Interviews 2017

Vertical Farming Conference

Vertical Farming using LED lights – Interview with Céline Nicole, Philips Research

Céline Nicole, from Philips Research will present her vision on the developments of Vertical Farming using LED lights on the 28th of June, at the Vertical Farming Conference in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Plant scientist and researcher Céline Nicole worked at Philips Horticulture LEDs solutions for 8 years and at the Philips Research for 16 years.

Since the year 2000, vertical farms have been introduced to grow vegetables and soft fruits. As LED lights became increasingly efficient they have become the light source of choice for commercial scale vertical farming.

How has vertical farming become so efficient?

“With the growing population, living in cities more and more, we need a solution to feed the world. Vertical farming represents a contribution to meeting that challenge. With this technology, growing conditions can be controlled including the climate, the water, nutrition and the light. Philips Lighting uses different light combinations which we call light recipes. These are a combination of different LED colours (spectrum), intensity and lighting hours per day. In vertical farming, water is re-used making this system very sustainable for water usage (more than 90% on water savings). No pesticides or other chemicals are used because there are no external influences getting inside the farm and everything used inside the farm is sterile. Accurate control of the climate allows crop growth in the best conditions. And because there are no seasons inside the farm, the yield per year is the highest of what can be achieved compared to other ways of growing crops.,” according to Nicole.

Read the full interview on the Vertical Farming Conference website.

Vertical Farming Conference

Ecological farming paves the way for better food production & more yields – Interview with Herman van Bekkem, Greenpeace

Ecological farming paves the way for better food production & more yields – Interview with Herman van Bekkem, Greenpeace

Herman van Bekkem discusses the Greenpeace vision for ecological farming and especially Vertical Farming in Europe’s main cities, on the 28th of June, at the Vertical Farming Conference in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Herman van Bekkem is an agricultural expert with Greenpeace and tries to educate the agricultural sector for ecological farming on the seven principles set up by Greenpeace. (The report on the Greenpeace vision for ecological farming, and the seven principles, can be downloaded freely from their website)

“There are many pros and cons regarding Vertical Farming, but this development offers the possibility to use far less pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed. This way the impact on the environment is reduced as well which is a great benefit. But the question is if Vertical farming is the solution to many of the agricultural challenges, as we know them today,” says Van Bekkem.

Read the full interview on the Vertical Farming Conference website.

Healthy Nutrition Conference

Insect Valley Europe, as the beating heart of the European Insect Cultivation – Interview with Eric Michels, CJ Wildbird Foods/ Vivara

This will be presented by Eric Michels, CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara at the Healthy Nutrition Conference, which takes place on June 29th, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, Netherlands.

Eric Michels studied Agricultural Engineering and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration. He worked as a General Manager in the feed mill industry. Nowadays he works as a Business Developer in the Insect Business.

There are very concrete and advanced plans to realize an ‘Insect Valley Europe’ at Greenport Venlo. This is an open and innovative collaboration platform between various triple helix partners (governments, businesses and research and education institutions). Will this be the future beating heart of European insect cultivation to start up the flywheel and boost the insect industry? CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara has become a leading specialist in the development and sale of products for small wildlife (mostly wild birds). The main USP is the exclusive relationship, with many nature conservation associations at home and abroad, which millions of members represent. They are mainly active in the European market (10 countries) which grows autonomously annually. The relationships with green partners, product diversity and infrastructure in B2B and B2C markets give CJ Wildbird Foods Ltd. / Vivara a strong position in this niche market.

Read the full interview on the Healthy Nutrition Conference website.

Healthy Nutrition Conference

Health claims on foods – when can you use them? – Interview with Alie de Boer, Maastricht University, Campus Venlo

This will be presented by Alie de Boer from Maastricht University, Campus Venlo at the Healthy Nutrition Conference which takes place on June 29th, 2017, at Villa Flora, Venlo, Netherlands.

