During the fourth edition of the Day of Science, on Sunday November 23, 2014, VITO offered the public a unique look behind the scenes at three locations in Flanders.
The Day of Science is the biggest science event in Flanders and Brussels. In November 2014, more than 34,000 visitors found their way to participating organisations, which include several Flemish universities and colleges, museums, innovative companies, interactive centres, astronomical observatories and research institutes. VITO put its best foot forward as well, with a programme chock-full of demonstrations, practical tests and eureka-moments.
In the Logistic Innovation and Training Centre (LiTC) in Laakdal, VITO showcased its fleet of electric vehicles for road, rail and water. Researchers also showed how VITO helps companies find their way to a circular economy. Plenty of discarded mobile phones or industrial waste streams contain valuable metals, which can be filtered out and re-used through innovative techniques.
In VITO and Thomas More Kempen's SUNBUILT laboratory in Geel, visitors learnt that algae as a source of protein, fat and sugars can be used as an interesting new resource. In the pilot installation, micro algae are raised to a size where they can be harvested, cracked and valorised. The water used to grow them is collected, purified and re-used.
At CMOSIS in Berchem, visitors were shown how drones, developed by VITO, can be used to chart agricultural areas. The drones are equipped with a spectral camera with a CMOSIS image sensor chip and a hyperspectral filter created by imec. The camera can detect the smallest light differences in and around vegetation, allowing for better monitoring of the health of agricultural crops. The images were turned into ready-to-use maps, which offer farmers fast and accurate information on the condition of their fields.