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The hydrogen energy storage revolution in the Netherlands
The hydrogen revolution has been announced before – but now it really seems to be happening. The end of natural gas extraction in Groningen offers new opportunities. Are the Netherlands finally really for hydrogen? "Yes, my friends, I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light. Water will be the coal of the future!" You can read this quotation in The Mysterious Island, a novel by Jules Verne, written in 1876. Since the beginning of the nineteenth century by the discovery that by adding electricity to water hydrogen and oxygen are released (so-called electrolysis), and that the reverse process, bringing together of hydrogen and oxygen, water and electricity (the fuel cell effect), people dreamed of hydrogen and the arrival of the hydrogen revolution announced. A perfect energy storage "I believe this is really going to happen,” says director of the Dutch television series VPRO Tegenlicht Rob van Hattum (64). He has been working on this subject since he was just twenty years old. Van Hattum has made three documentaries about hydrogen, his last one being a movie released in 2004. Now, fifteen years later, hydrogen is still a hot item. “Solar and wind energy are difficult to store. And that is a problem, because you are dependent on nature, you have to have a buffer. Wind farms are now being shut down, because they can´t lose the energy. In hydrogen (liquid or in gaseous form) you can store energy perfectly." The hydrogen games Japan already proved that it is possible: the 2020 Olympic Games are already named 'the hydrogen games', because the entire energy supply will run on hydrogen. What about Holland? There is already a lot of experimenting with hydrogen in the Netherlands, by large and small parties. Gasunie has started a pilot project near Veendam in Groningen. An installation is being built in which, for the first time on a larger scale, sustainably generated electricity, originating from 8500 solar panels, is converted into hydrogen (and energy for the installation itself). An indispensable part of a delta plan The realization that hydrogen can play a role in the future energy supply is growing in the Netherlands. The Hydrogen Coalition, a group of 27 environmental organizations, knowledge institutions, governments and companies - including network operators and heavy industry (including Tata Steel and AkzoNobel) - called on the government last year to ‘give priority to hydrogen as an essential building block for the energy transition'. The message: invest big in development and innovation of the entire  hydrogen chain: hydrogen is an indispensable part of a (necessary) delta plan for Dutch energy supply. There are a lot of ideas, for instance to create a large island in the North Sea and put windmills down there. The hydrogen produced on site can be pumped to the mainland via existing gas pipelines, where it is stored underground and further distributed, to industry, to petrol stations, to homes. All kinds of opportunities The Netherlands hás to get rid of natural gas. Right now, the solution appears to be (expensive) heat pumps and insulation. But by no means all houses can be heated like this, says Van Hattum, and why should we when it can be done with hydrogen. The gas infrastructure is already there, after all. That gas network offers all kinds of opportunities. Not only is Groningen the gateway to the European gas trade, it can also become the hydrogen connection point in Europe. The north of the Netherlands has a good chance to take a leading role in the upcoming hydrogen revolution, with the Wadden Sea and the North Sea - where the winds are wild - as a hinterland, with the existing gas infrastructure and the gas storage fields and with the knowledge gained in sixty years of gas extraction and transport. The hydrogen revolution is close, and that is a fact. Will Van Hattum be right, and is this really going to happen? Watch his documentary ‘Deltaplan Waterstof' (Dutch language) on VPRO Tegenlicht to find out more on this topic. {youtube} https://www.whatsorb.com/category/energy
