Please note: This is a Learning Community!

A Learning Community is a little different than a regular project. So, what is different about a Learning Community (LC) and why should you choose it?

 In the Learning Community you will collaborate even closer with your fellow students, Saxion researchers and the professional field. The focus is on even more dialogue and interaction between the groups, and working together on the overall challenge! This starts with you not registering for a specific project, but for the Learning Community. Week 1 will be used to determine which specific research question you will be working on and with whom. We do this by aligning the project with your learning goals and knowledge from your study programme – we will look for the optimal match! This way you will have more influence on the project and your role in it. The set-up and assessment will remain the same as for all other projects in the Smart Solutions Semester.

 Do you want to be part of this Smart Solutions Semester development? Then choose a Learning Community!

Learning Community: Smart Energy Transition

Bison code: L.28413

The LC Smart Energy Transition will come together as a big group at the start of the semester. You and your clients will define the projects together. Multiple project teams will then be formed to work on the subjects described below.

The need for a radical energy transition is high. The Dutch government wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 to 49 percent, relative to the level in 1990 (Governmental Agreement 2017). This requires a transition in the energy system, whereby Dutch society uses less energy and the energy that is still being used is as low as possible in carbon.

Energy transition is much more than just a technological issue. Even more important than technology, is the acceptance of new sustainable energy technology by society and the opportunities that entrepreneurs see to make new business, which promotes the transition process to a low-carbon society.

What will you work on?

Municipalities, provinces, companies, energy companies and many other organizations are going to develop plans to “remove gas” from residential areas and work locations. In preparing these plans, governments and companies in the Eastern Netherlands are confronted with all kinds of questions and bottlenecks with which Smart Solutions Semester students can get started.

Some examples of questions: What alternative is there for natural gas in a specific residential area? How to deal with the infrastructure needed, both below surface as well as above? What does the business case look like? How to deal with the freedom of choice of residents?

This LC contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):