PRE-CONFERENCE PROGRAM /// 12 FEBRUARY 2019
19:30 Pre-Conference Networking Dinner (additional registration for the dinner is required)
LOCATION: Restaurant Stork, Amsterdam
 

CONFERENCE PROGRAM /// BLOCKCHAIN2ENERGY EUROPE /// 13 FEBRUARY 2019

08:30 Welcoming coffee
09:00 Word of Welcome
THOMAS BOERSMA /// PROJECT MANAGER
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THOMAS BOERSMA
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA

09:10 Blockchain in Energy 101
  • Introduction to blockchain
  • Technologies and concepts
  • What about the energy use of blockchain?
DR. THOMAS BRENNER /// CTO - OLI SYSTEMS GMBH
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DR. THOMAS BRENNER
CTO /// OLI SYSTEMS GMBH

09:30 State-of-the-Market
  • Overview of use cases
  • Key players and applications
MARZIA ZAFAR /// DIRECTOR, INNOVATION & ISSUES MONITOR - WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL
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MARZIA ZAFAR
DIRECTOR, INNOVATION & ISSUES MONITOR /// WORLD ENERGY COUNCIL
09:50 Business Case or Blockchain – many paths lead to Rome
  • Examples of blockchain and non-blockchain cases
  • A successful blockchain case is not necessarily a business case for a third party
  • Market case or sector case business case we should better use
MICHAEL MERZ /// FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR - PONTON
Michael Merz has studied computer science and received his PhD from University of Hamburg. He founded PONTON GmbH in the year 2001 and has demonstrated his expertise in various B2B integration projects over the past 15 years in several projects related to energy trading. He is expert in blockchain technology as PONTON has started developing blockchain-based infrastructures for energy trading (Enerchain) and grid management (Gridchain) since the year 2016. Michael also contributes to research projects in energy trading such as NEW 4.0 and ETIBLOGG and he is author of a book on blockchain in B2B integration.
MICHAEL MERZ
FOUNDER & MANAGING DIRECTOR /// PONTON
10:15 BREAKFAST BREAK
11:00 Innovation strategy for blockchain in energy business
  • Beyond the hype: blockchain in actual business
  • Blockchain in disctrict heating
  • Strategy lessons from innovating within a corporate
ROELOF REINEMAN /// BLOCKCHAIN LEAD - ENECO
One part Entrepreneur, one part Engineer. I love to help companies apply Tomorrow's Technology, Today. Founder of EV Apps and Hotroad, now involved with Eneco as Lead Blockchain and an expert on District Heating. At Eneco I have put Blockchain on the radar, build prototypes and navigated our team through the World's biggest Blockchain Hackathon. With our District Heating use case we have been nominated for a CIO Award in the category 'Most Innovative Company'.
ROELOF REINEMAN
BLOCKCHAIN LEAD /// ENECO

11:20 Open marketplace for local flexibility
  • Implementation in a real neighbourhood, Hoog Dalem
  • Blockchain not applicable for all stakeholders
  • When is blockchain of added value?
ARJEN ZUIJDERDUIJN /// PROJECT LEAD FLEXIBILITY - STEDIN
Arjen Zuijderduijn is projectleader flex at Stedin. As part of the Innovation theme flex Arjen leads the project: Layered Energy System (LES). The LES project creates an open market within a household community. In this open market the use of blockchain is one of the key elements of LES. In partnership with EWF, Energy 21, ABB, Enervalis & Stedin the LES concept will most likely go live in early 2019.

