news and updates

Ammonia for Neophytes

A primer on the energy carrier and storage tech that isn’t talked about.

IT’S NOT SOMETHING MOST PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT, but ammonia—the chemical additive that cleans your windows so well—will have a significant place in our transportation and energy future. Since its introduction in 1913, the industrial synthesis of ammonia has transformed agriculture and civilization. Ammonia-based fertilizer, a carrier of nitrogen, has exponentially swelled crop yields, redeeming millions of human lives from starvation across successive generations of the 20th century. From 1850 to 1900, world population grew by 400 million. The challenges of overpopulation notwithstanding, that growth now happens every four years, largely because vast numbers of people who would have otherwise died of starvation, didn’t. Early 20th century scientists Fritz Haber and Carl Bosch, inventors of the ammonia synthesis process and Nobel laureates, are jointly credited with preserving more lives than anyone in human history: 2.7 billion people, one-third of world population, are alive today because of them.

Two hundred million tonnes of ammonia are produced annually. Some goes into refrigerant, electronics, industrial explosives and cleaning products; but 80% of it makes the fertilizer that feeds half the world. By 2030, global demand is projected at 300 million tonnes merely to fulfill its current roles. As will be detailed shortly, ammonia has an even greater role to play in our energy future which will require much, much more of it. For this to happen, a historically entrenched aspect of ammonia production must be overcome.

Read this complete article of David White, Research Strategy Content (Portland, Oregon)

StartupFest ‘New Materials’ 2017

September 25, Hans Vrijenhoef (CEO of Proton Ventures) participates the workshop “Challenges for SME’s”, which will take place during the Startup Fest Europe 2017 at Plant One in Rotterdam. During this workshop Hans submits the Innovation Challenges of Proton Ventures to the participants with aim to discuss the challenges later in the program.

About Startup Fest Europe 2017

In the first half of 2016 The Netherlands held the presidency of the European Union. StartupFest Europe was a great way to show the world that the West Coast of Europe is a hot bed for startups and innovation. We did this with inspirational speakers, mind blowing demos and great opportunities to make deals, deals and deals.

Startup Fest Europe was initiated by StartupDelta after consultations in early 2015 with leaders of the Dutch startup ecosystem. The consulted leaders were virtually unanimous in their conclusion that the Dutch Startup Ecosystem would benefit greatly from organizing a European startup event that would facilitate world wide matchmaking between funds, startups, talent and centers of excellence. These ingredients were the core of StartupFest Europe 2016. In 2017 we build on the succes of StartupFest Europe 2016 with a new edition of the festival.

KenNet Business Tennistournament 2017

Friday September 29th, the 13th edition of the KenNet Business Tournament will take place in Brielle. Proton Ventures is one of the organizers of this tournament.

More about the KenNet Business Tennis tournament

This especially sociable tennis tournament, takes traditionally place at the tennis courts of E’68 in Brielle (sportaccommodatie Geuzenpark).

Do you also want to participate to the KenNet Business Tennis tournament 2017? Please let us know! Send an email to