Energy-Open 2019
7 and 8 November 2019, University of Groningen, Netherlands


Global warming, climate agreements, EU policies to reduce CO2 emissions and many national energy programs reflect the need to make our energy systems more sustainable. This process, called energy transition, entails a fundamental change of the energy system from a centralized system with electricity production mainly based on fossil fuels to a decentralized local system based on sustainable energy production based on e.g. solar, wind, tidal, hydro or geothermal sources. Other changes include the ongoing growth of the electricity consumption resulting from an electrification of transport (electric vehicles) and heating (heat pumps) resulting in an increasing integration between the different energy systems of electricity, transportation and heat.

The envisioned direction of the energy transition leads to drastic changes within the current energy system; e.g. larger parts of the energy generation will be based on fluctuating, non-controllable and hard to predict sources like wind and sun and the ongoing electrification will introduce large peaks in the consumption. To be able to ensure also in the future the stability of this energy system and the balancing of energy supply and demand without extremely extending the capacities of the underlying grids, the setup and the organization of our energy system has to be changed drastically. This includes different roles of stakeholders (e.g. consumers get prosumers), changing or new market structures and players (e.g. local (independent) micro-grids at community level and smart buildings/homes), changing end-user involvement and new technologies (e.g. storage and conversion between energy carriers).

The workshop aims to bring together researchers working on new concepts and solutions supporting the energy transition. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:



Date, venue and travel


The workshop will take place from Thursday, 7 November, 8:45 until Friday, 8 November, 16:00 in the Energy Academy Europe (building 5158/5159) and the CIT Smitsborg (building 5431) on the Zernike Campus, Groningen


The best way to travel in Groningen is of course by bike, but Zernike Campus is also well connected by bus. The nearest bus stops are "Nijenborgh" (for the Energy Academy Europe) and "Crematoriumlaan" (for the CIT Smitsborg) and are served by lines 1, 2, 9 and 15. If you are not using an OV-chipkaart you can buy bus tickets from the bus driver, but not all busses accept cash.


There are no hotels on Zernike Campus and we advice to use a hotel in the city center, for example the Martini-Hotel (bus stop for line 1 directly in front, walking distance from train station), the Hotel NH Groningen (at UMCG, bus stop for line 2 close by, bike rental available) or the Student Hotel Groningen (busstop for line 1 and 2 around the corner, bike rental available).


Thursday morning (Energy Academy building, room 0029, Zernike Campus)
8.45 - 9.15registration + coffee
9.15 - 10.00 keynote
John Simpson-Porco (U Waterloo)
Feedback optimization of uncertain dynamic systems with application to energy systems
coffee break
10.30 - 11.15keynote
Bert Zwart (CWI / TU Eindhoven)
Why are blackouts in power grids heavy-tailed?
11.30 - 12:45 contributed talks (each 25 minutes)
Gerwin Hoogsteen (U Twente), presentation slides
Victor Reijnders (U Twente), presentation slides
Jorrit Nutma (TNO), presentation slides
Thursday afternoon (Smitsborg, Zernike Campus)
13.00 - 14.00lunch break
14.00 - 14.45 keynote
Johannes Schiffer (Brandenburg U Technology)
On multivariable cell structures and Leonov functions for global synchronization analysis in power systems, presentation slides
coffee break
15.15 - 16.55 contributed talks (each 25 minutes)
Stephan Trenn (U Groningen), presentation slides
Michele Cuccuzella (U Groningen), presentation slides
Mark Jeeninga (U Groningen)
Krishna Kosaraju (U Groningen)
17.10 - 17.50 keynote
Sergio Grammatico (TU Delft)
Equilibrium seeking in electricity markets
19.30 - 22:00workshop dinner (restaurant Land van Kokanje, city center)
Friday (Smitsborg, Zernike Campus)
9.00 - 9.45 keynote
Ioannis Lestas (U Cambridge)
Stability and control in power grids: from local conditions to global properties and choice of reference frame
coffee break
10.15 - 11.00 keynote
George Weiss (Tel Aviv U)
A stability theorem for networks containing synchronous generators, presentation slides
11.15 - 12.55 contributed talks (each 25 minutes)
Esther van der Waal (U Groningen) & Tineke van der Schoor (Hanzehogeschool Groningen)
Steph Johnson-Zawadzki (U Groningen)
Ashish Cherukuri (U Groningen), presentation slides
Marieke Kootte (TU Delft), presentation slides
lunch break
14.00 - 14.45 keynote
Maria Prandini (Politechnico Milano)
Multi-agent decision making with application to energy systems
discussion + closing remarks + drinks

Full programm (including titles of contributed talks and abstracts)


The registration is closed and the final programm (see above) is now available.

Organizing committee

Kanat Camlibel
Ashish Cherukuri
Claudio De Persis
Nima Monshizadeh
Arjan van der Schaft
Jacquelien Scherpen
Stephan Trenn

University of Groningen

You can contact the organizing committee via email: