Event dates
Hotel EU Thon, Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat 75, 1040 Brussels. Meeting room France.

LUT University's Energy Day event in Brussels

Clean energy, water and air are life-giving resources for which we seek new solutions with our expertise in technology, business and social sciences. Since 2016 LUT University Trailblazers have contributed to the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) policy dialogue with research-based solutions.

The soon to be carbon negative LUT University will now present its activities linked to the contribution to EU science advice, industry insights, and examples of LUT-led, EU-wide research and innovation (R&I) to support the European energy transition. The EU context for the event comes most urgently with the REPowerEU context.

Vision for Europe’s future energy system

Tuesday 27 September 2022 at 16:00 - 18:00

Programme 27 September 2022

16.00    LUT RePowering EU – opening words
Juha-Matti Saksa, Rector, LUT University

16.10    Keynote: Vision for Europe’s future energy system in RePowerEU context
Petteri Laaksonen, Research Director, LUT University, Member of EASAC “Future of Gas” group

Dr Laaksonen  is set to paint a sustainable vision of energy system after a dark winter. Future European societies will be very different and based on renewable energy. Both the time span and the extent of the required chance remain yet difficult to imagine. This said, strategic vision for EU energy systems based on renewables remains both promising and challenging, but entirely doable.

Commentaries followed with Q&A

Mikko Heikkilä works as Head of Strategic Grid Planning at Fingrid, Transmission System Operator of Finland. Mikko and his team are responsible for long term planning of transmission system, future scenarios and international grid planning cooperation.

17.00    Showcasing LUT-led R&I activities on Europe’s energy transition
Dr. Gonçalo Mendes, LUT University

17.15    Networking cocktail

Register for the event by Friday 23 September 2022. Join us in Brussels!
Join the discussion on Twitter and Linkedin: @UniLut #EnergySystem #RePowerEU #EUSEW2022

Bios of LUT University's trailblazers

Dr. Petteri Laaksonen

Petteri Laaksonen is a research director at the LUT School of Energy Systems, in Finland. In his role, he developes strategic co-operation with large accounts, such as ABB, St1, Fortum, Wärtsilä, Neste.

In his latest research, Dr. Laaksonen has specialised in Hydrogen and Carbon Value Chains in Green Electrification and P2X in Finland. He has been a WP leader (Business) in Neo-Carbon energy research project which was a strategic Business Finland project studying energy transition and a joint project by VTT and LUT.

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Dr. Gonçalo Mendes

Gonçalo Mendes is a senior researcher and teaching assistant in electricity markets at the LUT School of Energy Systems, in Finland. He has been active in European R&D&I projects addressing different aspects of the clean energy transition, such as smart grids, electricity markets, energy policy, and regulation.

In his research, Dr. Mendes specialises in techno-economic modelling and policy analysis of energy systems at different scales. He is also a Fulbright Alumni and a former visiting researcher of the University of California. He is involved in various capacities with IEEE PES, CIGRE, CIRED, and the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA), holding a Ph.D. with Distinction in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Lisbon/MIT Portugal.

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