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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
Plant-e generates electricity with living plants via unique innovative technology. The technology makes it possible to generate electricity at any scale without harvesting the plants, thus generating electricity day and night, summer and winter. Ultimately, Plant-e's technology can produce electricity in any type of wetland, while preserving its original function. This way it's possible to generate electricity at the same area where food is produced or where nature is conserved. The first products have yet been introduced into the market for smaller scale applications like lighting LED-lights and powering WiFi hotspots.
To provide sustainable energy to countries' most rural areas, the company Alfen developed SOPRA. The Sustainable Off-grid Power Station for Rural Applications provides autonomous energy grids at locations where this was not previously feasible. The basic solution comprises a power conversion system, a battery pack and an advanced regulating system for the batteries, which is very mobile. The solution can therefore be used anywhere in the world. The system pays for itself within only a few years, as it replaces the expenditure on conventional energy sources such as oil and candles. Thanks to these savings in fuel costs, a SOPRA system is the ideal solution for even the poorest of countries.
The innovative vertical CT-scanner developed by Shell, is the largest of its kind in the world. It enables a highly detailed 3D visualization of drilling cores up to 3 meter, while fluids run through the rock. The x-ray source can rotate around the core, visualizing the inside of the material and the interaction with the present liquid at a nanometer scale. It is the only vertically placed CT-scanner where x-ray rotates around the object.
Floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) is a revolutionary technology that will allow Shell to access offshore gas fields that would otherwise be too costly or difficult to develop. Prelude FLNG is the world's first FLNG development. The installation is 488m, and the largest floating offshore installation on the planet. Ten years of R&D have been spent on this project, of which a large part took place in Amsterdam. Shell builds on her knowhow of offshore production. The FLNG technology is an important extension of onshore-LNG.
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.
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.
The energy transition comes with challenges. Renewable energy still fluctuates in availability and power grids are not yet able to manage new supplies of energy. To overcome these hurdles, the Dutch research institution TNO developed 'PowerMatcher'. This smart energy system solution is a proven way to match energy supply and demand, get the most effective use out of green energy, and prevent overload. PowerMatcher turns ordinary power grids into Smart Grids that efficiently integrate green energy resources, and manage the load with more precision and efficiency. The TNO offers this technology on an open-source platform to accelerate innovation.
By a sustainable urban development, and the construction of energy efficient buildings, cities diminish their impact on global climate change. The Edge is a multi-tenant office building that is far ahead of its time in terms of quality, sustainability and user comfort. It has been awarded with the highest score ever recorded by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), the global assessor of sustainable buildings. An aquifer thermal energy storage generates all energy required for heating and cooling of the building. With the world's most sustainable office building 'The Edge', Amsterdam shows its dedication to stimulate resiliency within its city.
Making cities a place to live in which welfare is accompanied by wellbeing requires sustainable solutions. To respond to the urban sprawl in a truly intelligent manner, CitySense is a sensor-guided lighting system that adjust light intensity to the presence of pedestrians, bicycles and cars in the area. When there is no traffic, the lights are dimmed, and when traffic is detected light intensity increases. The system still ensures safety as well as conventional lighting does, but comes with 80 percent reduction in energy use. In addition, operational costs are up to 50 percent lower because the integrated sensors alert system managers when maintenance is necessary.
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.
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.
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.