Practical information

Date: Wednesday, 20 May
Time: 13.00 – 15.00h
Location: online

Lessons learned: What can Energy Designers learn from international experiences?

The energy transition is not only a technical effort, but equally important a process of social engagement, involving local capacity and securing ownership for the community. However, the interests of different actors often conflict with each other. How do you create a collective interest? And what can we learn from the experiences of a Danish farming community on the island of Samsø? In the seminar, we will first listen to the extensive, practical experience of mr. Sören Hermansen. Then lector Peter Joore will investigate what designers of energy systems can learn from the Danish experience. Can designers shift from designing systems for people to designing systems with people? What needs to be done to engage the various stakeholders in large projects? How can actors at all levels of society be engaged, in order to develop these increasingly interrelated innovation systems? If the discussion gets too heated, experienced mediator Professor Han Brezet will intervene and get the conversation back on track.

Speakers & moderator

Søren Hermansen is the CEO of Samsø Energiakademi and the head of the Samsø renewable energy island project. He has worked on the Samsø project for over 15 years and this project won the second price at the EU-competition ‘RESponsible Island Prize’. In 2008 he was named one of the ‘Heroes of the Environment’ by Time Magazine and in 2009 he was awarded the Göthenborg Award – the Nobel prize of the environment. Other Awards include the Energy Globe 2008 and Eurosolar 2002. Søren Hermansen is Adjunct Professor at Aalborg Universitet and he began his career as a teacher of environmental studies. He was raised on a family farm and he was originally meant to be a farmer.

Peter Joore is lector Open Innovation at NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.

Han Brezet is professor at the Sustainable Innovation & Policy program at University of Aalborg and emeritus professor at Delft University of Technology, where he initiated the Design for Sustainability program. Prof. Brezet supervised over 30 PhD theses and several hundreds of MsC thesis. He has been and still is a great inspiration for hundreds of young professionals in the field of sustainable product and system development.

All three are involved in the European Master in Sustainable Energy System Management at Hanze UAS



Due to the Coronavirus we are, until further notice, not able to host physical Energy Learning Activities for our Energy Academy Programme. Instead we have carefully selected several webinars with suitable topics and speakers that fit right into the Energy Academy Programme as you know and love! Your registered participation in the selected webinars will count as a Learning Activity for the Energy Academy Certificate.

This event is a public event, open to anyone with an interest, to join in. The event is organized by New Energy Coalition for the Energy Academy Programme and is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen. The Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Programme. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the Energy Academy Certificate.