TechFair: data-driven and clean technologies for the corporate world

Agriculture

Precision agriculture with image technology

Precision agriculture tells you the right time, right place and right approach to growing. You use your limited amounts of land more efficiently, save on your crop-protection resources and grow plants in the best possible way.

VITO transforms the open data from satellites into useable information for those active in the agricultural sector: from farmers and machine builders to people purchasing agricultural products, not to mention producers of crop-protection resources, and last but not least, seed breeders.

Chemistry

Competitive in chemistry with biomass and smart membranes

To stay a step ahead of your competitors in the chemical sector, you need to continuously improve your processes. The goal? To use fewer raw materials to make purer end-products more quickly. And to do all this without using finite fossil fuels, but by utilising more sustainable renewable energy.

In our laboratories, we have the sophisticated machines and knowledge of membrane separation and biomass needed to guide your business through every challenge.

Construction & buildings

What measures are needed to reduce the energy costs in your company? How do you coordinate the range of renewable energy sources with the demand for energy? And in the construction sector, how do you make sure that the materials you produce have as little impact on the environment as possible? Find out how our tools will help you.

Energy-intensive industry

Renewable energy systems

32% renewable energy and 30% less energy use by 2030. These European standards are setting an enormous challenge for Flemish industry. In the energy systems of the future, fossil fuels are making way for renewable energy that we seamlessly integrate into the existing energy systems with battery storage and energy management. Thermic nets bring warmth and cold directly to buildings, neighbourhoods and districts. Machine learning algorithms optimise the efficiency of these nets. As a result, companies can better manage their total energy costs

Health

VITO enables the transition to a predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory (4P) health system. To do this, our main focus is on preventing or postponing diseases in a personalized way. We develop early warning systems for the onset of disease and the preservation of health, and build data-driven personalized and preventive solutions together with industry, health providers, citizens and government, in support of developments in 4P-medicine.

Raw materials & logistics

Draw value from waste and have raw materials available where they’re needed

VITO helps companies make the transformation to a circular economy. Together with you, we search for production processes that don’t create waste, but do use alternative, recyclable raw materials. We work with you to devise more sustainable designs for your products and help give value to your waste streams. As a result, you need fewer new, valuable raw materials.

Water is also an important raw material. The quality of open water, rivers, estuaries and lakes are still often measured manually, and tests in laboratories use up valuable time. With satellite monitoring, data about the volumes and quality of water is sent directly to your computer. This is not just crucially important for governments, but also for companies, such as those in and around harbours.

Spin off and tech transfer opportunities

VITO is continuously looking for partners, entrepreneurs, investors and startups to bring its sustainable innovations to market. Have you discovered a VITO technology that can boost your business?  Are you interested to invest in, to work with or lead one of our spin-offs?  Do you see a partnership or joint venture opportunity in our technology offering?  We’re ready to work with you, all for a cleaner planet.  

News

FIRST CLEAN VISION SUMMIT MEETS ALL EXPECTATIONS

"The more we accelerate, scale up and stop unsustainable practices, the more room there will be to make the transition towards sustainability. Invest in sustainability, not in dead-end streets." Hans Bruyninckx, Director of the European Environment Agency, addressed the entrepreneurs at the Clean Vision Summit directly, and successfully so. VITO welcomed 450 participants and hosted 50 expert talks on sustainability topics.

"It's an illusion that we can continue the way we do," Bruyninckx began. He pointed out the complexity of the challenges Europe now faces. "Even if we implement all the measures announced, we will by no means able to achieve the ambitions set out in the Green Deal: a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. We need to step up a gear and further develop and implement as many innovative technologies as possible. But technology is not enough. We also need a change in attitude and behaviour.”

Hans Bruyninckx emphasised the economic aspects of the Green Deal. The European Green Deal represents an opportunity and it is up to the companies to seize it and act on it. Wim Michiels, CEO of Proviron, has already implemented this transition in his company. He spoke about it in front of a full auditorium.

