Technological and sustainable transformation for faster business growth

Thank you for your attendance at the Clean Vision Summit on the 18th of February 2020.

At the first - and sold out - Clean Vision Summit 450 attendees discovered more than 20 cleantech innovations, all in areas connected to the circular economy. 

Clean chemistry, waste valorization, energy efficiency, battery management, drone technology, 3D-printing technology, preventive health, artificial intelligence and more: the innovations for making processes and products smarter and faster are appearing at a record rate. To keep our planet liveable, a transition to a sustainable corporate culture is necessary throughout the entire value chain.

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What the 2020 edition was all about?

Talk to a VITO expert 

You can book a personal discussion with a VITO/Energyville expert during the Clean Vision Summit to discuss your challenge and start developing a solution together.

Work together with VITO 

Together with the corporate world, we make technologies smarter, better and more affordable. Do you want to invest in sustainable technologies? Make an appointment with our tech transfer team.

Plan your visit to the TechFair 

Discover more than 20 sustainable innovations and how they can help your business. Talk to the experts and combine your visit with the technology pitches for a complete overview.

 

PROGRAMME

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Inspirational Speakers

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.

Partners

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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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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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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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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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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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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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14:50
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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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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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13:25
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13:45

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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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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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14:10
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14:25

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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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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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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14:50
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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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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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14:45

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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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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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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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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Welcome & introduction by Bruno Reyntjens, Commercial Director VITO

Bruno will welcome you at the Clean Vision Summit 2020.

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Bruno Reyntjens

Since June 2017, Bruno Reyntjens has been Commercial Director at VITO. He graduated as bioscience engineer from the University of Ghent. Bruno has followed a versatile, professional path in technical commercial sectors: business development, business management, product management and product development. From Belgium, he has always worked in strongly internationally oriented positions amongst others on the functionality of gluten protein at the R&D lab of Amylum in Aalst, on fine chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem and Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno is focused on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards an excellent and more valorization driven research organization that answers to the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates the international activities for VITO.

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Keynote presentation by Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency

More information to be announced soon.

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Hans Bruyninckx

Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, taking office on 1 June, 2013. He was born in Schoten, Belgium in 1964. Dr Bruyninckx studied undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science specialising in international relations at Antwerp University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also completed an additional programme in development studies at Université Catholique de Louvain.

He completed a PhD degree in 1996 at Colorado State University on the topic of international environmental politics, subsequently teaching at several other universities in the United States and Europe, including Colorado State University, Canisius College and Wageningen University.

From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Dr Bruyninckx has also been a senior member of the interdisciplinary Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and promoter-coordinator of the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Transitions for Sustainable Development (TRADO).

Over the last 20 years, he has conducted and managed policy-oriented research in the areas of environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development. He was responsible for research in the domains of policy evaluation, monitoring and reporting, methodology development, environmental policy integration, and more recently also on long-term transition policies. His experience pertains to the level of the regions (Flanders in a comparative European perspective), the EU Member States, the EU level, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and processes of global environmental governance (climate change in particular).

His academic expertise lies primarily in the field of European and international environmental policy, studying the effects of globalisation on the global governance of environmental issues and sustainable development. From this perspective he has also studied global production and consumption systems, as well as issues relating to distribution and justice. He has taught courses on the topics of global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance.

Dr Bruyninckx was involved in numerous policy processes as an advisory board member, involved in steering groups of government agencies, and as academic policy advisor to governmental agencies and other key actors. In addition, he has worked intensely with civil society and business actors, in support of public-private initiatives or private regulatory approaches to environmental, climate change and sustainability issues. Furthermore, he was president of the board of Bond Beter Leefmilieu (The Association for a Better Environment), a Flemish umbrella organisation bringing together many different environmental groups.

Dr Bruyninckx speaks fluent English, French and German in addition to his native Flemish. During his career he has conducted research in more than a dozen different countries. He is a keen sailor as well as an outdoor and sports enthusiast.

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Keynote presentation by Wim Michiels, CEO Proviron

Proviron developments, transition of classic chemical producer to marketeer of renewable solutions & cooperating with other parties 

 

 

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Inspirational speakers

Wim Michiels

Proviron Holding, family owned producer en marketer of niche additives and ingredients for plastics, CASE, pharma, animal health, automotive, aviation, construction …

The holding had 2 plants in Belgium, 1 in the USA and a sales office in China. They employ 240 people, have a turnover of €75 M, export to 500 customers in 100 countries, and have a EBITDA of €10 M.

