A Global Roadmap for Intergrated Photonics; Shanghai

Introduction to the Global Roadmap

From 19-21 April 2017, an innovation mission was organized by IA China for PhotonDelta and the TU Eindhoven. The goal of the mission was to get as much relevant Chinese parties involved in the Integrated Photonics Global Roadmap Initiative, for which the World Technology Roadmap Forum is organized by PhotonDelta June 14-16 in Den Bosch. 

Integrated Photonics is a field of research and industrial development which offers a novel way of making chips, using photons instead of electrons as information carriers. This is an enabling technology with applications in many industries, having a potential similar to the semiconductor industry in the 70s. The Netherlands has world leading research institutes and companies in this field, united under the PhotonDelta. China is the biggest player in sheer volume of research, and also has big companies in this field, like Huawei.

The Global Roadmap Initiative has the aim to get all global parties in this field aligned to focus on relevant developments necessary to keep up with market demands, similar to what happened in the semiconductor industry in the 90s with ITRS. Relevant players from Europe, USA, Japan, Israel have already expressed interest of joining, but China had not been approached yet.

 Roundtable in Shanghai

The Shanghai Science Hall

On this topic, prof. Ton Backx, CEO of PhotonDelta, gave a lecture at the Shanghai Association for Science and Technology on the 20th of Apri 2017, which was attended by experts in the field from Shanghai and Hangzhou, as well as a general audience of students. The lecture was followed by a discussion with the experts on how to include China in the global roadmap. Several experts expressed interest to travel to the Den Bosch to attend the conference and make the global roadmap a success for China, the Netherlands and the rest of the world.


CSITF seminar: Waste Treatment and Management


Almost 40 participants at the seminar

On the first day of CSITF on the 20th of April, more than 40 participants attended the Sino-Dutch Seminar on Waste Treatment and Management. This seminar was organised by the Holland Innovation Network China for the special occasion of CSITF 2017 and the role of the Netherlands as Guest Country of Honor. With this seminar, the Holland Innovation Network China aimed to share and exchange knowledge between Dutch and Chinese participants on the development of waste treatment technologies and management, promote academic exchange and enhance Sino-Dutch collaboration among attending companies and knowledge institutions.



The seminar started with opening remarks by Anouk van der Steen, Officer for Innovation, Technology and Science at the Holland Innovation Network of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Shanghai. Several keynote speeches from both Dutch and Chinese companies followed.

Julius de Jong from Orgaworld Asia noted that the demand for food in China has in recent years increased by 55% and that this has also led to a rise in food waste and its associated problems. These problems of proper disposal, therefore create opportunities for waste treatment companies. Bernard Scheffens from WSS Asia followed with his speech, emphasising that waste treatment technologies on their own are not enough to solve the problems of waste in China. Equally important is how parties communicate with each other and manage huge waste treatment projects. Another key factor is the role of law in inducing and stimulating social behaviour such as recycling. Jeroen-Peter van der Mark from Waste Treatment Technologies (WTT) explained how China is the biggest producer of MSW (Municipal Solid Waste) and that there are not enough landfills to accommodate this growth in MSW. This calls for innovative solutions and technologies, in which Dutch companies can play a key role.

Interactive discussions during the seminar

After the networking break, Tony Yuan from Suzhou CPS Technology continued. Amongst other fields, CPS is specialized in waste water treatment equipment. Tony explained how CPS has developed a membrane capable of removing material with 99% efficiency and with lower operating temperatures and requirements. Stephane Vernede from Enwise noted that the transportation of waste carries many disadvantages in terms of extra costs and emissions, both from the transportation itself and the landfills where the waste ends up. To solve this, Enwise aims to convert waste locally (without the need for transport) with modular waste treatment containers. Shutong Liu from MotionECO provided the final speech of this seminar. MotionECO is trying to create a market for renewable diesel made from used cooking oil that can be used in transportation, public services and logistics. 

After the seminar, all participants gathered at the Holland Innovation Pavilion for a network reception where experts, scholars and others had the opportunity to exchange ideas and broaden their network.

A Clean World Through Green Technologies; Sino-Dutch cooperation

How we handle waste has a great influence on our environment. It is thus no wonder that China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) announced plans in January 2017 to spend 252 billion RMB through 2020 to tackle China’s waste problem. This number also shows that there is a lot happening in this sector and that it is a potential market for Dutch companies.

Marieke Kromkamp, Sales Manager at Waste Treatment Technologies Netherlands, confirms that there is plenty of opportunity for cooperation. “In the Netherlands, there is a lot of knowledge and experience in the field of waste (and water) management, especially with regard to the biological treatment (composting, bio-drying, anaerobic digestion) of waste streams. In China, a lot of waste is still going to landfill or deposits. For this part, China and the Netherlands can strengthen each other and work together on solutions.”

Two-thirds of the money that China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) reserved, will fund ‘non-harmful’ methods of household-waste disposal, such as incineration, landfills and recycling. According to the 13th Five-Year Plan waste to energy (WTE) incineration capacity increases to 467k tons/day in 2020, accounting for more than half of all municipal solid waste (MSW) treatment in China, indicating rapid growth and increasing demand for relevant equipment.

The Netherlands, with its dense population, prides itself on smart resource management and nowadays is among the world’s leaders in waste management. During CSITF, there will be a seminar on waste treatment and management to join hands with our Chinese counterparts. At the same time, sustainable green and circular solutions for our shared challenges and opportunities will be discussed. Ms. Kromkamp emphasizes that Sino-Dutch cooperation in this field “is a good thing. As the waste market in China, especially in relation to the treatment of municipal solid waste, is extremely big and there is a lot of potential.”

