Recent developments in the field of Sustainability and Energy
A lot of challenges must be overcome in order to come up with a more sustainable version of our modern society. Against the background of climate change that is becoming more and more visible, drastic changes in lifestyle are proposed as counter measures. The possible and often painful measures include sizeable reductions in use of fossil fuels -either as energy source or as feedstock-, growing trees instead of breeding cattle (meals with a lot less meat and much more vegetables), and a major reduction in transport (i.e. with special attention for aviation). The change required may at times seem overwhelmingly big. Still, many developments that can contribute to formulating answers are on their way, or are already being rolled-out. In this presentation, a hope-inspiring overview will be given of recent work in this field that may form part of the many answers needed. Also an attempt will be made to highlight topics that are researched and developed within TNO -the Dutch research institute in which the presenter works- that may contribute to a more sustainable or even circular economy of the future.
Biography of Mark Bolech
Mark Bolech holds a D.Sc. in chemistry from University of Amsterdam. He has more than 28 years of experience in research and development, in profit-oriented enterprises such as KEMA, Philips and TNO. Most of his expertise is in materials science, physical chemistry and chemical thermodynamics. In-depth knowledge in the fields of thermodynamics, high temperature materials science, ceramics, lighting technology, photovoltaics, electrochemistry and power electronics. Some six years at TNO, he has been concentrating on electrical energy provision and storage systems (such as batteries or capacitors) in applications such as buses, trains and boats. In his latest role he is using his knowledge and experience in research aimed at increasing energy efficiency and planning and realising more sustainable power generation as well as buffering capabilities to accommodate more intermittent energy. In the last couple of years he gained a lot of experience in district-scale energy systems in relation to sustainability and Life Cycle Impact. The extensive experience with zero emission transport and its energy provision (vehicles, public transport, infrastructure) is valuable because of the synergy it generates for integrating local sustainable energy production and high electric power demand for heating/cooling.
Day: Tuesday December 10th
Where: Sustainability & Energy track
Time: 11:20h – 11:50h