By Dimitri Quist and Enrico Lammers The Environment Act: a transformation in environmental regulation In November 2023, we attended a networking meeting on chemical recycling of plastics. In addition to presentations on research in this field and technology, a lawyer spoke about related legislation. Because, as often happens, the [...]
Several years ago I wrote a blog titled: so up in arms about shale gas. At the time, I was exploring whether I was for or against drilling for Shale Gas in the Netherlands. My conclusion was that, above all, the consequences of this drilling needed to be studied better, but [...]
In a previous blog, I covered one of the molecules mentioned in the same breath with the energy transition or climate goals, namely CO2. This time we will cover another molecule that is frequently in the news: hydrogen. Hydrogen (H2) (english: hydrogen and not waterdust which I heard someone say once...), [...]
Mrs. Reynolds probably must have said that to her husband sometime in 1883. She meant that as a compliment, not a concern or a reproach, hence the exclamation point at the end of the sentence. In that year, Mr. Reynolds wrote a publication in which his, for process technologists, famous dimensionless number for the [...].
Energy efficiency improvements need not require costly investments at all. Taking a smart look at how the existing process is performing will go a long way. Many of the factories in Botlek are 60 years old. And, to be honest, I do surprise myself as to why it is still [...]
Despite the efforts of process safety professionals to improve safety standards and guidelines, process safety incidents continue to occur. Several factors contribute to these incidents, highlighting the need for (even) greater awareness and corrective action. In this pro6blog, I have compiled a personal top ten, based [...]
Why alarms can act as stress-enhancers The automation and digitization of the process industry does not have only positive sides, because with the introduction of every solution you can introduce another new problem. A process operator has the clean task of running the process in a chemical plant in a controlled manner [...].
Note: This pro6blog was written by Tiebo, Enrico and ChatGPT... Suddenly there he was: ChatGPT. In an NOS news report in January, students and teachers were heard praising or detesting the new phenomenon. The fact is that the makers of ChatGPT themselves did not see the success coming. And also [...]
It was Dec. 11, 2005. Tank 912 at the Buncefield terminal in Hertfordshire was being filled with gasoline from a pipeline coming from a refinery down the road. At about 3:00 a.m., the level reading indicated a constant value. However, the pumping of the tank was not stopped. At about 5:20 the tank began [...]
CO2 in the news CO2 has been in the news again in recent months; the Council of State decides to take the construction exemption for nitrogen off the table, delaying the prestigious Porthos CO2 capture project. But waste processor AEB receives subsidy to store its CO2 in the North Sea bottom [...]