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Interview with ENESPA project manager Ben Richters

As project manager, Ben Richters plays a central role in our project. His knowledge and experience are put to full use at ENESPA AG. Find out about his working day in a short interview.

Could you describe for us what your daily work involves?
Ok. My working day starts at 8 a.m. Mornings are reserved for meetings with the contact persons of the different projects. I really enjoy working productively and intensively with these qualified people. The projects are divided into:

  • Hall construction
  • Storage tanks, loading points
  • P1000 module
  • Approval procedures
  • Overall system control
  • Power generation
  • Operating lab

After lunch, I deal with my planning activities. At the moment, these are mainly concerned with process engineering and electrics. From about 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., it’s back to meetings and telephone calls. The evenings belong to my family, usually until around 8 p.m. Afterwards, I turn to my passion, which is research and development – often in exchange with other scientists. Many solutions have emerged from these discussions.

How do you manage to keep track of everything?
We’re all working with the project management software “Trello”. Timelines, responsibilities, documents and information exchange can therefore be documented easily and reliably. Everyone knows their targets and has all the information they need – and I have control over the whole thing. It’s this structured way of working that makes it possible for us to work so efficiently. For planning purposes, we use different software programmes, like AutoCAD, Microstation or Eventor, depending on requirements.

What occupies you most at the moment?
All the subsidiary projects are needed for operations to start on time. Therefore, they are all running in parallel. Only the construction of the 8 recycling modules is standardised, since we’re already manufacturing them industrially. So, that requires the least attention at the moment.

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ENESPA AG will generate positive cash flow starting with the first investment. By operating several facilities simultaneously, revenues increase disproportionately and, accordingly, so does the value of the company. There is great demand for this technology. 18 locations in Germany are interested in operating a facility at this time.

The business development fund of the Schwarze Pumpe Industrial Park is very interested in the ENESPA project. Following a thorough investigation, the responsible development bank declared the project eligible for funding. The project will be supported by the development bank once the approval process is completed. The approval process is in progress. (As of July 2020)

The aim is for the first 5,000 kg/day facility in the industrial park to be commissionedby the end of 2020. As soon as this facility is in reliable operation, ENESPA will build another ten facilities and then gradually expand to forty facilities. The ten facilities are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2021.

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