Co-Creation Workshop: Sustainable Public Charging in 2030 – What Challenges Await a Solution?


Is your organization facing decisions regarding sustainable public charging? And would you like to gain more insight into the challenges and possible solutions in this area? Then the free co-creation workshop ‘Sustainable Public Charging in 2030 – What challenges await a solution?’ is exactly what you are looking for!

This interactive workshop, organized as part of the project SmarThor EFRO Expansion of digital services Open Thor Living Lab, offers a unique opportunity to explore the challenges of smart public charging together with our experts and other professionals. Reserve your spot quickly so that you and your organization are fully up to speed with the latest insights into this timely topic.

Please note that this workshop will be held in Dutch.

Our research on smart charging

Since 2019, EnergyVille has been conducting research on smart charging algorithms using charging stations from various manufacturers. Within the project SmarThor EFRO – Expansion of digital services Open Thor Living Lab, co-funded by EFRO and provincie Limburg, we specifically aim to improve access to data and test infrastructure for companies within the Open Thor Living Lab.

It is within this innovative project that our workshop ‘Sustainable Public Charging in 2030 – What Challenges Await a Solution?’ will take place. During the workshop, we will not only share our experiences around smart public charging, but we especially want to discuss the open challenges on this topic with you.

Curious about our insights and the views of others on these topics? Then you definitely cannot miss the co-creation workshop! Read on for practical information, the schedule, and how to register.

Practical details

  • For who: This workshop is intended for anyone in a company or organization making decisions or recommendations around smart public charging.
  • When: Monday, June 24, 2024
  • Where: EnergyVille 1, Thor Park 8310, 3600 Genk
  • Time: 12:00 – 17:00 PM
  • Cost: free of charge
  • Language: This workshop will be held in Dutch. Since the program of the workshop includes discussion tables, a good knowledge of the Dutch language is a must to participate. We hope for your understanding.

What’s on the schedule?

12:00 – 13:00

Reception with sandwich lunch

13:00 – 14:00

Inspiration sessions with presentations:

  • SmarThor and Open Thor Living Lab
  • Smart Charging: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Data Spaces: Improved Services and Value Creation
  • Hume: Experiences with Users
14:00 – 15:30

Discussion tables organized by theme

  • In the registration form you can indicate which topics you prefer. Take a look below for the list of topics to choose from.
15:30 – 15:45

Coffee break

15:45 – 16:45

Plenary feedback

  • Evaluation of the proposals provided by the discussion tables.
  • Voting on the different proposals.
17:00 – 18:00

Reception with networking opportunity

Which topics do you prefer?

During the workshop, several discussion tables will be organized, each with a specific focus on certain topics related to smart public charging. In order to tailor the discussion tables as closely as possible to the needs and interests of the participants, we ask you to indicate in the registration form which topics specifically interest you.

You will see a checkbox with the following options:

  1. Interoperability: How can we improve interoperability and IT integration between charging stations, EMS, payment systems and users?
  2. Data spaces: What information is essential for improved services and how can we effectively integrate this data?
  3. Capacity limits – renewable energy: Can solar and battery storage be used to provide additional power for reliable charging services?
  4. Capacity limits – dynamic pricing: Are dynamic pricing the solution for reliable supply with optimal margin?
  5. Capacity limits – charging infrastructure: Is it better to invest in a small number of charging stations and high-rotation or rather a large number of charging stations with smart charging?
  6. Charging pole hogging – location specificity: How can we reward for flexibility services while penalizing nuisance?
  7. Charging pole hogging – preconditions: What are fair boundary conditions before applying a penalty tariff, maximum time or full battery, full power, or load balancing?
  8. Transparent pricing: How can we achieve transparent pricing for charging services, including energy, grid fees, flexibility fees and parking fees?
  9. Energy surplus: In what ways can we attract customers during periods of negative energy prices?
  10. Flexibility coordination: How can we account for EV charging risk profiles when managing Flexibility Service Provider portfolios?
  11. Verification of flexibility: How can we verify the delivery of flexibility and measure it against which baseline?
  12. User behavior and incentives: What (financial) triggers are effective to encourage flexibility from users?
  13. User charging behavior: How can we convince users to charge at other locations and times?
  14. Cost-benefit analysis: What are the total costs and benefits of smart charging and how does this translate into additional margin?
  15. Decision-making in the value chain: Who has the decision-making power on price and flexibility of a charging location?

You can select as many options as you like, but keep in mind that the arrangement of the discussion tables will be based on the topic preferences of the participants.

Did you know…

Interaction and achieving tangible results are at the core of a co-creation workshop like this one. We highly value the knowledge, experiences, and perspectives of you and all other participants.

Therefore, after the workshop, we compile a report with the insights and results obtained, which will be made available to all participants. Sounds interesting? Yet another reason not to let this workshop pass you by.


Are you ready to brainstorm with our experts and other professionals about the future of public smart charging? Then make sure to register now*!

Don’t wait too long to secure your spot in the co-creation workshop, as the number of available places is limited. Registration is open until June 17.

We look forward to working together with you for a sustainable and innovative future of smart public charging!

*Please note that because the workshop will be held in Dutch, the registration form is also in Dutch only.

Want to know more?

Do you have questions about the workshop or want more information about the SmarThor EFRO project – Expanding digital services Open Thor Living Lab? If so, please feel free to contact our Project Managers.

For questions about the workshop, please contact Annick Vastiau. For more information about the project, Wim Cardinaels is the contact person. They will both be happy to help you further.

Annick Vastiau:
Wim Cardinaels:





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