Smart grids are the power networks of the future. Using ICT technology, smart grids answer the world's need to better integrate renewable energy sources and to cope in an intelligent way with today's increase of power consumption. Furthermore, smart grids increase energy efficiency, improve the reliability of the network and reduce costs.
In this session four projects where iMinds is involved are presented to highlight a number of important challenges for smart grids and the role of ICT for solving these problems:
Jan Van Ooteghem
Jan Van Ooteghem graduated as Master in Applied Economic Sciences, specialization Marketing, in 2005 at the Ghent University. He joined the IBCN (INTEC Broadband Communication Networks) research group of the Department of Information Technology in October 2005 at the same university.
He is currently working on techno-economic projects concerning network design, cost/benefit analysis and business modeling. He is project lead for the iMinds ICON TERRAIN project, focusing on synergies in the rollout of fiber to the home networks. He is also active within various other research projects, with topics including the rollout of new fixed and wireless access networks, eHealth, smart grids and testbed infrastructures. Moreover he is author and co-author of more than 60 publications in international journals and conference proceedings.