The Series’ second theme for 2021 is Energy Transition and Solar Power and to explore these we have two events lined up for you! Feel free to sign up for both or either, no prior knowledge required.
The Panel Discussion: April 28th - 18:45
One of the most talked-about - and effectively-harnessed - forms of alternative energy in the last 20 years has been solar energy, often described as one of the most important renewable energy sources for the energy transition. But key questions still remain. What is the future potential and efficiency of solar panels? What are key innovations on the horizon for this technology? How can solar energy be integrated into the grid effectively? What opportunities does this create for citizens at the local scale? In this event, we will explore these topics and more with prof. Jos Keurentjes, director of the Center for Energy Innovation, and dr. Monica Morales Masis, Associate Professor at the IMS group.
The Interactive Session: May 6th - 16:00
Solar farms and wind turbines, the primary tool with which wind energy is harnessed, are familiar sights to many of us. But for many citizens, both of these are experienced as intrusive in the natural landscape of their local environment. For a successful transition to renewable energy, it is therefore important that citizen opinion about the placement of these technologies is considered while designing spatial planning policies. To make this easier, researchers at the University of Twente are developing a tool that allows local stakeholders to play around with the placement of renewable energy apparatus. This allows citizens to learn about such complex problems in a playful and engaging way, making it possible for them to form their own opinions for use in local decision making. In this workshop, researchers Cheryl de Boer and Johannes Flacke from the PGM group, ITC faculty, will present this tool and allow you to roleplay as a concerned citizen in using it.
Register here for one or both events!