Sustainable energy production is volatile and typically produced when not needed. We therefore need to find a way to optimize the local usage of energy and make our terminals smart enough to both optimize the storage and consumption of energy which is required for heating, cooling and pumping our products, for example, using Industrial Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence.
From lab to industrial scale – Bioplastic and fiber from algae
A process was found to produce biodegradable plastic from locally sourced macro algae. The students will be looking into taking the lab scale process into a large scale plant design and provide an understanding of the economic and environmental implications of the process and how to tackle potential scale-up issues.
A techno-economic feasible local hydrogen hub
Witteveen+Bos and partners are working together on project: GROHW (Green Oxygen, Hydrogen and Warmte (= Heat)). The goal of the project is to build a smart green hydrogen hub in Deventer and develop a blueprint design for other such hubs across the country and even Europe.
Offshore Wind Turbine Installation
With the foundations of wind turbines increasing in size, floating vessels are entering the market of installation as they have the potential to be faster, cheaper and more capable of handling these large and heavy structures. Downside is that floating vessels are influenced by waves and current. The challenge is to cancel out the motions during installation.
Feadship’s own R&D has identified principles to develop Flexible, Aesthetical, Robust and Modular photovoltaic (FARM-PV) units that could be (re)fitted on canopies, dodgers and decks of yachts. It makes use of thin-film PV, nano-technical films and flexible glass components. The challenge is to develop a detailed design of the FARM-PV unit and develop a business model by identifying production principles, market analysis, product value, cost, other applications and future upgradability.
Assuring Acceptable Labour Conditions
The students will work on an overview of international standards to measure and monitor labour conditions, and advice for TenneT for a step-wise approach to include measures that define and assure acceptable labour conditions in foreign countries in its business processes.
Urban Transport- The People Mover
With the growing world population and growing amount of people living in cities, urban transport becomes an increasing challenge. Huisman believes that an ultra-light rail, derived from roller coaster principles, could be an economic and environmental friendly alternative. The objective of this project is to investigate a specific situation in Panama City and to conclude if an ultra-light rail makes sense.
Towards a Circular Offshore Grid in 2030
Students will look at creating a truly sustainable approach to grid development, considering the whole lifetime of the assets. How could such a total-lifetime perspective be integrated in the current business? What kind of purposes could be found for the (main) assets? The end deliverable is a proposal or advise for a step-wise approach for TenneT to include measures in its business processes.
Advanced Geothermal Systems
Geothermal systems in the Netherlands have proven to be a flexible, safe and reliable source of sustainable energy. The systems are most cost-effective when continuously operated at maximum output which does not always meet the heat demand. Therefore, alternative business cases and options are being investigated. But, are these opportunities feasible in the Netherlands? What is needed to make this happen?