25th Lustrum: Do or Die – Creating the resource market of tomorrow

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Past November, the lustrum took place! It was an amazing week which opened with the ceremony of the Yearbook and a firework show. The international symposium on The Energy Transition was very accurate and included a great line-up of speakers. Also the Extended Noordenevening, the Open Party and the Prom were mesmerizing. Lastly, the Alumni dinner at the old faculty was incredible. Pictures of all activities can be found in the archive. Enjoy looking at the photo’s!

 

Zero’s excursion

Group photo during geological walk

During the Zero’s excursion, upcoming AES students visited different companies in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium during this four days excursion.
On Thursday, we went to Shell Rijswijk where a drill simulator was demonstrated and the scientific lab was shown. The international students got their first Dutch experience while cycling in the rain. Back in Delft Jan Dirk Jansen gave the students a welcoming speech.
Friday morning, the bus was ready to take all students to the KNMI CESAR Observatory. Here it was explained how the atmosphere and its interaction with the land surface is studied using a large set of instruments. All this is done to monitor the climate and provide weather forecasts. In the afternoon, the excursion continued to the Mijnwater Project in Heerlen. After closure of the coal mines in Heerlen, the mine passages filled with groundwater which are heated by the Earth naturally. This project is set up by the municipality of Heerlen and looks for possibilities of using the water for heating and cooling buildings in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
Saturday morning we continued the excursion to Germany to visit an open pit mine. Where the new students were impressed by the big operation and machinery. In the afternoon, the students got the opportunity to descent in the ground by visiting the former coal mine of Blegny. In Blegny, committee members awaited the upcoming AES students to meet one another. It was an afternoon and evening full of games and fun.
The excursion ended with a geological walk in Ninglinspo on Sunday morning. Two PhD students showed several geological structures to the new students. All in all, we had a great time and the upcoming AES students got to visit different study related companies and got the chance to meet one other and become friends.

Bucket Wheel Tour

Group picture before the tour starts

Blood, sweat and tears have been spilled last saturday during the very first edition of the one and only Bucket Wheel Tour! First of all the participants had a lunch in the Huszár to make sure they were full of energy at the start of the tour. They have drudged on the bike on the routes through the green heart: on the 40 km and on the 70 km some personal records are crushed! The battle for the first place was decided in the last meters. On the 70 km route the battle was between Jan Willem Buist and Richard Hontelez, who were able to leave the pack behind. However in the last 4 km Richard Hontelez sprinted away without looking back as a real Zoetemelk and kept going until he reached the finish: he is the winner of the 70 km route!!
On the 40 km route the endless powerbattle between Jaap van Duijn and Pieter Bosman was decided in the last few meters with a difference that was just the length of a wheel. From now on Pieter Bosman can use a new nickname, Pieter Sagan, because he was the winner of the 40 km route!
At the end of the tour there were enough cold beers to keep everybody foreseen and of course enough snacks to fill the energy supplies. Besides the potential new boardmembers of the MV was announced during the drinks. The candidates for the 126th board of the Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging:

Dhr. S.J.M. van Adrichem President
Mevr. R.D. Free Secretaris
Dhr. O. Lucassen Penningmeester
Mevr. J.M. Zwetsloot Commissaris Onderwijs
Dhr. S. Mossel Commissaris Beheerder

The announcement of the candidates for the next Board 126

Bachelor Study Trip

At the end of February the Bachelor Study Trip took place. This excursion is organized for the third year and older bachelor students who are still in doubt about their choice of master track. The excursion took the 36 students to Napoli and Rome. In Napoli they’ve had an interesting guided tour in the underground system which had several functions since its construction. Of course when in Italy as a mining student they couldn’t skip a visit to the Vesuvius! (see picture below).
The excursion was organized by three motivated students: Tim Hacking, Caroline Zaal and Thomas Visser. A big thanks to them for the energy they’ve put in the organization, which made this trip to a big success! Of course also a big thanks to Giovanni Bertotti. Professor Bertotti joined the students on the trip and his knowledge about Italy and the geology were very useful! Of course the trip wasn’t possible without all the help from the University Fund!

Students on the Vesuvius

Second year excursion

Secondyear students in a saltmine

Last week our students finally had a week free of lectures! A part of our second year students used this time very wisely. They joined the second years excursion, which took them on a trip visiting several companies. The presentations, case studies and guided tours gave them a good impression of the possible working areas and helped them to find out what mastertracks are possible and which they find the most interesting. The most exciting part for most students was the trip in an underground salt mine. For most students this was the first time in a working mine underground!
A big thanks to all the companies who participated in this excursion and of course a big thanks to the Universiteitfonds Delft for their help!