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Ruimteonderzoeksinstituut SRON naar Leiden en Delft-980x450px

Good opportunities for collaboration

SRON has some 200 staff working in Utrecht and Groningen and is part of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). SRON Utrecht needs to relocate because the current building at the Uithof is approaching the end of its lifespan.  The NWO executive board and the board of the Netherlands Space Research Institute SRON have expressed their preference for the joint bid of Leiden University and Delft University of Technology. In this bid, SRON Utrecht will relocate in several years time to a new building on the campus of Leiden University. NWO and SRON are pleased about this new location and the many possibilities it offers for collaborating in science, technology development and instrument construction. West Holland has a unique ecosystem in the area of space travel and earth observation. The bid by the two universities is supported by the municipalities of Delft and Leiden, InnovationQuarter, the Province of South Holland, TNO, ESA ESTEC and the regional space sector. Once the advice from the works councils has been received, the NWO executive board will take a final decision in 2018.

There is a very strong colaboration between Science and Engineering in this region, and the arrival of SRON will give an even greater impetus to this. -Tim van der Hagen, President of TU Delft


Vice-Rector Hester Bijl from Leiden University is delighted with the proposed relocation of SRON to Leiden’s Science Campus: ‘This is fantastic news. It has been made possible thanks to intensive cooperation with TU Delft, the Province of South Holland and the two municipalities of Leiden and Delft. The presence of SRON in Leiden will mean an enormous boost for research and teaching in both Leiden and Delft.’

Tim van der Hagen, President of TU Delft is also very happy with the arrival of SRON in South Holland: ‘There is a very strong colaboration between Science and Engineering in this region, and the arrival of SRON will give an even greater impetus to this.’ In Delft SRON will be using existing clean rooms and may well work on the construction of new clean rooms together with TU Delft.

Mayor Henri Lenferink from the municipality of Leiden: ‘We are very happy that SRON is coming to Leiden. The institute is an excellent match for the existing infrastructure of the city and will further strengthen the cooperation with the space cluster, including with ESA ESTEC, in the region. This is another success story arising from the strong collaboration with Delft.’

Three bids

This spring it transpired that the previously planned relocation of SRON Utrecht to Amsterdam could not go ahead. NWO subsequently explored the interests of Dutch universities to accommodate SRON on their campus. Three bid books for the new accommodation of the SRON location in Utrecht were assessed by a selection committee over the past few months. The three bids were of a high quality and closely matched each other. After an extensive procedure, the selection committee advised NWO and SRON to proceed with the South Holland consortium.

Excellent connection with research

The overarching argument from the selection committee to choose the bid from Leiden University/Delft University of Technology was the opportunity to optimally realise a future-proof location for SRON. Furthermore, the research connections between SRON and Leiden/Delft, the continuity of the research, the commitment of the bidding party and the financial aspects were important criteria for reaching the final assessment. The enthusiasm and broad support at both universities in combination with a solid and generous offer meant that the selection committee saw many excellent prospects for SRON in the area of space research in South Holland. In addition, the selection committee judged that there is an excellent connection with the technology and instrument construction of SRON. There is also a very good connection with two scientific programme lines of SRON: astrophysics and exoplanet research. The connection with the third programme line, Earth research is still limited in South Holland at present. However, in the bid from Leiden University/Delft University of Technology the selection committee does see sufficient possibilities for realising this connection in the future.

About the selection procedure

The selection committee received a total of three bids. Besides Leiden University/ Delft University of Technology, the consortia University of Amsterdam/University of Twente and Radboud University/ Eindhoven University of Technology also submitted a bid. The three bids were assessed by a selection committee that was appointed in consultation with SRON and the NWO Science domain. The selection procedure consisted of two written rounds of questions followed by interviews with delegations from the submitting consortia. On the basis of this, NWO and SRON jointly chose which two consortia could continue in the procedure. At the start of December, site visits were paid to the two remaining locations. After the visits, the committee reached a choice and it advised the NWO executive board and SRON board to opt for the bid from Leiden University/Delft University of Technology with new accommodation in Leiden.

Source / Leiden University

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RAMLAB unveils worlds first class approved 3D printed ships propeller-980x450 The five-company partnership started pooling their collective resources and knowledge to develop the world’s first 3D printed ship’s propeller seven months ago. Promarin provided the design of the triple-blade propeller. The Port of Rotterdam’s RAMLAB (Rotterdam Additive Manufacturing LAB) carried out fabrication using Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM) techniques with Autodesk’s Powermill software. Damen provided Research and Development resources in addition to one of its Stan Tug 1606 vessels for operational testing purposes. Bureau Veritas’ role was to verify the entire development, production and testing process.

