Geothermal solutions & heating/cooling/multi-carrier networks: 18 october

Energy flexibility is the key challenge for the future energy system. The estimated EU saving potential for waste heat is in the order of magnitude that could cover the EU's entire heating needs in residential and tertiary buildings. Our ambition is to develop, build and maintain innovative district heating & cooling grids that make this challenge affordable. Further integration of waste heat and renewable heat (e.g. geothermal) in the industry is part of this challenge.

In an ambitious collaboration VITO and Energyville invite its key partners to discuss a major innovation platform in this field:

Providing affordable thermal comfort: technological challenges and market uptake of geothermal solutions, low temperature heating & cooling grids and the role of thermal storage in the energy system.


Alessandro Provaggi

Alessandro Provaggi

Head of the DHC + Technology platform
Euroheat & Power
Ben Laenen

Ben Laenen

Burkhard Sanner

Burkhard Sanner

Fjo De Ridder

Fjo De Ridder

Frank Schoof

Frank Schoof

Stichting Platform Geothermie
Hans Hoes

Hans Hoes

Terra Energy nv
Jan Van Roo,

Jan Van Roo

Head of Service, Natural Resources Service
LNE Flemish Government
Johan Van Bael

Johan Van Bael

Johan Desmedt

Johan Desmedt

Paul Gistelinck

Paul Gistelinck

Stefan Gschwander

Stefan Gschwander

Leader of the Research Group "Phase Change Materials"
Fraunhofer ISE
Virginie Harcouët-Menou

Virginie Harcouët-Menou

Erik Verdeyen

Erik Verdeyen

Chief Marketing Officer


  • Roll-out perspectives of geothermal energy in the EU: a large potential ahead 
  • Geothermal solutions and advanced heating & cooling grids: the sustainable solution for affordablethermal comfort and electricity of the future 
  • Can more efficient components and control systems contribute significantly to the affordability of district heating & cooling systems?
  • Thermal storage will become a integral part of our future energy systems

09.00 – 09.30

Experiences with geothermal energy: the Dutch way
Frank Schoof, Chairman - Platform Geothermie Nederland

09.30 – 10.00

Low impact geological exploration: preliminary results for magnetotellurics in  densely populated areas
Virginie Harcouët-Menou - VITO

10.00 – 10.30

Regulation/Legislation for the deep subsurface to enable deep geothermal in Flanders
Jan Van Roo,Department head,  LNE Flemish Government

10.30 – 11.00

Coffee & refreshments

11.00 – 11.30

Roll-out of geothermal in Europa: facts & figures EGEC
Burkhard Sanner, President – European Energy Council - EGEC

11.30 – 12.00

Development of a heat transformer to boost geothermal heat and waste heat
Erik Verdeyen - Qpinch

12.00 – 12.30

Update on the Balmatt project and the impact of geothermal roll-out in Flanders - Roadmap geothermie 2020
Ben Laenen – VITO

12.30 – 14.00


14.00 – 14.30

The role of district heating and cooling in the EU in reaching renewable goals
Alessandro Provaggi – Head of the DHC + Technology platform – Euroheat & Power

14.30 – 15.00

Technological challenges in the development of low temperature thermal networks
Johan Desmedt, EnergyVille/VITO

15.00 – 15.30

The market potential for thermal networks in Flanders
Paul Gistelinck, director – EANDIS

15.30 – 16.00

Coffee & refreshments

16.00 – 16.30

Overview of technological solutions in thermal energy storage: trends & challenges
Stefan Gschwander, Fraunhofer ISE

16.30 – 17.00

Smart control for Borehole Thermal Energy Storage (KIC InnoEnergy project)
Hans Hoes, CEO - Terra Energy

17.00 - 17.30

Importance of thermal storage in the electrical system
EnergyVille, Johan Van Bael/Fjo De Ridder

18.00 – 21.00

Plenary evening session
PlanC Community Night – Clash of Ideas

Why be there?

  • The opportunity to meet with experts: energy system integrators, district heating & cooling companies, suppliers of  heat/conversion components, energy city planners, EnergyVille research partners and many others
  • Discuss new initiatives on geothermal energy, heating & cooling and thermal storage
  • Be part of the selected group of VITO and EnergyVille experts on thermal optimisation to shape the energy transition
  • Participate in the exclusive plenary evening sessions of i-SUP2016 where high level keynote speakers will be our guest

Track chair and primary contact

Guy Vekemans

Guy Vekemans

Strategy Developer Smart Cities-Sustainable Energy
+32 14 335840
+32 473 969400

Track co-chairs

Ronnie Belmans

Ronnie Belmans