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.
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.
In response to the vast amount of carbon-dioxide emissions from industries OCAP re-uses this greenhouse gas, hence contributing to the reduction of the climate change problem. OCAP stands for Organic Carbon-dioxide for Assimilation of Plants. OCAP captures carbon-dioxide from industrial areas, such as the oil refineries of Pernis, and transports this to horticulture farmers. The CO2 is compressed and transported via an existing pipeline. OCAP supplies over 400 kilotons of CO2 per year to approximately 580 greenhouse horticulture companies. OCAP aims to further expand the supply by including CO2 from other sources as well.
Looking for alternatives for the global fossil fuel dependency, The Netherlands introduces an intelligent energy solution: a smart electricity network that enables residents to use their electric cars' batteries to store locally produced energy, for instance from solar panels. These public posts can charge and discharge batteries in electric vehicles, making the them an energy storage platform. This approach makes it possible for households, via an open data platform, to organize their own energy supply cost-effectively and sustainably. This contributes to the challenge of the storage of renewable energy.
If we are to address energy and sustainability challenges, domestic buildings need to become more energy-efficient. EnerTwin is a micro Combined Heat and Power (CHP) system where a boiler and a small power plant are combined in a durable device for domestic heating that also produces electricity. It is the first cogeneration system based on a micro turbine. Environmental standards are met with low noise and exhaust emissions. It can be fueled by natural gas, propane, heating oil and biogas. EnerTwin offers great advantages in reliability, life and maintenance costs and it reduces the energy bill by 20-25percent.
How can we store all renewable electricity from solar panels and wind mills when demand is low? How can we accelerate electric driving and relieve fossil fuel dependency? The Netherlands has developed an intelligent energy solution: the seasalt battery. A new, unique battery made of low-cost materials that can discharge 100% more than 7000 cycles, based on the newest technological knowledge in the field of clean energy. Demoprojects have started, marking the last step before a massive market roll out can make the world a greener place. Join the Netherlands into the a new society with more electric cars, windmills, solar panels and a more reliable electric grid.
Heat surpluses are an important challenge within the chemical industry. To tackle this issue, a pilot project of the Dutch company Trinseo Netherlands B.V. uses a smart and integrated solution that reduces the surplus of low pressurized steam and increases the total efficiency of energy generation. As an effect, less natural gas is being burned up and less CO2 is being emitted. By effectively using energy waste within a circular chain, the entire site's energy use decreased by 15 percent. The pilot project proves that the production of chemical products can both be cost-effective and more environmental-friendly, which increases the competitiveness of chemical industries.
Increasing effects of climate change, such as changing water levels and more extreme floods or droughts, are already confronting waterway dependent production firms. To reduce the inland waterway sector's impact on climate change, Damen Shipyards Group has developed the Ecoliner. The Ecoliner reduces operational costs by up to 25 percent as an effect of an efficient gas-electrical propulsion system. Due to ACES (an air-lubrication system), the resistance of the vessel is reduced by 15 percent. This design combination of proven engineering with sustainable innovations will make The Ecoliner the greenest inland vessel in Europe.