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North Brabant, Netherlands




Lex Scheepers

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Renewable Iron Fuel Technology (RIFT)

Lex Scheepers joins Breakthrough Energy’s Innovator Fellows program from Renewable Iron Fuel Technology (RIFT) in North Brabant, Netherlands. An expert in energy technology, both traditional and renewable, Lex combines a passion for technology with a desire to contribute to a clean and sustainable future. At RIFT, Lex and his colleagues are leveraging hydrogen and the rusting properties of iron to produce carbon-neutral energy for heat-intensive industries.

Rusting, or combustion, of iron powder yields zero-carbon heat that can be turned into hot water or steam and fed to energy-intensiveindustries. The resulting iron oxide powder can be easily stored and transported, then turned back into iron powder through a chemical reaction with hydrogen and reused. Through the BE Fellows program, RIFT aims to advance their Boiler and Production Systems to a fully functional prototype to demonstrate viability of a commercial pilot plant.

Lex earned a Bachelorof Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a specializationin Energy Technology from Eindhoven University of Technology.


What do you like to do in your freetime?
Play the guitar in our John Mayer-tribute band.

What beliefs drive you?
Life is short, so live it to the fullest.

What is your favorite word and why?
Fuel. Nice combination of letters and can be interpreted in many different ways.