The hydrogen revolution has been announced before – but now it really seems to be happening. The end of natural gas extraction in Groningen offers new opportunities. Are the Netherlands finally really for hydrogen? "Yes, my friends, I believe that water will one day be employed as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen which constitute it will furnish an inexhaustible source of heat and light. Water will be the coal of the future!" You can read this quotation in The Mysterious Island, a novel by Jules Verne, written in 1876. Since the beginning of the nineteenth century by the discovery that by adding electricity to water hydrogen and oxygen are released (so-called electrolysis), and that the reverse process, bringing together of hydrogen and oxygen, water and electricity (the fuel cell effect), people dreamed of hydrogen and the arrival of the hydrogen revolution announced. A perfect energy storage "I believe this is really going to happen,” says director of the Dutch television series VPRO Tegenlicht Rob van Hattum (64). He has been working on this subject since he was just twenty years old. Van Hattum has made three documentaries about hydrogen, his last one being a movie released in 2004. Now, fifteen years later, hydrogen is still a hot item. “Solar and wind energy are difficult to store. And that is a problem, because you are dependent on nature, you have to have a buffer. Wind farms are now being shut down, because they can´t lose the energy. In hydrogen (liquid or in gaseous form) you can store energy perfectly." The hydrogen games Japan already proved that it is possible: the 2020 Olympic Games are already named 'the hydrogen games', because the entire energy supply will run on hydrogen. What about Holland? There is already a lot of experimenting with hydrogen in the Netherlands, by large and small parties. Gasunie has started a pilot project near Veendam in Groningen. An installation is being built in which, for the first time on a larger scale, sustainably generated electricity, originating from 8500 solar panels, is converted into hydrogen (and energy for the installation itself). An indispensable part of a delta plan The realization that hydrogen can play a role in the future energy supply is growing in the Netherlands. The Hydrogen Coalition, a group of 27 environmental organizations, knowledge institutions, governments and companies - including network operators and heavy industry (including Tata Steel and AkzoNobel) - called on the government last year to ‘give priority to hydrogen as an essential building block for the energy transition'. The message: invest big in development and innovation of the entire  hydrogen chain: hydrogen is an indispensable part of a (necessary) delta plan for Dutch energy supply. There are a lot of ideas, for instance to create a large island in the North Sea and put windmills down there. The hydrogen produced on site can be pumped to the mainland via existing gas pipelines, where it is stored underground and further distributed, to industry, to petrol stations, to homes. All kinds of opportunities The Netherlands hás to get rid of natural gas. Right now, the solution appears to be (expensive) heat pumps and insulation. But by no means all houses can be heated like this, says Van Hattum, and why should we when it can be done with hydrogen. The gas infrastructure is already there, after all. That gas network offers all kinds of opportunities. Not only is Groningen the gateway to the European gas trade, it can also become the hydrogen connection point in Europe. The north of the Netherlands has a good chance to take a leading role in the upcoming hydrogen revolution, with the Wadden Sea and the North Sea - where the winds are wild - as a hinterland, with the existing gas infrastructure and the gas storage fields and with the knowledge gained in sixty years of gas extraction and transport. The hydrogen revolution is close, and that is a fact. Will Van Hattum be right, and is this really going to happen? Watch his documentary ‘Deltaplan Waterstof' (Dutch language) on VPRO Tegenlicht to find out more on this topic. {youtube} https://www.whatsorb.com/category/energy
The hydrogen energy storage revolution in the Netherlands
The hydrogen energy storage revolution in the Netherlands
Solar and battery-based generator delivers electricity wherever you want
If you are looking to generate energy in a mobile or off-grid place, this most likely requires a petrol generator. These polluting generators are used pretty much on a daily basis by building companies, farmers, and festivals. And while it certainly does not help the environment, it is the only option, for now. Needless to say, they are far from environmentally friendly. It is mostly based on the decade-old car technology. Back then, there were no strict regulations regarding emissions. This allowed car manufacturers and other users of petrol generators to pollute freely. While they are decidedly not ‘green’, there is an added downside, as they are generally very noisy and user-unfriendly as well. This is not to mention the huge amount of fuel that it consumes. Now, Volta Energy has created an alternative! The Volta Naos is a solar and battery-based system that can power the same devices