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Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Time: 15.00 – 16.30 h

Location: Energy Academy Europe, room 5159.0010


Did you already hear about Blue Energy, also named Salinity Gradient Energy? More and more people are becoming aware of this technology and the possibilities that come with it.

Generating electricity based on the mixing of two streams with different salt concentrations (e.g. sea water and river water), could have an enormous energy potential. In the Netherlands we already have two pilot projects of Blue Energy power plants. The security of supply is high, because water will always flow: also when there is no wind or sunshine.

Wetsus, the European centre of excellence for sustainable water technology is coordinating several research projects regarding the Blue Energy theme. They also focus on the development of the Blue Battery. A product that stores renewable electricity solely using water and table salt. Michel Saakes is the scientific project leader of the Blue Energy theme at Wetsus. He will visit Groningen to tell us more about the power of water in the energy transition.

Learn more about Blue Energy and the Blue battery, whilst getting to know Wetsus centre of expertise and the possibilities they offer to students and young professionals.

This is a public event open to anyone with an interest in the energy transition, admission is free upon registration.


Dr. Michel Saakes obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Utrecht. He previously worked at TNO, where he focused his research on electrochemistry, energy research and process innovation. He is currently Scientific project leader for the Blue Energy – and Resource Recovery themes at Wetsus and Scientific Research Manager at Magneto Special Anodes BV. He was the winner of the Innovation prize 2001 TNO “Environment, Energy and Process Technology (TNO-MEP)” and the Award “Sustainable Innovator TNO-MEP 2002”. In 2014 he won a special prize during the annual Wetsus congress, for being a changemaker as a scientist and innovator.

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.

Website: New Energy Coalition