Michiel Spoor, Energy Saver columnist

Energy Saver columnist

Michiel Spoor has over 28 years of energy experience, working worldwide as a leader in oil and gas consulting. He has a master’s degree in Chemical Process Technology from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

His passion is to shape the future of energy transition, renewables, global carbon emission reduction and energy efficiency. He has had diverse roles in engineering and consulting. He started his career as a process design engineer at Badger BV in The Hague where he brought plants from conceptual design, through process simulation, equipment designs all the way to commissioning and start-up.

As a consultant Michiel specializes in energy management and energy transition and has held senior positions in various companies like KBC, Accenture and KBR. Currently Michiel works as a Principal Consultant Energy with KBC Advanced Technology in Houston, Texas. He has worked on six continents on various projects and positions in oil refining, petrochemicals, fertilizers, LNG and renewables.

Michiel has authored and contributed to numerous papers and conferences on the topics of refinery energy efficiency and refinery carbon management. He is internationally recognized as an authority on this subject. 

Effectively Use Abatement Curves to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A mitigation cost curve chart can help illustrate the cost-effectiveness of different emission reduction strategies. A list of 14 projects to combat greenhouse gas emissions can...

Energy Saver: Tips for Effective Steam Trap Maintenance

Prioritizing the design, use and maintenance of steam traps can reduce energy costs while optimizing operations and overall efficiency.

Powering the Future: The Rise of Green, Pink and Blue Hydrogen and 7 U.S. Clean Hydrogen Hubs

Recognizing the immense potential of hydrogen, the U.S. government has earmarked $7 billion, actively subsidizing the development of hydrogen hubs across the country.

U.S. Demand for Renewable Fuel Plants Grows

Renewable fuels have emerged as a potential solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change.

Energy Saver: Benchmark Energy Efficiency Using R-Curve Method

By understanding this curve, engineers can benchmark, design and operate chemical plants more efficiently, maximizing heat transfer while considering factors such as energy consumption...

Oxyfuel Combustion Ignites a Pathway to Zero Emissions

Oxyfuel combustion technology offers a significant advantage by saving money and reducing emissions compared to carbon capture utilization and storage.

Energy Saver: Improve Furnace Efficiency

More efficient operation of fired heaters means less use of natural gas and reduced emissions. Here are some tips for improving the efficiency of these furnaces.

Develop Your Decarbonization Roadmap

To achieve net zero, first develop a roadmap that implements Scope 1 and 2 emission reduction projects, such as energy efficiency improvements, carbon capture and storage or utilization...

Energy Saver: Get More Efficiency Via Pinch Analysis

This basic primer covers the history of the pinch analysis methodology and how it’s used to determine energy-saving opportunities for a process unit.

The First Step Toward Decarbonization

When considering Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 projects, avoid investing in technologies that still burn fossil fuels, even if they improve energy efficiency.

Earn Quick Wins with Steam System Efficiency

This month’s column features Steam Systems where we discuss how operational improvements in your chemical plant can boost energy savings and immediately strengthen your bottom...

Consider the Price Equivalent Efficiency of Power Imports

The concept of price equivalent efficiency is a simple but useful tool to help you reduce the cost of energy imports while optimizing the efficiency of shaft-power production....

Energy Saver: Take Advantage of the Inflation Reduction Act

The Inflation Reduction Act offers tax credits to incentivize investment in clean energy to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 2005 baseline levels by 2030.