Since 2006, European law regulates which voluntary statements about health and nutrition can be written on the labelling of food products. After more than 10 years, this regulation is still controversial and it is unclear whether it will reach its’ goals: Which exist to protect consumers from misleading information and at the same time stimulate innovation in food production. In this presentation, an overview of the regulation and its consequences will be given, and hands-on information will be provided on how to use claims on foods.

Alie de Boer is a nutrition and food scientist, who is fascinated by food law. She studies how (European) food law influences developed within nutritional science and the nutrition industry, and the other way around. After obtaining her PhD at Maastricht University, she currently works as a researcher and lecturer at Maastricht University’s Food Claims Centre Venlo.

Read the full interview on the Healthy Nutrition Conference website.

Cargo Innovation Conference

Tracking pallet transport – Interview with Holger Heckmann, Ahrma

Holger Heckmann, business development director and experienced in returnable asset management, business and product development & Internet of Things solutions for the logistic industry for Ahrma Pooling, will talk about the latest tracking devices for pallets and other freight handling items on June 14, at the Cargo Innovation Conference in Venlo.

Ahrma Holding BV was founded in 2014. Headquarters and the production plant are located in Deventer, The Netherlands. On short notice Ahrma will open affiliate regional offices in three countries worldwide, serving clients’ logistics in the industrial food, beverage, pharmaceutical and retail industries.

Smart platform

It’s Ahrma’s vision to increase and improve the total visibility in the supply chain. Ahrma is doing this through a completely new smart pallet platform concept for the logistics market. Using an active wireless transponder that is integrated in new innovative hybrid wood/plastic pallets, and together with track & trace software from Ahrma, it will be possible to record not just the position and movement of the pallets, but also their ambient temperature, load state and any possible impact or dropping of the pallets.

Read the full interview on the Cargo Innovation Conference website.

Cargo Innovation Conference

Space for unmanned cargo vehicles – Interview with Laurence Duquerroy, European Space Agency

Laurence Duquerroy
 is project manager in the Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate of the European Space Agency, Mrs. Duquerroy is contributing to the development of new applications and services involving Satellite Communications, Satellite Earth Observations and Satellite Navigation technologies. She is in particular leading projects related to aerial and maritime domains. Laurence Duquerroy will speak at the Cargo Innovation Conference in Venlo, The Netherlands, on June 14.

IAP, why is it needed?

The Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) element of ESA’s ARTES programme is dedicated to the development of innovative sustainable services for a wide range of users making use of one or more space assets. In a nutshell, IAP is needed for daily life!

“These could be satellite communications, Earth observation, satellite navigation, space weather, human spaceflight technologies. Integrated Applications projects offer solutions to problems that range from improving and securing transport systems to developing emergency and disaster management systems, addressing users/customers needs in a variety of economic sectors.

The integration of these space assets with other technologies can provide innovative services generating high socio-economic benefits in terms of revenues, investment leverage, exports, jobs and other societal benefits. In addition, the programme leads to a better exploitation of existing space capacity and know-how leading to a better understanding of how they should evolve to meet user requirements in the future societies.” according to Mrs. Duquerroy.

Read the full interview on the Cargo Innovation Conference website.

Unmanned Cargo Ship Conference

Smart Shipping depends on international cooperation – Interview with Laurens Schrijnen and Anja van der Sluijs, Rijkswaterstaat

Laurens Schrijnen and Anja van der Sluijs are both working for Rijkswaterstaat, the National Waterways Authority in the Netherlands. Rijkswaterstaat has taken a remarkable initiative that aims at cooperation between entrepreneurs, research and governments. This remarkable program is called SMASH! Schrijnen and Van der Sluijs speak about the project on Jun 13, at Unmanned Cargo Ship Conference in Venlo.

