As highlight of the DEAN Tour Germany the first Karel Luyben Lecture was held at the Embassy in Berlin on 11 December. This lecture was dedicated to rector magnificus emeritus Karel Luyben and will be organised once a year somewhere in the world outside Delft and once a year in Delft.
Prof. Dr. Roel van de Krol, from the Institute for Solar Fuels of the Helmholz Zentrum (TU Berlin) and TU Delft alumnus, gave the lecture: "From Sunlight to Chemical Fuels: Towards a Clean Energy Future".
As outlined in the recently published Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the reduction of global CO2 emissions is one of society’s most important and urgent challenges. In all future energy scenarios aimed at reducing CO2 emissions, solar energy plays a major role. However, to cope with the intermittent nature of sunlight, large-scale storage solutions are required. An attractive pathway is to directly convert abundant resources, such as water and CO2, into chemical fuels with sunlight. The advantages and challenges of this approach will be discussed and illustrated with examples of recent scientific breakthroughs in this exciting and growing field.
Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Berlin
The Dutch Engineers Alumni Network (DEAN) of TU Delft, TU/e, UTwente, and Wageningen launched its first activities in the USA back in 2014 and since then has grown to include communities in Australia, Canada, the Nordics, Spain and Switzerland. And now it's time to come to Germany!
Did you know that Germany represents one of the largest concentrations of TU alumni outside of the Netherlands with over 6000 graduates. Find out more about our unique network by joining one of the events taking place in Berlin, Cologne, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Munich and Hamburg.