Dr. ir. Eefje Cuppen
In this talk I will elaborate on controversies, or social conflict, in the energy transition. Many new energy projects are faced with conflict, e.g. communities protesting against the development of an energy project (a wind park, shale gas production site, transmission line, geothermal well, and so on). These conflicts have to be dealt with in the governance of energy system change. I will show that value conflict is inherent to the wicked nature of energy issues. Rather than seeing such conflicts as a barrier for implementation, conflict can also be seen as a value in itself.
DIFFER, the former FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen, will turn 60 this year. We celebrate this special moment with a symposium and reception. Would you like to register? Please visit DIFFER 60.
Prof. dr. ir. Wiebren de Jong
Renewable power sources like solar and wind energy are intermittent, and this is associated with a number of challenges regarding balancing demand and supply of electricity. Generally, considering a year’s period, there are timeframes with excess power and with a shortage. A complication is that different timescales play a role in the balancing challenge. Energy storage is a way to solve this. For seasonal storage, it concerns large-scale storage for which the conversion of electricity into chemical energy of molecules (‘Power-to-X’) is attractive as many other solutions cannot be applied to... Read more
The southernmost continent holds much appeal for a variety of reasons. One century ago, visiting its icy shores posed a great challenge, while whales and seals were exploited as a natural resource. Today, Antarctica's fascinating but fragile ecosystem is embattled amidst climate change and the threat of its ores being extracted once the Antarctic Treaty may expire in 2041. This photo presentation offers a glimpse into the sparse Antarctic fauna and flora as well as the pristine beauty and serenity of its glaciers, icebergs, and clear waters.
Prof. dr. ir. J.M.A. (Jacquelien) Scherpen
please note: different week day