Symposium: Smart Grids


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About this event

Committees: Student Energy
Student Energy Committee 2020/2021
Date and time
Apr 28, 2021 10:30 - 15:45
Zoom webinar

For the first time ever, Student Energy Groningen presents a Symposium! The theme will be Smart Grids - The Connection of the Future, where you will be introduced to the changes and challenges on the route to self-sustaining grids. We will also be providing you with a free lunch from Lust. In order to have this delivered to you, you must be in Groningen. This event will count as a colloquium point for EES students!


Tarek Alskaif is an Assistant Professor in the Information Technology group at Wageningen University. He received the Ph.D. degree (Cum-laude) from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, BarcelonaTech), group of Statistical Analysis of Networks and Systems, Barcelona, Spain in 2016. His main research interest is on using novel ICT solutions, data science and artificial intelligence for achieving sustainability targets in cities and enabling the energy transition. He is a steering committee member, a technical program committee and the publications chair of the IEEE International Conference on Smart Energy Systems and Technologies (SEST).

Decentralized and end-users centric smart energy systems for microgrid communities 

This seminar will present and discuss two novel smart energy system designs for coordinating distributed energy assets in microgrids. The different designs will be discussed depending on their degree of decentralization, autonomy and privacy. Examples of some enabling ICT-based systems will be demonstrated based on actual pilot implementations in the city of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Kees Vuik has obtained a Master degree Applied Mathematics from the TU Delft and has written his PhD thesis at Utrecht University. Since 2007, he has been full professor Numerical Analysis at the TU Delft. His work is on discretization methods for partial differential equations, fast and robust solvers and implementation of these methods on High Performance Computers. Applications are in Medical Imaging, flow around ships and seas, and fast solvers for energy networks. Furthermore he is Director of Delft Institute for Computational Science and Engineering and Scientific Director of the High Performance Computing Center at the TU Delft.

Solving the Power Flow problem on Integrated Transmission-Distribution Networks: A Numerical Assessment

In order to run the power flow simulations on these networks quickly, we use numerical analysis to come up with efficient and robust solvers. In this talk, I will give an introduction into power flow simulations on transmission and distribution networks. Next, I will show several ways of coupling these networks into an integrated network model. Lastly, I will show the numerical results of running power flow simulations on these integrated networks.


Gerwin Hoogsteen received the PhD degree from the University of Twente in 2017 with his thesis “A Cyber-Physical Systems Perspective on Decentralized Energy Management ”. He is currently employed as a permanent researcher in the field of smart grids within the Computer Architecture for Embedded Systems chair. His research interest is in energy management for smart grids. Current research directions include the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence in smart grids, distributed coordination, and cyber-security of smart grids. Hoogsteen is the founder and maintainer of the DEMKit and ALPG software.

Coordination and system integration in microgrids

New scalable coordination mechanisms and algorithms are required to ensure that a set of heterogeneous devices, spanning different energy carriers, together reach energy system balance. Furthermore, to reach sustainability goals, such a coordination system itself must be energy efficient in computational terms. This presentation will provide an overview of the algorithms developed and deployed in field tests at the University of Twente to achieve this goal.


Jochen Cremer is Assistant Professor at the Technical University of Delft and Co-Director of the Delft AI Energy Lab since 2021. Before joining the TU Delft, he was a Postdoc and PhD student at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Imperial College London. In 2019 he co-chaired the International Student Energy Summit 2019 for 650 students passionate about transforming the current system to low carbon. Jochen’s research interest lies in data-driven scientific computing for power systems with a focus on Artificial Intelligence (machine learning) and mathematical optimization for challenges that relate to the operation of integrated energy systems.

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