Research: How Chemelot can take part in the transition to green hydrogen


At Brightsite’s Program line 5 we welcome two TU-interns since February. Happy to introduce Alex and Max to you and their research on how Chemelot can take part in the transition to green hydrogen. The transition to an entirely carbon-neutral site by 2050 depends strongly on rapidly changing external factors. The program line ‘Transition scenarios and system integration towards 2030-2050’ focusses on the dilemma’s, hurdles and risks on one hand, and site- or cross site societal synergies and new opportunities on the other hand.

How Chemelot can take part in the transition to green hydrogen

Alex Vink is a master student Sustainable Energy Technology at the TU/e, which focusses on how to manage new renewable technologies and how to steer them to make the transition successful. His research is about obtaining an objective perspective on the Dutch hydrogen transition and how Chemelot can take part in this. This is done by focusing on a set process operation, in this case the naphtha cracker, and working out the different scenarios of transitioning to renewable energy sources in the cases of an all-electric or a hydrogen as a fuel scenario. For this, the whole supply chain of hydrogen or renewable energy , so the production, transport and consumption, will be taken into account and compared to each other. His choice for Brightsite was made partly based on his affinity and interest in the process industry from his bachelor Chemical engineering, and the interest in the role of the chemical industry in the energy transition in the Netherlands.

Max Sliwinski is a student Management of Technology at the Delft University of Technology and studies the developments in green hydrogen. Green hydrogen offers opportunities and perspective, combined with a cleaner future, but much remains to be done in this direction. That’s why he decided to look for a graduation assignment in this direction. Max will look at what options hydrogen can offer for Chemelot to make it more sustainable. Not so much at technological developments themselves, but how the technology as a whole can best be implemented. Including various aspects such as policy making, social support, but also commercial feasibility and infrastructure. He is really looking forward to working on this assignment within this complex and interesting environment.

We wish Alex and Max lots of success and a good time @Brightsite!