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.
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.
The new e-commerce distribution center of Wehkamp in Zwolle is the largest automated distribution center in the world. It enables same-day delivery for customers, as parcels are ready to be sent within 30 minutes. Previously this process took approximately two hours. The center is equipped with new automation techniques that reduces the risk of mistakes to nearly zero. Furthermore, the building is BREEAM certified "Excellent" for sustainability: this is the highest possible score. Solar panels deliver a total of 40 percent of the necessary energy and there is thermal energy is being stored in the building.
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.
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.
With the development of the Philips Hue light, Philips provides a pleasant, high-tech and wireless lighting system that is easy and completely adjustable to the user's needs. With a Philips Hue light bulb the consumer has complete control of a maximum of 50 wirelessly connected lighting bulbs. The Hue light bulb fit into the existing light fittings. With an application on the user's mobile device it is possible to dim, flash or pulse the lights. With this modern lighting system, Philips offers an inventive and user-friendly product to easily adjust the atmosphere of houses and working spaces.
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.
The Venco Campus is a unique concept where sustainability, innovation, flexibility and transparency are the basis of a future-proof shelter for various companies in the poultry industry. With the completely new Venco Campus a target has been set to serve as an international knowledge, research and innovation center for the poultry industry. Hence, the entire poultry world is welcome in this particular building. Through cross-pollination, the Venco Campus intends to play its part so that the sector can maintain its leading position in the world.The campus is BREEAM-NL Outstanding certified for its energy efficiency and sustainability.