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Q&A with Young Committee members

After the ONS Young Committee meeting in Stavanger we discussed some topics with some of the members. Read more about their views of future energy and how we can grow young engagement at ONS in 2020.

Tore Hovland, CEO and Founder of Novotech

How do you predict the energy future?

-The big energy shift hasn´t yet started. Hydrocarbons will dictate the energy mix much longer than people anticipate. The development of battery technology must improve substantially, and needs a technology lap when it comes to energy density and cost. In addition to battery, we need to develop more clean energy sources without emissions. As such, people will have to accept the introduction of fission, or wait for fusion technology to develop into a solutuion that´s properly efficient to cover the global increasing energy demand.

What does it take to gather and engage more young people to ONS 2020, and what are the sucessfactors to attract them into choosing the energy sector as their future profession?

-To engage the young at ONS 2020, we need to have a clear anwer to why the young shall bother to show up, and not least, what they can gain from it. First of all we need to better in promoting who the exhibiting companies really are. We need to sell in that these are high technology companies, developing some of the most advanced global technologies, regardless what sector you compare them to. Personally I´m running a technology company who work targeted into developing solutions for conventional oil and gas customers. I´m proud of the trust we´ve gained to develop world class solutions for this sector, not least in a time where the population is demanding a rapid energy shift. Let´s face it, this change requires time, and as long as my company continue being competitive in developing world class products for our current target groups, I´m sure it will gradually help us develop future solutions also for greener energy.

Bisan El-Fseis, Subsea Completion Engineer, Wintershall DEA

How do you predict the future of energy?

-The energy demand will increase, we´ll have a broader mix and sustainability requirements will be sharp. In sum that calls for a more complex energy future.

What does it take to gather and engage more young people to ONS 2020, and what are the sucessfactors to attract them into choosing the energy sector as their future profession?

-The future is very exciting. It´s an innovative sector and those who join its evolution will face professional development possibilities. In my view the whole sector needs to involve more in creating awareness for future recruitment.

Federico Juarez, Senior Engineer, Aker BP

How do you predict the future of energy?

-It depends to what year or decade you are referring to, but the future is definitely much about renewables, and that energy production will become more efficient. I reckon oil will be used less in combustion, however the global demand for the product will continue to be high, although used for other means.

What does it take to gather and engage more young people to ONS 2020, and what are the sucessfactors to attract them into choosing the energy sector as their future profession?

-Primarily to make the exhibition areas more presentable to everyone. With that I mean accessibility to content, theme, communication, language and visual strategy. When it comes to future recruitment, I believe the energy sector needs to work better in showcasing how competence can be translated and utilized in other sectors.

Marcus Risanger, Petroleum Engineer, Ridge

How do you predict the future of energy?

-We´ll face a growing focus on innovation and clean technology, and the Norwegian state will have to invest more in it alongside developing and harvesting its national oil and gas resources. They simply can´t afford otherwise.

What does it take to gather and engage more young people to ONS 2020, and what are the sucessfactors to attract them into choosing the energy sector as their future profession?

-The traditional petroleum and nut´s and bolts competence will be more and more replaced by digital and technological driven competence. One of the most important task going forward is to inform and stimulate the young students into all the number of various possibilites the energy sector will offer.