NWO approval "Value from Biomass" program - December 11, 2019

NWO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek /The Netherlands Organization for Scientific research) has approved a project within the Value from Biomass program. This project focuses on research into the use of biomass to produce maritime biofuels. The multidisciplinary research is led by Dr. Lotte Asveld of Delft University of Technology and starts in 2020.

There is a strong call to make the maritime sector more sustainable. To achieve that, biofuels are an interesting option. At the moment, however, the available technology does not yet meet the demand from the maritime sector. This requires extra development. With the research, the researchers aim to develop and improve new and existing thermochemical processes for the production of high-quality biofuels.
In addition to the technical challenge, the research also looks at the development of safe and sustainable supply chains that take into account the needs, knowledge, skills and values of all relevant actors. Special attention is paid to the actors at the start (biomass producers) and end of the process. The research builds on the principle of "Value Sensitive Design" and looks at "biohubs" for local solutions. The biomass is processed locally in a socially responsible manner. This is done in close collaboration with the stakeholders.

Various researchers are involved from Delft University of Technology. In addition to Dr. Asveld these are prof. Dr. De Jong and prof. Dr. Osseweijer. Furthermore, Boskalis Dredging Company, Goodfuels, Biomass Research, Hilux, Varo and BIONDOIL are involved. These private partners also contribute financially to the project. The public partners in this project are Solidaridad, the Netherlands Bio-Economy Federation and the Sustainable Biofuels Platform.

The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research finances top researchers, directs Dutch science through programs and manages (inter) national knowledge infrastructure.



Warming stripes for our planet from 1850 - 2018

Global warming plays an important role in the climate change discussion. Although the vast majority of scientists agree on the thread resulting form global warming in terms of climate change, more extreme weather conditions and sea level rise there's also doubt if the urgency is real.
Please take a look at the impactful translation of global warming data in easy to grasp infographics:
The pattern shown above are the warming stripes for our planet from (left to right) 1850 up to 2018. Each stripe shows the average temperature per year (blue stands for low temperature, red stands for high temperature). If you want to get an insight into warming through the years per continent/region:

The infographics was created by lead scientist Ed Hawkings, National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Reading (UK). Data: Berkeley earth, NOAA, UK Met Office, MeteoSwiss, DWD.