“Rijkswaterstaat has been asked by the Dutch government to bring the ‘Triple Helix’  together, they exist of entrepreneurs, research and government. Rijkswaterstaat plays the moderator-role and we are glad with the growing interest from the different companies, institutions as well governments. The number of participants is growing rapidly, which shows the importance for all involved,” says Laurens Schrijnen, manager at Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the moderator behind Smart Shipping Challenge 2017 SMASH!.

The Netherlands is the most important country of Europe in terms of transport, according to Schrijnen. “Half the European inland fleet is sailing under the Dutch flag. A new phase in inland navigation is starting. Knowledge and skills will and stay crucial and technology will be more and more important. For instance remotely controlled vessels, smart share of information, optimization of maintenance and possibly autonomous sailing. This gives opportunities and challenges regarding sustainability, safety and efficiency. All this will be put together in a demonstration, the Smart Shipping Challenge 2017 SMASH! on November 30, 2017. The aim is to bring knowledge and experience of existing initiatives, technologies, institutes and commercial organisations together, to learn from each other and take advantage of working together to get to smart shipping. SMASH! supports innovation and competitiveness in the Netherlands and other countries regarding inland navigation.”

Read the full interview on the Unmanned Cargo Ship Conference website.

3D Food Printing Conference

3d food becomes more and more an experience… – Interview with Nina Hoff, byFlow

byFlow is a Dutch manufacturer of innovative 3D printers. The Focus of byFlow is the world’s first foldable 3Dprinter with fast exchanging printerheads to print a very wide range of printer materials.  This way it becomes possible in the future to print multilayered foods. Chocolate from multinational Barry Callebaut is used by byFlow to make foodprinting easier. Chocolate is a real challenge as it has many properties that have to be handled.  Nina Hoff is since 2010 involved in 3D printing via her dad and brother, the last one developed the initial idea out of frustration while developing 3D printers for food. Nina will speak about how 3D printing hacks the way we eat our dinner on June 28 during the 3D Food Printing Conference in Venlo.

“3D food printing is becoming quickly an experience people are looking forward to. 3D food printing has come a long way and still has much development ahead, but in a few years’ time it will become a household activity,” says Nina Hoff, Managing Director byFlow in Eindhoven. “Speed is an important hurdle for us, but has very much to do with the properties of the materials used for printing. Chocolate was our first basic material and proved to be rather difficult, but in the end we have mastered it.”

Read the full interview on the 3D Food Printing Conference website.

Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference

Unmanned urban trains, a reality in 5 to 10 years – Interview with Burkhard Stadlmann, University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria

Burkhard Stadlmann is Professor of Automation Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria. He will speak at the Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle Conference, on June 14, 2017, in Venlo, The Netherlands. His speech gives an overview of the different applications of automatic train driving and their challenges for automatic driving on rails. The biggest challenge autonomous trains are open access tracks, which can be found in populated areas which need a high level of sense and avoid.

“Safety in different situations with the train is our major challenge. Even the weather can have a lot of impact on train operations. Think of high winds that can cause snapped trees over the tracks, ice and even wet tracks have a negative impact. Trains need long braking distances in an emergency, which is not always available,” explains Burkhard Stadlmann. “There are different applications regarding the various lines and the different transport modes (passenger, freight, long distance, regional, urban, etc.) that require special techniques. This is also challenging for the many different sensors aboard a train.”

Read the full interview on the Unmanned Cargo Ground Vehicle website.

Internet of Things Event

Slow and steady development is accelerating – Interview with Stijn Grove, Dutch Datacenter Association

Stijn Grove, CEO Dutch Datacenter Association is giving on June 8 his keynote speaker speech during the 7th edition of the Internet of Things Event at High Tech Campus Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Here he gives an impression what it will be about.

“The possibilities and chances of the Internet of Things are by far greater than most people can imagine,” according to Stijn Grove, managing director of the Dutch Datacenter Association (DDA). “In the past years more and more electronic equipment got connected, that is what started Internet of Things to grow. For instance, the once so much used mobile phone has become a smartphone with an app for calling someone. But the device itself offers far more possibilities with many different apps that can be used for a great number of different things. These developments are going faster and faster nowadays and offer a host of possibilities and challenges.”

