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.
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.
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.
A major challenge in sustainability is the provision of clean and secure energy sources as suitable alternatives to fossil fuels. REDstack uses Reverse Electrodialysis (RED) technology in producing sustainable and CO2 free energy. Blue energy, also called osmotic power or salinity gradient power (SGP), is energy generated from the difference in salt concentrations between salt water and fresh water. At Breezanddijk, on the Afsluitdijk, this technology is successfully tested and developed in a "real-world" pilotplant. REDstack and her partners are currently working on further improvements and scaling up the technology. This project is closely related to De Nieuwe Afsluitdijk - programme (www.deafsluitdijk.nl).
Tidal current is a valuable source of renewable energy. Tocardo has developed 1.2 MW T2 tidal turbines. Five turbines have been installed in the Oosterschelde storm barrier, part of the Dutch Delta Works, forming the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands and the world's largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an array. The foundation system was specifically designed in such a way that the storm barrier constantly remains fully operational. The T2 turbines have bi-directional rotor blades, generating electricity during ebb and flow, and when the barrier closes due to a heavy storm. The turbines will generate electricity for approximately 1000 households.
New Hondsbossche Dunes replaced existing dikes with state-of-the-art techniques to reinforce the Dutch coast. Upon completion it became the longest uninterrupted dunescape in Europe, with a total length of 5.5 km. In addition, New Hondsbossche Dunes serve a multitude of functions relating to recreation and biodiversity. There is more space for wildlife, and there are bike lanes and nature trails for pedestrians. Entrepreneurs are also encouraged to engage, and to set up their businesses in the area. The New Hondsbossche Dunes is a prime example of flood defence that at the same fulfills prominent social and economic functions.
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.
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.
The generation of sustainable energy often involves the introduction of smart, integrated solutions. Voltea is the market-leading manufacturer of Membrane Capacitive Deionization (CapDI) technology that has been delivering electrochemical water conditioning solutions, commercial and industrial customers since 2009. Voltea's CapDI systems remove ions from water using electricity at the lowest economic and environmental cost to improve customer's profitability, process efficiency and productivity. Voltea was recognized as one of the 21 Technology Pioneers 2013 at the World Economic Forum, listed in the 2011 Global Cleantech 100, and won the best new technology award at the 2010 Global Water Summit.
Worldwide we face many challenges involving water. For hundreds of years the Dutch have lead the world in water defence technology, which is why Amillarah's developers Dutch Docklands are expertly placed to develop these luxury, Floating Islands. Not only are the size, shape and style of the island customizable, the location can also be chosen. Amillarah Private Islands are self-sufficient, scarless developments with the latest state-of-the-art green technology, which keeps their environmental impact at a minimum. Dutch Docklands globally cooperates with Christie's International Real Estate and famed oceanographer Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Futures Society charity.
Boskalis found an innovative solution to deepen the entrance to Port Phillip Bay in Melbourne. During the project it came to their attention that certain parts of the bay could not be handled with conventional equipment, because the surface matter was primarily hard rock. In order to tackle this problem, Boskalis put in years of research. This led to the development of a new ripper draghead, which is strong enough to cut through hard rock. It works as well as regular draghead and it compatible with the existing trailing suction hopper dredger.
While, on a global scale, water is scarce and carbon dioxide is 'available' in abundance, integrated solutions can respond to both issues in an intelligent way. The Dutch company DyeCoo Textile Systems offers the world's first water and process chemical free dyeing solution. DyeCoo's textile dyeing technology is based on using carbon dioxide. Where water scarcity increasingly becomes a problem on global scale, this method eliminates water in an industry where billion liters of clean drinking water are polluted annually. DyeCoo is able to achieve exceptional quality fabrics with great color fastness at only a fraction of the energy use.
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.
The Netherlands has traditionally embraced the threat of the might of the sea instead of confronting it. The key is to work with nature by using the natural flow of the sea. The Sand Engine is a primary example of 'building with nature': a novel approach to sand supplementation, which is cost-effective and allows beaches to enlarge. Rather than spraying sand on the beaches, wind, waves and currents are given free rein. Nature's forces are embraced to spread the sand along the shore, thereby reinforcing the coastline and creating a dynamic area for nature and recreation. Mexico and the Netherlands are cooperating in coastal zone development through the concept of Building with Nature. Mexico also uses the Dutch technique of giving room to the river to manage high water levels.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.