At the prestigious Annual Research Conference (ARC) in November 2014 in Qatar, two VITO researchers won an award for their research. Both Karolien Vanbroekhoven and Bert Claessens won a Regular Poster award.
Karolien Vanbroekhoven, Program Manager at VITO, explained how to turn carbon dioxide in useful chemicals during her poster presentation at ARC. She represented VITO researcher Deepak Pant. VITO wants to transform carbon dioxide into new resources through electrochemical processes. This will provide an alternative to non-renewable fossil sources.
In the category 'Computing and Information Technology', Bert Claessens stood out to the jury. In his poster presentation, the VITO researcher highlighted VITO's experience with self-teaching controllers, which adapt the energy use of household appliances to the energy available. VITO is currently developing this technology, which is supported by smart algorithms, for heat pumps or boilers.
Through the presence of ARC, VITO supports the mobility of experts between Belgium and Qatar. VITO wants to continue building on existing ties with the Qatar Foundation, but also with several government institutions, universities and private-sector companies.