Herber, Prof. Rien
Rien Herber has been a full-time professor of geo-energy at the University of Groningen since September 2009. After studying geophysics in Utrecht, his jobs included deputy head of the Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij (NAM) and European head of Exploration with Shell. At the University of Groningen, Herber is involved in the optimization of the extraction of fossil fuels and searching for new, sustainable energy sources in the earth. Mining activities underground need to be better coordinated, according to Herber. ‘It’s getting pretty busy underground’, he observes. ‘Sometimes the activities can dovetail, but sometimes they rule each other out. Then you have to make choices.’
Herber has received the 2011 IBM Faculty Award for extraordinary achievements in the field of IT research and innovation. He was awarded the prize for his research into predicting vibrations with an eye to gas extraction. According to Herber, shale gas extraction in the Netherlands would just be a drop in the ocean of energy provision. Although there is probably a huge amount of shale gas trapped in Dutch rock formations, one estimate gives 500,000 billion cubic metres, with 3,000 billion cubic metres normal gas under Slochteren, only a tiny proportion can be extracted.
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