Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Agenda

Jan Hessels Miedema

Date: 14 January 2019
Time: 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Academy building, University of Groningen

Dissertation title: 

Biomass or batteries: the role of three technological innovations in the energy transition

Group: University of Groningen, Energy and Environmental Studies - Energy and Sustainability Research
Supervisors: Dr Henny J. van der Windt, Dr René M.J. Benders
Promotor: Prof Henk C. Moll

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Abstract:

There are high expectations for biomass and lithium based batteries as energy carriers in the mobility, energy and residential sector. This thesis shows that the explored incremental technological innovations do not contribute to the actual energy transition and with that they don’t contribute to change. Therefore, such innovations should be regarded as efficiency improvements instead of innovations that contribute to solving the challenges related to climate change and the mitigation of GHG. In addition, efficiency improvements cannot keep up with increased demand. Therefore, one should also look at realising change on the demand side instead of on the supply side alone.





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