Profile & expertise

Suster BV was established in 2016 as an independent spin-off company of the Sustainable Process Technology department of the University of Twente (Enschede, NL). It delivers R&D and consultancy services to industry, with focus on:

–           Thermal conversion of biomass and waste streams including polymer waste to produce chemicals or 2nd generation transportation fuels

–           CO2 capture and utilization.

Suster also designs and constructs pilot plants to support R&D activities carried out by Suster itself or by it’s customers.

Role in the Project

In this project Suster will deliver the char collection vessel, gas cleaning devices such as demisters and cyclones and the MMA condenser for the pilot plant erected at JSW’s site in Düsseldorf. Where needed Suster staff will provide support during the test campaigns that will be carried out with that plant.


Bert Heesink

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Erik Verbeek (M), Lead technician

Mr. Verbeek was trained as a mechanical and an electrical engineer at the senior technical school in Enschede (NL). Since then he took multiple dedicated courses on digital control technology, maintenance technology, CE certification, Solid Works, Siemens S7 PLC and Siemens TIA. He worked for almost 30 years in industry as a MIG and TIG welder, sheet metal worker, prototype engineer and quality control engineer. In his career he built more than 200 experimental set-ups and pilot plants for R&D purposes.

Bert Heesink (M), Managing Director

Dr. Heesink studied Chemical Technology at the University of Twente where he graduated in 1985. He started his career at Dow Chemical BV as a process development engineer for the olefins and aromatics plants. In 1989 he switched to TNO (Apeldoorn) where he became project leader in combustion engineering, waste incineration and emission control. In 1992 Bert was appointed professor at the Chemical Reaction Engineering Department of the  University of Twente where he obtained his PhD title in 1994 on a study entitled “High Temperature Coal Gas Desulphurization applying Calcareous Sorbents and Fluidized Bed Contactors”. Also being the coordinator of the post-graduate Design Course on Process Technology, he intensively cooperated with industries during that time. In 2006 the Design Course was terminated and Bert became R&D-manager at TenCate Advanced Textiles in Nijverdal where he re-organised the product development department for outdoor and protective fabrics. In 2010 Bert switched to KEMA/DNV GL in Arnhem to become Team Manager of the Clean Fossil Power department. There he supervised a team of 30 consultants and technicians working in the field of Thermal Power Generation, Performance Testing & Measuring and CO2 Capture & Storage. Bert left DNV GL in 2016 and together with others he founded SUSTER BV where he is active as a senior consultant and managing director since then.