Five Innovations for Energy Challenges

In the run up to the African Utility Week, we look at Dutch companies playing a part in the Water-Energy-Agro Nexus. Today 5 inspiring Dutch innovations for Energy challenges:



The latest work of Roosegaarde, shows the beauty of green energy by connecting windmill blades with lines of light. Special software and tracking technology detect the windmill blades rotating at 280 kilometres per hour. Roosegaarde: “WINDLICHT creates the missing link between the Dutch and the beauty of our new landscape.”


  1. ENERGY SOLUTION: Heineken Solar Powered Truck

Heineken Netherlands is stepping up its plans for a fully electric secondary distribution fleet of HGVs by 2020 across major cities in the Randstad region (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht). The introduction of electric trucks forms part of the company’s ‘Brewing a Better World’ sustainability strategy, in which Heineken aims to reduce distribution emissions globally by 20% by 2020.


  1. ENERGY-WATER SOLUTION: Surface Water Heating & Cooling

The temperature difference between surface water in different seasons can be used to heat or cool buildings by using combinations of available techniques. By applying these techniques, a surface water pumping station dedicated for water management can become a power station for renewable energy.


  1. ENERGY SOLUTION: Attero’s waste-to-energy plant

The waste-to-energy plant at the Moerdijk location has been operational since 1997. This plant incinerates domestic waste and similar commercial waste for the production of sustainable energy: electricity and heat. The current processing capacity is 1 million tons a year.


  1. AGRO-ENERGY SOLUTION: ECO200, Energy from Milk

The Netherlands currently has approximately 1.5 million lactating cows, which means that per eleven Dutch habitants, one cow is available. These cows together deliver not only a lot of milk, but also a lot of heat. Herewith the milk makes an unexpected creative way for sustainable energy. In many cases this heat gets lost when chilling it, therefore the ECO200 system was conceived by the AgriComfort. ECO200 is a complete heating system, from which milk is used as a heat source.


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