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Summerschool: Energy Challenge – an interdisciplinary approach

From:Mo 26-08-2024
Until:Fr 30-08-2024
Where:Groningen, the Netherlands

Hydrogen economy as socio-technical challenge


With the pressing impact of emissions contributing to the warming of our planet, there's an urgent call to transition from fossil fuels (oil, gas, and coal) to cleaner, renewable energy sources. Despite this awareness, the pace of this energy transition is not as rapid as needed. What are the challenges?

This summerschool delves into the future of a hydrogen economy and the social-technical challenges involved. Tailored for master's students, the summer school offers a first-hand exploration into the complexities of energy transition and provides an opportunity to engage with real-time energy challenges.

The course will start with a visit to an energy network operator, who will inform the participants about their challenge of shifting the supply from natural gas towards green gas and hydrogen. Over the following three days, lecturers from various fields—ranging from technical and scientific to energy law, environmental psychology, economics, and spatial science—will inform the participants about the challenge of a hydrogen economy from their perspective.

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