Hydropower conference: the impact of EU R&D funding

A Trinomics led consortium, on behalf of The European Commission, will be delivering a conference in Brussels on 8 November 2018 on hydropower research, development and technologies.

The complimentary conference will provide insights into the impacts of R&D funded through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation; including providing access to the Hydropower R&D Impact Report and an opportunity to influence the recommendations to increase future R&D impacts.

During the workshop key industry experts will share their insights on the future of hydropower technologies and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand how to increase the impacts of your own research projects.

Reasons for attendance

  • Influence the recommendations to increase future hydropower R&D impacts
  • Gain a greater understanding of past and future research, trends and best practice for hydropower energy
  • Q&A with industry experts, the European Commission and other researchers
  • An opportunity to network with hydropower experts from across the EU
  • To learn about best practice for shaping and implementing R&D projects to maximise their impact

Who should attend

  • Past and present hydropower research project coordinators
  • Academic institutes
  • National hydropower policy makers 
  • Private sector organisations implementing hydropower or related technologies
  • Investors interested in hydropower research and technology


Timing Agenda Item Speakers
09:00 Registration opens  
09:30 Opening address Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit 'Renewable Energy Sources'​ (European Commission)
09:40 Agenda and practicalities Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
09:45 Project introduction Onne Hoogland, Senior Consultant (Trinomics)
10:00 Hydropower R&D: Study findings Simon Morris, Senior Consultant (Ricardo)
10:20 Questions and answers  
10:40 Break  
11:00 Hydropower R&D: A technological perspective Dr Ioannis Kougias (The Joint Research Centre)
11:30 Hydropower R&D: Impacts of EU funded projects:  
  Improving hydropower station storage capacity (HYPERBOLE). Enhancement of the capability of hydropower stations to function over larger operating ranges and with a faster response time. Prof. François Avellan, Director (EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines)
  Commercialization of a viable and proven HydroKinetic Turbine (HydroKinetic-25). Harnessing the power of the world's rivers, canals and estuaries in a sustainable, innovative and cost-effective way. Roisin McCormack, Project Coordinator and Business Development Manager (Design Pro Renewables)
  Caviation detection – improving efficiency in hydraulic turbine (CAVISMONITOR). Development and testing of a new method for cavitations detection and monitoring on vital parts of hydraulic machines, helping to increase turbine operating range. Prof. Marko Hocevar, University of Ljubljana (Laboratory for Water and Turbine Machines)
11:55 Interactive session: What are the main R&D impacts according to you? All
12:15 Lunch  
13:15 Introduction to afternoon programme Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
13:20 Maximising the impact of EU hydropower R&D projects: Keynote speech and questions and answers session Emmanuel Grenier (ICOLD)
13:45 Maximising the impact of EU hydropower R&D projects: Moderated panel discussion Koen Rademaekers (Moderator, Trinomics), Hannah Smith (Scottish Renewables), Emmanuel Grenier(ICOLD), Thomas Schleker (European Commission), Prof. Francois Avellan (EPFL Laboratory for Hydraulic Machines)
14:45 Questions from the audience to the panel All
15:15 Wrap-up and conclusions Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
15:25 Informal networking and coffee  
>15:30 Bilateral meetings with attendees  

Key information:

Date: Thursday 8 November 2018

Location: Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1, 1040 Bruxelles, Belgium

Cost: Free

Organisers: Trinomics, Tecnalia, TNO, VTT, Tractebel and Ricardo on behalf of the European Commission

If you have any questions regarding the conference, then please email [email protected]

Registration is now closed.