In my youth I was fully exposed to Lego, De Kijk, Discovery Channel and my father’s engineering journals.
In the border stream behind our house I built dams and over that brook I lit my own fires or walked with my dog between the (German) windmills. My profile paper was a solar tracker. My study Sustainable Energy Technology was an almost unavoidable consequence of all of the above. While my understanding of the opportunities of wind energy, solar panels, efficiency, demand management and storage grew, Dutch public opinion continued to bounce between pathetic polar bears and left-wing hobbies.
I missed optimisticreporting on the breakthroughs in science, innovations in technology and appealing examples in practice that made the energy transition inevitable for me at that time – I certainly do not pretend that I have foreseen the beautiful breakthroughs of recent years. In many respects, the transition is going much faster than I expected in 2012. Unfortunately, in crucial other respects, it is slower.
My deep conviction is that the use of technology is ultimately always cheaper than the use of raw materials. If technology is given the space to develop, an energy source that comes in is simply more beneficial than energy that we dig deep from the earth. As an energy student with an opinion, a web design agency and enough spare time, I started WattisDuurzaam.nl in 2012. I never stopped doing that. My interest in the transition has only grown over the years. Even now that I have less free time, I keep following developments. Where I cannot resist, I join the debate.