Milan Lenters

Milan Lenters is a writer and editor. Through IO, he got to know his native city Eindhoven in a different way and sometimes looks with amazement at the many stories that lie ahead.

Follow-up: Will hydrogen finally break through?

Anyone who drives a hydrogen-powered car knows: the nearest petrol station is never just around the corner. But that’s about to change. According to plans contained in the climate agreement, fifty hydrogen refuelling stations are to be added in The Netherlands in 2025. After the summer, a...

Electric Auke #7: “Storm on the way in car industry”

Every week, together with Electric Vehicle (EV) specialist and Innovation Origins columnist Auke Hoekstra, we look at what has caught his attention in current affairs or what he has encountered when it comes to making our Earth more sustainable. Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess said last week that...

Follow-up: How shipping will become greener

If The Netherlands intends to meet the Paris climate targets, sea and inland shipping must also commit to them. As in become climate-neutral vessels. In the Port of Rotterdam, a number of companies are planning to supply power to ships that dock via a shore-based power station. This means that the...

2019 High Tech Piek Award for Steef Blok

Steef Blok won the 2019 High Tech Piek Award on Thursday night. Blok received this award for his contribution to the high tech and start-up scene in the Brainport region. Steef Blok is in charge of the Innovation lab at the TU/e. There he is responsible for the cooperation between the university...

Start-up of the Day: When the difference of half a degree can be fatal

For some products or processes, the smallest fluctuation in temperature can be fatal. For IVF labs, for example, a change of only 0.5 degrees can affect the viability of an embryo. Therefore it’s important to monitor the temperature carefully so that researchers can take action when something is...

Follow-up: Become a unicorn? Get through the valley of death first

In our weekly ‘follow-up’ column we feature a sequel to the best-read article of the past week. This week: Is Pandora Intelligence to become the next Dutch unicorn? Unicorn? At first Peter de Kock of Pandora Intelligence had no idea that this is a start-up worth more than 1 billion...

Start-up of the Day: Is Pandora Intelligence the new Dutch unicorn?

An American soldier who was released after a period of captivity by a terrorist organization is planning an attack on his own turf. This is the beginning of the first season of the TV series Homeland. But could a series like this help you prevent these kinds of attacks in the real world? Well,...

Best read: Fish poop makes great plant manure

As early as the early 1990s, Adri Bout had already realized that fishing ‘would become a niche, something quite special’. Bout managed to set up a successful fish farm after plenty of trial and error. The whole world wants to learn from him what his formula for success is....

Start-up of the Day: Create the best possible digital experience

Thanks to a cloud you are able to access websites, apps and other online activities. You need data centers and a whole lot of power to keep all those services up and running. Of course, you can use green electricity to minimize the impact of this power consumption. But that’s simply not...

Best read: Write off diesel trucks? Not necessary according to DAF

Increasingly more people are switching to electric mobility or are thinking about doing just that within the next few years. More and more public transport buses also run on electricity. Last week, the DAF e-truck was added to this list. An electric truck that is ready to be sold on a limited...

Best read: Avoid waste? This is how you make clothes without cotton

A shirt made from sour milk flakes doesn’t sound particularly appealing. Yet this is exactly what microbiologist and fashion designer Anke Domaske does. She developed a sustainable method to extract casein from milk flakes. In last week’s best read article, Domaske explains that the...

Electric Auke #3: ‘See, climatologists aren’t exaggerating!’

Each week we take a look with EV specialist and Innovation Origins columnist Auke Hoekstra at what caught his eye on topical issues or what he runs into when it concerns the preservation of our planet. This week, Auke is looking at a study by three scientists who evaluated seventeen climate models...

Start-up of the Day: Zero waste shopping made easy

The packaging industry accounts for a large proportion of the plastic soup. A number of shops solve this problem by allowing customers to fill their own jars. “But this is only part of the problem,” explains Mirek Lizec, executive director of the Prague start-up MIWA, which stands for...

Electric Auke #2: Solar panels don’t pass eco-label certification

Each week we take a look with EV specialist and Innovation Origins columnist Auke Hoekstra at what caught his eye on topical issues or what he runs into when it concerns the preservation of our planet. Hoekstra is busy building a fully sustainable house. “I have had that plan in my head for...

Best read: are algorithms taking over our shopping decisions?

Grown-up women rolling around on the floor like sumo wrestlers for cut-price clothing. Shoved and yanked everywhere and huge queues at the cash registers. Black Friday. The day after Thanksgiving when Americans are already getting their Christmas shopping done with major discounts. This chaos is...

‘A Tesla for people who like to play Rambo’

Each week we take a look with EV specialist and Innovation Origins columnist Auke Hoekstra at what caught his eye on topical issues or what he runs into when it concerns the preservation of our planet. Nobody will have missed it: The presentation of the Tesla Cybertruck. The opinions are divided...

Two ex-Lightyear employees present budget solar car for city use

Munich already had its own budget solar car, so today a Dutch version will be added especially designed for the city: the Squad (solar quad). The idea came from two former Lightyear employees who wanted to design an affordable solar car for a large group of consumers. Two passengers can sit next...

Best read: why a German-Flemish-Dutch megacity is not such a good idea

More and more people are moving into the city. In fact, in the coming years megacities are emerging where more than thirty million people live and work. It is by no means inconceivable that between now and 2025 about 70 percent of the world’s population will be living in these kinds of...

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