or machinery as used by builders, farmers, and festival organizers alike - all while not using any fuel. This makes the system more sustainable. On top of that, it is silent and more user-friendly. Oh, did we mention that it is also a lot cheaper to operate? The Volta Naos is a modular system. This means that it can be extended or reduced through clicking on an extra battery and solar module . The latter uses a sun tracking system to maximize yield, which is a great way of using renewable energy sources effectively. And no, this system is not massive and top-heavy either. Even better, it can be transported using a van or a trailer. Additionally, the system as a whole can be lifted by a person (in line with relevant ARBO legislation). All of this makes it the ideal successor of the old-fashioned generators. Volta Energy has just successfully finished its prototyping phase and is scaling up its production of Naos systems. The first customer, that effectively launched it, was a city in the direct vicinity of the company’s base. This summer, several systems were rented out to users who had previously only used petrol generators, which led to great and valuable feedback. For the next year, Volta Energy is looking to ‘green up’ as many festivals as possible. They aim to do so by matching the price of the system with the price of a petrol generator. As such, cost can no longer be the reason for not opting for the more sustainable solution. Currently, the rental website is under construction to fit it to this purpose, while more rental systems are set up and a renting corporation is put in place. All to be ready for what is to come! Interested in the company? Or are you interesting in renting the Volta Naos for the weekend? Find out more at www.volta-energy.com .  https://www.whatsorb.com/category/energy
If you are looking to generate energy in a mobile or off-grid place, this most likely requires a petrol generator. These polluting generators are used pretty much on a daily basis by building companies, farmers, and festivals. And while it certainly does not help the environment, it is the only option, for now. Needless to say, they are far from environmentally friendly. It is mostly based on the decade-old car technology. Back then, there were no strict regulations regarding emissions. This allowed car manufacturers and other users of petrol generators to pollute freely. While they are decidedly not ‘green’, there is an added downside, as they are generally very noisy and user-unfriendly as well. This is not to mention the huge amount of fuel that it consumes. Now, Volta Energy has created an alternative! The Volta Naos is a solar and battery-based system that can power the same devices or machinery as used by builders, farmers, and festival organizers alike - all while not using any fuel. This makes the system more sustainable. On top of that, it is silent and more user-friendly. Oh, did we mention that it is also a lot cheaper to operate? The Volta Naos is a modular system. This means that it can be extended or reduced through clicking on an extra battery and solar module . The latter uses a sun tracking system to maximize yield, which is a great way of using renewable energy sources effectively. And no, this system is not massive and top-heavy either. Even better, it can be transported using a van or a trailer. Additionally, the system as a whole can be lifted by a person (in line with relevant ARBO legislation). All of this makes it the ideal successor of the old-fashioned generators. Volta Energy has just successfully finished its prototyping phase and is scaling up its production of Naos systems. The first customer, that effectively launched it, was a city in the direct vicinity of the company’s base. This summer, several systems were rented out to users who had previously only used petrol generators, which led to great and valuable feedback. For the next year, Volta Energy is looking to ‘green up’ as many festivals as possible. They aim to do so by matching the price of the system with the price of a petrol generator. As such, cost can no longer be the reason for not opting for the more sustainable solution. Currently, the rental website is under construction to fit it to this purpose, while more rental systems are set up and a renting corporation is put in place. All to be ready for what is to come! Interested in the company? Or are you interesting in renting the Volta Naos for the weekend? Find out more at www.volta-energy.com .  https://www.whatsorb.com/category/energy
Solar and battery-based generator delivers electricity wherever you want
Solar and battery-based generator delivers electricity wherever you want
Hydrogen bromide flow batteries.
