Flemish Minister of Innovation Hilde Crevits (CD&V) is having research conducted into whether Flanders can be a strategic partner in the rollout of a hyperloop network. That's a new mode of transport in which large volumes of goods or large groups of people are transported through tubes, at speeds that can reach 1,000 km/h.
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The CAPTURE research center in the Zuidrand district of Ghent has officially opened the doors of a brand new building. Researchers from UGent, VUB and UAntwerpen will work there on circular economy and look for ways to reuse scarce raw materials such as water and plastics. "In the field of sustainable technology, we want to be among the world leaders," said UGent Rector Rik Van de Walle at the opening.
Deploying artificial intelligence could allow wind turbines to work in a smarter way with environmental factors. The doctoral study of VUB researcher Timothy Verstraeten shows that wind energy can become cheaper and more efficient this way.
Interest in Mobility as a Service (MaaS), a mobility concept where consumers use different means of transport via a single subscription, is on the rise among employers. This is according to a new study by the Federal Public Service Mobility and Transport. The implementation of MaaS could significantly reduce car use for commuting.
The start-up Mother launches HomeForest, an installation that enables to grow plants 'automagically' and harvest food indoors. ‘Grow a Pak Choi for less than 25 cents.’
Ghent University and AquaFlanders, the sector federation of Flemish water and sewage companies, launched the academic chair for sustainable drinking water. The aim is to join forces in order to conduct research into how the sustainability and quality of our drinking water can be guaranteed into the future.
Innovative cooling clothing, which cools athletes' bodies during sports, should help Belgian Olympians defy the heat in Tokyo, Japan.
French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM has taken to the skies its first long-haul flight using so-called SAF. This is a sustainable aviation fuel made from used cooking oil by the French oil and gas group Total.
Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen) wants to make Belgium the hydrogen hub of Europe. Before the summer she wants to come up with a strategy that should make optimal use of the potential of our country. The Minister stated this in response to a study on the role of gaseous energy carriers in a climate-neutral Belgium.
In Zelzate, Belgium's first charging station was opened at an office of engineering firm Sweco. Electric cars are used there to store solar energy so that it can be used elsewhere or during dark periods.
The Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences at UHasselt can now use the high-tech movement lab GRAIL. The lab consists of an advanced treadmill with a platform that measures step strength, among other things, a screen on which a virtual environment is projected, and numerous cameras that meticulously record and analyze the subject's balance and every movement.