This first Clean Vision Summit is an initiative of the Flemish research institute VITO. "If we want to speed up the transition towards sustainability we need to find ways to get in touch with the user", says Bruno Reyntjens, commercial director at VITO. "Sustainability is inseparably connected with the economy, with companies. That is why a dialogue with companies is so important.”

There was a great turn-out at the event. Participants were introduced to 22 innovations across 7 research areas. 12 VITO experts were challenged during a 15 minute scientific pitch. Visitors were able to get expert advice in the summit business café.

This first Summit was a great success. "I am very pleased," Bruno Reyntjens says. "We have achieved our first goal: setting up a direct line of communication with companies. The Summit has turned out a unique, professional and welcoming meeting place where research and business have found each other.”

A succesful first edition!

Thank you for joining us at the first Clean Vision Summit. Interested in seeing some numbers? Take a closer look at our infographic.

VITO connects top sustainable technologies with the corporate world

With the Clean Vision Summit, VITO is shining a spotlight on more than 20 innovative, sustainable technologies and tools. These solutions help Flemish companies and industries with the development of more efficient corporate processes, innovative products and smart services for their clients. The theme shared between all these projects is ‘Sustainability’. In all our solutions, we look for renewable materials, short material cycles and environmentally friendly land and water use.

From precision agriculture and smart energy to sustainable chemistry

At the Clean Vision Summit, in just one day, you’ll see more than 20 technologies from six different categories:

  • To precision agriculture with image technology;
  • Competitive in chemistry with biomass and smart membranes;
  • Renewable energy systems;
  • Building and construction;
  • Draw value from waste and have raw materials available where they’re needed.

Wondering how you can improve the processes in your company to make them more environmentally friendly? Discover the technologies being presented .

 

WE ARE FULLY BOOKED!

Due to overwhelming success, the registrations for this event are closed. If you would like to be kept informed about our future editions, please leave us with your data via the REGISTER-button at the top. Thank you for your interest in our event.

Discover our PhD corner at the summit

VITO also develops human capital for the Flemish industry. Each year up to 20 PhDs finish their VITO applied PhD-research and will be available for the jobmarket. Come and visit our PhD corner to get a flavour of the PhD developed applications and tools and meet our graduating PhD-researchers.

What to expect ...

A webtool that helps companies and their clients with various energy-saving measures, a scanner that detects the value of your waste in a matter of seconds, a machine that helps to improve chemical reactions through membrane separations, and a 3D printer that prints catalysts with a 170% return: see these and other technologies firsthand at the first Clean Vision Summit in Mechelen on 18 February 2020.

Choose your own programme

On the 18th of February 2020 you will get a full overview of the industries and tools that will prepare your company for the sustainable future. Visit the TechFair, be inspired by the keynote speeches and follow the VITO Technology pitches. Enjoy a chat with our experts and make contacts with pioneering companies that, like you, have an eye on the future.

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Agriculture

Precision agriculture tells you the right time, right place and right approach to growing. You use your limited amounts of land more efficiently, save on your crop-protection resources and grow plants in the best possible way.

VITO transforms the open data from satellites into useable information for those active in the agricultural sector: from farmers and machine builders to people purchasing agricultural products, not to mention producers of crop-protection resources, and last but not least, seed breeders.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the Clean Vision Summit.

RELATED PROJECTS

Discover all projects related to this sector at the TechFair. Pass by, discover our technology and talk to one of our experts.

Precision agriculture with image technology

Pitches

Together with the corporate world, we make technologies smarter, better and more affordable. Discover our technologies at the Technology Pitches and make an appointment with one of our business developers.

13u25 - 13u45
Evolutions in digital agriculture and the possibilities of Remote Sensing
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Chemistry

To stay a step ahead of your competitors in the chemical sector, you need to continuously improve your processes. The goal? To use fewer raw materials to make purer end-products more quickly. And to do all this without using finite fossil fuels, but by utilising more sustainable renewable energy.

