Paul Behrens | Assistant Professor

I applied to the Faber residency to continue work on how much land will be needed during the energy transition – since renewables tend to require more land than conventional fossil fuels. However, my experience was so much richer than this sounds! It was wonderful to meet the other researchers, who had come from all over the globe to work on issues about energy. We shared movies, presentations, inventions, and beers! We chatted for ages about, among other things, the huge changes in the environment, the way societies interact, how we can use art to highlight energy use, and how design can improve energy and material uses. 

Visiting local businesses which were taking the energy transition so seriously was a true inspiration. Their enthusiasm coupled with their success shows that there is no need to choose between the environment and profits. It showed that there is a lot of activity in Olot and surrounding regions. Delivering a class to local school children was a true pleasure, the were so engaged, and so quick to understand the issues. It was great to see the interesting classes on energy they were taking.

Olot, and the hotel Riu Fluvià, is a wonderful place to stay, the people are amazingly friendly, the hotel fantastic, and the friendships made between the residents were deep. I have been telling everyone at work about the residency and how beautiful the town and surroundings are. It was a superb experience made easy, enjoyable, and rewarding by the Faber team, thank you very much!