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On this blog, the team of the TPM Energy Transtition Lab provides insights into their ongoing work and share their views on the energy transition. We also blog about events such as conferences, workshops, or other exciting interactions with stakeholders. This is also a place to share thoughts and ideas about ongoing research or research ideas. It is meant as a creative outlet and platform to facilitate communication with anyone interested in what we do. For feedback and inquiries, you can contact the Energy Transition Lab.

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Presenting a poster at ERSS 2022

It has not been the first time I presented a poster at a conference, though it has been the first time I presented a poster I have created myself. I find the creation of posters difficult. Maybe this is because of lack of experience. Presentations provide much more room for expression than a one-pager. Similar …

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    Coping with new values in the energy transition

    Technologies and values Ethicists tend to view values as enduring or long-lasting beliefs about what is good or desirable. Examples of values are sustainability, affordability, and fairness. Technologies are considered to be value-laden; they shape the actions and decisions of people and can therefore never be truly dissociated from the values that they infringe or …

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      Hosting conference sessions

      I arrived at this beautiful hotel close to the center of Graz. It has been a while since I attended a conference offline. Not being the most outgoing person, conferences are always quite thrilling to me. Nevertheless, I love to travel, to hold a talk, to meet other people. I got my badge, went straight …

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        Why do scientists fear media interviews but do it anyway?

        One of the goals of our TPM Energy Transition Lab is to promote open science. Open science is the movement to make scientific research and its dissemination more transparent and accessible to all levels of society. Our lab is part of this movement because we feel obliged to share our insights with taxpayers that indirectly …

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          What do people think of flying ‘wind turbines’?

          Airborne wind energy is an emerging renewable energy technology that harvests higher-altitude winds (300–600 m above the ground) with automatically controlled kites. Like other renewables, airborne wind energy will impact people and nature. These impacts will shape the social acceptance of the technology and influence its large-scale deployment. If the industry ignores people’s concerns about …

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            The Behavioral Perspective

            I do have an interdisciplinary background and I enjoy an interdisciplinary setting. At times this means that I am embarking on a new research journey, and I virtually have to start from zero. This can be quite tedious, but on the other hand, it is also rewarding. When I started working at The TPM Energy …

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              Are you a student interested in the energy transition? Join the pitches from the Energy Transition Lab PhD Group!

              When? March 23rd, 2022 at 15:45 – 16-45. Where? TPM Hall C NO REGISTRATION NEEDED Be Sociable, Share!

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                Join the PhD group of the Energy Transition Lab!

                As the Energy Transition Lab (ETL)  of the Technology Policy and Management Faculty at TU Delft grows, researchers working on energy topics are coming together. The ETL directives extend this effort across the PhD candidates in the TPM faculty. And we, the PhDs, could benefit from it. Towards the end of 2021, twelve PhD candidates …

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                  Energy Justice in a World in Flux

                  At the recent COP26 in Glasgow, Kadri Simons, European Commissioner for energy, said the following: When we talk about the energy transition, we are talking about radically changing our way of life – for the better […] This will be a transition of hearts and minds. We can’t forget that some people, some communities, will …

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                    Presenting at Beyond Oil 2021

                    Beyond Oil 2021 has been the second conference I attended this year. I was happy that I could attend it online, as I had to travel to my home country for an emergency. This, clearly was another illustration of the advantages of online conferences. Though, I also admit I miss the feel of offline conferences. …

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                      Modelling complexity in the energy transition

                      Over the years, it has become clearer and clearer: the energy transition is taking shape. Research on the energy transition also evolves. In the TPM Energy Transition Lab, we aim to take a risky interdisciplinary approach to further our knowledge on ‘what works’ and ‘what doesn’t’, when it comes to the coming decades in the energy transition. Simulating the complexity of the energy transition may help to unravel many of the challenges and trade-offs. I sketch how simulating the complexity helps to explore possible energy policy effects.

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                        Energy transition: yes GHGs reduction but also social inequality reduction

                        The energy transition is commonly framed as a shift from a fossil-fueled to a zero-carbon-fueled energy system (IRENA, 2020). However, climate change is not the only issue that our society faces, as clearly stated by the United Nations with the Sustainable Development Goals. Many societies across the globe face socio-economic inequality issues such as poverty, …

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                          The road to risky research in a safe environment

                          In April 2020, we founded the TPM Energy Transition Lab at Delft University of Technology. At the start, the dean of our faculty (Technology, Policy, and Management) challenged us to color outside the lines and to not be too afraid of failure. We translated this into a motto for the ET Lab: “Risky research in a safe environment”.

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                            Two paths one goal

                            How to break path dependency? That is my starting point. Path dependency refers to the idea that past decisions determine or at least influence present and future options and decisions. An example; the educational path you chose has an effect on the jobs you will be qualified for. A change might be possible, but there …

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                            International system dynamics conference

                            The International System Dynamics Conference 2021 is the first conference I participated working for Delft Technical University. I submitted work about transition and human behavior. Because my work was not yet that well developed, I submitted to the feedback session. I was hoping to get feedback from experienced system dynamics practitioners. Already in preparation for …

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                            Transition / transformation / adaptation?

                            In another blog I will discuss my struggle with the transition-term. However, in this blog post I will show you what the TPM ETLab team discussed during a workshop, which took place on the 13th of July 2021. I facilitated the workshop, provided tasks that should help me to get an outside perspective on transition …

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                            How it all began

                            As you can see on the Energy Transition Lab webpage, one of the aims is to provide a save space for risky research. This is the dream for many researchers, I would argue. Risky means that you may perform research which does not lead to publishable output. In the scientific community all too often only …

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