It is expected that in 2020 more than twenty billion devices will be part of Internet of Things (IoT). Not only smartphones, tablets, laptops will be connected, but also tools like kitchen appliances, lightning, heating in your house and many professional instruments. This will deliver an enormous amount of data that is processed in data centers.

Read the full interview on the Internet of Things Event website.

Unmanned Cargo Ship Conference

Smaller unmanned ships attractive & environmentally friendly – Interview with Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, SINTEF Ocean

Ørnulf Jan Rødseth is Senior Scientist at SINTEF Ocean in Trondheim, Norway and studies the development of transport over water with small unmanned ships. In his view, smaller unmanned ships are more economical and also environmentally friendly. He will talk at the Unmanned Cargo Ship Conference on June 13, 2017, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

“Bigger ships are more economical, simply because of their more efficient use of fuel and smaller crews required. But this has a limit as they have a draught that limits their possibilities in shallow waters,” according to Ørnulf Jan Rødseth, senior scientist at SINTEF Ocean in Trondheim, Norway. “Trondheim is the centre of a national project on testing fully or partial unmanned ships. Fully automated and smaller ships allow far more flexible transport systems. On top of that the smaller ships can be cleaner for the environment, as they make use of batteries or fuel cells. However, the ships have to be integrated into the complete transport system and the ‘last mile’ from quay to user must be incorporated.”

The Norway has a very long coastline with fjords that can penetrate sometimes hundreds of miles inland. For instance if a large ship docks in at Trondheim container terminal, it unloads its cargo which is then transported by trucks to destinations which are up to 180 km further along the coast. That is why smaller ships can be used to keep the logistic chain going. “The idea is that larger ships will serve as feeders and we intend to use the smaller ships as shuttles between terminals and smaller quays. Another challenge is that we have many small communities living along our coast. Sometimes only twenty persons live on an island, but they need a ferry on a daily basis simply to be kept alive,” tells Rødseth. “So these connections are relative expensive as the ship makes mostly only one or two runs to the island, with a full crew. On top of that they run on fuel which is not very environmental friendly. This means that the cost of transporting for instance one box of goods is very uneconomical and not good for the environment at all. If the crew could be eliminated and the boat running electrically it would be far more economical. That is the goal we hope to reach in due course.”.

Read the full interview on the Unmanned Cargo Ship Conference website.

3D Food Printing Conference

Faster 3D food printing will reach the consumer – Interview with Nesli Sözer, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Dr. Nesli Sözer is a Principal Investigator at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. and works on the refinement of ingredients and structures of 3D printed food. She will give a speech on this subject and the latest developments in the field during the 3D Food Printing Conference, on June 28, 2017, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

“At the moment the fact that 3D food printing is not generally known to the greater public has to do with challenges associated with ingredient mix rheology (study of flow of mass), shape and structure accuracy, material memory, compatibility with traditional food processing technologies and the low printing speed of 3D printing machines,” according to Dr. Nesli Sözer, “Until now 3D food printing is mostly limited to special designs which require high precision printing. Something you can do with the high end food printers, but is more difficult for the cheaper machines available to the general market. But printing speed is essential to the future acceptance of 3D food printing.”

Dr. Sözer is specialized in food material science and food ingredient/product design. She has a specific focus on utilization of plant matrices, like dietary fiber and protein. Recently she has been working on the use of 3D food printing technology towards structure formation. Structures are depend on the ingredients used for the printing. 3D food printing is a disruptive technology and still under development to find extensive value-chains. Present applications of 3D food printing mostly rely on ingredients like processed cheese, cake frosting, chocolate and paste/gel based structures. To develop a better structure experience for the consumer it is necessary that ingredient producers, the food industry, printer manufacturers, service providers, retail and consumers work together.

Read the full interview on the 3D Food Printing Conference website.

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