Hello I am Guido. Born in Rotterdam, in a heyday of some Western-European economies, like the Dutch, and exactly three years before the German unity. Growing up behind the dikes of the Krimpenerwaardpolders and going to atheneum in Rotterdam provided me an interesting perspective on the difference between village, town and city life. I have studied at Eindhoven University of Technology, just before the completion of Flux. After a propaedeutic diploma Building and Architecture, I switched studies to become physicist.
In the meantime, I got interested in the field of clean and sustainable energy. Already somewhat longer, I stroke an optimistic attitude towards the human capabilities to continue to live on this planet peacefully. Therefore, I started to enjoy thoughts on how I could contribute to a cleaner energy system with my knowledge and skills on the matter.
Wandering through the topics a bachelor physicist encounters, my mind's eye fell on the possibility to do a specialisation in Nuclear Fusion at the Applied Physics faculty. I did a research project there, on a broader perspective of energy technologies: placing fusion in the economy of energy sources. This was the start of a journey, together with the Energy Futures department of Shell, that resulted in the publication Fusion: Expensive and Taking Forever?.
During my studies, I was involved in the conception and foundation of a student think-tank of energy enthusiasts: Team Energy. Right after this I joined a startup that developed an app that helps neigbours doing groceries for each other, which failed. In the years thereafter, I have been filling my own toolbox with software development, analytics and project management skills.
Currently, I am heading the Executive Office of FuseNet, the European Fusion Education Network. This is an international community, with member organisations all over Europe. We aim to stimulate fusion education and make it accessible to everyone on our mission to realise fusion energy.
Also, I am again active in research, about the socio- and techno-economics of energy technologies. Especially fusion. We ask ourselves the question: how would fusion do in the commercial uptake? What are economic barriers to the penetration of fusion energy in future societies? And how do we maintain and pass on the knowledge and skills to the designers and artisans?
In case you would be interested to exchange thoughts, welcome to get in touch via one of the icons on about.
As you are reading this, you are alive and having access to a computer, probably with internet. Reading this requires you to understand English and probably you have heard from me before you read this page.
So, you can be placed in one of the social network bubbles that exchange information with ones that I can be placed. At the time of writing - about a year after 159 countries ratified the Paris Agreement - it is very hard to assess the lifetime of this piece of digital information, but on this day the chance seems to be largest that you have been born around 50 years from my birthdate and the chance that our age difference is bigger, decreases with the magnitude of that difference. Let's picture some flattened normal distribution curve of our mutual age difference.
If you are stil reading this, then your apparent interest or curiosity is high enough that a conversation between us should be interesting. Shall we do the interplay between spirituality, science and society?