2018 European User’s Group Meeting

2018 European User’s Group Meeting

RTDS Technologies is excited to be bringing our popular User’s Group Meeting to Belgium this fall! The European UGM will take place October 10 & 11 in Genk, Belgium at EnergyVille, located in the Thor science park in Genk, and will include a tour of their world class Smart Grid Lab.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with other users of the RTDS Simulator, explore new applications and stay informed on new developments. Plus, this a great opportunity to learn how the NovaCor hardware is being used for new applications across Europe and the rest of the world!

The event is open to all users and power industry colleagues who are interested in real time digital power system simulation.



We’re excited to announce the final agenda for the 2018 European UGM. We have a great line-up of user presentations plus information sessions from RTDS Technologies staff and an exciting tour of EnergyVille’s Smart Grid Lab!



M hotel

Albert Remansstraat 1
3600 Genk
Rate: €116/night

To reserve your room, contact Astrid Wijnands:
T: +32 (0)483 49 04 47
E: a.wijnands@differenthotels.com



Thor Park 8310
3600 Genk


Keynote Address

HVDC grids are seen as a key driver for the future development of the energy system with high shares of renewables. The technology is quickly evolving, and HVDC is increasingly important in today’s power system. HVDC, and particularly VSC HVDC behaves in a fundamentally different manner compared to other equipment due to its controllability. In order to move towards HVDC grids, new models and tools are needed to correctly study the behavior of the system and its interaction with the DC grid. These models are needed in the different time domains of the power system: from system planning and operations, AC DC system interactions, very fast transients at the DC side and real-time system modeling. The challenges in each of the time domains will be covered, together with selected results, including models for testing DC grid protection using HIL.

Dirk Van Hertem graduated as a M.Eng. in 2001 from the KHK, Geel, Belgium and as a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the KU Leuven, Belgium in 2003. In 2009, he has obtained his PhD, also from the KU Leuven. In 2010, Dirk Van Hertem was a member of EPS group at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm. Since spring 2011 he is back at the University of Leuven where he is an associate professor in the ELECTA group. His special fields of interest are power system operation and control in systems with FACTS and HVDC and building the transmission system of the future, including offshore grids and the supergrid concept.

Dr. Van Hertem is an active member of both IEEE (PES and IAS) and Cigré, currently acting as chair of the IEEE Benelux section and as chair of the steering committee of the ISGT Europe conference. He was the general chair of the IEEE EnergyCon 2016 conference, held in Leuven.

About EnergyVille

EnergyVille is an association of the Flemish research institutes KU Leuven, VITO, imec and UHasselt in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. Our researchers provide expertise to industry and public authorities on energy-efficient buildings and intelligent networks for a sustainable urban environment. This includes, for example, smart grids and advanced district heating and cooling.

One of the objectives of EnergyVille is to become one of the top five European institutes in innovative energy research. In this context, the center was embedded in major national and international networks right from the start. It covers research,
development, training and innovative industrial activities under one name and in close collaboration with local, regional and international partners.

EnergyVille aims to be a driver in the Thor science park in Genk in the areas of research, business development and  employment creation. The research center is supported by the city of Genk, the Flemish Government, LRM, POM Limburg and the European structural funds.

About Genk

Genk is a young city that cleverly developed on the foundations of its rich mining past: an agricultural village that grew into a true city due to its dynamics and versatility. A city that also presents itself on Flanders’ economic map. It is a city full of interesting contrasts.

Bokriijk Open Air Museum

The city is coloured by the diversity that went hand-in-hand with its mining history. Starting off with the cultural melting pot – no less than 80 nationalities, each with their own cultural values and standards, live together in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Added to this are the historical landmarks of the city such as the monumental mining architecture and the beautiful garden suburbs that blend in harmoniously with the new, modern architecture. Another contrast is that of a working-class town that focuses on a knowledge-based economy and wants to inspire its old economy towards innovation. Also a city with a great variety of residential areas, ranging from characteristic mining suburbs to monumental villas.

Another contrast is the industrial image combined with the title of greenest city in Flanders. Harmony in contrast: that is what it is all about. This blend of fragrance, colour, taste and cultural background is combined with the day-to-day events in Genk. It is versatile and intriguing.