Catalyst reduces CO2 emissions during coal-derived diesel production
A new catalyst has been developed that improves the efficiency of producing diesel from coal, and reduces CO2 emissions. Coal-derived diesel is a particularly important energy option in countries with large coal reserves, such as China.
Apartment complex heated using hydrogen
From the beginning of next year, an apartment complex in Rozenburg, near Rotterdam, will be heated using hydrogen. ‘We want to demonstrate that it is technically possible,’ says project leader Albert van der Molen from grid operator Stedin.
Initiative for hydrogen-electrolysis test centre
Plans are there to set up a test centre in Groningen for improving the technology for producing hydrogen from electricity. ‘Our ideal is that the test centre contributes to the large-scale production of electrolysers for hydrogen,’ says Thijs de Groot of Nouryon (former AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), and one of the initiators.
Construction of first 3D-printed building to start
In Teuge, in the Dutch province of Gelderland, construction of Europe’s first 3D-printed commercial building is set to start shortly. The commissioning parties received the environmental permit last week. De Vergaderfabriek is to be a round building with an organic shape that is perfectly suited to being created by a 3D printer.
Mineral binds CO2 during hydrogen production
Producing hydrogen from natural gas releases CO2. However, this greenhouse gas is easy to bind using a solid substance, so you can store it underground at a later date or use it as a raw material. This has been demonstrated by the research of Kai Coenen at Eindhoven University of Technology, for which he received his doctorate last Tuesday, 9 October.
Hydraulic engineers focus on the North Sea
Considering rising sea levels, an overcrowded Schiphol and renewable energy demand, Dutch hydraulic engineers increasingly see the North Sea as their new working area, as was clear last week at the Waterbouwdag conference for hydraulic engineers.
Demonstration of autonomous boats for the canals of Amsterdam
Researchers at Delft University of Technology, Wageningen University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) demonstrated the first autonomous Roboat prototypes in Amsterdam on Friday, 5 October. Known as Roboats, the idea behind these robot boats is to alleviate congestion in busy city centres with plenty of waterways.
Simulations reveal urban vulnerabilities during disasters
It's just like a computer game, but then with a more serious objective. Yesterday, the firm SIM-CI demonstrated how to use a simulation model to study how a disaster scenario might progress. This would help municipal and provincial authorities to better prepare for emergencies.
Green light for Ocean Cleanup – plastic collection gets underway
Tests with Systeem001 from Dutch company The Ocean Cleanup some 300 km off the coast of California have been completed successfully. The plastic collector is now on its way to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located 1,700 km further west, to start sweeping up its first batch of plastic.
Aviation industry wants to reduce CO2 emissions by a third
The aviation industry in The Netherlands wants to reduce aircraft CO2 emissions by a third by 2030. Almost half of that reduction will have to be achieved by using new types of aircraft, but whether the technology will be ready in time remains to be seen.
Promising material for quantum communication
An international team of researchers led by the University of Groningen has created quantum bits that send light at a convenient wavelength – approximating the wavelength already used in telecommunications.
Delft and Twente exoskeletons show off their skills
During the Cybathlon Experience, teams from the universities of Delft and Twente showed what paraplegics can do with the aid of an exoskeleton. Only the Delft team’s exoskeleton succeeded in completing all the assignments within the stipulated time.
Offshore wind power costs more than €12.5 billion
Current and expended offshore wind farm subsidies in the Netherlands stand at more than €12.5 billion. The good news is that the newest wind farms need 2 to 4 times less subsidy than older ones, according to an analysis by the Dutch Court of Auditors.
Girls are better at stem subjects than boys, and yet...
In STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), girls perform slightly better than boys, according to research into the school grades of 1.6 million pupils. The idea that the cleverest boys outrank girls, which results in girls not following STEM courses, turns out to be wrong.
Contactless payment system at supermarket to speed up shopping
Dutch customers can now pay at a branch of the Albert Heijn supermarket using their phone or customer card, without needing a debit card. This is a first in the Netherlands, but there are already more advanced contactless payment systems outside the country.
First carbon farmer in the Dutch province of Zeeland
On initiating the Carbon Farming project, the ZLTO Agriculture and Horticulture organisation is introducing the carbon farmer. Over the next three years, this project in the Zeeland countryside is designed to provide greater clarity on whether farmers can facilitate the absorption of CO2.