Grid-Connected Microgrids
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With an increasing number of distributed energy resources and dropping costs of energy storage balancing energy supply and demand on a local level can create a variety of advantages. Grid-connected microgrids hold the potential to facilitate the integration of renewable energy generation without expensive grid reinforcements, improve energy efficiency, resiliency and most importantly cut on costs and carbon.

Join the Future Grid Lab on microgrids and learn in which fields these microgrids hold the most potential and what challenges need to be overcome.





6 December 2018, Rotterdam

Welcome by chairman
Eric Vennix
Industry Leader North West Europe
Grid-connected Microgrids: A state-of-the-market
  • Utilities from obstacle to driver of microgrids
  • Trends and market segments
  • Business Models: Five different business models for microgrids
Roberto Rodriguez Labastida
Senior Research Analyst
Navigant Research
The grid operator’s perspective
  • The added value of microgrids: local flexibility
  • The danger of the “Death Spiral”
  • Increased complexity
Jan Pellis
Innovation Manager Flexibility
14:05 Networking Break
Feasibility of Microgrids
  • Technical feasibility of microgrids
  • Regulation and market conditions
  • Transport tariffs as economic driver
Philip Gladek
CEO & Founder
Key learnings from the Simris Microgrid
  • Simris, a stand-alone microgrid solution in Sweden
  • Using know-how built at Simris to drive commercial project throughout Europe
  • Solutions to support cost-effective integration of PV in distribution grids
Arne Eindhoven
Global Head of B2B Innovation
15:45 Networking Break
Transactive Energy
  • Value as the key operational parameter
  • Away from the flat-rate pricing model
  • Blockchain as enabling tool (?)
Investor perspective
  • Investing in the intgration of renewables in the grid
  • Pitfalls and opportunities
  • Key-learnings and reflections
Nicolas Piau
Co-founder & Managing Partner
TiLT Capital
Start-up perspective
  • Reinventing the business model
Closing remarks and networking drinks
Philip Gladek
CEO & Founder
Philip is a multidisciplinary systems engineer with a background in business strategy. His professional career has been focused on developing projects and products in theareas of clean-technology, integrated resource systems, and smart energy solutions. He is one of the co-founders of Metabolic, a consulting and venture-building company that applies systems-thinking to tackle global sustainability challenges. In 2015, Philip founded Spectral, a rapidly growing system integration and smart-grid technology company based in Amsterdam, where he is currently CEO / CTO and responsible for leading R&D, product deployment, and cutting-edge smart-grid projects.
Eric Vennix
Industry Leader North West Europe
Eric Vennix leads the Energy & Resources industry within Deloitte North West Europe. He helps clients with business process transformation, implementing ERP / CRM systems and developing an IT strategy, roadmap or design. With his combined industry and systems background, Eric routinely works as a C-level advisor for Technology initiatives. He is also the driving force behind Deloitte’s ‘Future of Energy’ initiative where we bring together Deloitte eminence on every aspect of the energy transition.
Roberto Rodriguez Labastida
Senior Research Analyst
A short bio will follow soon...
Jan Pellis
Innovation Manager
Jan Pellis is innovation theme manager ‘Flexibility and future market facilitation’ at grid operator Stedin. He is committed to starting innovation projects to develop the role of Stedin in the energy transition. This covers enabling and connecting new and existing parties in the energy market to test solutions for the energy system of the future. He also contributes to different nation wide working groups to understand and shape the energy transition. Recent projects Pellis is involved are: ‘the Layered Energy System’, ‘An assessment framework for the application of flexibility in the Dutch power system’, ‘The future of the energy-intensive industries in the Netherlands’ and ‘Stedin Flex acceleration program’. Pellis studied Electrical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. After his graduation in 1997 he started his career in the energy sector at high voltage cable manufacturer NKF (nowadays Prysmian). From 2002 he has been working at Stedin in different expert and management functions. Pellis has built up broad experience in energy transition modelling, strategy development, innovation and asset management of gas and electricity networks.



With stakes as high as in the energy transition, there probably could not have been a more suitable venue for the Future Grid Labs than the Maastoren. Not only is it the tallest building in the Netherlands, with its auditorium on the 44th floor, overlooking Rotterdam, it probably also offers the most stunning yet inspiring views.

Public transport
Only 5 minutes by underground from Rotterdam Central Station
Take line D (direction ‘De Akkers’) or E (direction ‘Slinge’)
Get out at 'Wilhelminaplein'

Navigation - 'Stieltjesstraat'

Maastoren Rotterdam
HQ Deloitte
The Netherlands

3072 AP Rotterdam
Wilhelminakade 1





Secure your seat at the Future Grid Labs!

Make sure to register in time as capacity is limited.


Join 1 Lab: €350
Join 2 Labs: €650
Passepartout 3 Labs: €900


Access to the Future Grid Lab(s) you register for
Access to slides used in presentations and discussions
Drinks and snacks during the networking breaks