Sustainable production of fuels and feedstock
The world needs to reduce its CO2 emissions urgently. This will have a deep impact on society and on companies that currently rely on fossil resources as their main sources of energy and feedstock. Our fossil energy sources need to be replaced by renewable energy sources, at a global scale. In this talk I will address some of the fundamental challenges we still face in deploying renewable energy at such a global scale.
In order to replace our use of fossil resources as feedstock, we need to develop electrochemical processes, using renewable energy, that convert CO2 and water into chemical building blocks at an industrial scale. In this talk, I will discuss research on electrochemical conversion of sustainable electricity into fuels and chemical building blocks, from the molecular scale to large-scale system integration. Only by tackling these challenges, from the nano-scale to the system scale in an integrated way, the we stand a chance to accelerate the transition to CO2 neutral feedstock and fuels.
Biography of Paulien Herder
Prof.dr.ir. Paulien M. Herder is full professor in Energy Systems at Delft University of Technology, and more specifically she is interested in energy systems integration and decarbonization of energy and industry through electrochemical conversion. As a chemical engineer she combines engineering sciences with social and behavioural sciences. She holds a chair in the Process & Energy department of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE), and leads the TU Delft e-Refinery programme for decarbonizing the energy and industry sectors. Paulien is Director of the Delft Energy Initiative, that includes over 900 researchers in energy at the Delft campus and she is Captain of Science of the Topteam Energy, that is responsible for stimulating the innovative climate in the Netherlands. She has published about socio-technical systems design under uncertainty, about energy market design and regulation, smart grids, and system integration. In 2017, she was awarded the Leermeesterprijs (Professor of Excellence TU Delft Award) for excellence in research and teaching.
Day: Tuesday December 10th
Where: Manufacturing & Life Sciences
Time: 15:40h – 16:10h