Highlighted projects

Holland High Tech supports many programs and projects in the High Tech Systems & Materials sector. These are executed in close cooperation between public and private parties within the Dutch cabinet’s Mission-driven Top Sectors and Innovation Policy. Here we give an overview of a number of funded R&D projects by Holland High Tech.

Building the Internet of the Future

The demand for data has been exploding over the past years and will continue to do so for this decade to come. How will our telecom networks cope? KPN has partnered up with Eindhoven University of Technology to look at that challenge from every angle.

Bronkhorst and Krohne join forces to accelerate the flow of innovation

As part of an NWO-supported public-private collaboration, measurement equipment specialists Bronkhorst and Krohne teamed up with the technical universities of Delft and Twente to bring flow meters into the next generation. Their goal: to develop new and innovative meters that could provide real-time insight and analytics of flowing media, all without having to interrupt the flow.

Dutch collaborators bring high-performance motion systems to a whole new stage

In the world of high-performance machine development, the Netherlands is planted firmly on the cutting edge – particularly in the field of chip-making equipment, used in the semiconductor and electronics domain. To stay ahead of the ever-evolving demands and consumer expectations, key players in Dutch high tech are teaming up as part of the Imsys-3D public-private partnership to create next-generation high-performance motion systems.

Signify and ESI connect on cleverly connecting smart lighting

Smart lighting systems bring the potential for big cost and energy savings. The public-private Prisma project has produced tooling to streamline their development and deployment. Partners Signify and ESI (TNO) are now building on their successful collaboration to put the results to broad practical use.

UT and Axign put the brakes on radio interference

As the digitalized world is flooded with new electronic devices and components, electromagnetic interference (EMI) is becoming a much bigger problem. As part of the public-private collaboration between Axign and the University of Twente, researchers are discovering how to reduce this EMI from audio amplifiers to keep your car running smoothly.

NLR takes the controls to bring propeller noise down

As the number of aircraft continues to increase, noise is becoming a headache. As part of a public-private collaboration known as the Taste project, aviation propeller manufacturer Dowty is turning to NLR and its in-house developed technologies to precisely measure, and ultimately mitigate the noise at the source.

Qutech: building a quantum delta, one (qu)bit at a time

Even though quantum technologies are only just starting to take shape, now is the time to consider the opportunities they present - both to enhance existing business and to generate new opportunities. In the Netherlands, the Qutech initiative is leading the effort to bootstrap a quantum industry in the Dutch delta.

TU Delft material shines in medical detectors

You may not know it, but a type of material called scintillators was probably involved when you had your last medical scan. Working with the French company Saint-Gobain, scintillator expert Pieter Dorenbos at Delft University of Technology is currently developing the next generation of these materials.

TUE, NXP and KPN roll out the red carpet for 5G

4G cellular network capacity is about to reach its limit but the transition to the next-generation 5G network will certainly be no easy task. In an effort to ensure the rollout of the new technology, the Dutch private and public sectors are teaming up as Eindhoven University of Technology joins industry giants NXP and KPN to pave the way.

ESI helps Thermo Fisher and Philips grease their software machines

When new feature development for its electron microscopes started to get hampered by older software, Thermo Fisher Scientific called on TNO joint innovation center ESI to clean up its code and make it future-proof. The approach developed in their public-private partnership was also successfully adopted by Philips to tackle the legacy challenge in its medical scanners.

NLR launches first drones beyond the visible line of sight

The use of drones has skyrocketed in popularity. The estimated global market potential for commercial drones is over 100 billion euros, which means - drones are here to stay. But, with a furious increase in the number of drones in the sky, what are the implications for airspace safety? As part of a joint European project, the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Center, NLR, is bringing the Dutch public and private sectors together in a quest to implement Europe’s vision for the safe, secure and efficient management of drone traffic, known simply as U-space.

Satelietinstrument Tropomi levert wereldkaart methaan met volledige dekking

Satellietinstrument Tropomi levert een volledige kaart van de wereldwijde methaanconcentraties, met pixels van slechts 7x7 km2 in plaats van de wereldkaart van voorheen met gaten van honderden kilometers tussen waarnemingen. Tropomi is een samenwerking tussen Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands, KNMI, SRON en TNO, in opdracht van het NSO en ESA. Tropomi vliegt aan boord van Copernicus Sentinel-5p van de Europese ruimtevaartorganisatie ESA, die de data nu vrijgeeft.

Designer blood vessels for treating cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease, are the largest cause of death worldwide, now and in the coming decade. The financial impact on society and our healthcare system is huge, since current treatments are less than optimal. A common treatment option for cardiovascular diseases is to replace the damaged blood vessel with a synthetic graft. However, this approach often fails due to uncontrolled tissue growth in the problematic area. A precisely designed blood vessel that fits the patient at a cellular scale will prevent long-term complications that currently trouble the use of a synthetic graft.

