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Society/business Societal themes Energy Education PhD Energy Summer School 2016 - Energy Transition, Geopolitics & Urban Security

Course Information

Confirmed speakers
  • Energy and Geopolitics by Prof. Coby van der Linde, Director, Clingendael International Energy Program, the Hague, the Netherlands
  • The Politics of Critical Energy Infrastructure by Prof. Jaap de Wilde, Department of IRIO, University of Groningen
  • International Energy Cooperation by Maria van der Hoeven, Senior Associate Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Program , Board Trustee, Rocky Mountain Institute
  • Energy Transition and Energy Landscapes by Dr. Christian Zuidema, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen
  • Simulation on Energy Crisis by Prof. Erdal Cayirci , NATO Joint Warfare Center, Norway
  • The Failure of Desertec and the Geopolitics of Renewable Energy by Dr. Delf Rothe , University of Hamburg
  • Energy from a Natural Science Perspective by Prof. Harro Meijer, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Groningen
  • Energy Markets by Dr. Machiel Mulder, Professor of Regulation of Energy Markets, University of Groningen
  • The Human Dimension of Sustainable Energy Systems by Dr. Linda Steg, Professor of Environmental Psychology, University of Groningen
  • Energy Transition Model by Mr. Ewald Breunesse, Manager Energy Transition, Shell Nederland B.V.
  • Lecture by Dr. Tim Boersma, Fellow and Acting Director, Energy Security and Climate Initiative, Brookings Institution, USA
  • Mapping and Data Driven Analysis by Dr. Chris Davies
  • To the PowerPV: an All-Electrical Energy Society, by Prof. Kees Hummelen
Study Trip to the Eemshaven, Province of Groningen

24 August 2016, departure at 13:00

During the guided tour the impact of energy on the past and future landscape of Groningen will be discussed. In particular, the challenges of the region to cope with the current shift from fossil fuel based energy systems to an energy system based more on renewable sources will be addressed.

The participants will observe some examples of soil substance due to gas extraction and its consequences for water management as well as visit the village of Onderdendam that is striving for an energy neutral village.

The largest on land wind farm of the Netherlands is located in the Eemshaven, a deep-sea port that serves as a logistical hub in the Northwest European sea lanes . The size and impact of the wind farm will be discussed as well as its comparison to the fossil fuel energy plants on location. There is also one of the most modern coal fired power plants in the world, where issues such as using additional biomass in the plant and carbon capture are on the agenda.

The trip will end with a detour to see some of the largest energy consumers in the north of the Netherlands, namely two servers of Google that aim to be energy neutral. The nearby chemical industry in Delfzijl, which is now under economic pressure due to the likely end of gas extraction in the Groningen region, will be also discussed. Finally, the participants will pass through a region where gas extraction is currently creating some severe problems due to earthquakes.

The excursion will take around 4 - 5 hours, including 2 hours in the Eemshaven.

Organizing Committee:

Prof. Jaap de Wilde, Department of International Relations & International Organization (IRIO), University of Groningen

Dr. Christian Zuidema, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, Department of Planning, University of Groningen

Yara Marusyk, PhD candidate, Department of IRIO, University of Groningen

Agha Bayramov, PhD candidate, Department of IRIO, University of Groningen

Çağri Sağiroğlu, Visiting scholar, Cukurova University, Turkey


Participants can receive a certificate worth the equivalent of 5 ECTS.

Last year's summer school

The 2015 Groningen Energy Summer School had Smart Grids as topic. An impression is online here.

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