Friday, March 10, 2023
Blauwe Zaal, Auditorium, Eindhoven University of Technology

Under auspices of EIRES and the NWO Research Program MegaMind.

Electricity plays a key role in the energy transition. The transition pathways of a number of sectors involve a (partial) switch to electricity as the energy carrier. This, and the increasing supply of electricity from wind and solar, increases uncertainty in the system and causes the networks to be used in a way not foreseen at the design time.
In this symposium we zoom in on the challenges for the electricity distribution grids, from different perspectives. Firstly, speakers from the three main Distribution System Operators, Alliander, Enexis and STEDIN, will give insights in current developments. What are their challenges and how do they approach these? How do they expect to incorporate energy flexibility actively in the operation of their distribution grids? How can transport capacity be contracted in a way more suitable to our sustainable future?
Secondly, three top scientists in energy systems research, from Twente, Tilburg and Eindhoven, will highlight scientific developments and insights from the perspectives of energy management, digitization and energy justice explain what scientific research can bring to the table.

The program is targeted to an general engineering audience. You are cordially invited to attend. Free registration is required.


  • Han Slootweg, Director of Asset Management, Enexis & Professor Smart Grids, TU/e
  • Anne van der Molen, Energy System Strategist, STEDIN & Research Fellow, TU/e
  • Wouter van den Akker, Principal Energy System Strategy, Alliander & Research Fellow, TU/e
  • Johann Hurink, Professor of Discrete Mathematics and Mathematical Programming, University of Twente
  • Phuong Nguyen, Associate Professor Digital Power and Energy Systems, TU/e
  • Saskia LavrijssenProfessor of Economic Regulation and Market Governance of Network Industries, Tilburg University

Inaugural lecture

After the symposium, Koen Kok will give his Inaugural Lecture.

Livestream of the lecture (March 10th, 16:00-17:00):