Baanbrekende behandelmethode bij hersenaandoeningen

We staan er meestal niet bij stil hoe vaak hersenaandoeningen voorkomen. Maar de cijfers liegen er niet om: één op de vier Nederlanders heeft een hersenaandoening. Volgens de Hersenstichting zijn dit er zelfs meer, want veel mensen zoeken geen medische hulp en worden dus niet geregistreerd. Denk aan Parkinson, epilepsie of depressie. Al deze mensen hebben familieleden en vrienden die met de gevolgen ervan moeten leren omgaan. De persoonlijke impact en de maatschappelijke kosten zijn enorm.

Data enhanced physical models to reduce material use in steel production

A significant part of Dutch (and worldwide) energy consumption and carbon emission is related to the production of primary metals, especially steel. In order to become more sustainable, either less energy must be used to produce the material or less material must be used. Materials reduction can be achieved by recycling, by increasing the materials life, or by reducing the amount of material required through improved properties and design. A quest for a radically improved materials modeling approach.

Innovative health monitoring methods to boost the durability of steel infrastructure

The collapse of the Morandi bridge is an example of catastrophic failure caused by metal fatigue and corrosion. In succession, a number of highway bridges in the Netherlands needed immediate repair. Research shows that a major part of our steel infrastructures, in particular bridges, are facing safety issues due to aging and deferred maintenance. Replacement by complete new structures from primary material is in many cases unnecessary. A better option is to improve the durability of existing steel infrastructure by accurate health monitoring and being able to predict future maintenance cycles.

Menselijk functioneren kritische component bij besturing complexe hightech systemen

Sensoren in een auto meten hoe goed de auto functioneert. Werkt iets niet goed, dan gaat er een lampje op het dashboard branden om de bestuurder te waarschuwen. Complexe command & control systemen, zoals de hightech radarsystemen van Thales of de verkeerstorens op Schiphol, bevatten een gigantische hoeveelheid sensoren die het functioneren van het systeem real-time monitoren en verbeteren. Toch geeft het gebruik van al die sensoren geen 100% garantie dat het systeem altijd optimaal functioneert. De kritische component is hier vaak het menselijk functioneren.

Always ahead of the threat

We leven in een wereld die onveiliger, complexer en onvoorspelbaarder wordt. De ministeries van Defensie en van Justitie & Veiligheid willen en moeten steeds meer informatie-gestuurd op kunnen treden. Het snel (en frequent) kunnen beschikken over de juiste informatie over risico’s, bedreigingsniveaus en nationale en grensoverschrijdende activiteiten is cruciaal. Om nationale belangen te beschermen, conflicten te de-escaleren, toezicht, handhaving en opsporing te optimaliseren willen we ‘always ahead of the threat’ blijven.

Reducing transport system weight with Multi-Material AM

Although transportation is one of the greatest contributors to the advancement of modern-day society, it now faces the uneasy task of balancing its inevitable development and the associated economic benefits with the protection of health and the environment. Mobility being an important contributor to our CO2 footprint, the Netherlands has expressed the ambition to have a sustainable mobility system and put forward the goal of 25 Mton CO2 emission reduction by 2030. Reducing the weight of a transportation system will improve fuel efficiency and thus lower the CO2 emission.

Modu-Base: 3D geprint platform als circulaire basis voor lichtgewicht voertuigen

Het aantal digitale aankopen van consumenten groeit explosief en zorgt voor fors meer transportbewegingen door bezorg- en pakketdiensten. Tegelijkertijd is Zero Emissie Stadsdistributie steeds meer de ambitie en de norm. Hierdoor wordt de vraag naar lichte en (deels) elektrische voertuigen groter. Echter het bestaande productieproces, van met name het platform (de basis), van deze voertuigen is energie- en tijdrovend en kent veel materiaalverlies. Bovendien zijn deze platformen later niet of nauwelijks geschikt voor hergebruik. 3D printtechnologie kan een oplossing bieden.

Vollegrondsgroenteteelt onder teeltondersteunende voorzieningen met fotovoltaïsche cellen

Om te zorgen dat Nederland in 2050 een duurzaam energiesysteem heeft, speelt zonne-energie een grote rol. Open land- en tuinbouwgronden met weinig schaduw zijn aantrekkelijke locaties voor zonnevelden. Dit betekent echter dat de oorspronkelijke functie en werkgelegenheid van deze gronden verloren gaat. De bodemvruchtbaarheid, het bodemleven en de bijbehorende biodiversiteit nemen af, want de zonnepanelen houden licht, regenwater en lucht tegen. Zijn er met bepaalde gewassen en een flexibele fotovoltaïsche opstelling toch mogelijkheden? Is het zogenaamd Agrivoltaics haalbaar?

Extractie van schadelijke stikstofverbindingen uit dierlijke mest

Sinds eind 2019 is Nederland in de ban van de ‘stikstofcrisis’. Het kabinet zoekt naar oplossingen voor de korte en lange termijn en ziet zich genoodzaakt tot impopulaire maatregelen zoals beperking van de maximumsnelheid op snelwegen. Hoog op de agenda staat de reductie van de stikstofemissie en stikstofdepositie door de veehouderij door onder andere veevoedermaatregelen en reductie van de veestapel. Een nieuwe elektrodialysetechniek waar o.a. TU Delft, Wageningen University & Research en MEZT aan werken, kan hier een oplossing bieden.