12. The role of new and emerging technologies in the energy transition.
Dasom Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology; Le Anh Nguyen Long, University of Twente; Sikke Jansma, University of Twente;
To radically transform the fossil-based energy system into renewable energy systems, many energy scholars are turning to new and emerging technologies as a solution. These technologies pose both opportunities and challenges on societal, governance, and technological levels. This panel is designed to discuss the role, the contributions and societal impact of new and emerging technologies in the energy transition. We focus on how they relate to more efficient and flexible grid management, public acceptance of or resistance to renewable energy, optimization of energy consumption and storage, energy justice, and/or localization and decentralization of energy systems. The technologies being discussed may be directly related to energy systems such as wind turbines, solar panels, smart meters and smart grids, microgrids, energy storage technologies, and machine learning or other methods that efficiently manage and distribute energy. The panel also welcomes discussions of other new and emerging technologies that are significantly contributing to climate mitigation and are a part of the energy transition discourse. These technologies may include automated vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, agricultural technologies, data centers, and medical technologies.