Prof. Ad van Wijk
In 1984, van Wijk founded the company Ecofys, which eventually grew into Econcern. Econcern developed many new sustainable energy products, services and projects. Examples include the 120 MW offshore wind farm Princess Amalia in the North Sea, several multi-MW solar farms in Spain and a bio-methanol plant in the Netherlands, which is the largest second-generation biomass plant in the world.
Van Wijk achieved many important prizes for excellent entrepreneurship. Amongst others he was Dutch entrepreneur of the year in 2007 and Dutch top-executive in 2008.
At TU Delft van Wijk will focus on the energy systems of the future. Especially he will do research on hydrogen and fuel cell cars and at the same time will realize ‘’the Green Village’’. www.thegreenvillage.org.
Van Wijk has published a very readable book ‘How to boil an egg’ ‘Welcome to the Green Village’ ‘Our Car as Power Plant’ ‘3D printing with biomaterials’ ‘The Green Hydrogen Economy in the Northern Netherlands’ ‘Solar Power to the People’.
Follow Ad van Wijk at twitter @advanwijk or via his website www.profadvanwijk.com!