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.
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.
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.
The agricultural sector's many waste streams resulting from harvesting and processing crops, contain valuable chemicals. Phytonext is a novel technology that is particularly suited for selective extraction of phytochemicals from natural material, such as vegetables. Many of these phytochemicals have functional properties that can substitute synthetic chemicals currently in use. These phytochemicals can thus provide natural solutions for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. It not only extracts selectively, it is capable of 'engineering' particles in a controlled manner. Advantages are: enhanced selectivity of the extraction, no acidification of extract, low pressure and low energy consumption.
Food waste is a worldwide problem: 30-50percent of all food in the world is wasted. Moreover, 5-10percent of fruits and vegetables is thrown away out of aesthetic considerations. Kromkommer addresses the problem of food waste and is specifically committed to reducing the waste of perfectly good quality but weird-looking food and waste due to overproduction. 'Wonky' vegetables and fruits hardly ever make it to the store shelf, regardless of their taste quality. Kromkommer focuses on raising awareness about food waste, but it also produces soup made of wonky foods, and they now look to further expand their product line.
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.
Milk components have nutritional and functional values and health-promoting properties. To ensure that the components retain as much of their basic natural characteristics during the processing of milk, FrieslandCampina came up with an innovation called 'Milk Prism'. Thanks to new technologies, it is possible to adopt a new starting point for milk processing. Instead of taking 10 kilogram of milk to make a single kilogram of cheese, FrieslandCampina uses its new technology to separate milk into exceptionally pure, high quality products streams. The innovation enables to concentrate on specific milk ingredients that are needed for a specific application, such as casein for cheese production. After a test phase, the first installation was taken into use in the Netherlands in 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.