Curriculum vitae:

  • 2000-2002: product manager: implementation of a broad customer oriented service model into a Business-to-Business world.
  • 2002-2005: business director: streamlining sales, marketing, product development and supply chain.
  • 2005- today: managing director and board member: meeting interesting independent board members.
  • 2007- today: CEO: managing Proviron through crisis years, transition from process development to product development, streamlining the product portfolio: less turnover and people to achieve higher absolute margin
    product development and marketing ready to expand sound sales.

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Cleantech rapport by Frans Snijkers

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Frans Snijkers

Frans graduated from KU Leuven with a master's degree in the sciences, majoring in chemistry. At Philips, he was responsible for managing a number of different R&D projects and developing technology for advanced display concepts. In 2001, he began working as Project Manager of the Ceramic Materials and Powder Metallurgy group at VITO. Within Cleantech Flanders, he is responsible for SCALE-UP, where he analyses the cleantech requirements of large companies and connects suitable innovative SMEs on an international level. With GIST, he helps new cleantech companies in the manufacturing industry cross the 'Valley of Death' whilst focusing on investment potential. Within Northern Connections, he is setting up Living Labs for renewable energy, together with 21 partners.

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Working with VITO, case studies in contract research, tech transfer and spin-offs (Moderated by Ann De Bie, VRT)

  • Cases & Testimonials from VITO Licensees, Partners, Spin-off & Startups
  • Moderated by Ann De Bie (VRT) 

 

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Ann De Bie (Moderator)

Ann De Bie is a senior journalist for VRT NWS, the newsdesk of Belgium’s Dutch speaking public broadcaster. Mostly she works for the TV-news, but she also writes articles for the newssite and occasionally she works for the radionews. She has a wide experience, from political and cultural coverage to recently climate-related issues. Ann is a historian, speaks English, French, Spanish and Dutch. 

Marc Lor

Since March 2019, Marc Lor is Managing Director at Servaco Product Testing. He studied chemistry at the Catholic University of Leuven and obtained a PhD degree in Sciences (Chemistry) at that same university. During his professional career he has worked at Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI) in the domains of health and safety aspects of building materials and sustainable construction and at VITO in the domain of indoor air quality and product emissions testing.  Marc is appointed as Belgian expert in the field of dangerous substances in several technical committees and working groups at CEN, EOTA and European Commission level.  He is also the convenor of the Belgian mirror committee of CEN/TC 351 and active as a technological consultant in the domain of health and safety aspects of (building) materials.

Koen Meuleman

Koen is co-founder and CFO of Unifly, a company providing world leading Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM)solutions and active in the world of drones since many years.  He has a background in bio-science engineering and worked for more then 15 year as a remote sensing expert. As former president of the Belgian drone association (BeUAS) he was closely involved in the implementation of the Belgian drone legislation and still actively involved in several EU expert groups on drones. 

Bruno Reyntjens

Since June 2017, Bruno Reyntjens has been Commercial Director at VITO. He graduated as bioscience engineer from the University of Ghent. Bruno has followed a versatile, professional path in technical commercial sectors: business development, business management, product management and product development. From Belgium, he has always worked in strongly internationally oriented positions amongst others on the functionality of gluten protein at the R&D lab of Amylum in Aalst, on fine chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem and Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno is focused on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards an excellent and more valorization driven research organization that answers to the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates the international activities for VITO.

Martin Slooijer

Martin has a background in Environmental Engineering, and has been active in environmental contracting on the international market for over 20 years. Started as project manager, later as manager of the international department of a leading soil and groundwater remediation company. As manager he was responsible for the international business development, as well as the implementation of the international projects, successfully implementing projects in over 20 countries from Europe to Asia and North and South America. In 2016 Martin founded with private investors the GreenSoil Group, specialised in biological remediation projects, by now conducting such projects in over 12 countries, in Europe, South America and Africa. GreenSoil is investing in development of new technologies in bioremediation and for this is working with different partners amongst which VITO.

