The second edition of New Energy Forum on Thursday 23 June was successful. New Energy Forum is the event for the (upcoming) mobility and energy professional, with this year’s theme ‘Breaking Barriers’. Approximately 1000 visitors were challenged and inspired with the latest developments in the energy transition and sustainable mobility innovations.
The festival was set up to show visitors the latest developments, share knowledge and offer inspiration. Sander Heijne, economic investigative journalist and historian opened the New Energy Forum with a keynote about how the current desire for economic growth is not a necessity. As a co-initiator, Hive.Mobility provided the ‘mobility track’ during the event, consisting of various HIVE TALKS, HIVE MIND sessions and mobility demos. During his HIVE TALK, researcher Auke Hoekstra of Eindhoven University of Technology spoke about the three trends within the transition to sustainable mobility. Fleur Gräper, Deputy of the province of Groningen, talked about how we work together in the Northern Netherlands on groundbreaking mobility initiatives.
Workshops, masterclasses and demos
There were also various workshops, debates, masterclasses and presentations. For example, there was a HIVE MIND debate about how we can better match supply and demand in the labor market. Lightyear talked about the development of their solar car, there was a workshop about how we can promote sustainable travel behavior and there were presentations about the application of hydrogen in mobility. Mobility demonstrations could be visited throughout the day, such as the hydrogen truck from Holthausen, the hydrogen bus from Qbuzz and the hydrogen drone from Drone Delivery Services in collaboration with the province of Groningen. The European Hyperloop Center was also present, together with students from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, to explain the Hyperloop concept to visitors. Even the catering was completely themed, including a barbecue and coffee on hydrogen.
The New Energy Forum is organized by Hive.Mobility, EnTranCe and New Energy Coalition.
Do you want to relive this afternoon? Look below for a photo impression and the aftermovie.