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Date: Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Time: 14:30 – 16:30 h
Location: Energy Academy Europe, lecture hall 0029

This is a public event open to everyone interested to join, free of any costs

How can we utilize the renewable energy potential of the North Sea? How do we connect this source to the European energy grid? Catrinus Jepma, Professor Energy and Sustainability at the University of Groningen will address these issues from a scientific point of view, while Ante Frens, Development and Technical Manager at oil and gas exploration and production company NAM will give you a view from the industry perspective.

The energy transition leads to enormous changes and challenges in our energy system. How can we utilize the renewable energy potential of the North Sea? How do we connect this source to the European energy grid? What will the North Sea system as an energy source look like in the European sustainable context?

Today’s lecture addresses the technical, operational and commercial challenges associated with future sector growth. During the duo-lecture with Catrinus Jepma and Ante Frens you will have a unique opportunity to explore the fundamentals of offshore energy, put forward your questions and voice your opinion on the subject.

So if you are interested in the energy systems, the potential of renewable energy from the North Sea and other relevant issues with regards to the future of our energy system, no matter what your study background is, sign up!

Catrinus Jepma is professor of Energy and Sustainability at the University of Groningen. Jepma has long-term experience in lecturing and research. His field of expertise is energy policy and markets, environmental impact and policy issues, energy efficiency measures and energy technologies. He is listed as the author of more than fifty publications. Next to his   academic work, he guides policy makers and project developers in  the field of renewable energy and alternative energy sources. Through his years of involvement as (coordinating) lead author of the IPCC, Prof. Jepma received a personalised certificate for his share in the Nobel Peace awarded to IPCC in 2007.


Ante Frens is Development and Technical Manager at NAM, an exploration and production company in Assen, near Groningen. NAM’s core business is exploring for and producing oil and gas, both onshore and offshore in the Netherlands. Frens is a leading manager in the oil and gas business and an experienced Field Development Manager operating in integrated, complex (technical and commercial) gas, LNG and oil projects and asset management. His specialties include oil, gas onshore and offshore, LNG, Petroleum Engineering and Field development.


It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.

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