Yann Raoul

Yann Raoul is managing collaborative projects at Oleon to develop specialty oleochemicals as ingredients or building blocks for a variety of markets. He holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Hull (UK) and has been working in the oleochemical industry for 20 years. He is currently coordinating the LIPES and INCITE European projects, the latter in collaboration with VITO, focused on developing enzyme based processes with a lower environmental impact than current approaches.

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Closing Remarks by Bruno Reyntjens, Commercial Director VITO

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Bruno Reyntjens

Since June 2017, Bruno Reyntjens has been Commercial Director at VITO. He graduated as bioscience engineer from the University of Ghent. Bruno has followed a versatile, professional path in technical commercial sectors: business development, business management, product management and product development. From Belgium, he has always worked in strongly internationally oriented positions amongst others on the functionality of gluten protein at the R&D lab of Amylum in Aalst, on fine chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem and Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno is focused on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards an excellent and more valorization driven research organization that answers to the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates the international activities for VITO.

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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.

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

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Hans Bruyninckx

Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, taking office on 1 June, 2013. He was born in Schoten, Belgium in 1964. Dr Bruyninckx studied undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science specialising in international relations at Antwerp University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also completed an additional programme in development studies at Université Catholique de Louvain.

He completed a PhD degree in 1996 at Colorado State University on the topic of international environmental politics, subsequently teaching at several other universities in the United States and Europe, including Colorado State University, Canisius College and Wageningen University.

From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Dr Bruyninckx has also been a senior member of the interdisciplinary Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and promoter-coordinator of the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Transitions for Sustainable Development (TRADO).

Over the last 20 years, he has conducted and managed policy-oriented research in the areas of environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development. He was responsible for research in the domains of policy evaluation, monitoring and reporting, methodology development, environmental policy integration, and more recently also on long-term transition policies. His experience pertains to the level of the regions (Flanders in a comparative European perspective), the EU Member States, the EU level, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and processes of global environmental governance (climate change in particular).

His academic expertise lies primarily in the field of European and international environmental policy, studying the effects of globalisation on the global governance of environmental issues and sustainable development. From this perspective he has also studied global production and consumption systems, as well as issues relating to distribution and justice. He has taught courses on the topics of global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance.

Dr Bruyninckx was involved in numerous policy processes as an advisory board member, involved in steering groups of government agencies, and as academic policy advisor to governmental agencies and other key actors. In addition, he has worked intensely with civil society and business actors, in support of public-private initiatives or private regulatory approaches to environmental, climate change and sustainability issues. Furthermore, he was president of the board of Bond Beter Leefmilieu (The Association for a Better Environment), a Flemish umbrella organisation bringing together many different environmental groups.

Dr Bruyninckx speaks fluent English, French and German in addition to his native Flemish. During his career he has conducted research in more than a dozen different countries. He is a keen sailor as well as an outdoor and sports enthusiast.

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Wim Michiels

Proviron Holding, family owned producer en marketer of niche additives and ingredients for plastics, CASE, pharma, animal health, automotive, aviation, construction …

The holding had 2 plants in Belgium, 1 in the USA and a sales office in China. They employ 240 people, have a turnover of €75 M, export to 500 customers in 100 countries, and have a EBITDA of €10 M.

Curriculum vitae:

  • 2000-2002: product manager: implementation of a broad customer oriented service model into a Business-to-Business world.
  • 2002-2005: business director: streamlining sales, marketing, product development and supply chain.
  • 2005- today: managing director and board member: meeting interesting independent board members.
  • 2007- today: CEO: managing Proviron through crisis years, transition from process development to product development, streamlining the product portfolio: less turnover and people to achieve higher absolute margin
    product development and marketing ready to expand sound sales.
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Bruno Reyntjens

Since June 2017, Bruno Reyntjens has been Commercial Director at VITO. He graduated as bioscience engineer from the University of Ghent. Bruno has followed a versatile, professional path in technical commercial sectors: business development, business management, product management and product development. From Belgium, he has always worked in strongly internationally oriented positions amongst others on the functionality of gluten protein at the R&D lab of Amylum in Aalst, on fine chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem and Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno is focused on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards an excellent and more valorization driven research organization that answers to the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates the international activities for VITO.