WEBINAR: Business model innovation in energy – the confluence of locality, digitization and sector coupling

What does the future bring to society with the transformation of the energy sector to more renewable and decentralized energy? What is the role of the consumers and what does future business models in the industry look like?

  • Date: April 2, 2020
  • Participants: E-LAND members, SIG, Bridge projects
  • Venue: NOTE, due to the progression of the COVID-19 situation, the session originally planned as face-to-face workshops as a pre-conference workshop to the REMforum in St. Gallen will be moved to webinar format. A link will be provided to registered participants prior to the webinar.

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The topic of the energy transition touches upon many aspects of society. In this pre-conference work shop hosted by the EU research project E-LAND and its stakeholder innovation group (SIG) these topics will be discussed and investigated from many angles. E-LAND project is an international project that develops a toolbox comprising of energy related business model innovation tools. By focusing on local energy islands E-LAND links the potential of digitalization to the coupling of different energy sectors.

The workshop will comprise of two sessions and will kick off with a high-level overview of the developments in the industry and a view on the future. The first session has a specific focus on Universities as energy islands. The potential to develop a carbon neutral campus will be illuminated. The insights provide important information for a broad range of properties and managers of green campuses (e.g. Universities, commercial real estate, or industrial parks), energy professionals, investors, and scholars.

The second session has a specific focus on community engagement and business model innovation. Views from E-Land and similar international research and innovation projects will be presented through an expert panel discussion. The panel discussion led by Thomas N. Mikkelsen CEO of GECO Global and Communication Task Force Leader of the BRIDGE initiative, he is a renowned industry expert with over twenty years of work experience in both the utility and the technology manufacturer side.

Participants in the webinar will have the chance to provide feedback to the project’s concepts and gain insights on community engagement and business model innovation also for their own energy innovation projects. For questions, please contact the scientific coordinator of E-LAND, Heidi Tuiskula.


Agenda (click on the titles to see the presentations)

08:45 Registration/logging in to system
09:00 Welcome | Thomas Mikkelsen, Geco Global & Communication Task Force Leader of the BRIDGE initiative
09:15 Introduction to H2020 project E-LAND | Heidi Tuiskula, Scientific Coordinator E-LAND
09:35 CO2 reduction at the University of Târgoviște | Dorin Let, Valahia University of Târgoviște
09:55 Technical tools in support of carbon neutral public energy islands | Sergio Herraiz, Universitat de Girona
10:10 Interactive coffee/tea break
10:25 Perspectives from H2020 COMPILE Project | Andrej Gubina, University of Ljubljana & Coordinator H2020 Compile project
10:40 Panel discussion (chaired by Thomas Mikkelsen, E-LAND perspective):
– Paul Burger, University of Basel | Holistic view on community engagement
– Breffni Lennon, University College Cork | Community engagement in the ENTRUST project
– Elizabeth Cote, University of St. Gallen | Community engagement in MISTRAL project
11:25 Business model innovation in the E-LAND project | Moritz Loock, University of St. Gallen
11:40 The inteGRIDy Business Modelling Tool | Alina Margolina, Smart City Innovation Lab at Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics
12:00 Universities and Smart Specialisation – S3UNICA project approach | Florin Andronescu, Alba Local Energy Agency & S3UNICA project
12:10 Session wrap-up | Thomas Mikkelsen, Geco Global & Communication Task Force Leader of the BRIDGE initiative
12:30 End of Workshop | Heidi Tuiskula, Scientific Coordinator E-LAND


The webinar was recorded. You can watch the edited video recordings below (part 1 & 2):

Personal Release

By registering, participants agree that personal data as well as photographs taken during the event may be electronically processed. In compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), your data will be processed confidentially and for legitimate purpose only, i.e., for documentation reporting and communication activities related to the E-LAND project. Furthermore, you agree that the list of participants may be provided to all attendees. After conclusion of the project including its review period, we will delete your personal data in compliance with GDPR Art. 17 (1). You may withdraw your consent via e-mail to heidi.tuiskula@smartinnovationnorway.com.