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JBR Round Table with theme 'the energy mix in 2050' was a great success

October 23, 2019

Richard van de Sanden talks about the energy mix in 2050


The Round Table on 14 October 2019 was a great success for us. More than 30 leading participants responded to our invitation.

The hall at JBR was therefore well filled with high-quality knowledge about energy and environment, offshore and the maritime sector. The theme 'The energy mix in 2050' was explained in an accessible way by the three speakers; Laetitia Ouillet, Margo Blikman and Richard van de Sanden, from their field of knowledge and vision.

They addressed the question, "No fossil fuel, but what?

Fossil fuels currently account for the largest share of the energy mix. Although the share of oil in the energy mix will stabilise by 2040, the share of gas in the energy mix will increase. In addition, an important share is foreseen for renewable, but also hydro and nuclear energy.


Energy transition


Laetitia Ouillet is director of the Strategic Area Energy of the TU/e.

She explained that clarity from the government is important, about what will and will not be allowed in the near future in the field of energy. From her knowledge and years of experience within the energy sector, she argued for the energy transition. "The government has plans for CO2 reduction and for an increase in the production of renewable energy. But you can't argue for renewable energy and keep coal and gas going. That's like going on a really strict diet but still keeping chocolate on the menu."

Her analysis explains very clearly the difference between sentiment and reality surrounding energy transition.


fuels for shipping


Margo Blikman is a senior research consultant at JBR.

She spoke about alternative fuels for shipping. There is a major change from January 2020 - the new sulphur emissions directive comes into force: marine fuels may contain up to 0.5% sulphur, compared to 3.5% today.
The world fleet currently numbers around 90,000 ships. Lloyds estimates that there are some 50,000 to 60,000 ships that will be subject to the sulphur limitation. Less than 10% of these ships have made preparations to comply with this new directive, the rest have not (yet). In addition, in 2050, fossil fuels will still make up a significant part of the fuel mix in this sector.

Margo covered the alternative fuels and the pros and cons of the applications in her presentation.


Offshore wind farms and nuclear power


Richard van de Sanden is director of the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research(DIFFER).

He told about the interests surrounding offshore wind farms, the result of good insulation, the application of solar cells and artificial fuels. The business case and acceptance are always central to this. Currently, 6% of the Dutch energy supply is generated in a sustainable manner. A number of calculations show that it will be very difficult for the Netherlands to become self-sufficient in energy. One scenario outlined was that by 2050 synthetic fuels/chemicals will be produced while electricity is cheap and the Netherlands will import these synthetic fuels on a large scale.

He also discusses the future of nuclear energy. Because of the long and difficult period of lobbying, permits and realization, it can take more than 30 years before a reactor is operational (if it is built at all). The objections are simply too great. That is the reason why nuclear energy is too expensive and regulations have increased.


Round table discussion


During the discussion round we discussed these topics, among others:

  • local power generation initiatives
  • the role of the government
  • role of energy authorities in energy transition
  • new, innovative fabrics
  • methods as energy carriers
  • scalability, sustainability and security of supply of energy carriers


After dinner


The participants will discuss the new insights into more sustainable energy sources over drinks in our bar.

Meanwhile,top chef Hans van Mierlo prepared a delicious three-course dinner for the guests in our kitchen. At the table, the discussion broadened and we enjoyed the strategic visions of a sustainable future. Meanwhile, the business cards flew back and forth.

We thank everyone for this substantive and enjoyable meeting.


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