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Leuven.Inc Visionary seminar: Are combustion cars here to stay?

31/5/2012 16h30 - 31/5/2012 20h00

With all the fuss created around e-cars, one might think noisy combustion engines will be disappearing from the streets pretty soon, but they are here to stay, at least for the next decades. During this seminar we will explain that this classic technology is also moving on and is not dead yet: it will have a new life, perhaps in hybrids or special applications.

With the car industry apparently moving out of our regions step by step during the last decade, one can wonder whether we can benefit from this evolution, or will we just buy imported cars? We discuss how our region plays a key role in the value chain of a core component, the battery.

Although the e-car is in practice just slowly coming into the market, one may wonder whether this can be accelerated and whether we will solve the charging problem on time: being able to plug-in at the right moment, in the right place (hopefully near you) and for the right electricity price will not be obvious and even the business model behind the charging game can go in different directions. To test this out in the field, different living labs are launched in Flanders.

Practical aspects
Date: Thursday May 31st, 2012
Location: imec, room -1A, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Leuven (Heverlee)

16h30: Welcome coffee
17h00: Welcome by Leuven.Inc
17h10: Introduction
           Johan Driesen, Prof. ESAT – ELECTA KU Leuven and EnergyVille
17h25: E-car: opportunities and challenges
           Joeri Van Mierlo, head of Mobi: Mobility,
           Logistics and Automotive technology research
17h45: Internal Combustion Engines on the Move in the 21st Century
           Eric Van den Bulck, Prof. Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion 
           KU Leuven
18h15: Coffee break
18h45: Materials challenges for batteries in xEV
           Jean Scoyer, Chief Scientist, Umicore Research  & Development
19h15: Flemish Living Lab Electric Vehicles : Bringing the e-car to you
           Carlo Mol, Programme Manager
19h40: Panel discussion and Q&A
20h00: Drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English

Participation fee
135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.  Please do contact us by e-mail.
 Participation in our activities at -50% discount via KMO-portefeuille Pijler OPLEIDING: Leuven.Inc Approval number DV.O106761
More info:

Registrations before Thursday May 24th, 2012, preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.*

* As an (Associate) Company Member you can be replaced by a colleague. As an individual Member you can only be replaced by another Individual Member. When this is not possible, Leuven.Inc will charge an extra fee for the replacement by a non-member.

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