Elestor uses the flow battery to extract the energy transition from the start. They are fuel cell and electrolyser at the same time and store electricity much more effectively than other batteries. With its flow battery, startup Elestor hopes to smooth the faltering energy transition. The company, founded in 2014, builds hydrogen bromide flow batteries. After a number of pilots on a small scale, Elestor now has four prototypes of the second generation. These are being tested this year in pilot projects. The intention is to take a standard module with a capacity of 50 kW into production next year. By linking them, large systems with capacities up to 2 MW can be assembled. Elestor's standard module is too big for some households, but according to director Guido Dalessi he can offer a solution for a block of ten houses. Soon a large system will be installed at a machine factory in Kampen (Netherlands) that has recently completed its roof with solar panels. The flow battery converts hydrogen bromide into, for example, hydrogen as soon as a voltage is applied across the central membrane. That is the charging process. At the moment when power is needed, the reverse reaction is activated, and the battery acts as a fuel cell. The active materials are not consumed, the system is completely closed. Only the diaphragm must be replaced after about 10,000 charge / discharge cycles. The efficiency of the storage for one cycle is 80%. Second prize on Building Holland The principle of the flow battery has been known since the 19th century. The Nasa did research in the 1960s and in the 1980s the first experiments took place that showed that it is possible to make more than 10,000 charge cycles with one battery. Since 2014, Elestor has been working from Arnhem on a hydrogen bromide flow battery in accordance with its own patented design. At the innovation award of the Building Holland trade fair, Elestor won the second prize this week. According to general manager Guido Dalessi, the storage costs for the Elestor battery are much lower than for all other battery systems currently on the market: around 5 cents per kWh. For the well-known home battery from Tesla you have to count on 20 to 25 ct / kWh. The limit, which can be earned with a battery of money, is about 7 ct / kWh. The goal is to create an earnings model instead of a cost item, as has been the case up to now. Only then will the industry start to invest in the battery on a large scale. Negative electricity price on days with a lot of wind In Germany, for example, the supply of wind energy is so high on some days that wind turbines have to be stopped. On such days, the power grid simply cannot handle the large power generated. The price for delivering power then quickly goes back and sometimes even becomes negative. In Germany, due to this so-called curtailment effect in 2015, companies already lost half a billion euros in income from non-generated wind power. Dalessi wants to bring that unused potential back to life with his battery. He talks about the missing link, which should smooth the faltering energy transition again. "With even more wind and solar energy, the energy transition only stops and, if we do not watch out, even ends up in the gravel pit. We get it out again." By: Ad Tissink
Elestor uses the flow battery to extract the energy transition from the start. They are fuel cell and electrolyser at the same time and store electricity much more effectively than other batteries. With its flow battery, startup Elestor hopes to smooth the faltering energy transition. The company, founded in 2014, builds hydrogen bromide flow batteries. After a number of pilots on a small scale, Elestor now has four prototypes of the second generation. These are being tested this year in pilot projects. The intention is to take a standard module with a capacity of 50 kW into production next year. By linking them, large systems with capacities up to 2 MW can be assembled. Elestor's standard module is too big for some households, but according to director Guido Dalessi he can offer a solution for a block of ten houses. Soon a large system will be installed at a machine factory in Kampen (Netherlands) that has recently completed its roof with solar panels. The flow battery converts hydrogen bromide into, for example, hydrogen as soon as a voltage is applied across the central membrane. That is the charging process. At the moment when power is needed, the reverse reaction is activated, and the battery acts as a fuel cell. The active materials are not consumed, the system is completely closed. Only the diaphragm must be replaced after about 10,000 charge / discharge cycles. The efficiency of the storage for one cycle is 80%. Second prize on Building Holland The principle of the flow battery has been known since the 19th century. The Nasa did research in the 1960s and in the 1980s the first experiments took place that showed that it is possible to make more than 10,000 charge cycles with one battery. Since 2014, Elestor has been working from Arnhem on a hydrogen bromide flow battery in accordance with its own patented design. At the innovation award of the Building Holland trade fair, Elestor won the second prize this week. According to general manager Guido Dalessi, the storage costs for the Elestor battery are much lower than for all other battery systems currently on the market: around 5 cents per kWh. For the well-known home battery from Tesla you have to count on 20 to 25 ct / kWh. The limit, which can be earned with a battery of money, is about 7 ct / kWh. The goal is to create an earnings model instead of a cost item, as has been the case up to now. Only then will the industry start to invest in the battery on a large scale. Negative electricity price on days with a lot of wind In Germany, for example, the supply of wind energy is so high on some days that wind turbines have to be stopped. On such days, the power grid simply cannot handle the large power generated. The price for delivering power then quickly goes back and sometimes even becomes negative. In Germany, due to this so-called curtailment effect in 2015, companies already lost half a billion euros in income from non-generated wind power. Dalessi wants to bring that unused potential back to life with his battery. He talks about the missing link, which should smooth the faltering energy transition again. "With even more wind and solar energy, the energy transition only stops and, if we do not watch out, even ends up in the gravel pit. We get it out again." By: Ad Tissink
Hydrogen bromide flow batteries.
