The executive board of the University of Twente has named Jos Keurentjes to be the program director of Energy Innovation. Keurentjes, who was appointed effective 1 November, will serve a four-year term with a focus on energy transition. Prior to the appointment, he served as chief scientific officer and executive board member at TNO, dating back to 2014.
The role of Energy Innovation program director is a new position at UT, integrated within the Strategic Business Development (SBD) program. Sustainability is a key cornerstone in the university’s new mission, vision and strategy: Shaping2030. The energy transition is one of the core activities in this program, and within this context will focus on reducing emissions, digitizing energy systems, batteries and storage, as well as hydrogen systems.
As the Energy Innovation program director, Keurentjes will build on his TNO experience, where he was responsible for the collaboration between science, industry and government. With a focus on energy transition, he’ll be tasked with establishing and coordinating programs between UT and external partners, such as companies with expertise in energy conversion and transport, knowledge institutions and the public sector. One of the key ambitions will be to continue collaboration with Münster in the field of batteries.