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

Thank you for a successful conference - 10-12th May 2017

Resourcefully and HvA would like to thank all of the participants, speakers and helpers for making the V2G conference an engaging, productive event. Below you will find links to the main documents of this conference.

See program List of participants SEEV4-City project brochure

Financing Sustainability eBook Overview of pitches 12th May

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 and presentations

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 - City of Amsterdam

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.

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Mark Thompson - Innovate UK

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 - AUAS

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.

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Marcus Fendt - The Mobility House

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.

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Frits Verheij - TKI NL

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 - NPRA 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.

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Robin Berg - LomboXnet

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.

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Eduardo Mascarell - Nissan Europe

Eduardo is Head of Vehicle to Grid and Stationary Storage at Nissan Europe and is responsible for the development and roll-out of various energy solutions like Vehicle2Grid, stationary storage, mobility services, vehicle data and Vehicle2Grid.

Frank Geerts - ElaadNL

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.

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Marc Trahand - NUVVE

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.

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Jacco van den Burg - ENGIE

Jacco van der Burg is Directeur Business Development and Smart Mobility at ENGIE Infra and Mobility BV. ENGIE is an energy company specialized in the energy transition. ENGIE focusses at new sustainable production and storage of energy. An important market for is therefore emobility. This allows us to contribute to both sustainable mobility and at the same time accelerate the energy transition.

Marten Hamelink - Min. of Economic Affairs NL

Marten Hamelink is senior policy advisor smart e-mobility for the industrial policy department, with focus on charging infrastructure. Since 2008 he is working for the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the field of sustainable innovations and green growth. Innovation strategy and relations with (local) smart energy systems such as storage and ICT are relevant topics.

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Flip Oude Weernink - FIER

Flip is since years involved in car sharing and charging infrastructure concepts. After a feasibility study and the start-up of different e-car sharing projects, he is partly responsible for the innovation of smart charging and other sustainable mobility projects at FIER Automotive as Manager New Mobility.

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Tarek Alskaif - Utrecht University

Tarek Aslkaif is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His research interests embrace different aspects in smart grids, including energy management systems, self-consumption and demand side management with emphasis on using game theory and mathematical optimization."

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Taco van Berkel - Jedlix

Taco is currently working at Jedlix, part of Eneco Group, on mobility related aspects of smart charging of electrical vehicles. Since 2010 Taco has been among the pioneers within the current breakthrough of electrical mobility. After joining Eneco Group in 2012 and founding its Electric Charging Department, since 2015 he focusses on smart charging, user-experience and applying IoT in e-mobility. Within Jedlix his special focus is on cooperating with car-manufacturers and other mobility providers.

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Sara Gonzalez Villafranca - IEA

Sara González Villafranca is statistician and she works as a researcher within the Energy Systems Analytics group of the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC). Since 2014 she has been involved in several National and European electromobility projects. Currently she also actively participates in the IA-HEV Task 28 “Home Grids and V2X Technologies” activities within the IEA.

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Claus Klitholm - EIB

Claus is employed at the Projects directorate of the European Investment Bank as a senior transport specialist and is the transport coordinator for the ELENA facility. He is an engineer in transport planning and has more than 25 years of experience in public transport mainly in the Scandinavian countries, and has worked as a consultant, an operator, an authority and as a vendor.

Gerard van Baar - Van Baar Consultancy

Gerard van Baar is an independent financial consultant. His expertise is drawn from many previous positions, including energy and commodity trading, risk management and sustainable asset management. Amongst others Gerard raised Deloitte’s European Energy and Commodity Risk Management practice. Recently he focuses on the dynamics of new business models and financing of startups in the energy sector.

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Annelies Huygens - TNO

Prof. dr. A.E.H (Annelies) Huygen is Professor of regulating energy markets at University of Amsterdam and a senior strategist at TNO Strategy and Policy dept. She is a specialist in the field of regulating energy markets. Her special research interests are innovation, local initiatives and the position of the small consumers.

Baerte de Brey - ElaadNL

Baerte is the Chief International Officer within ElaadNL. ElaadNL is the knowledge and innovation centre in the field of (smart) charging infrastructure and is owned by the Dutch DSOs. Responsible for analyzing the long-term effect of electric mobility on the electricity grids, Baerte helps building a sustainable business case around this transition. This includes vehicle2grids, EV-storage and customer behavior research.

Sture Portvik - City of Oslo

Project leader for Electrical Vehicles for The City of Oslo, Agency for Urban Environment. Previous positions: Head of Communications at the Munch Museum, Deputy Manager Art and Culture, Manager Sponsorships Arts and Sports, Advisor Tourism and Business Development, Advisor, Korea Trade- and Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA).

Reinout Huismas - Amsterdam ArenA

Reinout specializes in overall stadium development, (area) master planning, design analysis, and determining technical requirements for stadiums based on their projected future use. At Amsterdam ArenA, Reinout has worked on several projects worldwide including the new National Stadium in Casablanca (Morocco), Arena Fonte Nova and Arena das Dunas (Brazil) and the design tender for the new national stadium in Tokyo (Japan).

Rebecca Gough - CENEX UK

Technical Specialist at Cenex, Becky specialises in data analysis and management of a range of innovative research and development projects in both the transport and built environment sectors. Her knowledge base covers low carbon transport systems, electric vehicle charging infrastructure and renewable technology, with research specifically focusing on vehicle-to-grid. At Cenex, Becky is technical lead for a number of high level research projects, including EFES (Ebbs and Flows of Energy Systems), which investigates the potential impact and benefits of integrating electric vehicle charging and vehicle-to-grid into the built and smart cities environment.

Art van der Giessen - City of Amsterdam

Art has been working as project manager electric mobility for the city of Amsterdam from 2010 to 2016 and responsible for several projects that give Amsterdam its frontrunner position on electromobility. Beginning this year he switched position to become programme manager Solar Energy. The job switch gives an excellent opportunity to work with colleagues from the electric mobility program on smart and sustainable charging solutions and to connect growth of solar energy production and the increasing number of electric vehicles.

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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 program

Financing Sustainability eBook

EU Match-making Event

May 12 Friday

Friday midday will be dedicated to this focussed networking session, beginning with the EU Match-making Event. Here participants will pitch brief project ideas (1 minute each), taking short questions from the audience before proceeding down to the match-making hall where those interested can join the group discussion to find prospective collaborators and/or funders. This continues through lunch, with standing tables and finger food to suit group discussions.

We are delighted with the many submissions we received for this exciting pitching event taking advantage of the varied and connected audience, ranging from EV OEMs to city planning officers and project financiers. The event program, list of pitches and submitted pitches can be found below.

Download EU Match-making Event program

Over of pitches 12th May


CME Arnhem

Drive Electric


EV Energy

KU Leuven

PR Electronics


Reading University


Route Monkey




Teesside University

Upside Energy

Zurich University AS

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).

Innovators' Reception

For registered participants there will be networking drinks and a dinner provided at De Kompaszaal on Wednesday night, 10th May 6.30pm onwards, hosted by Innovate UK and the UK Government.

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

Pricing and tickets