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Netherlands - Air quality

Photo credit: Breeze Technologies UG / Anne Gaertner
11/05/2018
A pioneering German air-quality monitoring company has been named one of the EU’s most promising start-ups by the European Parliament. While Breeze’s sensor network solution focuses on being simple to use, it hides complex data-processing technology behind an equally complex problem. Air pollution...
Photo credit: Heising, FabSpace 2.0 Darmstadt
11/05/2018
Acknowledged as essential for healthier living, better air quality in cities is now a priority across Europe. At the BreezeCleanAir4City hackathon, organised on 12-13 January 2018, participants were inspired to come up with new ways of using satellite data to measure and predict air quality. The...
Dutch architects call for support for recycled island idea
30/09/2013
A Dutch architectural practice has drawn up the blueprint for a “recycled island” that will make use of waste recovered from the marine environment to construct floating living spaces. The firm, WHIM Architecture, believes that the concept could be useful in low lying countries – such as the...
Towards resource efficiency via business model innovation
26/11/2012
The modern consumer economy has a fundamental flaw that promotes unsustainable consumption: the more companies sell, the more they earn. Turntoo, a Dutch company, has been building its business model based on an alternative system in which products are not sold by the producer to the consumer, but...
Let the train take the strain
14/09/2012
The Dutch railway operator is retrofitting its intercity train fleet to make it more efficient. Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), the railway operator in the Netherlands, is improving the environmental performance of 50 of its intercity trains through a retrofitting programme that will be completed...
Conjuring water out of air
03/10/2010
Innovator Dutch Rainmaker has married wind-turbine technology with water production and purification expertise to create a sustainable method for extracting water from air. The idea of collecting water from air is not new. However, Friesland-based Dutch Rainmaker was attracted to the idea of...
Belgian lorry plant achieves zero CO2 emissions
12/03/2009
Lorry maker Volvo Trucks teamed up with energy supplier Electrabel to make its Europa plant in Ghent, Belgium the first in the world to operate with no net carbon dioxide emissions. Volvo Truck’s Ghent site produces 40 000 units a year, making it the company’s largest lorry plant. Traditional...
World's first mine-water power station opens in Heerlen
15/02/2009
The EU-supported Minewater project opened the world's first mine-water power station in the Netherlands in October 2008 to highlight the geothermal energy potential of water in old mines. Minewater set out to develop a geothermal power station exploiting water in abandoned mines in the town of...