On 2 October 2012, Stichting IJkdijk and the consortium Nelen-Schuurmans and Fugro sign an agreement to build the Dijk Data Service Center. The Dijk Data Service Center (DDSC) will ensure that dyke managers have easier access to data that represent the condition of a number of Dutch dykes. Building the DDSC is an important element of the IJkdijk development program 2012-2014.
Monthly Archives: September 2012
The time when the gas grid will be able to be used as a buffer for electricity that is generated with wind turbines and solar panels has come significantly closer. That is the conclusion of gas company Gasterra and Eneco companies Joulz and Stedin following a study into the effects of admixing hydrogen produced with solar energy in natural gas.
Groningen Seaports is chasing “the largest possible” share of the offshore wind-installation market. Therefore, the Port Authority of Eemshaven is investing 25 million Euro in expanding the quays for heavy-duty storage and transshipment by a total of 800 meters. Project Manager Infra Projects Leendert Bourgonjen of Groningen Seaports confirmed this to Energeia.
Groningen Seaports Port Authority expects a significant increase in the transshipment of goods and employment over the coming years. This can be read in the draft version of the Port Vision 2030. Employment will rise from 16,000 to 19,000 jobs, whilst transshipment will rise by ten percent over the coming years.
What we need is a revolution comparable to the Internet, but for energy. A “green Google”. Those were the words of Noé van Hulst at the official start of the Energy Academy Europe on Thursday. “It is our idea that this happens here in Groningen.”
From 24 September, part of the Ommelanderzeedijk north of Delfzijl will be fitted with innovative sensors in the framework of the LiveDijk XL Noorderzijlvest project. With this Dyke Monitoring and Conditioning system (DMC), the dyke can soon be monitored from the inside and the alarm can be raised quicker when the dyke weakens. Furthermore, the sensors provide data that can be used to design stronger dykes and to improve their management.
Entirely according to plan, three test dikes collapsed at the IJkdijk test location in Bad Nieuweschans (Groningen) on 26 and 27 August and 8 September. A preliminary analysis of the results has shown that the sensor systems predict the dike breaches well in advance.
The sensor technology degree programme at Hanze University of Applied Sciences is growing steadily. The Hanze Institute of Technology (HIT) in Assen has welcomed a record number of new first-year students for academic year 2012-2013. A total of 41 students will be starting the sensor technology programme.
The Groningen-based company MyOrder is on the verge of an important breakthrough. Rabobank, which holds 80 per cent of the company's shares, is rolling out the mobile ordering and payment system of MyOrder worldwide. MyOrder, which has only been on the market for four years, makes it possible to make payments with your mobile telephone.
Under the name Sensor City Mobility, Assen is about to become a test region for a system of sensors that give motorists travel advice. Hundreds of cars will be equipped with a unit which, guided by sensors positioned throughout Drenthe’s capital, will give motorists the fastest route via their navigation system.