The one hundred Dutch innovations of "TopDutchInnovations.nl" illustrate creativity, entrepreneurship and explorative spirit. The innovations generate optimism and answer a wide range of challenges the world faces.
They are all from the 21st century, world class and have already been implemented and are fit for export. The selection was made by an independent Jury.
The Dutch are with many on a relatively small area, the larger part prone to floods. Over centuries, innovations have helped us to build a thriving society.
This quality and its revenues we would like to share internationally. By providing concrete and recent examples of innovations, the "Toekomstmakers Top 100" is a powerful instrument to this end.
A climate-neutral Heineken brewery, a sustainable economy, and a pleasant living environment in the region of Zoeterwoude in the Netherlands - these are the ambitions to which Green Circles is dedicating its efforts. It does so by taking nature as its starting point and setting up programs based around five themes: sustainable energy and reducing emissions, ensuring sufficient good drinking water, completing raw material cycles, making mobility and logistics more sustainable, and improving the living environment and strengthening biodiversity. Green Circles is an initiative of Heineken Netherlands, the Provincial Government of South Holland, and knowledge partner Alterra Wageningen UR.
Although the world is almost polio-free, vaccination remains necessary to prevent future outbreaks. Therefore, on assignment by the World Health Organization, Intravacc developed a new and promising Sabin-IPV polio vaccine. We used our proven platform technologies to swiftly develop an affordable and safe production technology. In recent clinical studies, Sabin-IPV was shown to be safe and immunogenic in adults and infants. Currently, this production technology and related quality controls are actively being transferred by hands-on training to local vaccine manufacturers in emerging economies. As a result, manufacturers in for example China, South Korea and India are enabled to safely produce the Sabin-IPV vaccine to vaccinate their local population.
Biomass, can be a valuable resource for clean energy production, and for the production of biobased goods as a more sustainable alternative to fossil resources. However, the market for local biomass, or organic (waste)streams, is heavily dispersed. De Klik developed BiomassaDHZ.nl, a platform where local biomass can be organized in an online marketplace. DHZ means DIY. The direct contact saves brokering costs and makes the renewable resources traceable. The marketplace where businesses and individuals can offer and/or purchase organic material from is combined with a meeting place and source of inspiration for entrepreneurs for future innovations.
Due to the increasing consequences of climate change, heat stresses and longer periods of drought will occur more widely and often. During these periods, both the high temperatures and water scarcity will affect the region's flora and fauna. To address this issue, the Groasis Waterboxx plantcocoon ® supports plants and trees to survive in difficult circumstances without using groundwater or electricity. By storing rainwater, and by producing and catching water from condensation, the Groasis Waterboxx distributes the collected water over an extended period. This technology uses 90 percent less water than drip irrigation while the optimal growth of a young three is stimulated.
Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a big and growing problem on a global scale. Closing the Loop has built the first 'closed loop' for mobile phones' life cycles. The firm purchases and collects disposed scrap mobile phones and their batteries in developing countries. In Europe, this 'waste' can be recycled, resulting in 95-99% of metals being re-used in production cycles. In addition, reusable phones are purchased in Europe and given a second life in developing countries. This 'loop' reduces e-waste streams to which an estimated 2 billion mobile phones contribute annually, due to their short life cycle, and limited recycling options.
To secure our energy needs for the future it is essential that we consume locally generated, renewable energy. Vandebron is the first online marketplace where consumers can buy their renewable energy (wind, bio and solar) straight from the source. They offer full transparency with regard to the source of the renewable energy and insight in what the consumer is actually paying for. Most energy companies have a double business model, they earn a fixed amount per month and they have a margin on the electricity they sell. Vandebron only does the first, therefore having no interest in a higher energy consumption of their clients.
The transition from an animal protein based to a more vegetable protein based diet is crucial to ensure the availability of sufficient food in the future in a sustainable way. The Dutch Weed Burger addressed this challenge by developing a 100 percent plant-powered hamburger, inspired by the combination of seaweed and algae with plants as the new superfoods. Researchers from Wageningen University have estimated that large-scale cultivation of sea weed can help solve the global food supply problem in a sustainable way. Its cultivation requires neither fresh water nor agricultural land and can help reduce acidification of the oceans.
In terms of water and food supply, simple and easily applicable solutions can make a huge difference for local communities. To provide access to safe drinking water for even the world's most underdeveloped areas, Basic Water Needs (BWN) produces water filters for people worldwide. The filter offers a sustainable and affordable solution for access to safe drinking water that can be implemented by individuals and households. The product is straightforward and simple to use, and through BWN's extensive network, it is widely available.
Approximately 16.000 Dutch citizens and 1.5 million people a year break their hip, of which 1 in 4 dies of the consequences. WOLK is an invisible airbag belt when worn with normal clothes. It incorporates a falling detection system, based on an algorithm of motion data using sensors, and airbag technology. When a fall is detected the airbag inflates, preventing impact. By using this technology, elderly people can stay mobile an independent for a longer time and they will have less fear of falling.
Peerby is a pioneer in the sharing economy, as it supplies a local peer-to-peer sharing platform. Users can easily borrow or rent (Peerby Go) consumers products from peers who live nearby. When you post a request for borrowing or renting, the platform not only posts the request, it also alerts the one hundred closest Peerby users and asks them whether they own the item, and can make it available. Peerby saves you money, promotes social cohesion and enables the green life: as much as 1/8 of CO2 emissions are derived from the production and consumption of durable goods.
WakaWaka addresses energy poverty in the developing world, and the socio-economic challenges that accompany it. WakaWaka develops off-grid solar-powered lamps and chargers that are high-tech, yet low-cost. They market their product primarily in the developing world for bottom of the pyramid consumers for whom electricity is often not available. In these areas, WakaWaka's products - based on patented solar technology - can replace highly inefficient and dangerous paraffin lamps. Regular access to electricity raises people's standard of living; WakaWaka accomplishes this in terms of health, environmental benefits, improved social cohesion and education, and economic impact through cost savings.