Informatics foster energy efficiency at Erasmus Energy Forum Science Day

An academic perspective of the future energy industry from scientists was presented on the second day of the Erasmus Energy Forum hosted by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) in June. This closer look at themes explored from a business viewpoint during the first day of the conference concluded with the ceremonial inaugural address of Dr Wolf Ketter, Professor of Next Generation Information Systems at RSM.

Day 2 of the Erasmus Energy Forum took the theme Future Energy Business and Energy Informatics; it engaged academic researchers in a dialogue that examined the future of energy business, especially in the context of how energy informatics can foster energy efficiency. The two-day conference was organised by the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business (ECFEB).

Day 1 the previous day was devoted to the business of future energy, and heard speakers from the top echelons of politics, business and academia on three themes: EU policies and markets; energy microgrids and new business models; and financing sustainable energy. The consensus was that the energy industry needs a common European framework if it is to successfully transition to sustainable sources of energy, and it will rely on smartgrids.

Keynote speakers were Professor Ad van Wijk of Delft University of Technology with Our car as powerplant, followed by The Energy Turnaround in Germany and the need for academic research by Professor Ulrich Buhl from the University of Augsburg.

Two sessions of academic papers were followed by an academic panel session moderated by Professor Richard Watson from the University of Georgia, and featuring panellists Prof. Ad van Wijk, Delft University of Technology; Prof. Coby van der Linde, Clingendael International; Energy Programme (CIEP); Prof. John Collins, University of Minnesota; Prof. Ulrich Buhl, University of Augsburg; Prof. Maria Gini, University of Minnesota and Prof. Eric van Heck of RSM.

Erasmus Energy Science Award

The Erasmus Energy Science Award, sponsored by Rabobank, was announced and presented by Volker Beckers, chairman of the Advisory Board of the ECFEB. The winning paper proposes a decentralized smart charging algorithm for customers with electric vehicles that offers savings on their electricity bills and reduces peak demand; Smart Charging Of Electric Vehicles Using Learning Agents. Co-authors are Konstantina Valogianni and Prof. Wolf Ketter from RSM and Dr John Collins, from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

Runner-up in the Erasmus Energy Science Award was Efficient Heuristics for Power Constrained Planning of Thermostatically Controlled Loads by a team from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands; Frits de Nijs, Mathijs de Weerdt, and Matthijs Spaan.

Inaugural address of Professor Wolf Ketter

Dr Wolf Ketter’s nomination as Professor of Next Generation Information Systems at RSM was officially recognised with his inaugural address at the conclusion of the Erasmus Energy Forum. His subject, Envisioning Sustainable Smart Markets and Enabling Sustainable Smart Markets took into account business, society and academic viewpoints in the search for more sustainable ways of living. Ketter said market mechanisms and intelligent decision support can be effective in solving large-scale resource allocation problems of this kind, but only if the market design reflects the social costs. Information systems have a central role in helping to devise solutions. He looked at the challenges and opportunities involved for information systems researchers, and set out an agenda for sustainable smart markets research, centred on collaborative approaches focusing on three overlapping areas: market and learning agent design; market evaluation using autonomous learning agents, and real-time decision support.

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A full report of the Erasmus Energy Forum Science Day – including abstracts from each of the scientific papers presented ‒ is online.

Session 1: Smart Grid and Energy Storage

  • Energy Informatics in Smart Grids: Agent based Modelling of Electricity Markets: Jurica Babic and Vedran Podobnik
  • An adaptive and unifying Energy Option, State and Assessment Model for Hybrid Energy Systems: Christian Derksen and Rainer Unland
  • Efficient Heuristics for Power Constrained Planning of Thermostatically Controlled Loads: Frits de Nijs, Mathijs de Weerdt and Matthijs Spaan (nominated for the Erasmus Energy Science Award).         
  • Using Inherent Thermal Energy Storage Capacity of District Energy Systems to Optimize Energy Demand and Consumption: Cameron Zahedi, Thomas Lawrence, Richard Watson, Jason Perry and Marie-Claude Boudreau

Session 2: Electric Vehicles and Demand Balancing

  • Real-time energy information for real-time energy-use: Anders Dalén, David Dauer and Timm Teubner
  • Learning Electricity Tariff Choice Behavior for Autonomous Decision Making: Markus Peters and Wolfgang Ketter
  • Distributed Smart Charging of Electric Vehicles Using Learning Agents: Konstantina Valogianni, Wolfgang Ketter and John Collins (nominated for the Erasmus Energy Science Award).
  • Rule-based control for scheduling electric vehicle charging on the imbalance market: Derck Koolen, Frederik Ruelens and Fjo De Ridder
  • Balancing Electricity Markets With Electric Vehicles: Micha Kahlen, Wolfgang Ketter and Jan van Dalen

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