East Netherlands


What : Event energy storage and management solutions
When : Wednesday 9 th October, 9.00-13.30
Where : Dutch Permanent Representation, Brussels

During the European Week of Regions and Cities, the East Netherlands Region is organising an event on Energy storage and management solution. The event will take place on Wednesday 9 October at the Dutch Permanent Representation.

Expect key note speeches from the European Commission, European Parliament (ITRE Member) and the EIB, as well as breakout sessions with leading individuals from the University of Wageningen, the industry and government. Mr Jan van Dellen, vice mayor of the City of Arnhem, will open the seminar.

Energy storage will play a vital role in the transformation to a fully sustainable and clean supply of energy. Solar and wind energy can only be used at all times when sufficient energy storage and smart grids are available. This provides the necessary flexibility in energy supply and demand. Storage solutions can be found in batteries and alternative fuels such as hydrogen. Energy Storage & Management Solutions are an indispensable part of the energy system of the future.

This seminar brings together EU officials, regional and national stakeholders and public affairs professionals to share views, policy, innovations and best practices. The plenary sessions will focus on EU storage policy. The three break-out sessions focus on building European projects for energy storage solutions. The themes are mobility-related solutions, hydrogen and batteries.
Eight companies from the East Netherlands Region will present their solutions for energy storage and management during these sessions.

Background information

European Industry

In light of the preparation of the New Strategic Agenda of the EU the new European Commission will publish an outlook on European Industry in 2030 by the end of 2019. Part of the European Industry Policy are the European Strategic Value Chains of which two are Batteries and Hydrogen.

The EU has adopted legislation designed to facilitate the participation of storage in the electricity markets and is supporting the development of battery and hydrogen production through research and industrial policy.

The new rules for the EU electricity market, adopted in March 2019, facilitate the integration of storage within the electricity system. The Electricity Directive gives customers the right to participate in the electricity market. Customers that own storage facilities can buy and sell electricity from the grid and offer services such as flexible demand and frequency control. The Electricity Regulation sets out the market design, which puts storage on an equal footing with generation and demand response. It restricts the ownership and operation of storage facilities to transmission and distribution system operators. The European Parliament supported the reform of the electricity market on a technology-neutral basis, in order to facilitate the integration of renewables, storage and demand response.

Recently adopted EU legislation (CO2 emission standards for cars and vans and for heavy-duty vehicles and public procurement of clean vehicles) is expected to boost the share of battery-electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles. The revised Renewable Energy Directive (RED II) extends guarantees of origin to renewable gases and counts ‘renewable liquid and gaseous transport fuels of non-biological-origin’ towardsfulfilling the 14 % renewable energy target for the transport sector.

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Strategic Value Chain Batteries 

In the field of industrial policy, the European Commission launched the European Battery Alliance in October 2017. The strategic action plan on batteries, published by the European Commission in May 2018 as part of the ‘Europe on the move’ package, is geared towards creating a competitive and sustainable battery manufacturing industry in Europe. The European Technology and Innovation Platform on Batteries was launched in February 2019. In April 2019, the Commission published a report on the implementation of the strategic action plan on batteries and an evaluation of the Batteries Directive.

In April 2019 the European Court of Auditors published a briefing paperon EU support for energy storage. With regard to battery manufacturing, it warns that the EU is behind its competitors and may not achieve its strategic objectives for clean energy under the current strategic framework. It identifies seven main challenges: a coherent EU strategy, stakeholder support, complexity of EU research funding, support for research and innovation in energy storage, deployment of energy storage technologies, obstacles facing investors, and alternative fuel infrastructures.

In June 2019, the Commission launched a public consultation on EU requirements for sustainable batteries.

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Strategic Value Chain Hydrogen

An action plan for hydrogen is under construction. For more information, see also:

The focus of the seminar will be on:

1 : mobility-related solutions;
2 : hydrogen;
3 : batteries;

Energy Storage and Management Solutions – 9th October 2019

9:00 - 9:30 Registration
1) Plenary session on EU policy
09:30 - 10:45 Introduction by Rogier Elshout, moderator
Welcome by Ambassador Ronald van Roeden, Deputty Permanent Representative to the EU of the Kingdom of The Netherlands to the European Union.

Introduction of the East Netherlands Region by Mr Jan van Dellen, vice mayor of the City of Arnhem

Speech by :
  • Mr Mark van Stiphout, Deputy Head of Unit, New energy technologies, innovation and clean coal, DG ENER, European Commission.
  • Ms Els Sweeney-Bindels, European Investment Bank.