In our laboratories, we have the sophisticated machines and knowledge of membrane separation and biomass needed to guide your business through every challenge.

RELATED PROJECTS

Discover all projects related to this sector at the TechFair. Pass by, discover our technology and talk to one of our experts.

Protect drinking water with sustainable crop protection
Faster chemical reactions with 3D-printed catalysts
Far-ranging chemical analyses and advice tailored to your company
Biomass for the chemical industry
Smart membranes improve chemical processes and end-products

Pitches

Together with the corporate world, we make technologies smarter, better and more affordable. Discover our technologies at the Technology Pitches and make an appointment with one of our business developers.

13u50 - 14u05
3D-Printed Catalysts for a more sustainable chemistry
14u50 - 15u05
LignoValue Pilot
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Construction & buildings

What measures are needed to reduce the energy costs in your company? How do you coordinate the range of renewable energy sources with the demand for energy? And in the construction sector, how do you make sure that the materials you produce have as little impact on the environment as possible? Find out how our tools will help you.

Under this topic, you’ll also discover our drilling technology with electrostatic charges. The classic, mechanic drilling technique costs you time, people and resources. With electro-pulse boring, you drill up to 10 times more quickly to reach greater depths—all without wear and tear to the drill head. Find out more about how it works.

RELATED PROJECTS

Discover all projects related to this sector at the TechFair. Pass by, discover our technology and talk to one of our experts.

Energy flexibility: smart control of the available energy
Energy planning tool from building to region
Reducing environmental impact of building materials across the entire life cycle

Pitches

Together with the corporate world, we make technologies smarter, better and more affordable. Discover our technologies at the Technology Pitches and make an appointment with one of our business developers.

14u50 - 15u05
EnergyVille Building Energy Calculation Services (EBECS)
14u30 - 14u45
Environmental product declarations for sustainable buildings
15u10 - 15u30
Assessing climate risk to boost your resilience
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Energy-intensive industry

32% renewable energy and 30% less energy use by 2030. These European standards are setting an enormous challenge for Flemish industry. In the energy systems of the future, fossil fuels are making way for renewable energy that we seamlessly integrate into the existing energy systems with battery storage and energy management. Thermic nets bring warmth and cold directly to buildings, neighbourhoods and districts. Machine learning algorithms optimise the efficiency of these nets. As a result, companies can better manage their total energy costs.

RELATED PROJECTS

Discover all projects related to this sector at the TechFair. Pass by, discover our technology and talk to one of our experts.

STORM: the intelligent heat controller
Battery management for safe and energy-efficient use
Energy renovation scan
Energy security through local and sustainable deep geothermal energy

Pitches

Together with the corporate world, we make technologies smarter, better and more affordable. Discover our technologies at the Technology Pitches and make an appointment with one of our business developers.

14u10 - 14u25
Battsense – exploit the full potential of battery storage
14u30 - 14u45
More efficient District Heating Through Digitalization
15u10 - 15u30
FlexThor - Say Goodbye to Solar Power Wastage
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Health

VITO enables the transition to a predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory (4P) health system. To do this, our main focus is on preventing or postponing diseases in a personalized way. We develop early warning systems for the onset of disease and the preservation of health, and build data-driven personalized and preventive solutions together with industry, health providers, citizens and government, in support of developments in 4P-medicine.

Pitches

Together with the corporate world, we make technologies smarter, better and more affordable. Discover our technologies at the Technology Pitches and make an appointment with one of our business developers.

14u10 - 14u25
Artificial intelligence driving accessible eye care
13u50 - 14u05
Patient-friendly Detection of Kidney Transplant Rejection
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Raw materials & logistics

VITO helps companies make the transformation to a circular economy. Together with you, we search for production processes that don’t create waste, but do use alternative, recyclable raw materials. We work with you to devise more sustainable designs for your products and help give value to your waste streams. As a result, you need fewer new, valuable raw materials.

