Dr Dr Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director for Research & Innovation, EUA; UNI-SET Project Coordinator

    Prof. Prof Johan Driesen, KU Leuven; Education Director, KIC InnoEnergy; UNI-SET Project Leader

    11.30 - 12.30
    Plenary Session: Research, Innovation and Education in Smart Energy Systems and Communities

    Dr Wim Melis, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich, UK

    13.30 - 15.00
    Parallel sessions: Good practices in research, innovation and education

    Session 1: Smart metering and instrumentation

    Chair: Prof. Giovanni Fracastoro, Politecnico di Torino
    Rapporteur: Borana Taraj, European University Association

    - Prof. Mihai Gavrilas "Gheorghe Asachi" Technical University of Iasi
    - Prof. Ciprian Lupu, Vice-Dean, University Politehnica of Bucharest
    - Dr Mihai Sanduleac, Faculty of Power Engineering, University Politehnica of Bucharest
    - Prof. Rodica Stoian, RoneXprim

    Session 2: Collaborative research and education

    Chair: Dr Lidia Borrell-Damian, Director for Research & Innovation, EUA
    Rapporteur: Mar Martinez Diaz, KU Leuven; KIC InnoEnergy

    - Prof. Eden Mamut, Ovidius University of Constanta
    - Adriana Mircea, Government Affairs & BD for SEE, GE Romania
    - Prof. Antonello Monti RWTH Aachen University
    - Laurentiu Oancea, Ovidius University of Constanta
    - Prof. Adrian Tanţău, Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies

    Session 3: Multidisciplinarity for energy storage solutions

    Chair: Prof. Fabrice Lemoine, University of Lorraine
    Rapporteur: Dr Andrzej Adamski, Jagiellonian University; KIC InnoEnergy

    - Ana-Maria Carac, Ovidius University of Constanta
    - Prof. João Serra, Universidade de Lisboa
    - Gabriel Zsembinszki University of Lleida; Inpath-TES project

    Session 4: Living labs and smart campuses

    Chair: Dr John Smith, European University Association
    Rapporteur: Lennart Stoy, European University Association

    - Daniel Butucel, Project Manager, EFdeN
    - DrStefano Rinaldi, University of Brescia
    - Prof. Vladimir Tanasiev, University Politehnica of Bucharest

    15.30 - 16.30
    Plenary Session: Funding Instruments, Programmes and Platforms

    Gianluca Fulli, Deputy Head, Energy Security, Distribution and Markets Unit, Joint Research Centre, European Commission 

    Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit for New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG Energy, European Commission

    16.30 - 18.00
    Clustering Sessions

    Session 1: Energy systems

    Chair: Prof. Tim Green, Imperial College London
    Rapporteur: Dr Ningwei Justin Chiu, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

    - Prof. David Smeulders, TU/e Technical University of Eindhoven
    - Marian Dobrin, Manager, Institute for Studies and Power Engineering (ISPE) Bucharest
    - Dr Wim Melis, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich, UK
    - Sergiu Nicolaie, Department in Conversion Efficiency and Energy Consumption, National Institute for Research and Development in Electrical Engineering (ICPE-CA)

    Session 2: Smart Cities & Communities

    Chair: Dr John Smith, European University Association
    Rapporteur: Borana Taraj, European University Association

    - Hartmut Dumke, TU Vienna
    - Prof. Olav B Fosso, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
    - Prof. Robert Gavriliuc, Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest
    - Prof. Tom Postmes, University of Groningen

    Session 3: Energy Consumers

    Chair: Prof. Giovanni Fracastoro, Politecnico di Torino
    Rapporteur: Lennart Stoy, European University Association

    - Prof. Fredrik Wallin, Mälardalen University
    - Emil Constantinescu, Project Manager, ENEL Romania
    - Jay Sterling Gregg, Technical University of Denmark; Representative of EERA Joint Programme on Economic, Environmental and Social Impacts (JP e3s)
    - Prof. Tomas Krzyzynski, Dean Faculty of Technology and Education, Koszalin University of Technology

  • WEDNESDAY 23 NOVEMBER

    9.30 - 10.45
    Outlook sessions: Making Energy Systems Ready for the Future: The Role of Universities & Industry

    Session 1: Education for the Future Energy System

    Chair: Prof. Torbjørn Digernes, Chair of the UNI-SET Steering Committee
    Rapporteur: Prof. Johan Driesen, KU Leuven; Education Director, KIC InnoEnergy;

    - Prof. Mihaela Albu, University Politehnica of Bucharest
    - Prof. Gianfranco Chicco, Politecnico di Torino
    - Brandusa Fecioru, HR Manager, Honeywell Romania
    - Sorina Mustăţea, Vice President for Public Relations, Board of European Students of Technology (BEST) Bucharest, University Politehnica of Bucharest

    Session 2: University-Business Collaboration for the Future Energy System

    Chair: Prof. Giovanni Fracastoro, Politecnico di Torino
    Rapporteur: Prof. Fabrice Lemoine, University of Lorraine

    - Dr Traian Fagarasan, Director, SC Smart SA – Sucursala Sibiu, Transelectrica
    - Prof. Tim Green, Director, Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London
    - Petru Ruset, ‎Country Division Lead Wind Power and Renewables, SIEMENS Romania “Topics of the future”

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