Who are we?
The Energy Café is the oldest committee of Team Energy and it resembles all three of the Team Energy pillars: inform, inspire and connect. The unique concept of the energy café allows everyone to learn about the energy transition and meet like-minded people. At our events, we invite companies that are active in the energy industry and ask them what challenges they are facing at the moment. The participants, usually TU/e students with different academic backgrounds, are divided into multidisciplinary teams and brainstorm about possible solutions. In this way, the participants get to know more about the current energy transition, increase their network and have fun, whereas the companies get new insights into their problems and have a chance to get in touch with a lot of students, which can eventually become their new employees. Often, both the company and the students stay in the café after the event for having discussions while enjoying a drink together.
What have we achieved?
Through our events, Energy Café managed to bring together hundreds of students with the companies from the Netherlands that contribute to the transition towards sustainable energy generation. Among the Energy Café partners are the City Council of Eindhoven, TenneT, Differ, Suez, Spie, Ecofys, Greenvis, and EIT InnoEnergy.
We are continuously searching for relevant ‘case night’ ideas that would be interesting for students and companies interested in the energy transition. Do you have a thought-provoking idea for a café, you want to help us organize the next café or you are a company that wants to collaborate with us? We are happy to hear from you!
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On the 18th of November, the first event of the 2020-2021 academic year, organized by Team Café took place. It was an online pub quiz where 9 teams tried to demonstrate their knowledge about sustainability and about the energy transition. During the four rounds of the quiz, the participants demonstrated that they possess knowledge about global energy consumption, the carbon footprint of daily life activities, and the measures to reduce their energy consumption. The evening concluded with a winning team, which won a 20 euro voucher from ecomondo.nl. Besides the fun and a nice atmosphere, everyone had the chance to enjoy a sustainable beer with a vegetarian snack.
Even in lockdown, Team Café continues working to organize events for students in Eindhoven. And despite the well-known limitations of the times, we succeeded in doing that this January thanks to TenneT, a transmission system operator working in the Netherlands and Germany. They agreed to tell the students about themselves, what they do and what they plan to do in the future. Then the students were divided into smaller groups and worked on business cases that reflected the actual challenges that TenneT is facing now due to the energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources, such as offshore wind power. The students worked together by video-chatting and using other digital aids. The event proved to be a success, based on the feedback received from the participants more events organized in a similar, digital way are certain to take place. And the members of the team whose result impressed the TenneT representatives the most won a Tony’s Chocolonely chocolate bar each!