Gert Rietveld holds new chair in "Power and Energy Measurement Systems"

Delft, February 18, 2021 - Gert Rietveld, senior scientist at VSL, the National Metrology Institute of the Netherlands, has been appointed part-time professor in the new chair "Power and Energy Measurement Systems" at the University of Twente (UT) effective as of February 1st. This will make knowledge about metrology available within the UT curriculum and there will be more scope for research in the field of measurement.

VSL makes measurement results from companies, laboratories and institutions directly traceable to international standards. VSL manages and develops national measurement standards on behalf of the Dutch government and makes an important contribution to the reliability, quality and innovation of products and processes in business and society.

Gert Rietveld, senior scientist at VSL: "Metrology is currently not very well known within education, even though we measure so much." As an example, Rietveld mentions the charging stations for electric cars. “They are becoming more efficient, but at the same time it is becoming increasingly difficult to further improve the design. Metrology plays an important role in solving that problem. Also consider the use of batteries in electric planes: you want the charge indicated by the battery to really be extremely precise. ”

Fabienne van Booma, general director at VSL: “We are extremely happy with the extra attention for metrology at this university. I expect that this chair will give a boost to education and research in support of the energy transition - a core theme within the VSL strategy. ”

An example of VSL's support for the energy transition is the VSL calibration and test installation for liquefied natural gas meters with LNG, which was opened last year. LNG is seen as a more sustainable alternative to diesel, for example, and thus plays a crucial role in the energy transition and the reduction of the use of polluting fuels. Thanks to this world's first LNG calibration and test installation, it is now possible to measure the quantity of LNG exactly and consistently and to gain knowledge about its composition.