The May 2016 issue of Chemistry World features Qpinch and our award winning chemical heat transformer.
Belgium’s leading business magazine sports an article on our go to market in the Oil & Chemicals cluster in the port of Antwerp and the process industry in the Benelux region.
Read the article here (PDF, 186 kB, Dutch language).
As the new quarter starts, a new member joins our team. Say hello to Simon, M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering and our newest Senior Process Engineer. With nearly five years under the belt at Jacobs Engineering – one of the world’s leading engineering companies – Simon has gained quite some international experience in the industries we cater to.
Where are you from, Simon?
I grew up in Merksplas, a town close to Antwerp in Belgium. I stayed in Leuven for five years during my chemical engineering studies and now I live in Antwerp.
Tell us a little bit about your past experience
I worked for five years as a Process and Senior Process Engineer at Jacobs Engineering in Belgium and Germany. There I worked on several projects for major chemical and petrochemical clients in the United States, China, Germany, and Belgium. I gained a lot of my knowledge through the practical, conceptual, and basic engineering phases of these projects.
What attracted you to Qpinch? (and how did you learn about us?)
During my last project at Jacobs, I worked closely with a company that industrializes a new sustainable technology. The importance of reducing CO2 emissions for society and their drive to make their new technology a success made me think. Qpinch has the same drive: they are providing an answer to solve CO2 emission problems and they are enrolling and commercializing a new technology. When I was contacted by Wouter Ducheyne, I didn’t hesitate to take my next step to working with them.
What do you expect to learn here?
Moving from an organization with 65,000 people to a seven-person team implies that the tasks will be much more diverse.
Squash and Cycling.
How does one aspire to be a Chemical Engineer? Did you blow up stuff or did experiments with chemistry as a kid?
It’s definitely not something you dream of being as a kid. Although it was clear to me I wanted to do something technical or in sciences, the thought of becoming a chemical engineer came up during physics and chemistry classes. And, yes, burning things and experiments did help me come to this conclusion.
OK then. Thank you and welcome aboard!
The past four weeks have been busy ones. 25 companies from petrochemical, chemical, food and steel industry visited our first commercial and industrial scale heat transformer at the Port of Antwerp. Some of these companies have dozens of megawatts of waste heat we can turn into new process heat. Our solution is easy to integrate in their plants and generates instant savings in energy costs – EUR 250 000/year per MW steam we produce. The coming months are going to be exciting as we work on working out proposals for some very interesting business cases.
At the occasion of the 5th international i-SUP conference, VITO and Energyville are gathering energy experts in different fields and geographies to discuss some of the key topics in the energy market today.
Our CEO Wouter Ducheyne is one of the speakers on the October 18 session on Geothermal Solutions & Heating/Cooling/Multi-Carrier Networks.
Members of the Flemish Parliament, Willem Frederik Schiltz and Andries Gryffroy, and energy specialist at CEDER research center Wim Verrelst, visited the first commercial Qpinch industrial heat transformer at Indaver in Port of Antwerp. We explained the ins and outs of our technology and the impact it has on energy efficiency in many industries. In the Port of Antwerp alone, it is estimated we can generate 200 MW of process heat (steam) for the industry from their process heat that now is emitted in the atmosphere and river. At current energy prices, this represents EUR 50 million in yearly savings! €
Our CEO, Wouter, is one of the speakers at the 4th International Conference on Industrial Waste Heat Valorisation organized by the University of Ghent, May 23 & 24, 2016.
We posted our job opening a few weeks ago on our site and on Linkedin and what a response they have gotten! Cool to see so many qualified and senior people being interested in our technology.
The first one through the door to fill the opening of Junior Process Engineer is Steve Bonte, a freshly graduated Master in Industrial Sciences (Biochemical Engineering).
He joins the operational unit responsible for rolling out our industrial chemical heat pumps across customers in Europe.
Today we achieved another major milestone: We had our second capital increase since February 2014. The total amount we have raised with our friends, family and fans is well north of $2M, a testimony to the confidence they have in Qpinch — and possibly one of the bigger FFF rounds a startup has seen this year.
This is a crowning achievement for Wouter and Christian who have worked hard the past 4 years to bring our technology from lab stage to the point where we can go full commercial on an industrial scale, and guns blazing at that!
We are looking for an Expert in Process Technology and a Junior Process engineer to join our team to build new installations across Europe. If you’re interested in working with a dynamic team that will bring industry new ways of generating steam, check out our jobs page.
Kelly De Koninck, who has been working together with Wouter on a freelance basis to setup the steering and controlling systems, is joining the team. He gained his extensive expertise in the field of connectivity and system engineering from a wide variety of technically related positions with leading telecom operators.
Two new senior people joined our team today. Patrick Van Looveren has a background as a lawyer and founded his own food additives business. The combo of legal knowledge and B2B industry experience makes him the right person to head the legal department and procurement.
Erik Verdeyen, who has 23 years under the belt in digital and business strategy, will be heading marketing and communications, working closely together with sales and business development to spread the news of our innovative chemical heat transformer.
Erik and Patrick are two pure sang entrepreneurs. Together, with their enthusiasm and professionalism, we will bundle our forces to realize massive process improvements in existing and future industrial assets and reduce the global industrial footprint.