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.
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.
The supply chain of electronics as well as their product life cycle have a long way to go in terms of fair trade, sustainability, and waste reduction. Fairphone is a social enterprise that is building a movement for fairer electronics, starting with the mobile phone. Fairphone is making a positive social and environmental impact across the value chain in mining, design, manufacturing and life cycle, while expanding the market for products that put ethical values first. The Fairphone 2 design is focused on longevity and reparability to extend the phone's usable life and give buyers more control over their products.
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.
Preparing food safely, without compromising nutritional value and in an energy efficient way is an important health challenge. The Nutri-Pulse e-Cooker uses pulsed electric field (PEF) technology for a new way of cooking food. E-Cooking improves the preservation of original nutrients in meat, fish, vegetables and other types of food. In addition, it preserves original flavour, structure and colour. The Nutri-Pulse e-Cooker is easy to set up and in use and it is small enough for use in regular kitchens. In addition, cooking is done in only a few minutes at lower temperatures and the process consumes very little energy.
With an estimated global population of more than 9 billion in 2050, food production- and quality is a major issue nowadays. To reduce food waste and extend shelf life, Corbion developed 'Utra Fresh', a baking innovation that sets a new standard for sustained and enhanced baking goods. Furthermore, it improves the freshness across the entire lifecycle of the product. Apart from shelf life extension the blend also has a positive effect on the taste of the baked products. Other ingredients such as sugars, high-fructose syrup and yeast can even be reduced. The eventual aim of 'Ultra Fresh' is to reduce food waste as an result of the extended shelf life.
Nereda® raises health and water standards by using a new method for wastewater treatment. The technology uses aerobic granular biomass to produce clean water. Nereda® was invented at Delft University, and developed in cooperation with the Dutch Foundation for Applied Water Research (STOWA), the Dutch Water Boards and Royal HaskoningDHV, of which the latter commercialized the product. The technology is more effective and less expensive than traditional methods, it is more efficient in terms of land use, resources and energy, and it does not make use of toxic chemicals. This leads to cleaner water, at lower economic and environmental cost.
Circular economy principles are increasingly implemented to contribute to long-term sustainability goals. Ioniqa, a clean-tech start-up, developed a circular PET-plastics recycling process to address the enormous problem of plastic waste in the world. Conventional techniques can only recycle limited amounts of returned PET-plastics (worldwide only 10%, N-Europe 50%). By removing the colourants in PET-waste, Ioniqa's process - using smart nano-materials - converts all kinds of low-grade coloured PET-waste into pure raw materials. This is of similar high-quality and costs as PET made from crude-oil, thereby closing the loop for worldwide PET-production (50 MMton yearly), contributing to a cleaner world.
Removal of solid waste through the sewer system, for a cleaner hospital; removal of medicinal residues from wastewater for a cleaner environment. This, in short, is what the Pharmafilter-system promises. Shredders are used in the hospital in place of the traditional bedpan cleaners and at places where waste is generated. An installation is set up outside the hospital, which digests and decontaminates the solid waste. All wastewater is purified and cleaned of medicinal residues. The Pharmafilter-system makes it feasible to address processes in the hospital through the introduction of biodegradable, disposable products instead of products that need to be sterilized after each use, such as bedpans, urinals and cutlery.
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.
Fossil fuels are not endless. To stimulate the sustainable development of the transportation and logistics sectors, a joint-venture of Royal DSM and POET, LLC developed a cost-competitive fuel that cuts emissions, creates jobs and improves energy security. The companies initiative 'Advanced Biofuels' is the first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plant that has opened for business. Their revolutionary technology converts agricultural residue into renewable fuel. This process takes place in both companies' plant where baled corn cobs, leaves, husk and stalk are converted into renewable fuel. This development marks a huge step forward in the wider adoption of biofuels.
As part of the circular economy, Black Bear's business model focuses on reusing resources. Carbon black is traditionally produced from crude oil, and used in the production of tires. Used tires are then burned releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Black Bear developed a technology based on the principles of carbonisation to up-cycle carbon black: carbon black from shredded rubber tires is retrieved and reused. Black Bear produces very high quality carbon black grades that compete with virgin material. This has been validated by leading customers in the tire, rubber and paint industry. Black Bear reduces the environmental impact made by fossil resources and waste streams.
With the vision to create a world where heating is free and sustainable computing power an affordable commodity Nerdalize developed the 'Nerdalize heater'. The heater contains high-performance servers in a radiator. By placing these servers in homes Nerdalize creates a highly distributed compute cloud that is energy efficient and affordable. This means that the same amount of energy is used twice, once to complete computations for companies and researchers and then again to heat the home. On top of the energy savings this approach cuts the cost per compute job by 30 to 50% for Nerdalize clients.