Energy project Netherlands (Utrecht) gets green light from the EU
EU deal signed for the Utrecht (Netherlands) district Installing a Powerpack from #Tesla In order to remove obstacles for storing energy in batteries, an innovation deal was signed on Monday (12-03-2018) in Brussels. Companies in the Lombok district of Utrecht have been working on this since 2015, but the use of old batteries is still hampered by European rules. Reuse of batteries must comply with European environmental regulations, as a result of which large-scale storage of electricity is not attractive. The regulations for linking batteries and electric cars to the local energy grid are also unclear. Signatures State Secretary Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate) signed the agreement together with the EU Commissioners for Environment and Innovation, the Utrecht initiator Robin Berg of LomboXnet and the province of Utrecht. In addition, the French companies Renault and Bouygues and the French ministers for the Environment and Economy put their signatures under it. I mportant step The project is one of the two innovation deals that the European Commission has selected from 32 proposals. "An important step", says Keijzer. '' The exchange, storage and later use of renewable energy by using electric cars or re-used batteries in your own neighborhood is a striking example of a local, innovative solution for the worldwide challenges of making energy and transport more sustainable ", says the minister. Opportunities "The fact that the European Commission chooses this Utrecht innovation as a test demonstrates the economic opportunities of this development," says Keijzer. Entrepreneur Robin Berg of LomboXnet sees growth opportunities in the use of batteries of electric cars in the energy grid. '' This cooperation helps to be able to do this on a larger scale in the future and to make Europe lead in this.' Graphic how LomboXnet works LoboXnet in action; 'We drive on solar'. By: ANP
EU deal signed for the Utrecht (Netherlands) district Installing a Powerpack from #Tesla In order to remove obstacles for storing energy in batteries, an innovation deal was signed on Monday (12-03-2018) in Brussels. Companies in the Lombok district of Utrecht have been working on this since 2015, but the use of old batteries is still hampered by European rules. Reuse of batteries must comply with European environmental regulations, as a result of which large-scale storage of electricity is not attractive. The regulations for linking batteries and electric cars to the local energy grid are also unclear. Signatures State Secretary Mona Keijzer (Economic Affairs and Climate) signed the agreement together with the EU Commissioners for Environment and Innovation, the Utrecht initiator Robin Berg of LomboXnet and the province of Utrecht. In addition, the French companies Renault and Bouygues and the French ministers for the Environment and Economy put their signatures under it. I mportant step The project is one of the two innovation deals that the European Commission has selected from 32 proposals. "An important step", says Keijzer. '' The exchange, storage and later use of renewable energy by using electric cars or re-used batteries in your own neighborhood is a striking example of a local, innovative solution for the worldwide challenges of making energy and transport more sustainable ", says the minister. Opportunities "The fact that the European Commission chooses this Utrecht innovation as a test demonstrates the economic opportunities of this development," says Keijzer. Entrepreneur Robin Berg of LomboXnet sees growth opportunities in the use of batteries of electric cars in the energy grid. '' This cooperation helps to be able to do this on a larger scale in the future and to make Europe lead in this.' Graphic how LomboXnet works LoboXnet in action; 'We drive on solar'. By: ANP
Energy project Netherlands (Utrecht) gets green light from the EU
Worlds cleanest battery Blue Energy Storage the Netherlands
Did you know that there is something like blue energy, also called 'Blue Energy'? That way you can generate power from water. Blue Energy uses the difference in salt concentration between, for example, sea and river water. The principle for this dates back to the 1970s, but only a few years ago the technology is good enough to make real work of it. Searching for green energy leads to developing 'Blue Energy' This is done, for example, on the Afsluitdijk (Netherlands), which separates the salty Wadden Sea from the sweet IJsselmeer. The principle behind 'Blue Energy' is as simple as it is genius. If salt (sea) water comes into contact with fresh (river) water, the dissolved salt would love to go to the fresh water. This results in a flow of