We are the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology

The Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) is the leading institute for open innovation in the process industry. At the heart of our efforts is the transition towards a CO2-neutral, circular economy in 2050. We connect stakeholders across sectors and disciplines in a trust-based environment, to accelerate innovation and provide a driver for the sustainability transition.

At ISPT, we are fully aware of the central role of the process industry when it comes to the responsible use of resources and energy. Because of the industry’s scale, even small changes in the applied technology already will have a huge impact to society. And it will be radical changes in process industry that will fuel the transition towards circularity and sustainability in our society.

Mission-driven cooperation

The core business of ISPT is not in R&D or engineering, but in connecting sectors, organisations and people. In the ISPT network, SME’s, industry partners, research institutes, academia, NGO’s and governmental bodies join forces to collaborate in mission driven programs where costs and risks are shared. At ISPT, they find an inspirational and trusted environment nurturing the cooperation needed to establish breakthrough innovations.

As an independent party, ISPT takes the lead in multi-partner, multi-year projects, based on strategic assessments of the needs of industry and society. In these projects, ISPT connects the dynamics of developing new technology with the dynamics of the industry and markets. Furthermore, we connect players involved with developing technology at different TRL levels (from fundamental through breakthrough to demonstration) in the same, joint programme. This will considerably accelerate innovation.

Topics relevant to the transition

The themes that underly ISPT projects reflect the topics of relevance to the transition in industry and society. These include the large-scale production of green hydrogen and the capture and use of carbon dioxide as future resources. Achieving circularity in the use of plastics, amongst others by developing methods for mechanical and chemical recycling, is another important topic. More focused to the needs of the process industry itself are projects in the field of heat recovery and reuse, and projects in advanced process control and digitization. For a full overview please explore all ISPT themes. On an organisational level, ISPT activities are carried out in clusters managed by the ISPT team members.

Dissemination and education

An important part of the ISPT efforts is the effective and broad dissemination of knowledge. We participate in the public discourse to enhance societal awareness. We communicate the results of our projects to all relevant stakeholders to accelerate implementation. And we are concerned with education to ensure the training of future bright young people. For this we have established the ISPT Innovation Academy.

Supervisory and Academic Advisory Board

The ISPT Supervisory Board consists of appointed representatives of ISPT participants from the (process) industry, academic partners and SME’s. It supervises the ISPT managing board and provides advice and counsel. The ISPT Academic Advisory Board guarantees the scientific quality of the activities and programs of ISPT. It consists of professors and academic representatives related to ISPT.

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