Water is also an important raw material. The quality of open water, rivers, estuaries and lakes are still often measured manually, and tests in laboratories use up valuable time. With satellite monitoring, data about the volumes and quality of water is sent directly to your computer. This is not just crucially important for governments, but also for companies, such as those in and around harbours.

RELATED PROJECTS

Discover all projects related to this sector at the TechFair. Pass by, discover our technology and talk to one of our experts.

Save water with faster, smarter insight into your water network
Monitoring the quality of open water with data from space
Extracting value from waste with AI
New applications for industrial waste
MooV brings the benefits of supply chain optimization

Pitches

Together with the corporate world, we make technologies smarter, better and more affordable. Discover our technologies at the Technology Pitches and make an appointment with one of our business developers.

13u25 - 13u45
MooV – optimizing your supply chain
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Spin off and tech transfer opportunities

VITO is continuously looking for partners, entrepreneurs, investors and startups to bring its sustainable innovations to market. Have you discovered a VITO technology that can boost your business?  Are you interested to invest in, to work with or lead one of our spin-offs?  Do you see a partnership or joint venture opportunity in our technology offering?  We’re ready to work with you, all for a cleaner planet.  

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Evolutions in digital agriculture and the possibilities of Remote Sensing

Digitizing of the agricultural practice at the experimental-, multiplication- and production field level will increase productivity and drive transformation in the agro food value chain.  The current image-based AI agro solutions at VITO and the future innovative solutions to help drive this transformation will be presented and demonstrated. See you at the summit and become partner in digital agriculture.

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Inspirational speakers

Jurgen Decloedt

Jurgen Decloedt is business developer within VITO’s Remote Sensing Unit, responsible for the valorization of the research expertise, products and services towards the industry.  He leads from a commercial perspective several projects that have a focus on digitizing agriculture, ranging from drone based phenotyping on small scale fields  to satellite based solutions monitoring large production fields.

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3D-Printed Catalysts for a more sustainable chemistry

More than 80 % of all chemical reactions involve catalysts and many products that fill our daily lives are directly or indirectly produced through catalysis. Optimizing the size and shape of catalysts is crucial for achieving high performance in a chemical reactor. Catalysts produced with VITO’s innovative 3D printing technology enable more reactor output, higher product quality, lower energy consumption and safer operation. Learn more about VITO’s 3D-printed catalysts and how they can help reducing CO2 emissions, starting today.

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Inspirational speakers

Dirk Vangeneugden

Dirk Vangeneugden is project and business developer at VITO in the fields of sustainable materials and chemistry. He is strongly engaged in national and international R&D projects on chemical catalysis and sorption, lightweight composites and future generation batteries. Fields of expertise include 3D printing, surface engineering and coating as well as CO2 capture and conversion. He is inventor on over 15 patent applications and has great interest in management of intellectual property rights. He is actively involved in technology transfers to industry and supporting spin-off initiatives.

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LignoValue Pilot

Through its aromatic structure and functionalities, lignin exhibits a variety of properties by which it can serve as a renewable feedstock for the production of not only biofuels, but also materials and biobased aromatic specialty chemicals. Since the lack of reactivity is often a drawback in applying lignin as such, depolymerization of lignin is often used to create new reactive sites, hence resulting in a mixture of small molecules and oligomers. Diverse processes with varying process conditions have been developed, of which many have only been demonstrated at lab scale. The demonstration of available conversion technologies at relevant scale (TRL 5-6) is the next essential step.

VITO, VMH and Worley Belgium have joined forced in the ERDF LignoValue Pilot project to design and construct a continuous pilot plant for the depolymerization of lignin into innovative biobased aromatics in Flanders. The technology class selected is metal-catalyzed depolymerisation. The pilot facility, ready for start-up by end 2021, is designed at a targeted capacity of bioaromatics of 250 kg/day (10 kg/h).

Setting up this pilot line contributes to the ultimate goal: building and operating a demo plant in Flanders for the conversion of lignin/wood to biobased functionalized aromatics.

