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North Brabant, Netherlands



Vincent Seijger

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

Vincent Seijger joins Breakthrough Energy’s Innovator Fellows program from Renewable Iron Fuel Technology (RIFT) in North Brabant, Netherlands. He began his career as a maritime officer working in the merchant shipping industry, which inspired him to build solutions to improve sustainability of heating and electricity. At RIFT, Vincent 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-intensive industries. 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.

Vincent earned a Bachelor,Maritime Officer from HZ University of Applied Science in Flushing, Netherlands. He attained his Pre-Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Technology with specialization in Power and Flow at Eindhoven University of Technology. During his Masters, he focused on the combustion of conventional and sustainable fuels and conducted an in-depth numerical study for iron fuel.


What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Gather the right people around you to make an idea into something real and working.

What beliefs drive you?
If you don’t do it yourself, there’s a big chance others won’t do it either.

Share a fun fact about yourself?
I couldn’t build a technology that provides energy without reducing my own carbon footprint. So a year ago,I transitioned to eating vegan cook fantastic meals and let others taste this delicate and healthy way of living.