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Mijndert van der Spek joined Heriot Watt University in July 2019. He is trained as an energy systems engineer and policy analyst at Delft University of Technology where he completed his MSc in 2009. After that, he joined Royal Dutch Shell in the Netherlands, working first in the supply chain optimization team of Shell Chemicals Europe and after as process technologist at the polyols plant of Shell Pernis Refinery. He pursued his PhD studies at the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development, where his research focused on techno-economic and environmental analysis of CCS and CCU technologies, under the supervision of Andrea Ramirez and André Faaij. Subsequently, he worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Separation Processes Laboratory of ETH Zürich with Marco Mazzotti, on CCS process design as well as CCUS system analysis.

Research interests

Mijndert’s research focuses on developing the methods and tools to assess the strengths and weaknesses of prospective climate change mitigation technologies. This includes CO2 capture and storage, CO2 utilisation, and greenhouse gas removal using solid sorbent based direct air capture, DAC. His work includes i) process modelling, design and integration (e.g. of CO2 capture plants with CO2 host plants), ii) techno-economic-environmental assessment, with special focus on net-zero-CO2 systems, and iii) advanced uncertainty analysis, e.g. by combining quantitative with qualitative uncertainty analysis methods. He is driven by improving the ways we undertake such assessments, to make them most useable and relevant to policy and decisionmakers (both government and industry).

Roles & Responsibilities

Lecturer for B49CG: Process Design B

Supervisor for B41FC: MEng Research Project C

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Research Output 2014 2019

110th Anniversary: Evaluation of CO2-Based and CO2-Free Synthetic Fuel Systems Using a Net-Zero-CO2-Emission Framework

Sutter, D., Van der Spek, M. & Mazzotti, M., 30 Oct 2019, In : Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. 58, 43, p. 19958-19972 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Synthetic fuels
Fuel systems
Energy dissipation

Best practices and recent advances in CCS cost engineering and economic analysis

van der Spek, M., Roussanaly, S. & Rubin, E. S., Apr 2019, In : International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control. 83, p. 91-104 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Cost engineering
Carbon capture
Economic analysis
economic analysis

Techno-economic performance of sustainable international bio-SNG production and supply chains on short and longer term

Batidzirai, B., Schotman, G. S., van der Spek, M. W., Junginger, M. & Faaij, A. P. C., Mar 2019, In : Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining. 13, 2, p. 325-357 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Supply chains
Natural gas

Techno-economic Comparison of Combined Cycle Gas Turbines with Advanced Membrane Configuration and Monoethanolamine Solvent at Part Load Conditions

van der Spek, M., Bonalumi, D., Manzolini, G., Ramírez, A. & Faaij, A., 18 Jan 2018, In : Energy and Fuels. 32, 1, p. 625-645 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Gas turbines
Economic analysis
economic analysis
Exhaust gases