Round Tables

Round table 1 hosted by Yellow Pallet

Yellow Pallet makes it possible to transform waste banana stems into transport pallets. These pallets are used for export of bananas, melons and pine-apples.

Over 21 million pallets are used per year to export tropical fruits from 5 tropical countries. The pallets are up to 30% more cost-effective and emit 22% less carbon. Yellow Pallet supplies factories, supplies and services. Yellow Pallet is a technology company with exclusive partners in machine building and banana growing and harvesting techniques.

Bananas grow in 9 months before harvesting. After removing the bunch the stem is cut to waste. From the root new stems are already growing. This fast growing plant provides 4 times more fiber than a wooden forest.

Yellow Pallet will start with a demonstration factory that can allow fruit exporters like Chiquita, Fyffes, Del Monte, Dole and StaayFoodGroup to test sufficient pallets before ordering. The pallets are made of banana blocks and wooden planks to make use of the existing proven technology. The demonstration factory will be ready around February 2016 and can be turned into a full production factory after successfully meeting technical requirements of the fruit exporters. The production factory can produce 1,7 million pallets and it has been agreed it be acquired by an existing pallet producer in Costa Rica. All fruit exporting companies are already aware of our existence and are looking forward to the result of the first factory. 

Round table topic: How can we generate and accelerate (partial) support for pallets made from banana fibers for large (retail) organisations. 

 Your host: Hein van Opstal

Hein van Opstal is founder of Yellow Pallet. Hein graduated in mechanical engineering at Delft University and holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management. Hein is a serial entrepreneur and has run several of his own companies. He has worked for a private equity company and for multinational AT&T. Hein started his career as project manager of a grain silo in Tanzania.


Round table 2 hosted by Vizionz Engineering

This round table has been cancelled.


Round table 3 hosted by TEN Innovation Design

We are developing a fully automated water management system device that is used to control water quality parameters in shrimp farms. The solution enables to mitigate threats from climate changes and viruses break-out. This solution enables shrimp famers to increase their profit by securing their crops and enhance the product quality.

The two main functions of the solution are making the Mekong River (Vietnam) suitable for larvae stocking and secure the pond water quality for optimal production.

The first process will take place during in-charge water into the pond. A micro-filter will be used to filter out silt, bacteria, suspended particles and other microorganisms. After water in the pond reached the desired level of 150 centimeter high, the system will automatically monitor the water quality parameters and correct to a suitable level for stocking.

During the production, the system will automatically monitor, analyse and correct the water quality parameters to desired level in real-time to make sure the shrimp can grow in a healthy environment.  

For the unique value proposition, we offer a simple interface suitable for local knowledge, it is expandable (from 3 ponds system to 10 ponds system), it is cost efficient, robust and compact enough to access remote areas.

TEN ID’s ambition is to create an impact with 10.000 small-scale shrimp farmers having access to the solution by 2030.  

Our beachhead market: We are selling the water management system device to mid-scale shrimp farm in Delta Mekong - Vietnam, with the price of € 35,000 for the 3 ponds system to € 90,000 for the 10 ponds system. 

We are at the stage of developing a prototype and expecting to have a pilot running by the first quarter of 2016 in Delta Mekong - Vietnam. Simultaneously, we are trying to establish a new value chain (local government, supplier, process company, export to import company) around the shrimp cultivation that facilitates to sustainable growth. 

Round table topic: How to accelerate the participation of stakeholders while staying ahead of the innovation curb?

 Your host: Tuan Le

Tuan Le, the Founder of this venture, studied international business with a wide interest in techniques. With the high ability of engaging technique with business, he will be responsible for all commercial activities, from communication to financial issues.


Round table 4 hosted by Crystal Shower

The Crystal Shower is a circulation shower that saves 90% on water and energy. Since a traditional shower represents 30% of the household’s energy and water usage, the circulation shower removes a huge obstacle to energy neutral or self-sufficient construction. The Crystal Shower has two modes: a regular shower for washing, and a circulation shower for wellness. This makes it the first circulation shower in the world to deliver a fully hygienic shower experience. Check out for a short animation and other information.

Our ambition is to make circulation showers the new normal. For this, we aim to deliver the hardware for free, and have people share their savings with us. Currently, Crystal Shower is finalizing its proto phase and getting ready to deliver the first batch of mass produced circulation showers.

Round table topic: What are the greatest challenges in energy neutral construction?

 Your host: Rob Chömpff

Rob served as a marketing director to VNU Exhibitions before starting a strategy consulting firm advising blue chip companies (Siemens, ABB, Philips, IBM) on customer profiling and data mining. He has extensive experience in industrial production processes and has served on the board of the Dutch Supplier Network (NEVAT) for over 10 years. Driven to cradle a smarter approach to the build environment, he launched Crystal Shower where as a founding director he is responsible for product development, partnerships and strategy.


