The team

Max Aerts - Founder & Director

Max Aerts

Founder & Director

 - Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer

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Mechanical Engineer

With the start of DENS in 2018 Yoshi de Laat was one of the first employees. As a Mechanical Engineer he is responsible for the designing and testing of the exhaust system, and the heat- and energy management of our hydrozine generator.

Before Yoshi started working for DENS he was part of Team Fast’s mechanical engineering team. He performed this working activities alongside his bachelor’s degree. Yoshi successfully completed this degree in mechanical engineering in 2018 and currently he is doing a master mechanical engineering at the power & flow research group of the TU/e. Due to this experience he is the perfect man for this job.


What Yoshi likes about working for DENS are his responsibilities and flexible way of working. Yoshi says: “I like it that I am not only completing tasks, but also get the possibility to define tasks and goals. The opportunity to organize my own hours is important to me as well. Like this I can perfectly combine this job with completing my master’s. I also like that besides the theoretical part with the calculations I have the possibility to build something, solve problems and to perform experiments.” This problem solving is also reflected in breaking out of escape rooms which Yoshi enjoys doing in his free time.


Yoshi really thinks DENS can make a difference in the world by creating a great way to store and transport energy in the form of hydrozine. “I think we can be part of the solution for the carbon dioxide and nitrogen emissions” he says. “If this was easy, somebody else would already have done it.”

Tijn Swinkels - Founder & Technology

Tijn Swinkels

Founder & Technology

Vera Henricks - Chemical Engineer

Vera Henricks

Chemical Engineer

Valentina Cechetto - Chemical Engineer

Valentina Cechetto

Chemical Engineer

Thomas Stroes - Business Development and subsidies

Thomas Stroes

Business Development and subsidies

Harun Yildiz - Chemical Intern

Harun Yildiz

Chemical Intern

Esther Schakenbos - Office manager

Esther Schakenbos

Office manager

Daniël Semerel - Fuel cell engineer

Daniël Semerel

Fuel cell engineer

Yoshi de Laat - Mechanical Engineer

Yoshi de Laat

Mechanical Engineer

Chiel Düthmann - Mechanical Engineer

Chiel Düthmann

Mechanical Engineer

Willem de Jonge - Control Engineer

Willem de Jonge

Control Engineer

Tom Sommers - Electrical Engineer

Tom Sommers

Electrical Engineer


July 1

DENS founded

DENS founded
Key members of Team FAST are taking the next step by bringing this technology to market by starting DENS.  DENS’ reformer technology can eventually replace all combustion engines and can be applied in a wide range of industries. Initially, we focus on developing and building stationary power generators.
June 6

A formic acid generator

A formic acid generator
Team FAST tests the formic acid to power generator for the first time out-door during the reconstruction of the N211 together with the BAM.
July 6

Bus concept

Bus concept
Team FAST presents the concept of a 12m VDL bus driving on formic acid. The team never drove the bus while charging since the system was not ready for mobile operation. Later the system was applied stationary during a pilot with the BAM.
January 14

Formauto Junior

Formauto Junior
Six months after Team FAST started, they presented a 1-meter car driving on FA with an output of 25 W.
September 24

Team FAST foundation founded

Team FAST foundation founded
Eight of the students from the Honors program founded the student team, Team FAST. Team FAST’s mission: Show the world know this technology on large scale!
May 29

First proof of concept

First proof of concept
In 2015, ten students were sparked by nature’s way of capturing the power of the sun with solely water and carbon dioxide. That’s why they formed a team to explore a new energy carrier in which power can be captured: FA. Ten students built a 600 mW car driving on formic acid during their honours project at Eindhoven University of Technology.