Joost Jan van Barneveld grew up in The Netherlands and attended the Free University of Amsterdam, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy. Important extracurricular activities involved board membership of the Physics and Astronomy students association, organizing a symposium and seminars, and a wide variety of teaching tasks such as guiding practicums and assisting professors in practicals concerning mechanics and relativity. After his bachelor’s degree, his specific interest in energy related themes in combination with the sustainability challenge that humanity faces convinced him to choose the master’s program Sustainable Development – Energy and Resources at Utrecht University. Since then, the entrepreneurship side of energy related themes has grasped his attention leading to the proposed research you see before you. Joost should have completed the master’s program by mid-2011.