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News
yesterday

Leydenjar’s silicon anode enters production realm

Start-up Leydenjar is setting up a pilot production line in Eindhoven to prove its high-capacity battery anodes made from nano-textured silicon can be made not just in labs but in factories as well.

News
3 December

Kitepower sails toward energy transition

As the energy transition gets wind beneath its wings, one Yes!Delft start-up is drawing inspiration from Dutch astronaut and professor, the late Wubbo Ockels. Its solution: fly kites in order to harness wind energy and convert it into usable power.

Opinion
yesterday

So, you’re an expert?

This week, I gave a talk at a company that’s starting with data-driven practices and A/B experimentation specifically. My talk was concerned with the enablers required for this, such as continuous deployment (or DevOps), the specific ways in which organizations can apply data-driven practices and A/B testing and the importance of value modeling so that you know what you’re optimizing for.

Background

Background
26 November

Direct digital transmitters pave the way for 5G

Conventionally, analog-intensive transmitters are being used for both handheld and infrastructure applications. However, with the rapidly growing need for higher bandwidth and higher system efficiency/integration, direct digital transmitters are gaining more attention to accommodate the demanding requirements of 5G and other advanced wideband applications.

EPR

News & Analysis

News
21 November

Hot electrons give up the goods

Harvesting the energy of so-called hot electrons in perovskites is surprisingly easy, suggests a study by the University of Groningen and Nanyang Technological University. The finding may help to increase the efficiency of perovskite solar panels.

Interview

Interview
19 November

If you already know everything, how will you ever learn something new?

In the midst of a tight Dutch labor market, companies are working harder than ever to keep and attract new talent. Thermo Fisher software manager Reinier Perquin believes that providing his employees with training opportunities not only helps bring in new personnel, but it also keeps his people fresh.

Background

Background
14 November

How the conception of ASML took some convincing

Back in the 1980s, Philips wasn’t particularly keen on working with the much smaller company ASM International. Only by cozying up to the Dutch government, ASMI CEO Arthur del Prado managed to nudge Philips into the partnership that we know today as ASML.

Interview
12 November

WaveLAN: the tech that brought Wi-Fi to the world

Wi-Fi, one of the most recognizable technologies on the planet, turns 20 this year. While Steve Jobs and Apple had a hand in bringing it to the masses, the building blocks of the world-renowned technology sprouted from right here in the Netherlands. One of its founding fathers, Bruce Tuch, discusses the journey from the early days of the Dutch-developed WaveLAN to the globally recognized Wi-Fi.

Interview
16 October

Bridging the gap

Nico Meijerman joined NTS to help build and expand the company’s software competency. Shortly after arriving at the hardware stronghold, he started to work on bridging the gap between software engineering and the worlds of physics, mechanics and hardware-related disciplines. The result is a workshop in which Meijerman teaches his non-software colleagues the basics of software engineering. Customer and business specifics included.

Opinion
3 December

I dream of electromobility

What do Stuttgart and Delft have in common? Underground train stations, of course, but let’s not talk about these questionable ideas. Let’s talk about the daily traffic jams. The metropolitan area of Stuttgart houses 5.3 million people, many of whom commute over long distances every day between home and work. In Delft – or, even better, the Randstad – this applies to some 8 million people.

Editorial
27 November

Self-driving in the dark

According to a US government report, the truck should have been visible for at least seven seconds, yet Joshua Brown did nothing to avoid a collision. And, crucially, nor did his Tesla, though Brown apparently trusted it to do so. The car had intermittently urged its occupant to take back control of the vehicle with visual and audio signals. Brown complied every time by putting his hands on the steering wheel, but only briefly, so as only to turn off the alarm. It cost him his life.