Where are you from and what do you study there?
I'm from Denmark, where I study chemical engineering at the University of Southern Denmark.
Why did you decide to come to the Netherlands?
My mother is Dutch, so I wanted to use this opportunity to visit more family and improve my language skills.
What project are you working on?
We are working one two parallel projects. One is a bioreactor, where we try to convert carbon dioxide and hydrogen into methane, as a way to store energy. The reactor is more stable than we had hoped for, so we have run a lot of experiments and gather some useful data. Our work might even end up as part of a scientific article in a couple of years.
The other project is a student challenge for the potato company Avebe, where we have written a report about what we think a green factory could look like 50 years from now. For this we combine existing technologies and think about what the future might look like.
Does this project have impact on the world, and if so?
If our reactor project can be proven to work on an industrial scale, it would be possible to store excess green energy from solar panels and wind tribunes as green natural gas and even use existing infrastructure. Storing energy from irregular power production is a big challenge in the transition to green energy.
What did you learn from your exchange programme so far?
I have learned a lot. Not only about some of the technical aspects regarding our projects, but I have also gotten an insight into how people from different parts of the world work and work together.
What is your favourite and least favourite thing about the exchange programme?
Given that about two thirds of the course is devoted to project work, we have a lot of freedom about when we meet and work. This is especially nice on an exchange semester, as I can travel and go to more events and explore the country than I would have time for if I had had lectures every day.
I did however have very little contact with students who were not attending my classes or the social life of the university in general.
Would you recommend other students to come to the Hanze to do an exchange programme?
I definitely would! It has been an amazing semester full of wonderful people attending an interesting program in a beautiful city.