Realising the energy transition in cities with technology, business and policy leaders

Announcing the Innovators' Reception - 10th May Evening 6.30pm

The UK Foreign Office and Innovate UK would like to welcome you to a stimulating start to the conference - a socialising evening with drinks and buffet provided at the conference venue for the many participants arriving the night before in Amsterdam - at no extra cost.

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Meet some of the conference participants:

International V2G Conference, Amsterdam 2017

Electric vehicles, local renewable energy and smart ICT systems enable the city’s energy transition. This conference aims to provide solutions to advance the transition, focusing on concrete experiences and emerging innovations.

The emphasis is on possibilities, costs and benefits, regulations and what bottle necks need to be cleared in the near future. Stakeholders from government, business, knowledge centres and electricity distribution demonstrate and discuss latest insights to implement systems, seek partners and collaborations, and realise the ambitions of Europe’s cities.

The conference in 2015 hosted speakers from diverse organisations such as City of Amsterdam, Nissan, IBM, Mitsubishi, ING, DNV-GL, Alliander, DG Energy, TNO, USEF, HvA, GreenIT, and many others.


Applied projects show significant potential for cities to improve


Replicate the success of pilot projects in other regions

Scaling Up

How can we scale up systems to suit entire cities?

SEEV4-City Launch Event

As part of the conference we are proud to host the launch event for SEEV4-City, an innovative project co-funded by the EU North Sea Region Programme with 7 operational projects trialling the practical applications of systems that combine electric mobility, renewable energy and smart energy management in Europe’s cities.

Speakers - in brief

Mark van Stiphout - European Commission

Mark van Stiphout is currently Deputy Head of Unit in DG Energy in the unit that is responsible for research and innovation, including Horizon 2020 and the Strategic Energy Technology Plan. Until the 1st of November 2014 he was a member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Energy, who he advised on nuclear energy and energy research as well as smart grids, retail markets and the relations with Russia.

Ger Baron - The Netherlands

Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.

Sarah Holsen - Interreg North Sea Region

As Project Advisor at the European Joint Secretariat of the North Sea Region Programme, Sarah is responsible for applications and projects in thematic area: Green transport and mobility. She also works on State aid issues, development of the programme's online system, and evaluation of the Interreg programme.

Mark Thompson - United Kingdom

Mark Thompson is an energy systems specialist at Innovate UK, the UK government agency which supports business led innovation. He has a broad background working with energy network operators and in the automotive sector. He founded the Knowledge Vine technology network and co-founded the International Intellectual Property Strategists Association (INTIPSA).

Robert van den Hoed - The Netherlands

Robert van den Hoed is Professor Energy and Innovation at the University of Applied Science Amsterdam, and is responsible for research on Sustainable Energy Systems within the Urban Technology research program. His research focuses on charging infrastructure utilization and future charging infrastructure requirements.

Marcus Fendt - Germany

Marcus Fendt is part of the founding team and Managing Director at The Mobility House. There he oversees sales and marketing. Until 2010 he headed the global product management department at Swarovski, a leading luxury goods manufacturer and retailer.

Frits Verheij - Netherlands

Frits Verheij is Director Smart Green Cities for DNV GL – Energy. Besides, he is Vice-chairman of the Board of the Dutch Innovation Consortium (TKI) on Urban Energy, and member of the Executive Board of USEF (Universal Smart Energy Framework).

Tom E. Nørbech - Norway

Tom E. Nørbech works as Senior Adviser at The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (Section for Transport Planning at The Directorate of Public Roads). He has broad experience in Norwegian EV policy and incentives, and led the work on the proposal for a National Charging Infrastructure Plan in 2014.

Robin Berg - The Netherlands

Robin Berg is a sustainable entrepreneur and innovator based in The Netherlands. He held the final responsibility for the smart solar charging living lab that was established in Lombok, and is director of the Smart Solar Charging consortium. The consortium unites key parties in the value chain to jointly develop and roll-out Smart Solar Charging networks.

Francisco Carranza - France

Francisco Carranza is New Business Development manager of Nissan Europe. He is responsible for the European strategic collaboration initiatives, the environmental and zero emissions support and the corporate reputation activities. Furthermore, he explores stationary storage, mobility services, vehicle data and Vehicle2Grid.

Frank Geerts - Netherlands

Frank Geerts is program manager Smart Charging at ElaadNL and realizes IT innovations and solutions to facilitate and accelerate eMobility. He plays an active role in the open standardization of e-mobility at national and international level. He is currently engaged in the development of several Smart Charging solutions taking into account the Grid Perspective.

Marc Trahand - Switzerland

Marc is an entrepreneur and technology enthusiast. He joined Nuvve, a leading V2G services provider based in California, in September 2015 as COO Europe to support its European expansion. He brings 18 years of experience in project and product development over multiple industries and with a strong background in technology and multicultural projects.


May 11 Thursday

The conference kicks off with a welcome by the Chairman and reflections on the progress made in the city energy transition over the past years, followed by the vision and plans of the host city, Amsterdam. Speakers from companies such as Nissan Europe and Engie then take to the stage to present the business opportunities in V2G, discussing the coming commercial opportunities in the field.

After lunch, experts provide their insight into the trials and results of policy and legislation to facilitate V2G projects and city transition, such as the success in Norway. There will be an interactive V2G Quiz session to energize the participation, and the day closes with drinks and a chance to cruise Amsterdam on a CO2-neutral electric canal boat (first-to-register basis).

May 12 Friday

The morning starts with a focus on commercial experiences with overview from an international agency and a successful commercial V2G project in Denmark, followed by a panel discussion by experts from Amsterdam, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank on financing opportunities for V2G initiatives.

The day continues with the Focussed Networking Session, beginning with the EU Match-making Event, where participants can pitch brief project ideas and can proceed to talk in groups with others interested to find prospective collaborators. This continues through lunch, with standing tables and finger food to suit group discussions.

After lunch, the conference hosts the Interreg project SEEV4-City Launch Event, showcasing four operational V2G pilots in the North Sea Region realising energy autonomy, clean mobility and EV-compatible grids. The conference closes with a panel discussion on the current state and future goals of the strategic areas for innovation, followed by drinks.

Download draft program

Download EU Match-making Event program

Venue and accomodation


The Innovators' Reception and conference sessions will be presented in De Kompaszaal, a historic grand café/restaurant next to the River IJ.

Address: De Kompaszaal, KNSM-Laan 311, Amsterdam

Getting there: De Kompaszaal is situated next to a tram and bus stop, Azartplein. It can be reached from Amsterdam Centraal Station by bus 48 (direction: Borneo-eiland); From the canal-belt zone including Weesperplein by tram 10 (direction: Azartplein); and From Station Zuid by bus 65 (direction: KNSM-eiland).

Accomodation near the venue

Amsterdam is a popular destination for tourists and we suggest booking your accommodation early to secure a convenient location. Here is a list of some hotels less than 200 euros/night along the transport lines to De Kompaszaal:

Walking Distance:

Lloyd Hotel

Tram 10, direction Azartplein:

Hotel Allure

Hotel Arena

Tropen Hotel

Bus 65, direction KNSM-eiland:

Holiday Inn Amsterdam

Novotel Amsterdam City

Hampshire Hotel Beethoven

Qbic Hotel WTC Amsterdam

CitizenM Amsterdam

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