Panel discussion with:
  • Mr Tom Berendsen, MEP, member of the ITRE Committee
  • Mr. Eddy van Hijum, regional Minister Economy and Finance, Province of Overijssel
10:45 - 11:00 Question and answer session with the participants
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
2) Parallel working group sessions
11:30 - 12:30

Mobile energy solutions
With contributions from European Commission representatives, European Investment Bank and Polis network

Pitches by energy storage companies from East Netherlands:

Allego : charging infrastructure for electric vehicles
Hedgehog : generating energy from breaks in trains
BCTN : batteries and infrastructure for zero emission electric and/or hydrogen ships

Pitcher: Elisabeth Rompa Sinke, Education Business Manager Benelux InnoEnergy
Moderator: Inez Rensink, strategisch bestuursadviseur Gemeente Arnhem
11:30 - 12:30

With contributions from European Commission representatives, European Investment Bank, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Hyer network

Pitches by energy storage companies from East Netherlands:

MTSA : making green hydrogen from windpower
Release consortium : Engineering Agency Witteveen & Bos and Saxion University of Applied Sciences

Pitcher: Mirela Atanasia, Head of Unit FCHJU Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
Moderator: Rogier Elshout
11:30 - 12:30

With contributions from European Commission representatives, European Investment Bank, European Association for Storage of Energy

Pitches by energy storage companies from East Netherlands:

Bredenoord (Big battery box)

Pitcher: Brittney Elzarei, Senior Policy Offcer EASE - European Association for Storage of Energy
Moderator: Sophie van Eck, Energy Attachée, Dutch Perm Rep
12:30 - 13:00
3) Report back and plenary discussion
13:30 - 13:30 Network lunch


Ronald van Roeden

Ronald van Roeden is Deputy Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the EU. Previously Ronald van Roeden worked at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs as HR Director and served as ambassador in Norway and Iceland. Until 2013 he also worked as diplomatic advisor at the Dutch Ministry of General Affairs.

Jan van Dellen

Jan van Dellen is vice mayor of the city of Arnhem. Van Dellen also works as city councillor with responsibilities for the economic situation in Arnhem and its region. Another part of his task as a councillor is the promotion of sports. For the past 20 years, Jan van Dellen worked in various management positions for American listed companies such as Oracle and EMC/Dell. He also worked for the Dutch software company Baan. With this background he tries to make the city of Arnhem more attractive for existing as well as new companies.

Mark van Stiphout

Mark van Stiphout is currently Deputy Head of Unit in DG Energy, responsible for new energy technologies, innovation and clean coal. Until end 2014 he was member of the Cabinet of the Commissioner for Energy, Günther H. Oettinger, whom he advised on nuclear energy and energy research, as well as smart grids, retail markets and the relations with Russia. Previously van Stiphout was assistant to the Director-general for Energy, and from 2006 to 2010 he worked on the liberalisation of the internal market for natural gas as Policy Officer in DG Energy in the Electricity and Gas Unit. Van Stiphout also worked as consultant on renewable energy project. For example, at Ecofys he worked with a focus on generating energy from biomass and for Cogas as a market analyst.

Tom Berendsen

Tom Berendsen (CDA) is member of the European Parliament and has a seat in the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). He studied politics and public administration at the Tilburg University and public administration at KU Leuven. After his studies, Tom Berendsen worked for more than 5 years as a policy advisor and political assistant at the European Parliament. He continued his career in the field of sustainability and responsible governance at PwC Nederland. Tom Berendsen was also chairman of the local CDA branch in Breda, the Netherlands.

Eddy van Hijum

Eddy van Hijum is Member of the Executive Council of the province of Overijssel since 2014. He holds the portfolio of Economy, finance, participation policy and Europe. Van Hijum served as a Dutch MP from 2003 till end 2014, where he focused on social security policy, income policy, dismissal law, labor participation and day care.

Els Sweeney-Bindels

Ms. Sweeney-Bindels is Head of the EIB Group Office Amsterdam. After finishing her economics studies at the Tilburg University and Trinity College in Dublin, Sweeney-Bindels gained a lot of experience in various jobs. She worked for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign affairs in the field of sustainable economic development and at the Ministry of Finance where she acted as policy advisor on public private partnerships.

Moderators and pitchers

Rogier Elshout

Professional moderator and debate leader

Elisabeth Rompa Sinke

Education Business Manager Benelux InnoEnergy

Inez Rensink

Policy Advisor, City of Arnhem

Mirela Atanasia

Head of Unit FCH JU
Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Brittney Elzarei

Senior Policy Offcer EASE
European Association for Storage of Energy

Sophie van Eck

Energy Attachée, Dutch Permanent Representation

Energy Storage & Management Solutions
(free seminar and network lunch) at Permanent Representation of the Netherlands to the EU

Kortenberglaan 4, 1040, Brussel (Belgium)

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