Grasping the Grid: industry in the future energy system

Imagine it is 2042, the energy transition is in full swing. Offshore windfarms are supplying green electricity which is used to power households, industrial sites and to produce green hydrogen. Flexible grids and operating systems have been designed to support peaks in supply and demand.

The future energy system is based on renewable power, bringing about new challenges to be tackled today, in 2021. Important decisions need to be made on how the complex future energy grid, connected power supply and industrial electrification can be implemented and operated. ​

Let’s jointly develop new and highly needed integral insights of requirements and capabilities of a future power grid and an electrified industry sector in a novel energy system!

ISPT organizes the Grasping the Grid knowledge exchange sessions. We bring together stakeholders along the chain of power production, transport, storage and use that drive innovation in a CO2-neutral future energy system and look at it from all different perspectives.

December 16: Digitization of flexible operations

Large-scale electricity generation and electrically driven processes bring new dynamics across the chain from electricity generation to use. Digitization is an important enabler in this transition. Digital technologies such as data-driven models provide insights in system interactions and can be used for optimization of industrial sites. Opportunities, challenges and needs for the digitization of flexible operations are addressed in the final event of the Grasping the Grid series.


Andreas ten Cate

Andreas ten Cate

Program Director System Integration at ISPT

ISPT Team - John Harinck ©marc van der kort

John Harinck

Program Manager Industry 4.0 at ISPT

Bart de Groot

Sustainability Lead at Siemens Process Systems Engineering

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Bart has an MSc in Process & Energy Technology from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Imperial College London. Prior to joining Siemens Process Systems Engineering, he worked as a fuel cell researcher at the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, and at Tri-O-Gen, developing 100 kWe Organic Rankine Cycle units, creating power from low-temperature heat sources. Since joining Siemens PSE in 2006, Bart has taken up roles in project execution and delivery – to customers in R&D and in operations – , technical sales and team leadership. He is currently Siemens PSE’s Sustainability Lead, where he helps the process industries achieve their sustainability goals through advanced process modelling.

Michiel Kuiper

CEO at Energy21

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Driven by improving the energy & utility market and supply chain management in container logistics; enabling a clean energy market and preventing empty transport miles. Creative in defining possible business models and translating them into it-data platforms for the industry.

Arturo Banderas Fuhrmann

Head of Global Sales – Digital Grid – Smart Infrastructure at Siemens

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Originally coming from the telecommunications world , Arturo became part of Siemens Digital Grid global sales team in 2012 to develop the business of software platforms for intelligent meters. With a global view of the individual markets, he was able to successfully position Siemens solutions across several regions by adapting them to different use cases, price models and local partner requirements. He is currently globally responsible for Siemens Grid Edge software portfolio. He leads the regions in the introduction of disruptive technologies and applications: cloud-based software, SaaS models, modular growth, all fully in accordance with the highest cybersecurity standards.

Gerard van der Hoeven

Executive Director at iSHARE


09:00 – Welcome and recap by Andreas ten Cate (ISPT)
09:10 – Introduction to ISPT Industry 4.0 program by John Harinck (ISPT)
09:20 – Flexible process operations by Bart de Groot (Siemens Process Systems Engineering)

As the share of wind and solar PV in our energy supply increases, so does the variability and intermittency of supply. Also, the Netherlands is weaning itself off natural gas, increasing its reliance on the same renewable electrical power for domestic purposes. This is likely to lead to variations in energy prices, providing clear incentives to putting in place appropriate buffer capacity. Opportunities exist for the process industries to absorb some of the variations in energy supply, thereby itself benefiting from market dynamics. Since many large-scale facilities are designed to run at a predictable constant load, this would imply a significant change from the current modus operandi. This requires careful consideration of physical process behaviour, transient effects, and the impact on process performance, product quality and safety. Digital design and real-time operations decision support tools for process systems can play an important role in coming up with an optimal allocation of risk, give real-time insights to operators, and provide reassurance to all partners along the energy chain.

09:45 – How energy, money and information flows are transforming in the new sustainable energy system by Michiel Kuiper (Energy21)
10:10 – Break
10:20 – Delivering net zero savings faster by Arturo Banderas Fuhrmann (Siemens)
10:45 – Data sharing in the energy value chain by Gerard van der Hoeven (iSHARE)
11:10 – Break
11:15 – Break-out-sessions
11:45 – Wrap-up and closure by Andreas ten Cate & John Harinck (ISPT)

Previous sessions

October 14: Future grid form source to user

The 1st session was engaging and a big succes: a jam session of ideas.

November 4: Electrified plants and sites

In our second event we talked about an electrified future. We took a closer look at how renewable power can be integrated in industrial sites and plants that transform from fossil-driven to carbon-emission-free. For more information, please contact

November 25: Future energy markets

In a growing renewable-energy system the economics are determined by market design. The 3rd event will evaluate what a future flexible energy market should look like and how it affects the operation of the industry.  For more information, please contact


Andreas ten Cate

Andreas ten Cate

Program Director System Integration at ISPT

Marco Rine

Business Development Manager VDL Energy Systems

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Verbinder tussen liberaliserende markten, business modellen en nieuwe technologie.

Laurens de Vries

Universitair Hoofddocent TU Delft

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Laurens is expert op het gebied van energiesystemen, met een focus op de (economische) inrichting en regulering van de sector.

Roeland Manders

Public and Regulatory Affairs Advisor at ENGIE Energie Nederland N.V.

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Roeland is passionate about the energy system and its decarbonization and brings a technical background, operational and business experience to policy development.

Jeroen Tap

Energy Contracts Manager Benelux at Dow Benelux

Mart van Bracht

Director Program System Integration at Topsector Energie