positive (sodium) and negative (chlorine) charged atoms (ions). If you separate them from each other, a positive and a negative pole is created just like in a battery. If you connect the two to each other with a cable, there is current that you can use. The worlds first blue-powerplant in the Netherlands on the Afsluitdijk. The Afsluitdijk dams off the Zuiderzee and is a salt water inlet of the North Sea. Because of the Afsluitdijk the IJsselmeer lake is the largest fresh water basin of the Netherlands. Another function of the dike is the connection it makes between Friesland and North Holland (Yes cars drive over the dike). It’s a pretty cool story actually, as it seems that where salt water and fresh water meet it’s possible to generate energy out of this. Never heard of it before, but it sure sounds like a pretty safe and green way to to get energy. So how does it work? Well salt water has a lot more charged salt particles, ions, than fresh water. If you separate the salt and fresh water by a special filter that only allows either positive or negative charged particles through then the difference in tension generates energy. Well yes, I read it too but still don’t quite understand, but I get a basic grasp. The plant at the Afsluitdijk is actually a test installation that allows scientists to further explore this way of generating energy. According to calculation the Afsluitdijk should be able to power about 500,0000 households. Chemistry plays a crucial role in building this 'Blue Battery'. In order to separate the positive and negative particles (the ions), you need membranes. These are thin partitions that chemists make. By playing on the lab with the substances in it, they can build membranes that only allow certain atoms to pass through.  For example, on the left you only collect the positive ions and on the right only the negative ions. The result: 'Blue Energy', thanks to chemistry. There is a large pilot plant on the Afsluitdijk to make the idea of '​​Blue Energy' a reality. The University of Twente, water research institute Wetsus and Fujifilm are closely involved. {youtube}  'Blue Power Plant' inventor gets the Kivi award The Academic Society Award from the Royal Institute of Engineers (Kivi) goes to Kitty Nijmeijer. The Professor of Membrane Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology is conducting pioneering research that led to the construction of the first 'Blue Power' plant in the world, on the Afsluitdijk. Professor Nijmeijer Nijmeijer receives the prize because of the great importance of her research and the appealing way in which she manages to connect science and society. She was be awarded on 'the Day of the Engineer'. Membranes can also be used for the removal of medicine residues from water, the recovery of valuable substances so that they can be reused and for making bioplastics or biofuels. "I am very happy and very honored to have won the Academic Society Award", says Nijmeijer. "Since the beginning of my scientific career I have tried to connect research and society, even when it was not so obvious, and this award is a great recognition for me personally and for the research of our group."  Making  circular economy feasible Professor Nijmeijer continues: "I notice that people often do not know how important research and technology is for humanity, and technology will become even more important in the future, and I am convinced that we will have to transform our linear economy into a sustainable, circular This is a huge technological and social transition, and only engineers can translate abstract scientific research into concrete applications By telling us in an understandable way about our research, I want to show them how beautiful technology is and I want to convey that virtually everything we use, consume and do is only possible thanks to that technology. "Kivi director Micaela dos Ramos: "The research of Professor Kitty Nijmeijer brings important innovations at the interface of  sustainable energy, water, materials and raw materials. Kivi distinguishes it because of the high quality and societal significance of its research and the way in which it to work tirelessly through various bodies to generate knowledge and awareness for these themes and to stimulate the debate." By: Engeneersonline https://www.whatsorb.com/category/energy
