The North Sea can supply large quantities of energy: it’s location and limited depth make the area very suitable for large-scale renewable energy production. In addition, North Sea has a rich culture of gas extraction, and before being decommissioned the established infrastructure can be re-used. System integration positively affect the development of energy projects, however, the window of opportunities is small.

During this webinar our colleague Miralda van Schot will discuss the challenges on the North Sea, the huge potential of offshore wind and why system integration can be the (much needed) accelerator for the energy transition together with Rene Peters from TNO.

“We are acquiring a great deal of knowledge from the development of the North Sea as an energy region. About the generation of enormous quantities of offshore wind energy. About converting this stream into gas, for example hydrogen. About reusing oil and gas infrastructure to transport these sustainable gases. About storing CO2 in the seabed. And about the role of the ports in this energy region.” – Prof. Dr. Mr. Catrinus Jepma


  • The challenges on the North Sea and the urgency at stake
  • Outlook on energy projects on the North Sea
  • The important role of system integration

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The experts

Lecturer Biogas

Leon Stille

Leon Stille, General Manager EDI, has a background in Earth Sciences (BSc) and renewable energy technology (MSc) from the University of Utrecht. From the start of his career he has focused on conventional and renewable energy technology development and education. He has held commercial roles in several energy companies such as the Dutch gas grid operator Alliander and international oil & gas company Frames. Furthermore, he worked for Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research (TNO) as business development manager dedicated to enabling and accelerating the energy transition. Leon holds two patents, is key lecturer renewable gas, expert speaker on energy transition topics and moderator of an energy series webinar.

Rene Peters

Rene Peters is currently Director Gas Technology at TNO in Delft, The Netherlands. He is responsible for technology development in the area of gas technology, including LNG, Gas Transport and Storage, Unconventional Gas, Exploration and Biogas. Rene is leading the Upstream Gas Innovation Program within the Top consortia for Knowledge and Innovation – Gas, commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He has a PhD in Fluid Dynamics from the Eindhoven University of Eindhoven, started his career in Shell Research from 1993 – 1998, and moved to TNO where had various technical and managerial positions in the area of Oil and Gas technology. He also acts as a chairman of the European Forum for Reciprocating Compressors and is the chairman of the EERA Shale Gas Initiative.

Miralda van SchotEnergy Analyst/Project Manager New Energy Coalition

Miralda van Schot is an experienced Energy Analyst/Project Manager in the field of system integration in the North Sea. From reuse to system optimization. She is also the theme coordinator for the North Sea as an energy region at New Energy Coalition and Future Energy Leader at the World Energy Council. Miralda has a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and dedicated studies towards offshore power stream, in particular hydrogen. She has a Double degree (master) focused on Development Economics and International Development from University of Groningen and Georg-August university of Göttingen.