298 layers of 3D printing

The consortium reached its first milestone in August with the completion of the first WAAMpeller prototype. With valuable experience gained, production of the second version, with the aim of achieving class certification, started immediately. “We learned a lot from producing the prototype,” says Vincent Wegener, Managing Director RAMLAB. “Mainly relating to hardware/software interaction because, when laying down 298 layers of Nickel Aluminium Bronze alloy, it is important to have a tight control on all process parameters.” “Production of the second WAAMpeller was greatly improved because we had learned to manage these process parameters.” RAMLAB unveils world’s first class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller

Testing in Dordrecht

With the second WAAMpeller completed, the project then progressed to the testing stage, the first phase of which saw the WAAMpeller installed on a Damen Stan Tug 1606. This particular vessel is of extra interest in that it is equipped with a Tier III compliant engine, making it future proof for the ever stricter environmental rules and regulations in harbours. Damen’s testing engineers performed operational testing of the WAAMpeller on 20 November, with representatives from all of the consortium partners present. Furthermore, the day’s procedures were also overseen by Bureau Veritas surveyors throughout. The testing programme included bollard pull and crash stop testing in addition to speed trials. “Of course, we were all a bit nervous beforehand – after all, innovation always comes with a certain amount of unknowns – but the testing was a success,” says Kees Custers, Damen Project Engineer R&D enthusiastically. “We were pleased to report that the WAAMpeller displays the same behaviour as a conventional casted propeller in all of the tests. This includes the same level of performance in the crash stop scenario, which – going from full throttle ahead to full throttle reverse – is the heaviest loading that a propeller can experience. “From day one, this project has been characterised by a good working atmosphere and team dynamics, so there were quite a few high-fives on board when we had successfully completed the tests!”

Future thinking

Talking before the WAAMpeller unveiling event, Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam took the time to highlight the efforts of the collaborating partners: “The WAAMpeller project is special for many reasons. Not only has it produced the world’s first class approved 3D printed ship’s propeller, but this has been accomplished within a very impressive seven-month timeframe and only one year after the official opening of RAMLAB”. “Everyone involved has worked extremely hard to make this happen. Damen, Autodesk and Bureau Veritas have supported the project all the way. Promarin have really shown their expertise with the finishing of this WAAMpeller. And last, but not least, the production process at RAMLAB continued 24/7, with their experts permanently on hand.” Looking at the bigger picture, Mr Castelein went on to identify the implications of the WAAMpeller project on the maritime industry. “This project has shown the shipbuilding industry the potential of 3D printing techniques for the production of vessel components. We will continue our intensive research into this very exciting area.

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The State of European Tech: 2017

The State of European Tech: 2017

Atomico and Slush provide an annual, in-depth analysis of the European tech ecosystem by addressing a number of topics, such as talent, community, capital flows, deep technology, and regulation. Working with several data partners and surveying thousands of people within Europe’s tech ecosystem enable us to develop insights about what is really going on in the ecosystem.


The highlights

Authored by Tom Wehmeier, Partner and Head of Research at Atomico, the report identifies numerous insights and trends. A few highlights:

  • Total capital of $19bn invested into European tech breaks records. Invested capital is estimated to be $19bn, and the average deal size has increased compared to the record-breaking last year. Since the beginning of 2015, Europe has seen more than $3bn invested per quarter and the long-term investment trend reflects the expansion of its tech ecosystem.
  • European deep tech keeps its momentum and attracts $3.5bn of investments in 2017. Last year, the report pointed out that deep tech is thriving and diversifying across the continent, and today we see that Europe has been able to maintain its momentum. Within deep tech, AI and blockchain are seen as the areas where Europe is best-positioned to gain world-leading status.
  • Every European city is becoming a tech city. There are already over 160 hubs in Europe, and the number has been steadily growing during the past few years. Europe is seeing the spread of tech communities: there are hundreds of tech-related events happening daily across Europe’s tech ecosystem.

Clearly, it has been a great year for European tech and the future looks encouraging. The Huge talent pool, ambitious founders, and increasingly sophisticated investors allow Europe to march to its own beat. Questions of whether Europe can produce world-class innovation and $100bn companies are answered: definitely yes.

The State of European Tech: 2017

The challenges

But that yes doesn’t come without a but. There are some barriers on the way still:

  • Regulation is considered as the biggest barrier to scaling European tech. The European market might lack common rules or there is uncertainty around future regulation of deep tech. Cooperation between corporations, startups, and regulators is much needed to transform the regulation from a hindrance into a competitive advantage.
  • Gender imbalance remains a notable challenge. Since only 9% of CxO positions at venture-backed European startups are held by women, attracting more female into tech is crucial. Although the road ain’t easy, Europe could take the leader’s position in diversifying the global tech scene.

Reading this year’s report will give you a comprehensive, up-to-date picture of the state of European technology – hopefully you’ll enjoy it! The full report can be found on a slick website, provided by Atomico. You can read and download it here: www.stateofeuropeantech.com.


