Mr. Vente has a degree in materials science and engineering from Delft University of Technology. For his Ph.D. he moved to the University of Leiden to study complex iridium oxides. Subsequently, he accepted a position of post-doctoral research assistant at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory of the University of Oxford, in 1994. Four years later, he moved to Mexico to become an investigator at CINVESTAV. In 2003, he returned to the Netherlands and started to work at ECN on various process technologies. Mr. Vente has published over 90 papers in peer reviewed journals, two book chapters and filed 7 patents. He was the co-chair of the International Conference on Inorganic Membranes in 2012. Currently, Mr. Vente works in the group Sustainable Process Technology at ECN part of TNO with a special focus membrane and sorption technologies.
Topic 1: Pathways Towards A Reduced Carbon Footprints
Abstract: Carbon based materials and chemicals are of great importance to society, some of major examples are- aviation fuels, synthetic polymers, urea and methanol. Carbon dioxide use in chemical process has generic disadvantages as more energy is required for production of the target compound. Instead of using Hydrogen produced from electrolysis, using residual streams with a low heating value, such as the works gases arising in steel industry can be considered. The STEPWISE Technology converts the contained residual streams into value added chemicals with the concurrent production of storage ready Carbon dioxide. These gases can be used into number of applications, including methanol and urea. Steel plants can be combined with synthesis units for value added chemicals and excess Carbon dioxide being sequestrated.
Topic 2: i-Milena Gasification Of High Ash Low- Rank Coal
Abstract: The i- MILENA gasification technology is a promising alternative for the efficient conversion of (high ash) low rank coal for power production. The i- MILENA is suitable for high to very high-ash coal and other low rank coal. During tests with various low-rank coals from Turkey and India, the lab-scale tests showed that i- MILENA technology can gasify coals with more than 50 wt% ash, efficiently producing a medium-calorific gas without the requirement of an Air Separation Unit (ASU), contributing to better quality of air.