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Meet Jan-Eise Fokkema, PhD candidate at the University of Groningen

Nationality: Dutch
PhD year: 4th year
PhD topic: Renewable energy logistics in small-scale regions
Hobbies: In my free time, I like to play (jazz) piano, dance salsa, exercise and read books.

Why energy?

I’m fascinated by energy since it’s something we all need, but obtaining and using it in an environmentally-friendly way is quite a challenge. With more renewables entering our energy-mix, we have to deal with more fluctuations and peaks on the supply-side and match it to fluctuations in demand. This makes organizing storage and transportation of renewable energy very challenging, while we also have to deal with conversion losses. I hope all the research done now by researchers can help in making the right decisions in setting up our future infrastructure.

What do you like about the energy community of young researchers (ECoYR)?

It is a nice way to get in touch with other energy researchers and people who work in the energy field. Since doing research can be solitary experience sometimes, it helps to talk to other people to get a better understanding what goes on elsewhere. I think the energy community of young researchers is a good initiative, since it promotes interdisciplinary collaborations.

Core concept of Jan Eise’s research

Our research is about how renewable energy can be organized efficiently in small-scale communities and farms. These communities have several energy options such as solar energy, wind energy and biogas. Questions that we try to answer are: How can biogas be efficiently transported in gas cylinders to facilities that inject green gas in the gas grid? And how should biogas, solar and wind energy be combined to reduce energy storage requirements and curtailment? At which times should renewable be stored and at which times should it be sold to the electricity grid? We hope to get a better understanding on how small-scale villages or communities that generate renewable energy can be ready for the future.