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Gert-Jan Heerens 1964, has a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering. His current position at TNO is senior business developer innovation in the field of well technology. He has over 27 years of experience in different R&D positions in the sectors machinery engineering, food processing, the paper industry, electronic manufacturing, semiconductor industries and the last 13 years in the energy sector with a focus on well technology. He is strong in sparking innovation by using knowledge from cross industries. In his career he contributed to several innovations and patents. He is currently steering innovation for well abandonment, life extension of wells for reuse and low cost well constructions for geothermal energy. He is also the initiator to preserve the Shell well research site in Rijswijk to establish is an Open Innovation Centre Well Technology (OIC-WT).