Prominent Private and Government Stakeholders from the Netherlands Visits WCEC
Wilma Mansveld, State Secretary for Infrastructure & Environment, the Netherlands talks with Jonathan Woolley, WCEC Associate Engineer about the Honda Smart Home
A prominent delegation from the Netherlands came to West Village to see just how UC Davis, and our efficiency centers work to solve energy related problems and how together, with our new-found friends from the Netherlands, we can work towards a more sustainable future. Serious about energy efficiency and sustainability, the delegation set off from UC Davis proper to West Village in the typical, energy-conscious Dutch fashion: by bicycle. This delegation included international business leaders from a diverse set of disciplines including engineering and design management consultants, renewables, energy systems and climate policy. From the public sector, WCEC was visited by a cabinet level official, Wilma Mansveld, the State Secretary for Infrastructure & Environment along with 10 government officials from the Netherlands. This group spent 30 minutes touring the Western Cooling Efficiency Center with the Center's director, Mark Modera.
Here, Modera highlighted some of WCEC's research including Indirect Evaporative technologies, WCEC's in-house technology the Automated Sealing of Building Envelopes with Aerosols, Phase-Change Materials for Hydronic Systems and gave a brief overview as to the creation of the WCEC while focusing on the importance of our Affiliates and Partnerships that have made our research possible.
Mark Modera explains WCEC's technology for automatically sealing building envelope leaks using aerosolized adhesive.
The Delegation then visited the Honda Smart Home project at West Village, guided by WCEC's Associate Engineer, Jonathan Woolley. Woolley explained the vision of this project as a living laboratory, and a working proof of concept for the future of homes to not only be energy neutral, but to create energy for an electric car, or feed energy back into the grid.
Jonathan Woolley leads the Netherlands delegation into the Honda Smart Home at West Village in Davis, CA
Though the meeting was brief, it served as a reminder that our energy concerns and sustainability goals are a shared endeavor; one that requires collaboration and learning opportunities from those across our borders. For any of these efforts to succeed we need to draw on the strengths, ideas and experience from our global partners. No breakthrough scientific discoveries happen in a vacuum. Drawing from previous experience and shared knowledge is an important aspect to future discoveries. This meeting was only the beginning of a larger collaboration between our groups and hopefully a continued dialog with stakeholders from the Netherlands and the world will lead to efficiency solutions we have yet to uncover.
"Energy efficiency is in our DNA."
-John Van Den Heuvel
All of us at WCEC would like to thank the Netherlands delegation for visiting our offices. A special note of gratitude also goes out to John Van den Heuvel, the Science & Technology Advisor for the Netherlands Consulate General, San Francisco who facilitated this meeting.
I asked John to answer a few questions for the Cooling Connection readers to get a better idea as to the impetus for this visit.
Interview with John Van Den Heuvel
the Science & Technology Advisor for the Netherlands Consulate General, San Francisco
Why did you choose to bring the delegation to WCEC?
Among others due to lack of altitude (hydro) and sunshine (solar) and wide availability of relatively cheap natural gas, we (The Netherlands) are lagging on renewable energy implementation. We have only reached 4% so far. Having said that: energy efficiency is in our DNA. So we're really interested in making the connection with UC Davis and WCEC. Also, one of the companies that participated in the visit expressed an interest in looking at UC Davis as a pool of talent they may want to tap for their US operations.
What do you think the group gained from this visit?
Through Wageningen University, we already have a formalized working relationship with the agricultural side of UC Davis. And also Philips Lighting has many existing connections with the California Lighting Technology Center in Davis. I wanted the group to be aware of the UC Davis capabilities on energy and energy efficiency. I feel they gained that insight by visiting WCEC, the Honda House, West Village and being briefed on the CLTC.
What do you hope can be attained by future collaborations between the Netherlands and UC Davis/WCEC?
I'd like to establish a working relationship between UC Davis WCEC and Netherlands companies and research institutes.
Did anything particularly stand out during the tour for you, or for your guests?
What stood out particularly is the application of Phase Change Materials in HVAC systems. The group applauded the 'lateral thinking' that led to applying PCM micro-balloons originally designed for use in clothing, in HVAC systems.
Thank you John for taking the time to join us today.
Thanks for having me. I look forward to further collaboration with UC Davis in the future.
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