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.
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.
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.
In food production, firms and consumers are faced with challenges of food safety. The Pasteur Smart Sensor Tag is used in transportation to record data about food quality. It records geographical origin, handling, storage and transportation data in terms of temperature and air conditions to accurately predict remaining product shelf life. The sensor was developed by i.a. NXP Semiconductors and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research and based on one of NXP Semiconductors' earlier sensor tag designs. Based on sensor tag data and models for various food types, predictions can be made about food quality and remaining shelf life.
Protix Biosystems tackles the challenges of food security for both humans and animals, and reduces organic waste in the process. It has developed EntoTechnology for the production of insect-based products. These include insect-based meals and high-concentration protein products that can be used in the production of food, animal feed, and pharmaceuticals. Protix grows insect larvae for the extraction of proteins and fats, and does this in a sustainable manner. Protix' technology solves a problem of increasing food and feed demands on limited land surface, and decrease food waste at the same time.
Aviation is a dynamic, economically crucial and socially essential industry. However, the aviation sector is responsible for up to 3% of the global man-made carbon dioxide emissions. To decrease the sector's contribution to global warming, SkyNRG - founded by KLM, Spring Associates and Argos Oil - has developed a sustainable jet fuel. The fuel is produced with Hydro-processed Esters and Fatty Acids (HEFA) technology. Compared to fossil jet fuel, SkyNRG's sustainable jet fuel offers up to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions. In the end, this development could have the potential to lower the sector's dependency on fossil fuels and reduce price volatility.
To safeguard the supply of high-quality fruits, Dutch companies TOP b.v. and JFPT Food Life present the automatic grape picking technology 'Pluckr'. With this revolutionary and patented machine it is possible to shake the grapes and berries loose for easier packing and snacking, without damaging the fruits. Picking grapes and berries manually takes a lot of time, making it relatively cost inefficient. This Dutch innovation increases productivity up to 300-600 kilograms per hour. In combination with packaging technology - AMAP (Active Modified Atmosphere Packaging) - it can even extend shelf life to 3-4 weeks.
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.
As a response to the growing world population, the company Sustainer Homes b.v. builds the first fully independent, sustainable and comfortable container homes based on the Cradle2Cradle principles. A Sustainer Home uses solar panels, wind mills, and rainwater collection to produce all its own energy and water. It has enough energy for a regular household and is comfortably warm due to a highly efficient heat pump combined with high quality insulation. Rainwater is collected from the roof, and filtered so that it is safe to drink. This development makes it possible to live anywhere while having enough energy and resources to enjoy life comfortably.
As the port of Rotterdam expands and the already massive volumes of container transportation keep on growing, the newly built container terminal Rotterdam World Gateway (RWG) on Maasvlakte II introduces a highly automated environment for handling this traffic. The terminal uses the newest technologies in automation to handle containers on location. Advanced IT systems connected to various types of cranes and other equipment guide the entire process. RWG's terminal is the most technologically advanced and the most safe and environmentally friendly terminal in the world.
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.
Transportation is one of the main sources of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide and cars have a major contribution in this. TenCate has been working to turn cars into considerably cleaner vehicles by making them lighter. TenCate is the exclusive supplier of carbon composites for the entire Alpha Romeo 4C monocque. TenCate's 'Continuous Fiber Reinforced Thermoplastic Composites' heavily reduce processing costs for this types of chassis, achieving an breakthrough for delivering composite construction in large volumes for the automotive industry.
At 382 by 124 meters, Pioneering Spirit is the world's largest vessel. The ship uses a unique lifting system to install and remove offshore oil and gas platforms. It can also be used to install subsea oil and gas pipelines. By utilizing her large lifting capacity, Pioneering Spirit will considerably reduce the amount of offshore work associated with platform installation and decommissioning, shifting the work onshore where it is safer and more cost effective.
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.