Round table 5 hosted by Bluerise

Most renewable energy sources are intermittent by nature, such as wind and solar. If the wind does not blow, there is no wind energy. At night, there is no solar energy. In order to integrate these sources into the electricity grid on a larger scale, backup is required, typically in the form of excess capacity such as gas turbines. Additionally, storage and smart grids can be added. The effect of these measures is an increase of the average unit price of electricity delivered from the grid.

The constant nature of base-load renewable energy sources such as Ocean Thermal Energy, Geothermal energy, and to some extent CSP, make them the ideal candidates to provide the firm base-load currently being supplied by fossil fuel sources, not requiring additional backup.

Island grids such as those found in the Caribbean, are currently mainly driven by diesel or oil generators. Even with the current low oil price, avoided costs are typically in the range of $0.20­0.30. Typically, their location makes access to the deep ocean easy, giving them the ability to use OTEC, or Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion.

Round table topic: The grid of the future and the role base-load renewables can play. 

  Your hosts: Remi Blokker and Joost Kirkenier

Remi is co-founder and CEO of Bluerise. 

Joost graduated in mechanical engineering at Delft University with a focus on thermodynamics and energy technology. During his studies he also studied in Colorado and at the ETH in Zurich. As part of the YES!Delft Students board he became passionate about entrepreneurship. Combining energy and entrepreneurship he worked on the commercialization of kite power technology after which he joined Bluerise as VP of Engineering.


Round table 6 hosted by WindChallenge Holland BV

Windchallenge´s International small wind turbine expert Sander Mertens, designed a wind turbine with blades that pitch in higher winds so that the turbine is better controlled than competing wind turbines that are all blown into pieces in high winds. Because of the blade pitch, our turbine is reliable, safe, silent and light.  Therefore our turbine is able to penetrate new markets such as a couple of million off grid cottages in the Nordics and Canada that need electricity and have no real alternative for our turbine. We have the new proven technology standard, partners to scale up and are passionate about wind.

Mankind consumes and wastes enormous amounts of fossil energy. We save fossil energy by:  on site generation of renewable energy, preventing transport losses and preventing wasting energy because of a more conscious attitude that originates from visible generation of renewable energy. Even “conscious green consumers” told us that they notice a more “energy consumption conscious” attitude and so showed numerous scientific studies. Such saving is an important spin-off that is difficult to realize by other means.

Round table topic: About Corporate Social Responsibility policies of large enterprises and the role cleantech innovations can play to meet those targets. 

 Your host: Eline Mertens

Eline has over 20 years experience in sales, project management and interim management at companies such as P&G, Canon, Ricoh and KPN. After successfully founding and running the international wind energy consultancy firm ingreenious, he founded WindChallenge Holland some 3 years back. Windchallenge Holland developed a unique patented small wind turbine and Eline now is the driving force of the sales and commercialization of the wind turbine. 


Round table 7 hosted by 4Silence

Everyone will recognize the noise of a highway or a passing train. Noise is very disturbing, but exposure to excessive noise is bad for your health, can lead to stress even a heart disease with all its consequences. Traffic is one of Europe's/ the world’s biggest environmental problems. There are currently only two systems to fight traffic noise, block it with a noise barrier or absorbing it with porous asphalt.

Our new invention called “The Whisstone”, is a concrete block with small grooves placed alongside the road. These grooves bend the noise in an upward direction, resulting in noise reduction behind the Whisstone. The noise reduction is smilair to porous asphalt, about 3 – 4 dB. The reduction is long lasting and does not decrease after several years, as porous asphalt does. The system is frequency dependent, therefor it can be used as an additive to porous asphalt. In combination a reduction of 7-8 dB is possible

The Whisstone’s are also much cheaper than a noise barrier and the cost are approximately equal to porous asphalt, but is has a lifespan that is at least 3 times longer.

All this leads to sustainable noise reduction, lower life cycle cost, less traffic jams and less inconvenience through repairs or replacement of the road surface.

Our ambition is to become a common solution in the market of fighting traffic noise, first in the Netherlands as leading customer, than Europe, followed by worldwide adoption. In order to “Go to the Market” we need to get submitted in the legislation as a proven concept. Currently we have demonstrated by three pilots that our concept works. Now we have to show with five pilots statistical that the effect is robust before we can be incorporated into law. To achieve this we need the cooperation of the government.

Round table topic: How can we change the rules so that there is room for innovation, and how to speed up the procedures to get things admitted.

 Your host: Eric de Vries

Eric de Vries is CEO and Co-founder of 4Silence BV. A 1990 graduate from the University of Hengelo in the area of Infrastructure Management he first served in the Marine Corps. In 1991 he worked in Rijssen as an infrastructure designer and in 1992 Eric founded his own company DEVRI Project Bureau that provided engineering services and project management of infrastructure projects for cities and governments.

After selling his company in 2001, Eric worked for Temmink Infra en Milieu BV which is concerned with the construction and maintenance of roads. Clients include both governments and companies. One of Temmink's specialities is placing various types of noise reduction barriers along the road and rail. Temmink Spoorbouw delivers these screens including all related activities. 

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