Bart Brouwers

Bart Brouwers is co-founder and co-owner of Media52 BV, the publisher of innovationorigins.com.

15% of Dutch buses now electric, but big differences between regions

15% of all public transport buses in the Netherlands are now electric, e-bus builder Ebusco says. “The European Union has set stringent objectives for reducing CO2 emissions in the very near future. The Netherlands is the most progressive EU state in this regard. In 2016 the Dutch government...

Small European group qualifies for next round of ANA Avatar XPRIZE

15 European teams are among the 77 from 19 different countries that have qualified to compete for the $10M ANA Avatar XPRIZE. XPRIZE is the global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Sponsored by All Nippon Airways (ANA), the ANA Avatar...

Half a million euros for research into digital 3D scans of people

The recently opened Volumetric 3D Videostudio in the Eindhoven Effenaar will also get a research branch. In the project ‘Chronosphere’, creative content makers, research institutes and technology companies will investigate the possibilities of 3D scanned persons. In the Volumetric 3D...

Start-up of the Day: 100% Limburg Bike is lightweight and unbreakable

A consortium of SMEs from the Dutch province of Limburg and companies at Brightlands Chemelot Campus is developing an unbreakable lightweight road bike, which is made one-by-one, entirely to the wishes of the individual user. The first prototype is scheduled to be ready in about half a year. But...

Sunpower Maxeon technology to power Lightyear One

The Maxeon solar panel technology by Sunpower will provide the solar power for Lightyear, the Helmond, Netherlands based start-up that builds a solar-powered electric car. The Lightyear One, of which the first prototype was presented last summer, will have a range of 725 km with a single charge....

Danish car drives 80 kilometres on biobutanol, a fuel based on seaweed

A Danish passenger car was the first in the world to drive 80 kilometres on a mixture of biofuel from seaweed. Wageningen Food & Biobased Research produced the biobutanol from seaweed sugars. The successful experiment stems from the Horizon 2020 project MacroFuels. Wageningen Food &...

After 150,000 electric kilometres, DAF CF trucks are ready for sales

After 150,000 fully electric kilometres – almost four times around the earth – DAF CF Electric is ready for the next phase: selling it in limited numbers. The e-truck was named Green Truck Logistics Solution 2019 in June, an award for the deployment of promising, emerging technologies...

Start-up of the Day: AlphaBeats uses music to de-stress the brain

A biofeedback technology to release the modern world from stress: AlphaBeats has built a system that uses a person’s favourite music to relax their brain. Based on real-time monitoring of brain and heart activity, an algorithm enables a slight modification of the music, enticing the brain to...

Can we ask you a favour? Money is welcome, but so is your opinion

It’s almost Christmas; time for charity requests. Don’t worry, Innovation Origins is doing pretty well. Compared to last year, our number of unique visitors per month has almost tripled to over 75,000. Thanks to our explainers (now in a new YouTube Channel), we can offer more...

Mobility as a service, to keep the Netherlands accessible

There are more ways to get from A to B than with a car you bought yourself. Not that this automobile of yours would have to be scrapped immediately, but sometimes a combination of means of transport – alternating your car with a bus, train, scooter or bicycle, for example – is much...

Vehicle-to-grid: New two-way charging initiatives for electric cars

An electric car that not only has to be charged regularly but can also provide power by itself: it’s something we will see more and more often in the coming years. And it has more logic than it might seem. The supply of electricity to the grid by electric vehicles is called...

Realistic Routes to Paris (2): heavy-duty transport

As a celebration of its 10th anniversary, Automotive Campus Helmond, together with TNO, is organising the mobility debate “Realistic Routes to Paris”. In this debate, on 3 December, prominent guests from politics, science and the mobility industry will discuss a realistic way to...

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