Thu 17 Jan | De Oosterpoort, Back 13 (up) | 15:00 - 16:00
Presented by: PowerVIBES

Time is Running Out! Green Energy Solution for Festivals

Faas Moonen TU Eindhoven (NL), Alexander Suma Ibis Power (NL), Maarten Barthel Groningen Seaports (NL), Danny Jones OffGrid Energy (GB)

Event production | Sustainability

English spoken

Time is Running Out! Green Energy Solution for Festivals

Trends towards more stringent legislation (Paris 2020) and social responsibility require urgent action in the substitution of diesel generators at festivals. A practical solution (wind and solar energy) is to be presented at EPIC in this session. Various viewpoints of this theme will be discussed with policy makers, artists and companies using the same technology, with emphasis on urgency, feasibility, and practical applicability of the presented solution.


  • Faas Moonen

    Faas Moonen TU Eindhoven (NL)

    Faas Moonen is an associate professor in innovative structural design at Eindhoven University of Technology, Department of the Built Environment (TU/e-BE). He is initiator of PowerVIBES, an Interreg NWE granted protect, aiming to substantially reduce festivals’ carbon footprint by making diesel generators superfluous. Instead, a tall unit will be developed to produce affordable and reliable energy on the festival site from renewable resources only, such as wind, biomass, and solar power. This unit replaces diesel generators, and thus significantly reduces CO2 emissions, without annoying noise and smell. The PowerVIBES project houses 10 companies from the Netherlands, Belgium, and UK working in close collaboration to develop a versatile unit for many different festivals.

  • Alexander Suma

    Alexander Suma Ibis Power (NL)

    Alexander is founder and CEO of IBIS Power, and has invented several novel, patented green technology innovations. His main invention PowerNEST is a ground breaking solar and wind combined renewable energy solution for high-rise buildings being the first and only solution able to make op to 14 building levels Net-Zero-Energy, and improving the current state-of-the-art with a factor 6. His innovation gained 22 prestigious International awards juried by i.e. NASA, US-DoE, US-DoD, Rabobank, TEDx Amsterdam, and Engie, and has received numerous Dutch and European grants. He brought IBIS Power to the EU-Champions League of SME’s, was listed as 2018 Best Green Technology Innovations Company of Europe & Most Advanced Wind & Solar Energy Solution: PowerNEST by Global Energy News, and the #2 as Dutch overall best SME innovation 2018 by the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. He holds degrees from International institutions in Construction Engineering (BEng), Structural Engineering (BSc, MSc), Architecture (MSc), Civil Engineering (PhD), ESADE Business School and senior executive leadership trainings, and combines his backgrounds to challenge the status quo creating renewable energy innovations with the potential of massive global impact. He has experienced both success and failure in leading innovations and startups, and has used these experiences to sharpen, learn, rethink, and improve himself in business and as a person.

  • Maarten Barthel

    Maarten Barthel Groningen Seaports (NL)

    Maarten is Business Manager Energy and Datacenters for Groningen Seaports, the Port Authority for Eemshaven and Delfzijl. The Eemshaven is the Dutch PowerHub with over 8000MW of installed power capacity. It is also the location where the Powernest by IBISPower was tested. Maarten is responsible for the development of several large solarparks in the area. These solarparks will share a connection with a local windfarm, a unique project in the Netherlands, showing the complementarity benefits of solar and wind. Maarten holds a MsC in the field of International Business and Management and has worked and lived for several years in Los Angeles and Chicago. As a former DJ and festival organizer, Maarten can brings experience and knowledge from both the energy and festival world.

  •  Danny Jones

    Danny Jones OffGrid Energy (GB)

    Danny Jones, is the CEO and the brains behind Off Grid Energy (OGE). He realised his ambition of applying skills he learned from his apprenticeship as a Technician with GEC Industrial Controls and saw a market opportunity in 2010, he then took the step to set up OGE as something no-one else was doing. Danny spent 25 years managing business development in the UK for overseas engineering companies in the Marine and Automotive sectors, and also served as Chairman of the British Marine Electronics Association. As an expert in battery and power conversion applications and of hybrid power systems for temporary power, Danny established OGE to pioneer the use of battery storage for hybrid temporary power and for behind-the-metre grid interactive applications.


  • Jan Douwe Kroeske

    Jan Douwe Kroeske Double 2, SummerLabb (NL)

    Jan Douwe Kroeske (1956) began his journalistic career at Radio 3, a national Dutch radio station where he ran his own show. He was presenter of Langs De Lijn, a popular sports radio show on Radio 1. Later on Jan Douwe made the move to television and presented and co-wrote tv shows like 2 Meter Sessies (music), Jules Unlimited (educational and scientific) and Verre Verwanten (history and genealogy).

    Nowadays Jan Douwe Kroeske has his own media production company called Double 2. They produce TV shows, video registrations and live events like Summerlabb, a platform focused on sustainability, science and new technology.