The Top Sector Energy challenges the new generation to develop innovative ideas about the energy transition with the Energy Innovation Talks (EIT). Recent months, 24 selected students and young professionals worked in interdisciplinary teams on 3 different energy issues.
The EIT program consisted of four event days where the participants were supported with training and workshops to come up with new innovative ideas. Eventually the 6 teams presented their ideas at the Work Conference of the Top Sector Energy to a jury with Paulien Herder, Ruud Koornstra and Max Aerts.
The overarching theme: The current sustainable technologies in the Netherlands could be deployed with the right (economic) priorities on a large scale for sustainable energy supply. The technology is available and develops faster and faster, but with the supply of renewable energy we are not there yet. Delivery does not make a system. There are several important problems that need to be solved
The team of Cato, Wytse, Tom and Bjorn worked on a solution to the pollution problem in the Port of Rotterdam. Their focus was on CO2 reduction. In their pitch presentation, the larger polluters, the Port Authority and the TKI Energy and Industry were approached to jointly ensure that CO2 is no longer seen as waste but as a valuable product. By capturing CO2, transporting it per pipeline and then not storing it but applying it, a major impact can be made in the relatively short term. In the future, CO2 can even be filtered directly from the air. A number of application possibilities of CO2 are briefly touched during the pitch. From production of biofuels and bioplastic using algae, to application in greenhouse horticulture and storage in cement and bricks.
Unfortunately, the jury was not immediately convinced of the idea by this group. They will get a second chance however during the ISPT TE energy transition training on the 16th of February. During this course as part of the Process Technology Talent Program (PTTP), the team is invited to pitch their idea to the directors of TKI e&i and ISPT.
Graduation event for talents
Wednesday 15th November the Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht was the scenic location for the granting and graduation of the 29 students who completed their talentprogram.
COAST, ISPT, VNCI and Topsector Chemistry celebrated this festive gathering for the 5th year in a row.
Because Dutch chemistry also requires well-educated people in the future, it is very important to let promising students opt for chemistry or chemical engineering. The chemical industry is a dynamic and innovative sector that makes a direct contribution to a sustainable society and a healthy economy. The chemical sector strives for a leading position in Europe and must continue to innovate hard to maintain a good competitive position in the future. More than ever, talented chemists are needed to realize these ambitions.
We congratulate all the students with the completion their honours certificate and wish them lots of success in their future careers.
Welcome to the new cohort of students ‘18
November 2017 a mixed group of 15 new talented Dutch and international students will start the PTTP for the next 2,5 years. They are from various HBO institutions (Utrecht, Rotterdam, the Hague, Avans, Saxion) and have a background in chemical or food technology.
The group is selected because of they want to accelerate their development towards a young professional. They have a grade-point average of 7,5 point or higher during their first HBO year and they are passionate about process technology.
The program is an extension of the regular study and consists of friday courses, industry visits, courses on special topics, industrial assignments and personal development workshops. Courses are provided by leading experts from industry and teachers from the different HBO‘s and universities in the Netherlands.
We wish the students a big learning experience during their PTTP time and of course lots of inspiration, connection and fun!
New Program Officer PTTP: Marianne Haas
My name is Marianne Haas. I started end of November as the Program Officer for the ISPT Process Technology Talent program (PTTP).
I have a background in HRM and worked for a variety of companies. After my master in Social Science, I started as a teacher at Utrecht University and later at the Hogeschool Windesheim in Almere at the HRM faculty. I studied the bachelor HRM and the master Social Policy and Social Interventions.
Next to this job, I work now as a hostess for the Metaal Kathedraal. This is a an ecological/artist- breeding ground, and it provides space for many sustainable activities. In my free time I play volleybal and I like to do creative things, like painting and working as a volunteer for the local TV in Utrecht.
I am very curious for the field of process technology and to fulfil the role of Program Officer. I really like to combine the professional field with the field of education and believe in an sustainable way of doing things.