In this context in a joint collaboration, VITO and KU Leuven target the realization of a unique pilot infrastructure platform for innovative catalytic biorefinery of wood and lignin, and by extension any lignocellulosic material, into functional bio-based aromatics. The establishment of the pilot platform  contributes with necessary technological and economic proof-of-concept data to pave the way towards an industrial-scale catalytic biorefinery, transforming biomass into competitive chemicals and materials, resulting in a significant CO2 capture.

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Inspirational speakers

Roel Vleeschouwers

Roel Vleeschouwers studied Applied Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at KU Leuven. He has worked for Hydrochem as head of the environmental laboratory, then during 9 years at Ecowater Watrex as sales manager of the department industrial water treatment. He has joined VITO in 2005 and has since then worked as Business Development Manager in the VITO business unit 'Sustainable Chemistry'. 

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EnergyVille Building Energy Calculation Services (EBECS)

EBECS (EnergyVille Building Energy Calculation Service) is the most accurate energy renovation tool on the market. To date traditional calculations for EPD and EPC certification only assess the home itself and no not take the actual energy consumption, family composition or resident behaviour into account. These data can be entered into EBECS in order for the underlying algorithms calculate the best options for saving energy, including the associated costs and anticipated decrease in the energy bill. Come and find out how EBECS can help you grow your business.

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Inspirational speakers

Kristel Boonen

KriBoonen is business developer for Smart Energy in the built environment at VITO/EnergyVille, a collaboration between the Flemish research partners VITO, KU Leuven, imec and UHasselt in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. She plays an active role in promoting the transition to a sustainable and circular built environment with market ready technologies.

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Environmental product declarations for sustainable buildings

Europe wants to evolve towards a ‘low carbon intensity continent’ by 2050. European industries will play a key role in achieving this goal.

VITO has key expertise, knowledge and recognition regarding sustainable and circular building materials and components, energy technologies, buildings and infrastructure in order to help industries gain and maintain a competitive edge in sustainability. These insights have been incorporated into an easy-to-use webtool that makes the collection of relevant data easier. The multi-layered dashboards enable easier decision making.

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14:30
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Inspirational speakers

Luc Plancke

Luc Plancke is Business/venture manager for the EPD activities within the VITO Sustainable Built Environment team and has a vast experience in the Environmental Product Declarations from an industry perspective. He’s eager to advise you with tailor fit EPD solutions for your business activities and market coverage that empowers you to contribute to the sustainable built environment. 

Carolin Spirinckx

Carolin Spirinckx is activity leader of the team developing sustainability solutions within the built environment, coordinator of several EU projects, and plays an active role in several arenas promoting the transition to a sustainable and circular built environment

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Assessing climate risk to boost your resilience

As a business leader you must arm your business continuity against the physical impact of climate change. Indeed, not only climate mitigation (greenhouse gas emission reductions), also direct physical consequences of climate change will affect resources and operations. VITO’s Climate Fit Industry services can advise both corporations and SME’s on how to better cope with climate change impacts.  

 

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15:30

Inspirational speakers

Julie Berckmans

Julie Berckmans is researcher in the Climate Service team that is part of VITO’s environmental modelling unit. She obtained her PhD in Climatology at the Royal Meteorological Institute and the University of Antwerp. She is strongly engaged in the Copernicus Climate Change Service programme, where she developed expertise in tailoring climate information to specific sectorial needs.

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Battsense – exploit the full potential of battery storage

Electrical energy storage solutions are gaining increasing momentum in the energy transition. Battery management systems (BMS) play a crucial role in exploiting the full potential of battery energy storage systems. Battsense, VITO’s modular high performant BMS improves safety, quality, reliability and lifetime of your battery.  Come discover the benefits for your stationary or mobile storage system, automotive battery or peak power shaving solution.