Source / Slush / StartupDelta

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Elion Group sets up innovation center for eco-entrepreneurs in West Holland

Jaap Smit, King’s Commissioner of the Province of Zuid-Holland, and Elion Group’s Chairman Mr. Wang Wenbiao exchange welcomes gifts. © Marc Verhees

Innovation center for eco-business

Elion Group has been involved in eco-restoration for almost three decades, transforming deserts into green spaces through afforestation and sand erosion prevention projects. The set-up of the ‘Elion Europe Technology Innovation Center’ in West Holland is planned for 2018 and is part of this Chinese enterprise global eco-business strategy. This innovation center aims to (financially) support Dutch innovative environmental technologies and concepts, in order to translate these Dutch solutions into concrete projects, in China and globally.

Elion Group’s Chairman, Mr. Wang Wenbiao, who was granted a UN’s lifetime of leadership in green industry this week in Nairobi (Kenya): “I’m very proud to say that the Netherlands is experienced in ecological management and has great innovations in this sector. If these Dutch solutions could be applied in countries like China, the ecological impact would be much bigger.”

Signing confirmation letter Elion Group

Ms. Nan Su, Director Dutch Sino Business Promotions, and Loek Becker Hoff (Senior Account Manager Cleantech at InnovationQuarter) sign the confirmation letter for the set-up of the ‘Elion Europe Technology Innovation Center’ in West Holland.

Chances for Dutch eco-initiatives

Some of the environmental issues the Netherlands confronts everyday matches Elion Group’s eco-strategy and now that they are established in the Netherlands, they expect to benefit from the high standard of Dutch R&D. The presence of Elion Group’s innovation center offers international business opportunities for Dutch eco-initiatives on ecological environment protection, such as water management, energy saving and control of air pollution.

Elion Group sets up innovation center for eco-entrepreneurs in West Holland

Prior to the signing of the confirmation letter, the Chinese Ambassador Mr. Wu Ken gives a welcomes speech. © Marc Verhees

InnovationQuarter’s Director of Foreign Investments Chris van Voorden: “We are pleased with Elion Group’s choice for West Holland. Elion offers opportunities for Dutch eco-entrepreneurs who want to scale-up their business internationally, by providing access to knowledge, a worldwide network and financial support. With Dutch Sino Business Promotions, NFIA and our regional partners, we will assist Mr. Wang Wenbiao and his team in creating new initiatives that support their eco-business goals and introduce them to relevant networks.”

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ECE's Scale-up Dashboard 2017

Scale-ups in the Netherlands

The Scale-up Dashboard 2017 shows that:

  • The number of scale-ups in The Netherlands has increased to 3237. This means that the number of scale-ups increased by 5.4% in the past year compared to the previous year.
  • The number of startups becoming scale-ups rises tremendously. Over the past two years, this has increased by no less than 220%. One in ten scale-ups in the Netherlands arise from a startup.
  • Top sectors count relatively many scale-ups. The top sectors Energy, High-tech and Life Sciences & Health are at the frontrunners.
  • An increasing number of companies in the Netherlands are hardly, if at all, growing. Almost a third of Dutch companies are even shrinking.

ECE's SCale-up Dashboard 2017, the statistics

More startups become scale-ups

Prof.dr. Justin Jansen: “The Scale-up Dashboard is the first list that truly takes into account and measures all companies in the Netherlands with more than 10 FTE. There are more lists about scale-ups available, but those give limited insights because companies have to register themselves or the lists are focused on specific sectors. Insight in which companies truly belong to the Top of scale-ups is missing and that is what we hope to achieve by creating and launching this Top 250 Scale-ups (Top 250 Groeibedrijven) – of over 3000 scale-ups – in the Netherlands.”

“Although more and more startups are making the step to scale-up, considerable efforts are still needed to keep countries like China, Israel and America up and running”, says Prince Constantijn van Oranje, special envoy of StartupDelta. Find out what he has to say more about the current position of startups and scale-ups in the Netherlands and the research findings (interview BNR in Dutch).

Interested? Have a look at the preview above or request the Scale-up Dashboard 2017 via www.ece.nl. A similar dashboard (in Dutch) is available for scale-ups in Zuid-Holland.


Source / ECE

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Dutch Office Locations Ranking 2017

Leiden in Top 3

In the 2017 edition, Spring Real Estate investigated 145 office locations in 34 municipalities. Based on the lettability scores per location, the relationships between office locations have been determined. The winner of this years’ ranking is the Zuidelijke IJ-oever in Amsterdam. Just like the 2016 edition, there is a surprising top 3 ranking for the Bio Science Park in Leiden.

Dutch Office Locations Ranking

In addition to the lettability score per location, this report provides an overview of the key figures per office location and features stock, stock in construction, supply, take-up and rental prices. To provide a complete view on market dynamics, insight is given into the most prominent rental- and investment transactions per location.

You can find the complete ranking in this research below.


Bron / Spring Real Estate