If the public is not stimulated to separate its waste, fat and oils end up in the sewer, which has a severe impact on the environment. The removal of 1 kilogram fat even costs 2.70 euro. Bob Goulooze's product called 'FatCube' aims to solve this problem by offering households a way to recycle their fat and oils. The FatCube can easily be placed on kitchen counters or in cupboards to dispose fat waste. Fat processing companies could convert the stored fat in biofuels. The cost of the current spillage is very high. Therefore, FatCube is a profitable solution and lowers the costs of fat spillage significantly.
It is estimated that the population growth demands a doubling of the global food production with half of the food resources available. Wingssprayer enhances productivity and reduces the amount of pesticides used by 25%, mainly due to the aerodynamic effect of the wing. The technique behind the wing is that it slightly opens up the crop, sprays fine droplets closely above and deeply into the crops. As an effect chemicals emissions is reduced by 99 percent. This makes the new Dutch innovation an optimal crop protection system, at low costs, and a top world environmentally friendly technology.
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.
Over the last 50 years, humankind has produced approximately 700 million tons of plastic that now resides in the oceans, harming the ecology, economy and health. RAW for the Oceans is a collaborative project that retrieves plastic from the oceans and transforming it into wearables, curated by Pharrell Williams. The retrieved plastic is broken down into chips and then shredded it to fibers, ready to be spun into yarn. Ocean plastic fibers are spun into strong core yarn and then helixed wih cotton, making Bionic® yarn. The yarn is then woven or knitted into RAW for the Oceans fabrics.
To improve health care, the Dutch Gijsbert van de Wijdeven, a veterinarian, developed Bioneedle. Bioneedle is a new method for vaccination in both humans and animals. Instead of using hypodermic injection, he proposed to inject biodegradable implants. These ready-to-use capsule of about 1.5 centimeters that already contain the appropriate dose of the vaccine are loaded into an applicator and shot into the patients arm. The procedure is quick and painless, and the capsule dissolves in a matter of minutes, releasing the vaccine.
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.
Food security is becoming increasingly important in an urbanizing world. PlantLab aims to create an environment where crops can grow and flourish, irrespective of the climate, season or time of day. PlantLab's Ultimate goal is to ensure that plants can reach their full potential. PlantLab has a patented technology where crops are cultivated in climate cells 'Plant Production Units'. The units are completely sealed creating a closed growing environment. PlantLab's method can be applied in many industries: the production of vegetables, fruits and flowers, the production of ingredients for medicines, nutraceuticals, flavors, fragrances and cosmetics.
Avantium contributes to the biobased economy by reusing organic waste. Avantium's YXY technology is used to make PEF plastic out of plant-based materials such as corn, waste paper, sugar cane and agricultural waste. PEF can be used in range of different products that are now made of regular plastics. Avantium aims to use the technology to put the first 100percent biobased plastic bottle on the market. PEF has superior properties to regular plastics, because it is stronger - thereby reducing the amount of packaging material needed - it extends shelf life and it is compatible with existing waste and recycling streams.
TurboTec tackles challenges in the fields of drinking water supply, clean energy, and the reduction and reuse of organic waste. TurboTec technology treats organic material in waste water at high temperature and pressure to create biomass for fermentation. By means of thermal hydrolysis, water and organic material - sewage sludge - are separated. Sewage sludge, which consists of micro-organisms and nutrients, can be converted into biomass for e.g. green energy and fertilizers after a series of additional steps. This process was proven to be more effective and more efficient than conventional methods.
Packaging material contributes heavily to the global production plastic waste, of which only a low percentage is recycled. Rodenburg, Taghleef and Mars Inc. have found a method of producing flexible packaging material. In order to accomplish this, their process combines potato starch with polylactic acid (PLA) waste, which is a biodegradable polymer made of plant starch. The result of this is a food grade polymer film that is biodegradable and takes only a third of energy to produce compared to oil-based alternatives. Thus the technology has considerable economic benefits and reduces waste streams in the process.
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.
As a solution to the growing plastic waste problems, researchers of the University of Amsterdam made a new step in the development of Plantics, the only thermoset plastic that is both biobased and biodegradable. All inflexible plastic items used in homes and buildings can be made from this polymer: computer and telephone casings, insulation foam, trays, tables and lamps. This marks a milestone in the battle against the mounting pile of plastic waste and the plastic soup in the oceans. Plantics' substance easily adheres to other materials and can therefore be used in combination with stainless steel and glass. Further development still needed since Plantics plastic cannot be used in equipment outside the house or office.
Wastewater with fats, oil and grease and/or solids such as proteins and starch, can effectively be treated in the BIOPAQ®AFR. This anaerobic flotation reactor (AFR), with an effective sludge retention system, is an all-in-one system that converts organic compounds into valuable biogas. Wastewater from the food industry is especially suitable. The compactly designed bioreactor treats wastewater with a COD content from 5-70 g/l with vegetable or animal fats at hydraulically short retention times from 1-8 days. It considerably reduces discharge costs, produces valuable biogas, requires no acidification or solids separation up front.