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Energy Talks&Drinks – Phasing out or phasing in: nuclear as part of the energy transition

1 October 2020 @ 17:30 - 19:00



If we want to achieve zero emission by 2050, most of the available area of land, inland water and offshore space will be needed for solar and wind farms. Biomass is already off the table and green hydrogen will dramatically increase the electricity demand.


So what about nuclear energy with its remarkably low emissions and reliable electricity production? Sounds like a promising source to meet our 2050 goals. Shouldn’t we ask team nuclear back to the table?


Theo Wolters will give us a short overview of the role of nuclear in the energy transition. What limitations are there for solar and wind, and the energy transition in general? What options for nuclear energy are available in the near future for The Netherlands? What roll can (thorium) molten salt reactors play in the energy transition?


Nuclear energy is a controversial subject that evokes fierce reactions and emotions. For some, it is an indispensable tool in the fight against climate change. For the other, it is disastrous technology that will only bring misery to the world. In her presentation Mirjam Vossen discusses the image and emotions surrounding nuclear energy. Why is nuclear energy taboo for many people? What about the support base for the Netherlands? And what role do the media play in this?



Theo Wolters, Chairman of the Environment, Science & Policy Foundation
Theo Wolters is chairman of the Environment, Science and Policy Foundation, which focuses on providing independent information about important policy issues, for instance climate and energy, biodiversity and the European Union. The foundation has a special interest in supporting nuclear energy, in particular the thorium molten salt reactor technology, and supports the thorium MSR foundation.  Based on this wide background, Theo Wolters can approach the energy transition comprehensively, and gives a birds eye view on the limitations of and options for a better energy system in the future.


Mirjam Vossen, Reseacher and Journalist
Mirjam Vossen (1965) is a media researcher, social geographer and journalist. She obtained her PhD with a study on the framing of global poverty in European media. Her current research and journalistic work focuses on the framing of social issues such as poverty, climate change, energy and agriculture. She writes background articles and opinions for among others the Financieele Dagblad, Trouw, NRC and the Algemeen Dagblad. This year the scientific journal Journalism Studies published her research on the framing of nuclear energy in the Dutch media.


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1 October 2020
17:30 - 19:00


Buccaneer Delft


Buccaneer Delft
Paardenmarkt 1
Delft, 2611 PA Netherlands
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