Supplying the Nation: The Challenges of Process Electrification

For decades researchers have been working on the electrochemical production of sustainable fuels. At the same time policy makers have made efforts to defossilize our daily lives, think about the promotion of electric cars or electric cooking. But what is the hold up and why does the implementation of such innovations take such a long time?

During the lustrum symposium of Technologisch Gezelschap on the 4th of March 2021 we will answer these questions. During this event experts from industry, politics, and research will join us in theatre De Veste in Delft to share their view on the challenges of process electrification. At the end of the day we will close off with a panel discussion with a representative from each of the before mentioned fields. For more details on our guests, hostess, and schedule scroll down or click on one of the buttons below!


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The speakers of the symposium are:

Marjan van Loon

Marjan van Loon

The first expert from industry is our keynote speaker CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, Marjan van Loon. Shell is investing into a new future with various projects such as H2 conversion and CO2 storage. Is this really the future and is Shell doing enough? You can ask her yourself since she will also be joining the panel discussion!

Guido Frenken

Guido Frenken

Balancing technological advancements, leadership and societal stress towards a Sustainable Society (Read Abstract)

Another titan of industry is COO of ENGIE, Guido Frenken. ENGIE develops technical solutions for buildings and residential areas to become more energy efficient. This gives them an important role in the shift towards sustainable energy consumption. Guido Frenken will explain how ENGIE manages to make your neighbourhood more energy efficient while also explaining the challenges that he faces.

Egbert Klop

Egbert Klop


Our last representative of the industry branch is the managing director of Blueterra Egbert Klop. Blueterra is a consultancy company for industry and large business markets, like the horticultural sector. Their services cover the entire chain from idea generation to implementation. They are specialized in energy saving solutions. As a mechanical engineer himself Egbert Klop has led many successful projects and knows the ins and outs of energy efficiency and its challenges.

Bernard Dam

Bernard Dam


TU Delft Professor Bernard Dam will represent the research branch on our symposium. As scientific director of the E-refinery initiative he is an expert on the latest developments and scientific insights as it comes to electrochemical conversion and electricity storage. Are we making the right decisions and what kind of developments will impact the energy market on the long run?

Robert Stoner

Robert Stoner


The shift to sustainable energy is a global theme. To offer international perspective on this problem, Robert Stoner will share his view on the subject. Robert Stoner is the deputy director for science and technology at the MIT Energy Initiative and involved in bringing the MIT research into the real world as a member of the MIT energy council and many other initiatives. If you are interested in a more global view on the energy transition you should hear from the expert himself!

Sandor Gaastra

Director-General of Climate and Energy of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy

To represent the political view on the subject, Sandor Gaastra representative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, will join us. What is the Dutch government doing when it comes to the energy transition? What are the challenges in his work for the ministry. We would like to give you the opportunity to get an answer to all your questions since after his talk he will be joining the panel discussion as well!

Chairman: Harm Edens

To transition smoothly from one speaker to the other and to make sure everyone has a say during the panel discussion we asked a professional to lead the day. We are happy to confirm that Harm Edens will be chairman of the lustrum symposium 2021!

From the Committee

We have been preparing the symposium for a long time and with great pleasure we present you this impressive list of speakers. We are currently working with the TU Delft to organize everything in a safe and healthy way regarding the pandemic.
This means that it is expected that the number of physical attendants will be limited. Fortunately, we will provide an equally mesmerizing experience via our online tools! Here you can view all lectures and submit any of your questions for the panel discussion. If regulations allow us we will provide an upgrade to physical tickets!

Would you like to know more about the symposium? Contact us via our email address: . See you on the 4th of march!


Time Lecture room 1 Lecture room 2
10:00 – 10:15 Opening by Harm Edens
10:15 – 10:55 Guido Frenken
10:55 – 11:25 Coffee break
11:25 – 12:10 Bernard Dam Workshop by Nobian
12:10 – 13:15 Workshop by Nobian
12:45 – 13:45 Lunch Break
13:45 – 14:20 Robert Stoner Egbert Klop
14:20 – 14:35 Coffee break
14:35 – 15:10 Sandor Gaastra
15:10 – 15:45 Marjan van Loon
15:45 – 15:50 Coffee Break
15:50 – 16:30 Panel discussion