Arnon Lesage (UvA): SolarFoil
Plants need light to grow, and a world that requires more food needs light optimized towards agriculture. We are developing a transparent layer that can manipulate sunlight into light optimized for agriculture. Sunlight contains useful light, but also harmful UV and green light which is not so efficiently used. Our nanotechnology allows us to modify sunlight and create a resulting light spectrum that increases crop yields. In the Lab we test this on micro-algae cultures, we see them growing 10-20% faster when under SolarFoil manipulated sunlight.
We envision SolarFoil tailored to different crops, to flowers to tomato’s, in greenhouses in polytunnels using only sunlight as it’s source, both increasing useful light in the Netherlands, and decreasing harmful light in sunny Spain.
Corentin Coulais (UvA): Edible Metamaterials Metamaterials have already widely been used in physics and engineering to control how light and sound propagate. In other sectors – like the food industry – their potential has remained completely unexplored. We think that metamaterials could dramatically improve the interactions between humans and materials and to help create sustainable food sources. […]
Sem Vijverberg (VU): Long-lead time predictions of weather and its impact using AI Our society is vulnerable to weather variability and extremes. Think of energy consumption and production, potential crop failures, forest fires, etcetera. Climate change can make weather more extreme, and at the same time we become more and more reliant on renewable energies. […]
Syranos Tjee (HvA): Recipe Creation I want to do something about food waste and my idea is Recipe Creation. People often don’t know what to do with their leftovers and also often throw leftovers away, which is a shame. With Recipe Creation you can scan your leftover food and it will generates a recipe. My […]