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Inspirational speakers

Jeroen Büscher

Jeroen Büscher is leading the VITO team working in the field of electrical storage. Together with that team Jeroen is focused on the development of technologies and services to make safer, more reliable and more performant batteries that support sustainable mobile and stationary applications. Since 2011, he has been coordinating and participating in several projects within Europe on electrical storage, e-mobility and smart grids. He is also representing VITO/EnergyVille in European collaboration efforts on battery development like the European Battery Alliance and the ETIP Batteries Europe.

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Battery management for safe and energy-efficient use
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More efficient District Heating Through Digitalization

The STORM District Energy Controller makes heating enter the era of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and sustainability, by maximizing the use of excess heat and renewable energy sources in district heating networks, in a fully automated way. STORM links the building (owner) with the district heating network (operator). Come and find out how we can collaborate to bring this next generation solution to the market.

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14:30
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Inspirational speakers

Erik De Schutter

Erik De Schutter is your guide to ‘heat and cold’ energy technology and state-of-the-art ready-to-use energy research. With his background in information technology, he coordinates and drives the deployment of EnergyVille’s sustainable intelligent heating solutions across Europe for district heating, thermal storage and conversion.

Dirk Vanhoudt

Dirk Vanhoudt’s main research topic is the development of technology for the next generation district heating grids. In that context, he is technical coordinator of the Horizon 2020-projects STORM and TEMPO.

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FlexThor - Say Goodbye to Solar Power Wastage

An unprecedented rise in solar installations has given rise to a new problem for prosumers in the last couple of years. Their PV installations fail to produce power on a number of sunny days. Consequently, 5 % - 10 % of their total solar generation is getting wasted every year as per recent studies done by NREL. This increases the payback period and degrades the panel lifespan. To solve this problem, VITO has developed a product FlexThor, which is a patented IoT based solution supported by powerful AI software suite that does smart energy management to prevent solar power wastage. It also provide a gateway to participate in frequency support and nano-grid operation. We are actively looking for investors, partners and stakeholders to roll-out our product FlexThor.

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Inspirational speakers

Mohammad Meraj Alam

Mohammad Meraj Alam, PhD is the co-inventor and co-promotor of FlexThor in VITO/Energyville. He has done his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Port as a Marie Curie fellow. He has more than 7 years of experience in renewable energy technologies and a passionate entrepreneur. He was the founder of RoofSolar, an idea that came out of EIT Climate Launchpad in 2017.

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Artificial intelligence driving accessible eye care

Eye diseases can go unnoticed for a long time, with permanent vision loss as a consequence. MONA is an artificial intelligence software under development at VITO, which can diagnose common eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma based on retinal photographs. The software can enable affordable and accessible eye screening service by identifying problems earlier and thus  strengthening preventative medical care. For MONA we are seeking entrepreneurs, partners and investors to validate clinically and market artificial intelligence based software for the early detection of eye diseases.

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Inspirational speakers

Patrick De Boever

Patrick De Boever works as project manager in the VITO unit Sustainable Health. He is responsible for the research team that uses data science and artificial intelligence for (bio)medical applications, especially in the field of ophthalmology.
He is also appointed as professor at Hasselt University. Patrick De Boever was granted the degree of bio-engineer at Ghent University and he obtained a PhD degree at that same university.

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Patient-friendly Detection of Kidney Transplant Rejection

Monitoring kidney transplant rejection requires recurrent, painful and costly biopsies.  VITO discovered novel protein biomarkers of kidney rejection present in urine even before clinical signs of rejection occur.  The low-cost, urine-based diagnostic kits, developed in collaboration with industry partners, is expected to impact in functional transplant follow-up, patient survival and their quality of life. Come join our session for more details on this innovation and future collaboration opportunities.

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Inspirational speakers

Inge Mertens

Inge Mertens, PhD, is coordinator of the Centre for Proteomics and co-promotor of the EU-7FP Biomargin project, that funded the initial discovery phase of the biomarkers.

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MooV – optimizing your supply chain

MooV – a service that finds optimal supply chain configurations for business. Starting your supply chain idea from scratch? Rethinking an existing supply chain?  MooV brings the decision support you need, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. 