Innovation mission and seminars

The green technologies innovation mission during CSITF focused on relevant areas in finding sustainable solutions for global challenges: Solar Energy, Air Pollution Monitoring and Waste Treatment and Management.

The seminars “Exploring Sino-Dutch R&D Collaboration and Business Opportunities in Solar Energy and Air Pollution Monitoring” and the “Sino-Dutch seminar on waste treatment and management” were held during the CSITF. A report about these seminars will follow soon.

STORM: the EV motorcycle

The Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution is a silent one, in many respects. New energy vehicles, powered by electricity, roam the streets without sound. But more so, the majority of them are designed in small and dedicated garages, distant from the globally operating traditional car-OEMs, without humongous global marketing budgets, lacking an established ecosystem where consumer, producer and supply chain lock them.

The revolution is surely silent in the Netherlands. Year after year, student teams at various Dutch universities are creating award-winning electric cars and motorcycles; research institutes are generating intelligent solutions for mobility and safety; industry is creating solutions that have put the Netherlands at the forefront of car connectivity and Intelligent Traffic System solutions. One example that exemplifies the potential of this complete value chain is Stella Lux: a solar-powered Electric family car that may drive more than 1500 km on a single charge. It has been declared road-legal by the European road authorities and by that it entered a “beyond concept” stage. The fact that no-one has started to move this car towards production is indicative for the silence. Surely one needs a lot of patience to move EV automotive into a truly sustainable direction, even when the solutions on how to do it are presented on a silver platter.

Luckily, revolutionary solutions keep coming out of the Netherlands. This year, an electric motorcycle produced by STORM Eindhoven is going to see the light, and is scheduled to travel around the Northern hemisphere within 80 days. Like Stella Lux, the motorcycle is conceived and built by a team of students from the Eindhoven University of Technology, and supported by a broad network of local and international organizations in the high-tech (semiconductor) and automotive sectors. And like Stella Lux, China is attractive for STORM as well. STORM actually aims to cross China from west to east this summer, visiting numerous cities, where the team will organize numerous events in order to inform as many people as possible about the benefits and potential of electric driving.

The STORM motorcycle has been designed to be a comfortable touring bike, that drives up to 380 km on one full charge. In order to make electric mobility more approachable, the STORM team aims at standardizing and accelerating battery swap systems. One key advantage is that the battery system is modular, and the number of battery modules for each ride can be adjusted to the expected capacity needed. As a result, due to weight reduction on short trips, the motorcycle uses less energy. And, once an industry standard has been set, the ownership, management, charging and innovation within battery systems will be independent of the EV-owner.

It is expected that STORM will gather a lot of attention during the upcoming world tour. The Holland Innovation Network appreciates the support from everyone that contributes to the success of STORM in China. China’s personal transportation sector is still growing, and the Chinese EV sector may have globally the greatest potential. Once EV innovation is unfolding itself in China, the EV revolution will surely become a not-so-silent one. STORM, the most recent ambassador for excellency in the Dutch EV innovation sector, will hopefully inspire to speed up these developments in China.

More info can be found on the website of STORM.
STORM is also on WeChat:




Biomass ambitions of Jingjiang City

On July 7, 2015, the Netherlands Office for Science and Technology (NOST), together with ECN (the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands) visited the city of Jingjiang. Jingjiang is located a 2,5 hours drive from Shanghai and is besides the largest private shipbuilding base interested in various applications in the field of renewable energy.

Jingjiang is a city of 665km2, with a large private shipbuilding base and a deep-water port. It is located in the Yangtze delta and active in the car, ships, machinery and energy industry.

On March 24, 2015, the government of Jingjiang, Jiangsu Antai New Energy Technology (JAE), Dalhman Renewable Technologies (DRT) and ECN signed a MoU for strategic cooperation, in presence of Prime Minister Mr. Rutte. First goal is to establish a biomass gasification plant based on ECN’s proprietary Milena technology for the efficient conversion of biomass, particularly straw, into power and/or a substitute for natural gas. ECN and Royal Dalhman developed this high technology for clean energy solutions together, where solid biomass or waste is converted into gaseous components. A biomass plant from this size is the first to be established in Jingjiang and is in line with the promotion of sustainable city developments and the stimulation of green energy use.

During a Strategic Cooperation Conference on July 7, various ambitions and suggestions for further cooperation with ECN were discussed. Jingjiang elaborated that they are very much interested in the technology transfer of ECN to various enterprises in the city of Jingjiang. Starting point is the biomass gasification plant, followed by opportunities in the field of solar and wind energy. Secondly, ECN could partner in setting up a collaboration platform for the development of renewable energy technology in the region, to further develop the biomass to energy solutions in the region. Part of this platform should lead towards a joint research center on new materials related to clean air, as well as clean water technologies. Last, on the agenda of Jingjiang City is the goal to establish a new energy industrial park. Biomass, wind and solar energy will be the focus areas of this industrial park.

Apart from Jingjiang, other cities in Jiangsu Province in China are also active in the biomass power industry. Presently, there are altogether 41 biomass power generation projects completed or under planning and construction. There is a lot of potential, and collaboration with Dutch partners will likely focus on pilot projects and industrial design for the biomass power industry in Jiangsu.

Sources, further reading

  1. https://www.ecn.nl/news/item/the-power-of-dutch-sino-cooperation/