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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) lithography simplifies the manufacturing process for the most advanced chips with significant benefits in terms of yield and cycle time. It will help the semiconductor industry to continue Moore's Law well into the next decade by packing more transistors on a chip, reducing cost-per-function and improving energy efficiency. It uses light of a shorter wavelength than the current standard in volume production of the most advanced chips, immersion lithography. EUV can image smaller features without the need for multiple exposures, allowing manufacturers to simplify the manufacturing process, exposing a critical layer of chips in a single step.
Based on existing product line printing devices, Océ developed a technology for elevated printing for advanced applications. Also dubbed '2.5D printing' this technology represents a method of printing multiple layers of ink onto the same surface. Most notably, the technology was quickly adopted in the graphic design industry. In project EIGER, Océ collaborates with private and public parties to demonstrate the use elevated printing in e.g. fine art reproductions. For example. as part of this project the painting "Saul and David" by Rembrandt was recreated.
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.
In 2007, the Dutch company Evodos developed an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient mechanical separation technology. An Evodos does not use chemicals or thermal shock, but spiral plate technology®: a natural way to separate particles that are otherwise too small, too abrasive, too sensitive or too greasy to separate with other technologies. And it separates oil droplets as a separate stream as well. Since the market introduction of this truly new generation of centrifuges, successes are created in the algae industry and oil and gas sector. It is expected that hereafter many more industries will follow.
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.
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.
The Microshuttle developed by Vanderlande is a value-added and energy efficient solution for low- to medium-throughput applications in a broad range of industries. It is an automated storage and retrieval system that is not dedicated to one storage level but can move between different levels in the racking via a lift. It makes use of capacitors, enabling them to operate autonomously without the need for power rails in the aisles, and of wireless communication. Each Microshuttle system can grow with an individual business and match the required throughput. It was designed to be lightweight, energy efficient and cost-effective system.
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.
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.