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Inspirational speakers

Metin Bulut

Metin Bulut is an expert in the field of catalysis and started his career in the petrochemical industry. He joined VITO in 2010 where he was involved in several research projects related to process intensification. Next to technological expertise, Metin has relevant experience in market analysis, techno-economic analysis and technology benchmark for sustainable chemistry applications. Since 2014, he is active as business development manager.

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Precision agriculture with image technology

With precision agriculture, you grow the right crops using the right technique in the right place at the right time. You use farming land more efficiently, save on crop-protection resources and grow plants in the best way possible.

VITO transforms open data collected by satellite into useable information for anyone active in the agricultural sector: farmers, machine builders, buyers of agricultural products, producers of crop-protection resources and seed breeders.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

WatchITgrow®, CropSar and MapEO

The WatchITgrow® data platform uses satellite images and other data to monitor soil, crops and the weather and to signal problems. Thanks to CropSar, it even works when it’s cloudy. With this information, farmers optimise their crops. MapEO, a drone technology, makes the process of phenotyping run more quickly and more efficiently for seed breeders and agri-consultancy companies.

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Protect drinking water with sustainable crop protection

The quality of drinking water is an absolute policy priority. And standards will need to become even stricter. WATERPROTECT™ measures the effect of fertilisers and crop-protection materials on water sources in the area. As a producer of chemicals for agricultural applications, you use the software model to make crop-protection resources and fertilisers with little or no impact on surface waters.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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Faster chemical reactions with 3D-printed catalysts

VITO developed a process for using metals or ceramic materials to print an optimal 3D reaction environment for every catalytic process. This has resulted in properties that ensure greater efficiency in chemical reactions. You need fewer raw materials and fewer catalysts. VITO prints catalysts exactly as you require them.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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Far-ranging chemical analyses and advice tailored to your company

Why does one product fall short of the expected quality while another doesn’t? This is a question for our specialised organic and inorganic analysis laboratory, where more than 150 projects are conducted every year. Rely on us for quality control, a solution for pollution in products and processes, and the development of new analysis methods.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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Biomass for the chemical industry

Today, the chemical industry still works primarily with raw materials that have petrochemical origins. Research into alternative bio-based raw materials such as algae, lignin and insects proves that they contain chemicals with better functional properties than those of petroleum. With our knowledge of separation processes, we combine technologies and make your chemical processes more economically profitable.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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Smart membranes improve chemical processes and end-products

The more effective chemical reactions are, the fewer raw materials you need and the purer your end-product. At VITO, we use the technology required to enable these increases in productivity and quality improvements. We develop smart membranes that separate materials on a molecular level, using little energy, and that are able to be implemented on every scale.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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Energy flexibility: smart control of the available energy

There are already a great many resources for lowering the energy use of a building. The following step is energy flexibility. Because we now use more energy from the sun and wind, we need a smart control system that tunes the demand and availability, excesses and shortages of energy to each other. With Building Energy Management Systems, we offer end-clients and service providers software that directs the energy range.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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Energy planning tool from building to region

Which energy efficiency measures are needed to lower the emission of greenhouse gases at the level of the building, neighbourhood, city or region? You map it all out with the Urban Energy Pathfinder. The online application calculates the energy savings, CO2 reductions and costs for various renovation scenarios. The Urban Energy Pathfinder is ready for immediate implementation as a service for utility providers, energy suppliers or network distributors.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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Reducing environmental impact of building materials across the entire life cycle

It’s not enough to claim that your building products are environmentally friendly: you need to be able to prove it too. With the LCA Dashboard, you request the Environmental Product Declarations and life-cycle analyses of your construction materials yourself. You recognise the environmental and health effects of building materials based on 18 indicators, from the extraction of the raw materials to material breakdown and recycling. Furthermore, you get advice on possibilities for further improving your environmental performance. Building material producers wanting to participate in government tenders can use such an EPD to increase their TOTEM score.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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STORM: the intelligent heat controller

