Eelco Osse: Sustainable machines
Leaving a cleaner earth for our children: that's what Eelco Osso really wants. The entrepreneur from Almelo is one of the three nominees for the Prince Friso Engineering Award.
Almer van der Stoel: Risk management
Next to the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre lies an enormous hole from which a large hotel is to rise at some point. The building site is positioned near a tram track, a motorway runs past it and the North-South metro line also has to be taken into account. ‘Before you start building there, you have to examine very closely the impact it will have on all these local factors,’ says dr.ir.ing. Almer van der Stoel. You don't want the tram track to subside or cracks to appear in the A10 motorway.
Maja Rudinac: Robo assistance at home
People who are not strong enough to walk or who may sometimes lose their way due to dementia, are at risk of becoming isolated. Maja Rudinac has developed Lea, a robot in the form of a walker. Rudinac is one of the three nominees for the Prince Friso Engineering Award.
Vote for engineer of the year
Who will be the winner of the Prince Friso Engineering Award? And who will win the Public Award? You can now vote for one of the three nominees: Eelco Osse, Maja Rudinac and Almer van der Stoel.
'Green hydrogen essential to achieve climate goals'
Industry in Europe must fully commit itself to green hydrogen in order to achieve the Paris climate goals, according to the conclusions of the World Energy Council (WEC) in a report published on 12 February.
Large solar farm in Eemshaven
Royal Vopak, specialist in the storage and transshipment of chemicals, gases and oil products, is set to construct a solar farm in the Eemshaven region. With an area of 19 hectares and a capacity of 27 MW, the new farm is to become one of the largest in the Netherlands.
‘Government should stimulate start-ups more’
Start-ups in The Netherlands need more assistance, observes Constantijn van Oranje, special envoy at StartupDelta. Tech entrepreneurs themselves need to think bigger. And the government could do more to stimulate start-ups, says Van Oranje in an interview with journal De Ingenieur.
New radar for the army
The Royal Netherlands Army can look forward to receiving nine multi-mission radar (MMR) systems from Thales developed entirely in the Netherlands, according to an announcement made on Monday by Thales and the Dutch Defence Equipment Organisation.
Test plant for combustion of powdered iron
A small factory is to be constructed in the south of the Netherlands for the combustion of powdered iron. This is a promising, sustainable alternative method for the generation of high-temperature heat, of which industry has a particular need.
Successful first test of 'flying motorbike'
The Silverwing, a kind of flying motorbike which a team of students from Delft University of Technology hopes will win a major Boeing design competition later this year, flew its first metres on Wednesday in a successful test flight.
Unlikely that climate targets will be achieved next year
The Dutch government will probably fail to meet its climate goals for 2020, according to new calculations published by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on Friday.
'Tax on robots not particularly profitable'
A tax on the purchase of robots will not result in significant welfare gains for a country. That is the conclusion of research by the Swiss doctoral student Uwe Thümmel, who has defended his dissertation at Erasmus University in Rotterdam on Thursday. 'Fair wage tax is much more effective.'
Alliander invests heavily in electricity grid
Grid operator Alliander is going to invest € 844 million over the next 12 months on upgrading its energy networks. This is necessary to guarantee reliable energy supplies for companies and residents, according to the grid operator in its Annual Plan 2019, which was published on Tuesday.
Nelissen Engineers win the 2018 Vernufteling Prize
A pioneering cooling and heating system for a school in the town of Cuijk in Brabant has won the Vernufteling prize for 2018. Nelissen Engineers were awarded the prize for the most innovative engineering project.
First industrial concrete printer operational
In Eindhoven, BAM Infra and Weber Beamix have started operating a 3D concrete printer. According to these companies, this is the first industrial production location for 3D concrete printing. The printer will be used to make parts for buildings and structures.