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.
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.
How can driving on a road become more safe, sustainable and an experience? Heijmans and designer Daan Roosegaarde have addressed this challenge with Glowing Lines. The Glowing Lines absorb light during the day and glow at night, marking out the edge of lanes. This increases visibility and safety, especially in rural areas. The Glowing Lines can be experienced every night at the N329 in Oss in the Netherlands.
The agricultural sector's many waste streams resulting from harvesting and processing crops, contain valuable chemicals. Phytonext is a novel technology that is particularly suited for selective extraction of phytochemicals from natural material, such as vegetables. Many of these phytochemicals have functional properties that can substitute synthetic chemicals currently in use. These phytochemicals can thus provide natural solutions for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. It not only extracts selectively, it is capable of 'engineering' particles in a controlled manner. Advantages are: enhanced selectivity of the extraction, no acidification of extract, low pressure and low energy consumption.
The Dutch innovation SolaRoad allows cities to grow and increase its transport networks in a green and climate-friendly way. In a joint initiative the province of Noord-Holland, research organization TNO, road construction company Ooms Civiel, and technical service provider Imtech Traffic&Infra develops a bicycle road that harvests sunlight and converts it into electricity. The electricity can be used by street lighting, households and charging stations for electric cars. The concept is gaining momentum across the globe, as illustrated by e.g. a work agreement with the California Energy Commission and the city of Cancun's consideration to implement this technology.
In Holland, 8 million cars remain unused for approximately 23 hours a day. In 2011, Victor van Tol and Pascal Ontijd, decided to address this challenge and founded SnappCar: an online community where nowadays more than 120.000 Dutch, Danish and German consumers share their cars: the cars are all-risk insured, participants are screened carefully and SnappCar offers 24/7 help and service. As a frontrunner in the sharing economy, but also as a social enterprise and B corp, SnappCar aims to make a positive change for society by contributing to stronger social networks in cities and communities, reducing CO2 emission and saving costs.
RoadDNA by TomTom is a database using a 3D point cloud of roadside patterns compressed into a 2D view of the roadway. This creates a system requiring little storage space and limited processing requirements, without losing detail. It can be used to deliver highly accurate location information to the on-board system of a vehicle. By matching RoadDNA data with vehicle sensor data in real-time a vehicle knows its location on the road, even while traveling at high speeds or when changes occur to the roadside. RoadDNA is expected to support driverless vehicles.
Much transport in the world uses containers. Due to imbalances in trade between continents ocean carriers continuously reposition their empty containers to their next point of cargo, annually costing €25 billion and increasing unfavorable emissions. Therefore Holland Container Innovations has developed 4FOLD, world's first certified 40ft HC foldable container. Costs and environmental issues due to empty transport can be strongly lowered when 4FOLD is introduced. An empty 4FOLD is folded to a quarter of the height. Four folded containers can be transported as one bundle. The container is already in use by three major shipping lines. 4FOLD has the potential to greatly improve efficiency in container transport.
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.
Hydrogen - also called energy of the future - is a clean and flexible energy carrier that can be converted in electricity by using fuel cells. Currently, hydrogen is produced centrally and transported to the customer by road transportation. Another conventional method to produce hydrogen is by an energy intensive process called electrolysis. HyGear has developed energy efficient hydrogen generators (Hy.GEN) based on steam reforming. The highly energy efficient and small-scale Hy.GEN system can be installed at the customer's site, and offers a safer, more reliable and cost attractive alternative to conventional hydrogen supply. The Hy.GEN also lowers the environmental impact.
Internet use has grown spectacularly in the past decades, reaching a penetration rate of almost 50percent worldwide, and even higher rates in the developed world. Correspondingly, the demand for faster connections has also increased. In collaboration with Alcatel-Lucent, KPN has been improving fixed network internet speeds on copper. This new technique, dubbed VPlus increases VDSL speed to 235 Mbit per second, competitive with fiberglass. In the future, KPN aims to increases speeds even further to 500 Mbit per second, or even one Gb per second by combined VPlus technology with pair-bonding, creating 'Bonded VPlus'.
Up to recent, the working time offshore was largely dependant on calm see conditions with Hs smaller than 0,5 meters, unless costly Jackup barges, embedded in the sea floor, were used. Barge Master offers economic and innovative alternatives based on motion compensation on floating barges for heave, roll and pitch movements up to Hs 3 meters. It delivers and installs motion compensated systems that are fully certified. Applying these products result in a 300% to 500 % increase in working time for offshore customers. This helps the reliability in planning commitments at a substantial lower cost rate. Therefore Bare Master helps customers being more competitive in their core offshore operations.
Accessing offshore platforms can be problematic and highly risky due to the heavy movement of ships on open water. Ampelmann has developed the solution for this challenge. Similar to a flight simulator, the Ampelmann eliminates any relative motion by taking instant measurements of the ship's motions and then compensates them by using six hydraulic cylinders. The result: the top of the Ampelmann remains completely stationary compared to the platform. The offshore gangway can then be extended towards the structure so all personnel can walk to work offshore safely.
In times of growing urbanization, limited space for parking is a problem for cities. Parkyourcar offers a solution in the form of an online marketplace for drivers and suppliers of parking spaces. Suppliers earn money by temporarily renting out their parking spaces against lower fees than 'official' parking spaces. Suppliers can be owners of a driveway or a garage box, or individual owners of multiple spaces or licensed spots. A percentage of the revenues is given to 'Good Parking Foundation' that lobbies for low traffic in the city center. Parkyourcar extends car free zones in city centres; the mission is 100 city centres worldwide car free in 2025.
In populated and urbanized areas, noise disturbance from cars increasingly becomes a problem. Whisstone by 4Silence reduces noise pollution from traffic by means of diffraction. Whisstone is a concrete panel embedded in the ground next to road. In this panel grooves of different depths absorb and redirect noise in upward direction. This creates a noise barrier that reduces pollution in areas adjacent to the road. Whisstone is easy to implement and takes up little space. It can be used in combination with other noise reducing techniques, or independently at locations where sound walls cannot be placed.
The inland shipping industry brings along environmental challenges in terms of pollution and salt water intrusion. To enable ships to move inland to fresh water ways in a more environmental-friendly manner, the governing water authority Rijkswaterstaat, research institution Deltares and Royal Haskoning DHV developed a multi-purpose solution to reduce costs, energy and passage time. The innovative concept of bubble screens create a barrier that could be used to quickly and effectively separate fresh and salt water. In addition to the reduction in energy use, operational and maintenance costs, the concept also reduces the negative impact of the quality agriculture and drinking water. The organizations' pilot project has great global potential since the air screen can be used to great benefit on countless locks around the globe.