By 2030, we in the European Union need to lower our energy use by 32% and source 32% from renewable energy sources. Solar panels, solar boilers and heat pumps have all been embraced. But they are not a total solution for reaching the energy goals. This solution may come from sustainable heatwhether it is the residual heat from industry, the burning of waste materials or geothermal energy—that is spread via a thermal net. The STORM controller can shift the heat demands of buildings to times when sustainable energy is available and cheap. In doing so, it optimises the returns on the thermal net—without compromising the energy supply to clients.

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Battery management for safe and energy-efficient use

In 2018, Punch 2, the solar-powered car built by students from KU Leuven, sped across the finish line of the world’s most extreme solar-powered car race in first place. A competition that traverses the Atacama Desert and the Andean Mountains in Chile. The silent power behind the vehicle was the Battery and Ultracapacitor Management System. It monitors and secures all components in a battery, providing the exact battery capacity in real time. It’s not just for solar-powered vehicles. It has all sorts of applications for your company.

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Energy renovation scan

The EBECS tool (EnergyVille Building Energy Calculation Service) gives you insight into which energy-saving measures are useful for a building, how much each costs, how much the owner saves annually and how quickly they earn back their investment. The tool bundles diverse calculation algorithms, takes into account the actual use, the family composition and the energy habits of the residents. With this renovation scan, as an energy supplier, financial institution or HVAC company, you are better placed to advise clients in making energy-saving renovations to their homes.

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Energy security through local and sustainable deep geothermal energy

On the VITO site in Mol, there is a geothermal centre with wells up to four kilometres deep. At this depth, the earth reaches temperatures of 250°C. We use it to heat water that is then used to heat our buildings. The residual heat is used to create electricity before the water returns underground. This thermal net is also able to bring energy to companies, schools and apartment buildings. VITO is also working on a new form of technology for using geothermal energy in regions where there is no water present underground. Choose for energy security and sustainability.

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Save water with faster, smarter insight into your water network

Water is scarce and valuable. A lot of companies perform batteries of manual and periodic tests to monitor water. With the water dashboard, you have real-time insight into data about drinking water and process water: water quality, use and costs. You detect water problems such as pollution or leaks very early on. And you know what water you can reuse. This reduces your fresh water consumption by 10% to 40%. The water dashboard works with flow meters and smart software.

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Monitoring the quality of open water with data from space

How do you calculate the quality of open water without having to manually take samples? The answer is Terrascope®, an online data platform with satellite data. Cameras and sensors on the satellites continuously measure the quality of open water—and not just at the shore. The data is immediately available, so there’s no need to wait for lab results. This solution is not just interesting for governments, but harbour companies that detect oil leaks and plastic pollution.

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Extracting value from waste with AI

VITO developed a smart characterisation technology that recognises highly varied waste elements and makes a digital portrait of the entire waste stream. There’s value in the waste streams of your company too. If you know what is in this waste, your recycling will become a lot more efficient.

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New applications for industrial waste

If you’ve recuperated the valuable elements from bottom ash, fly ash and dredging spoil—such as copper, steel and aluminium—are you able to do something with the remainder? Definitely! Use it to make building materials, such as clinker bricks to pave the streets. VITO develops the techniques to separate low-value waste streams and the knowledge to put the remaining value into materials that serve as alternatives to cement. Come to the Clean Vision Summit to discover what’s possible with your waste.

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MooV brings the benefits of supply chain optimization

Over the past few years, a large number of new business models have been developed in bio-based and circular economies; examples include algae and lignin. For these new value chains to function, the raw materials must be present in the right place at the right time, in the correct quantities and criteria and at a competitive price. MooV® (Mobilisation & Optimisation of Value chains), developed by VITO, calculates the optimal configuration of a value chain, displaying it in a dynamic dashboard. Come to the Clean Vision Summit to discover your optimal value chain.

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