Arjen studied his master in Management at the Nyenrode Business university before starting his career at Stedin. At Stedin Arjen worked 5 years at Asset Management. His focus was on Quality Assurance & FAIR during the tendering & developing of the Smart Meters. Currently Arjen is part of the Stedin Change office which allows him to broaden his horizon and capabilities.
ARJEN ZUIJDERDUIJN
PROJECT LEAD FLEXIBILITY /// STEDIN
MICHIEL DORRESTEIJN /// SR. ENERGY CONSULTANT - ENERGY21
Michiel Dorresteijn (senior consultant energy markets at Energy21) is a consultant with a keen interest in complex strategic issues. With a background in commercial businesses as well as in governmental policy development, he is always trying to bridge the gap between abstract strategies and policies and day-to-day business. Discussing and formulating visions and strategies, but with a constant drive to turn these into realistic practices and projects.
After several years in the business of geographical information and remote sensing, Michiel was convinced that the energy sector was the place to be if you want to work on the bigger challenges in our society. Several years as policy advisor for wind energy development learned him the mechanisms in Den Haag. But feeling more at home in a more commercial setting Michiel joined Energy21 in 2012. Energy21 provides energy data solutions for the larger players in the energy sector, based on the vision to enable a sustainable energy market system. To do so Energy21 has to understand the functioning of and interaction between the different roles in the energy sector very well. Michiel’s activities focus on business development and energy market consultancy, especially on topics related to the energy transition. This includes innovative market models, distributed energy concepts applying blockchain and other energy process software, and long term energy strategy.
MICHIEL DORRESTEIJN
SR. ENERGY CONSULTANT /// ENERGY 21
11:40 Peer-to-peer trading
  • Peer-to-peer trading over blockchain in practice
  • From pilot to implementation
  • Key learnings from the Jouliette project
TOM WESTRA /// CO-FOUNDER & CCO - SPECTRAL
Co-founder of Spectral with more than 12 years of experience in B2B sales and business development. Tom began his career (in 2004) working with Nuon, the former largest energy retailer in the Netherlands, and was involved in the realization of projects such as the 120MW (off-shore) wind farm Amalia. After several sales / business development positions outside the energy sector Tom joined the founding team of Spectral in 2015 where he is leading the commercial side of the company in the role of CCO. Tom's main focus areas are strategy, business development and strategic partnerships. At the moment, amongst other projects, he is leading the new blockchain implementation project in the City of Groningen.
TOM WESTRA
CO-FOUNDER & CCO /// SPECTRAL
12:00 Panel - Which use case holds the most potential
  • Compared to one year ago, what progress did we make?
  • Where are we in the hype cycle?
  • What is the role of regulation?
THOMAS BOERSMA /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
A short bio will follow soon...
MODERATOR
THOMAS BOERSMA
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
HANNAH DAVIS /// SCIENTIST - EPRI
Hannah Davis is an analyst on the Technology Innovation Team at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Recently, Hannah has taken over the role of project lead for EPRI’s Utility Blockchain Interest Group (UBIG), www.epri.com/UBIG. UBIG is a no-cost, utility focused, interest group that uses a collaborative approach to accelerate industry learning of blockchain by sharing use cases, lessons learned, and developing best practices. EPRI is an independent, non-profit organization that conducts research, development, and demonstration projects for the benefit of the public in the United States and Internationally. EPRI is focused on electricity generation, delivery and use in collaboration with the electricity sector, its stakeholders and others to enhance the quality of life by making electric power safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible. Hannah holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University and bachelor’s degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Environmental Science.
HANNAH DAVIS
SCIENTIST /// EPRI
JOSE MINGUEZ /// HEAD OF INNOVATION - ENDESA
José is the Head of Innovation Market Iberia at Endesa (Enel Group), his main objective being the application of new technologies and market trends to the Energy Business. EMBA Dean’s list from IE, he is an electronic industrial engineer trained at ICAI. He is member of the Blockchain Community of Enel and P2P Transaction Platforms and the Blockchain Platform of Eurelectric. Previously, he was the Head of Technology Projects, leading various consortia for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 and was responsible for various projects aimed at developing the integration of efficient distributed solar energy into the grid, smart-home, smart-buildings, storage systems and the commercial application of heat pumps for industrial installations. Focused on B2B & B2C Innovation projects, business development and strategy.
JOSE MINGUEZ
HEAD OF INNOVATION /// ENDESA
STUART RAVENS /// PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ANALYST - NAVIGANT RESEARCH
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STUART RAVENS
PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ANALYST /// NAVIGANT RESEARCH
ALAN TILLEY /// CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER - DRIFT
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ALAN TILLEY
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER /// DRIFT
12:40 LUNCH BREAK
14:10 Using blockchain for asset registration
  • The need for cleaner data
  • Transparancy & security
  • Why blockchain over a shared database?
JO-JO HUBBARD /// COO - ELECTRON
Jo-Jo Hubbard is the COO and co-founder of Electron: a digital energy start-up, building blockchain platforms and ecosystems for and with the energy industry. Before Electron she spent four years in renewable energy investment banking, worked in a cleantech VC and consulted on digital transformation at McKinsey. She also coordinates the energy community for Singularity University in the UK.
JO-JO HUBBARD
COO /// ELECTRON

