About the Erasmus Energy Forum

About the Erasmus Energy Forum

Who we are

The Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business is an interdisciplinary energy market research centre at Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM). We bring together energy practitioners, policy makers, and researchers from economics, computer science and behavioural science. Our research enables the robust, intelligent, efficient and sustainable energy networks of the future and builds on the rich and successful foundation of Erasmus University Rotterdam. In particular, our work on smart grids, virtual power plants, consumer behaviour and the simulation platform ‘Power TAC’ pushes the agenda towards an increasingly integrated European energy landscape, supporting European energy policy. The Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business is known for its:

  • interdisciplinary approach
  • international reach
  • advanced research methodologies
  • innovative business models.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is responsible for the development, construction, management and operation of the port and industrial area in Rotterdam, and promotes the effective, safe and efficient handling of shipping in the port of Rotterdam and its offshore approaches. Rotterdam is one of the main ports of Europe and the gateway to the European market of more than 350 million consumers. It has an annual throughput of about 450 million tonnes, and the Port of Rotterdam covers 125 square kilometres over 40 kilometres. The aim of the Port of Rotterdam Authority is to enhance the port of Rotterdam’s competitive position as a logistics hub and world-class industrial complex.

As an oil hub and refinery centre, as well as well-established coal hub for power plants, Rotterdam has recently developed into a more diversified energy port for Northwest Europe. Ten world-scale facilities for LNG, power, hydrogen and biofuels have come on-stream in the port area over the last five years, as a result of a total of €6 billion of private investments. In addition, new energy infrastructure for gas, electricity, steam, waste heat and CO2 has been installed, making the Port an ever more cost-efficient, carbon-efficient and secure location for energy for its customers in the port area and beyond. The Port of Rotterdam anticipates an increasing role for renewable energy, decentralised methodologies, the transition to a bio-based economy, and radical innovations.

Forum goals

Our annual Forum event is unique in that it brings together many stakeholders to discuss “the future of energy, and energy of the future”. Our first three annual events, in 2012, 2013 and 2014 brought together representatives from a wide range of industries, academia and politics, in front of large and influential audiences. It is rare that speakers representing so many parts of the industry – the grid, generators, IT, politicians and academics as well as such forward-thinking major consumers such as Port of Rotterdam – are able to co-operate, discourse and compare knowledge in a public forum. We aim to establish a pan-European community of the future energy landscape. So, the Erasmus Energy Forum 2015 sets forth the following goals: 

  • Develop relationships between the participants of the future energy landscape
  • Maintain a platform for exchange of expert information and best practices
  • Explore models of alternative resource sharing and storing
  • Define ways to increase energy efficiency and efficient allocation of resources

Who participates?

The Energy Forum is targeted at policy makers, business and academia. It is relevant for managers working in the energy industry or responsible for procurement of energy for large end users. This includes industries such as port industry, all kinds of manufacturing, high-tech and ICT, steel, chemicals and agriculture.

The audience on Business day is primarily C-level executives and managers, policymakers and academics. In previous years these groups were roughly  70 -10 - 20 per cent. About 75 per cent of delegates came from the Netherlands, while 25 per cent came from other countries, mainly Germany, UK, USA and Belgium.

Science day is mainly attended by academics, PhD and master students, and managers, roughly represented 30 – 50 - 20 per cent. Around 60 per cent of delegates came from the Netherlands, with 40 per cent coming from other countries, again mainly Germany, UK, USA and Belgium.

Previous Energy Forum events had participants from: ABB Group, ABN AMRO, Addmore, AEGON N.V., Alliander N.V., Aon Risk Solutions, APX, Arengo B.V., Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, BMW Group Nederland, Borodin Interim Management, BP Europa, Capgemini, CGI, CISCO systems, City of Rotterdam, Cleopa GmbH, Climex, Clingendael, Commerzbank, Daimler, Delft University of Technology, Delta, Digital Xalience a.s , DNV GL, DuneWorks, ECN, E.ON, Ecofys, Eneco, Energievan.nu, Energyworx, Enexis, Essent, European Commision, European Energy Review, Flora Holland B.V., GE Energy Management, Gemeente Rotterdam, GEN Nederland BV, GMX, GreenICT Foundation, Grontmij, GS1 Nederland, HC Feijenoord, IBM Netherlands, Indus Technologies, ING, Innova Energie, international KYC, KAIST College of Business, KMS Energy Group, KPMG, KU Leuven, Landis+Gyr , Methodware, London Business School, MAINOVA, NRC, NCE Smart, Netherlands Cancer Institute, NGI, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie, NUON, NWO, ORTEC, Patentship, Port of Rotterdam, Rabobank, Rotterdam Climate Initiative, Rotterdam Partners, Royal Haskoning, RWE-Essent, Schiphol NL BV, Seaconomy, Shell, Sia Partners, Siemens Nederland, Smit Lamnalco, Sprenger Duurzaam Advies, Stedin, Systemic Branding, TenneT, Topsector Energie, TU Delft ,TU Eindhoven, UC Berkeley, Union of the Electricity Industry, University of Augsburg, University of Connecticut School of Business (BUSN), University of Duisburg-Essen, University of Georgia, University of Groningen, University of Minnesota, University of Zagreb. Croatia, VaasaETT, van Oord, Van den Herik & Partners, WEnergy Global Pte Ltd, Westfälische Hochschule, Witteveen + Bos, ZMG Zurich Management Group AG 

Why 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 technologies and thinking, 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, policy-making and academia.

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

About the event

The Erasmus Energy Forum 2014 is hosted by the Erasmus Centre for Future Energy Business, a specialist research centre based at Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), the joint research institute of Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE).  Scientific Director is Prof. Wolf Ketter.

This year’s event is hosted in partnership with the Port of Rotterdam. The Port brings a new perspective to the event.  Speaking at last year’s event, Port of Rotterdam CEO Allard Castelein introduced energy scenarios for the port and industrial area of Rotterdam, and described how the Port is developing a ‘plug and play’ environment for its customers as well as new investors and industries. The Port is anticipating an increasing role for renewable energy, decentralised methodologies, the transition to a bio-based economy, and radical innovations.