Date: Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Time: 15:00 – 16:30 h
Location: Energy Academy Europe Building, room 0029

In this duo lecture by Dr. Chris Zuidema (University of Groningen) and Timo Spijkerboer (EAZ Wind company) we elaborate on the regional approach in the energy transition, focussing on the spatial challenges of wind energy and the success of initiatives like EAZ Wind. What can we learn from this approach?



Photo: Artizzl Media/Peter Nefkens

The wind energy sector is growing, meaning that our energy landscapes are changing. And although people want to be involved in the energy transition, they are often apprehensive to end up with a giant wind farm in their backyard. Therefore it is important to take a look at the local conditions and to take the spatial qualities into account.

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



Dr. Christian Zuidema, Assistant Professor Spatial Planning at the University of Groningen’s Faculty of Spatial Sciences studies energy transitions from a local and regional perspective. He specifically argues that the enormous spatial and economic impacts of changes in our energy system also result in important social questions. Many small-scale local innovations are now showing how social resistance, when integrating renewable energy in our landscape and society, might be prevented and instead, how renewable energy can create new and promising development paths for the future.



Timo Spijkerboer, board member of the EAZ-company, will share the ins and outs of their business case and their ambitions for the future. EAZ Wind is one of the initiatives that developed into a successful start-up company. From a farm in Groningen the engineers of EAZ Wind apply new technologies to make wind energy accessible on a local scale.


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