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The theme of the 26th Lustrum of the “Mijnbouwkundige Vereeniging” is: “Crossroads, Pave your own path” and it tries to showcase the difficulty in finding our way forward towards a better future. This week of celebration will include a Symposium, where there will be a discussion on the unique challenges faced by Applied Earth Scientists.
Experts will give their perspectives on several topics in hydrology, climate, resource engineering, and energy for the future. The biggest problems of our time are both urgent, and extremely complex and have to be addressed quickly.
The Symposium will start with an introduction by Jan Dirk Jansen
Jan Dirk is the Dean of the Faculty of Geosciences & Civil Engineering at the TU Delft and Professor of Reservoir Systems and Control at this same faculty.
This will be followed by the first Keynote Speaker, Lucia van Geuns.
Lucia is an experienced energy professional who held research positions at the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) and the Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP) after a career with Royal Dutch Shell (1980- 2002). She has a background in geoscience, petroleum engineering, economics & planning. Her research focuses on international energy market developments, energy transition issues and climate change policies
The second Keynote Speaker is René Kleijn.
René is an associate professor of Industrial Ecology at the Institute of Environmental Science (CML) at Leiden. His research is about resource scarcity and global supply chains – charting global resource supply chains for coal, nickel, and rare earth metals, analysing where mines are located, who owns them, which countries or companies do the refining, and studying the ownership structures of big industry players.
After a short coffee break, there will be two parallel sessions, one being “Carbon Capture and Storage” and the other “Resources: can we recycle everything?”
The first parallel session will have Willem-Jan Plug, the CCUS Team Lead at Energie Beheer Nederland, who will introduce Carbon Capture Storage in depleted gas fields, and Joel Bauer, a Mine Planning Engineer at Thyssenkrupp, which will explain the decarbonization of open pit mines.
The second parallel session will have Roeland Jan Dijkhuis and Harmen Oterdoom, founders of DOPS Recycling Technologies, who talk about the recycling of technologies from the steel and metal industry for modern challenges in waste treatment and Green Steel production and Henk van Muijen, the Market Director of IHC Mining, which will introduce the Sand crisis.
After the Lunch Break, we will have two more parallel sessions. One is “Energy generation and storage” and the other is “Water resources for the future”.
The third parallel session will have Arash Azami which will explain the Internet of Energy, and Bart Kuijlman, Senior Project Coordinator of Hydrogen at Gasunie, will introduce Hydrogen storage in salt caverns.
The fourth and final parallel session will have Roelof Stuurman, a water and subsurface specialist at Deltares, explaining how to achieve a sustainable groundwater use, and Hossein Hassani, a data analysis expert from Dietsmann, explaining about the role of data in maintaining water resources.
After a short break we will end the day with a Panel Discussion. After reviewing the energy and material needs to be able to make the energy transition possible, the Symposium will end with a Panel Discussion. The topic of this discussion will be “Climate Neutral at 2050, at what costs?”
There will be three panellists: Martine Hoeksma, Energy Transition manager of Shell Netherlands, Ulrich Mengtes, Head of Mine planning at FLSsmidth, and André Bosman, Director Corporate Communication and Government Relations at Uniper Benelux, and Bart Kuijlman.
This panel discussion will wrap off the day with an interactive discussion about the realities about the energy transition not only in the short scale, but also in the long run.
The event will end with some drinks and time to discuss the day.
See you there!