The European Patent Office, EPO, recently presented this year’s European patent award to the Danish energy engineer Jens Dall Bentzen, who received the honour for his patents in the biomass field.
Jens Dall Bentzen’s numerous inventions include a gasification system, a system that extracts even more energy from exhaust gases, and a new biomass furnace that can burn biofuel with a moisture content of up to 60%. The furnace is therefore ideal for cheap, eco-friendly, highefficiency energy production.
“My first job as a research scientist at the Technical University of Denmark more or less schooled me to become an inventor. My task was to optimise an exhaust gas cleaning system for a biomass gasifier so the cleaner would remove as much dust as possible. I carefully examined the dust composition and discovered that the dust particles were too small to be trapped in the cleaners. So we installed a filter bag instead, and this technology is still used today. Choosing a filter bag might not seem much like an invention, but my first success came when I suggested an untraditional solution, and that’s really what inventors do.”
Jens Dall Bentzen hopes the award will help to promote his inventions. “People in this business are pretty traditional and sceptical when it comes to new ideas. Hopefully it will be easier to convince them in the future now that I’ve received this award.”
The award was presented following a study by the independent consultancy firm Technopolis Group, which assesses not only the patents but also the market and technological potential to develop Europe’s economy and environment, making the award an even greater source of pride to this year’s winner.
Source: Dall Energy