Did you know that there is something like blue energy, also called 'Blue Energy'? That way you can generate power from water. Blue Energy uses the difference in salt concentration between, for example, sea and river water. The principle for this dates back to the 1970s, but only a few years ago the technology is good enough to make real work of it. Searching for green energy leads to developing 'Blue Energy' This is done, for example, on the Afsluitdijk (Netherlands), which separates the salty Wadden Sea from the sweet IJsselmeer. The principle behind 'Blue Energy' is as simple as it is genius. If salt (sea) water comes into contact with fresh (river) water, the dissolved salt would love to go to the fresh water. This results in a flow of positive (sodium) and negative (chlorine) charged atoms (ions). If you separate them from each other, a positive and a negative pole is created just like in a battery. If you connect the two to each other with a cable, there is current that you can use. The worlds first blue-powerplant in the Netherlands on the Afsluitdijk. The Afsluitdijk dams off the Zuiderzee and is a salt water inlet of the North Sea. Because of the Afsluitdijk the IJsselmeer lake is the largest fresh water basin of the Netherlands. Another function of the dike is the connection it makes between Friesland and North Holland (Yes cars drive over the dike). It’s a pretty cool story actually, as it seems that where salt water and fresh water meet it’s possible to generate energy out of this. Never heard of it before, but it sure sounds like a pretty safe and green way to to get energy. So how does it work? Well salt water has a lot more charged salt particles, ions, than fresh water. If you separate the salt and fresh water by a special filter that only allows either positive or negative charged particles through then the difference in tension generates energy. Well yes, I read it too but still don’t quite understand, but I get a basic grasp. The plant at the Afsluitdijk is actually a test installation that allows scientists to further explore this way of generating energy. According to calculation the Afsluitdijk should be able to power about 500,0000 households. Chemistry plays a crucial role in building this 'Blue Battery'. In order to separate the positive and negative particles (the ions), you need membranes. These are thin partitions that chemists make. By playing on the lab with the substances in it, they can build membranes that only allow certain atoms to pass through.  For example, on the left you only collect the positive ions and on the right only the negative ions. The result: 'Blue Energy', thanks to chemistry. There is a large pilot plant on the Afsluitdijk to make the idea of '​​Blue Energy' a reality. The University of Twente, water research institute Wetsus and Fujifilm are closely involved. {youtube}  'Blue Power Plant' inventor gets the Kivi award The Academic Society Award from the Royal Institute of Engineers (Kivi) goes to Kitty Nijmeijer. The Professor of Membrane Technology at Eindhoven University of Technology is conducting pioneering research that led to the construction of the first 'Blue Power' plant in the world, on the Afsluitdijk. Professor Nijmeijer Nijmeijer receives the prize because of the great importance of her research and the appealing way in which she manages to connect science and society. She was be awarded on 'the Day of the Engineer'. Membranes can also be used for the removal of medicine residues from water, the recovery of valuable substances so that they can be reused and for making bioplastics or biofuels. "I am very happy and very honored to have won the Academic Society Award", says Nijmeijer. "Since the beginning of my scientific career I have tried to connect research and society, even when it was not so obvious, and this award is a great recognition for me personally and for the research of our group."  Making  circular economy feasible Professor Nijmeijer continues: "I notice that people often do not know how important research and technology is for humanity, and technology will become even more important in the future, and I am convinced that we will have to transform our linear economy into a sustainable, circular This is a huge technological and social transition, and only engineers can translate abstract scientific research into concrete applications By telling us in an understandable way about our research, I want to show them how beautiful technology is and I want to convey that virtually everything we use, consume and do is only possible thanks to that technology. "Kivi director Micaela dos Ramos: "The research of Professor Kitty Nijmeijer brings important innovations at the interface of  sustainable energy, water, materials and raw materials. Kivi distinguishes it because of the high quality and societal significance of its research and the way in which it to work tirelessly through various bodies to generate knowledge and awareness for these themes and to stimulate the debate." By: Engeneersonline https://www.whatsorb.com/category/energy
Worlds cleanest battery Blue Energy Storage the Netherlands
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