Successful introduction of smart grids in India, your personal car on-demand and mechanisms that prevented the breakthrough of brilliant ideas last century. In three 10-minute-talks, TU/e-researchers dr. Johanna Höffken & dr. Ankit Kumar and TU/e-students Steven Nelemans & Karsten van Asdonk present new inventions and insights that will contribute to the future energy transition. Get inspired!
This series of SETalks is organized in cooperation with the conference committee of student platform Team Energy that organizes the Energy Now conference on 30 May at TU/e. Energy Now brings students, professionals, companies and research groups together to start the energy discussion. SETalks will also be part of the conference program.
Smart grids in India
India faces two major challenges in the field of electricity generation and use. Its electricity demand is growing while its central grid suffers from severe performance deficits. Meanwhile, a significant part of India’s population does not even have access to modern forms of electricity. A variety of actors, including the Indian government, but also private actors aim to address these challenges in part by using smart grids: energy networks that use ICTs to match supply and demand from multiple sources. However, successful smart grid development is not simply a matter of getting the technology right: social embedding, ethical acceptability and institutional support are at least as important.
Speakers: dr. Johanna Höffken (Assistant Professor, Technology Innovation & Society, TU/e) & dr. Ankit Kumar (Postdoctoral Researcher at School of Innovation Sciences, TU/e).
Amber – on-demand mobility
The founders of Amber Mobility believe that it’s possible to align what consumers want with what the world needs. Their mobility solution combines optimum mobility with minimal environmental impact, providing a service that’s more convenient, affordable, and environmentally friendly than any other existing transportation option, including car ownership. Amber combines Amber Mobility, an intelligent car-sharing platform, with the Amber One – a modular, efficient, and customizable electric car designed specifically to be shared. Through this integration of hardware and software, Amber can provide users on-demand mobility.
Speaker: Steven Nelemans, student Electrical Engineering TU/e and CEO at Amber Mobility
The breakthrough of brilliant ideas
The world needs innovative solutions to make the transition to a world that runs on sustainable energy sources, but we are falling behind. The fossil fuels industry is still very lucrative and has the power to repress the introduction of new technologies that threaten their own business. Unknown to many, scientists and inventors have already worked on brilliant solutions for over a century: ideas that would outdate most of today’s sustainable energy technologies and would guarantee a 100% green future. However, there are mechanisms in place that have prevented the breakthrough of these solutions. What’s happening? To find the answer we should focus on human behavioral aspects.
Speaker: Karsten van Asdonk, student Biomedical Engineering TU/e.
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