14:30 The role of consortia
  • The challenges of consortium building
  • Combining networks and stakeholder management
ALEXANDRA PITKEVICH /// BLOCKCHAIN LEAD - ACCENTURE
Alexandra Pitkevich is a Blockchain spokesperson, Evangelist and Gallia Blockchain lead at Accenture. Before championing the technology in 2015, she has managed an impressive array of complex IT solutions from architecture to delivery, in demanding fields of global telecom, airlines and oil & gas multinationals. Prior to that, her Master degree in C.Sc. from St.Petersburg Polytechnic university has led her to a successful career in corporate IT helping develop software for major international financial companies. Overall Alexandra has 20+ years of experience in the IT industry.
ALEXANDRA PITKEVICH
BLOCKCHAIN LEAD /// ACCENTURE
15:00 The regulatory framework
  • Current state and outlook of regulation
  • Privacy and compliance issues
  • Benefits and challenges brought up by regulation
HUGO SCHÖNBECK /// TRUSTEE - ENERGYCOIN FOUNDATION
An inspired Entrepreneur and Consultant with experience in a range of projects, researches and consultancies, and brings a practical and warm-hearted approach to sustainability. Has an extensive international network, taking pride in always bringing together the best-suited people from various organisations for a given task. Practical achievements and experience supported by active continuous professional development and building on research and enterprise developments. Hugo Schönbeck is Member of Sustainable Higher Education Network, member of SVN and founder of informal high level think-tank on climate change, Director/Investor GPX Energiebank, and Trustee Energycoin Foundation.
HUGO SCHÖNBECK
TRUSTEE /// ENERGYCOIN FOUNDATION
15:20 AFTERNOON BREAK
16:00 Visionary Expert Panel
  • What challenges can blockchain tackle?
  • Will there be a "Amazon of the energy sector"?
  • How to engage with customers?
LEONCIO MONTEMAYOR /// PROJECT MANAGER - SOLARPLAZA
Leoncio has been passionate about energy since his first encounter with it during a thermodynamics course while studying mechanical engineering. His graduation project involved the design of a solar stirling engine that would be used in marginalized communities in Mexico for electricity and heat provision. After graduation, he went on to work for General Electric as a performance engineer doing thermal tests on natural gas turbines. However, the long-term sustainability of the energy system prompted him to study a Master in Sustainable Energy Technology at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His master thesis was about how key assumptions affect the social cost of carbon in mathematical climate policy models. Now, as a project manager at Solarplaza, Leoncio is interested in the innovations (blockchain, AI, etc) that will play a big role in the electrical grid of the future.
MODERATOR
LEONCIO MONTEMAYOR
PROJECT MANAGER /// SOLARPLAZA
DUSTIN POOLE /// DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION - GREEN METRICS
Dustin has a unique passion for going beyond sustainability. His background in aeronautical engineering technology along with his entrepreneurial drive at an early age has led to over 15 years of multidisciplinary experience. This experience includes solar technology, Passive House design, carbon capture, permaculture, strategic & creative thinking, art and design.

In 2014 he co-founded Eclipse Sustainability Projects which an initial focus on solar thermal systems. Since then, he’s led a consulting team to provide the building sector with education, products, and services to achieve their comprehensive energy performance goals.

As an avid networker and collaboration advocate, Dustin serves as a founding board member of the GO Tech Foundation, Passive House Alberta and has also joined the Green Metrics team as the Director of Innovation. Some of his latest endeavors to address climate change focus on helping municipalities leverage A.I. to fast track towards decarbonization, and launching a collaborative space focused on supporting local tech based startups with disruptive processes at their core.
DUSTIN POOLE
DIRECTOR OF INNOVATION /// GREEN METRICS
ALEX D'ELIA /// CO-FOUNDER & CIO - PROSUME
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ALEX D'ELIA
CO-FOUNDER & CIO /// PROSUME
FRANCOIS SONNET /// LEAD AFFILIATE - SOLARCOIN FOUNDATION
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FRANCOIS SONNET
LEAD AFFILIATE /// SOLARCOIN FOUNDATION
CHRIS REGAN /// HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - EDF ENERGY
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CHRIS REGAN
HEAD OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT /// EDF ENERGY
ZDENEK PEKAREK /// INDEPENDENT ADVISOR - INVEN CAPITAL
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ZDENEK PEKAREK
INDEPENDENT ADVISOR /// INVEN CAPITAL

16:45 State of the technology
  • The current industry challenges being addressed
  • Data privacy, energy consumption levels
  • Technology roadmap
JESSE MORRIS /// CCO - THE ENERGY WEB FOUNDATION
Jesse Morris is CCO of the Energy Web Foundation. Throughout his career in the electricity sector, Jesse has had one focus: partner with utilities, technology providers, developers, and regulatory stakeholders to help distributed energy resources become an integral, widely-accessible part of the global electricity system. Prior to EWF, Jesse was a principal in the Electricity Practice of EWF co-founder Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). During his time at RMI, Jesse’s research, convening, and consulting work focused on the fundamental economics of distributed energy resources and their ability to provide a wide variety of services to the grid through regulatory change and new business models. He coauthored several of RMI’s landmark findings on the economics of battery storage, advanced demand response technologies, and solar-plus-storage systems, in addition to helping large corporates build new business models focused on the grid edge. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Environmental Policy from Colorado College.
JESSE MORRIS
CCO /// THE ENERGY WEB FOUNDATION
17:05 Closing Keynote - What to expect for blockchain in energy?
  • Challenges to overcome: interoperatability, lock-ins, energy use
  • Costs of deployment and return on investment
  • How to prioritize emerging technologies
KEVIN O'DONOVAN/// TECHNOLOGY EVANGELIST
Kevin is the founder of the boutique technology consultancy company, A Bit of This & That ... he has been evangelizing how new technologies can transform the way we do things through-out his career. Kevin has a proven track record of 'bridging the gap' between the capabilities a new technology can bring and the practicalities of bringing that technology to market. He has held senior leadership Technical Sales & Sales Management roles at Compaq, HP and most recently at Intel, where he was Intel’s Worldwide Sales Director for the Energy Industry.
KEVIN O'DONOVAN
TECHNOLOGY EVANGELIST

17:30 - 18:30 NETWORKING DRINKS
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