Erasmus Energy Forum

Erasmus Energy Forum 2016

Redefining the energy landscape: Digital innovation as key enabler for the energy transition

18 – 19 May 2016

Are you affected by digital innovation? Of course, digital innovation takes place in every industry. Big data, the Internet of Things and cloud computing are some of the technologies in the digital revolution that are dramatically transforming and changing everyday lives. It changes the way we live, work, interact and communicate, and creates the foundation for a new industrial revolution. This digital trend has a major impact on incumbent business models. At the same time, it provides opportunities for innovation and new start-ups. In the energy landscape, many utilities offer smart, connected homes and workplaces, based on remotely controlled energy management gadgets and devices. Smart grids are monitored based on sensor data, and electric vehicles are becoming increasingly popular and affordable and their batteries are expected to become an important element in temporary storage of energy.

 

Re-inventing the energy industry

Digitisation and digital innovation, combined with the political focus on an efficient and competitive, low-carbon economy, requires a complete re-invention of the energy industry. Join us at the fifth annual Erasmus Energy Forum (EEF), which focuses on redefining the energy landscape and digital innovation as one of the key enablers for the transition. Business Day is on Wednesday 18 May, and Science Day on Thursday 19 May.

Main themes of the Erasmus Energy Forum to be debated include:
Decarbonising the energy system in an interconnected and digital world
Digitised port and data-driven industry as enablers for a sustainable industrial energy system
New business models based on digitisation that empower customers in smart new ways
Electric mobility and big data: new services and business models
Big data and digital innovation enabling flexibility in energy markets and trading
Policy and political perspective on redefining the energy landscape and digital innovation agenda

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Renewable energy solutions

Learn about new customers, who are becoming self-generated and empowered, or getting organised via local co-operatives. Industrial clusters can increase their energy efficiency through¬†more intense collaboration of locally generated solar- and wind-based energy. This requires increasing digitisation and sharing of data. The new decentralised energy landscape with a majority of renewable energy sources also poses new challenges, such as keeping the grid balanced. Solutions can be found in storage of energy, transformation such as power to heat, and smart demand side management. The new ‘pro-sumers’ are becoming more demanding and, to some extent, are determining and shaping the direction of industry development and technological innovations. All these new dynamics are profoundly going to change the interaction with customers and business models need to be adapted. Can governments and policymakers align the legislative frameworks in time?

Discover more at the Erasmus Energy Forum in May 2016.

Why should you participate?

Essential changes in the energy market can be achieved only with innovation and new approaches, which is why we believe that the Forum provides a learning opportunity for everyone. It brings stakeholders together and facilitates collaborations which lead to the implementation of new thinking and technologies, as well bringing together those at the forefront of innovative research, allowing them to exchange best practices and to develop innovative business models that benefit all participants. The Forum also provides a fantastic opportunity for networking for individuals in businesses, innovative start-ups, policy-making and academia.

There are opportunities to participate as sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, or delegates.

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Erasmus Energy Forum

The Erasmus Energy Forum 2016 is organised by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM), in partnership with Port of Rotterdam and Euroforum / Smart Circle. For all questions regarding sponsorship and partnership arrangements, registration and logistics, please contact Euroforum / Smart Circle. For all questions related to the contents of the Forum, the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business and the Business and Science Awards please contact RSM.


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