The workshop format Science & the Energy Challenge serves as an open platform to build a multidisciplinary community of researchers working on energy in the Netherlands.
Besides reducing energy consumption in society, the complex puzzle of matching energy supply and demand requires a system of interconnected technologies to form a reliable, safe and sustainable energy infrastructure. An integrated system responding to:
- the challenges of (de)centralized energy production and efficient energy transport over large (transnational) distances,
- the intermittency of sustainable sources and the need for short and long term energy storage in different form, with various capacities and response times,
- the need for sustainable technology respecting climate and closing the resource cycle.
Energy research is multidisciplinary in its nature and requires a collaborative approach to connect expertise and insights from various scientific disciplines. To foster collaboration, there is a need to:
- state the research challenges and opportunities at various stages of the innovation curve for technology to become mature,
- focus on the cutting-edges of the scientific disciplines where innovative breakthroughs are prone to arise,
- be open-minded to learn from each other and to bring new expertise and approaches to the area of energy research.
Equally important to universities, research institutes and industries, an energy community provides new opportunities to strengthen and extend one’s own research. The workshops strive to:
- formulate the challenges in energy research in universal and objective manner facilitating a multidisciplinary approach,
- facilitate knowledge transfer by bridging between universities, research and technological institutes, and technology stakeholders,
- form an national community working on energy research by bringing the various scientific expertise and disciplines together.