FIVE SMART CITY INITIATIVES
TURNING RAINWATER INTO BEER
Hemels water (pictured below) is Amsterdam’s first rainwater brewery, taking advantage of the city’s high rainfall by collecting it with specially installed tanks across the city. The aim is to install 200 units that will catch 200,000 litres of water for use before it reaches the sewers.
3D PRINTING FOR EVERYONE
Described as an “innovation playground”, the 3D Makers Zone (3dmakerszone.com) allows companies and entrepreneurs to 3D print designs without having to invest in the hardware themselves. People can print prototypes, learn how to use the equipment, and share ideas with others to speed up the development process.
SOLAR PANELS ON ROOFS
The Solar Coalition (zoncoalitie.nl) is encouraging the owners of buildings with large expanses of rooftop to install solar panels on them. They can then sell the power or use it themselves. This spring, Nissan Motor Parts Centre, for example, completed the largest solar roof in the Netherlands.
PUTTING FOOD WASTE ON THE MENU
InStock (instock.nl) has set itself the task of rescuing perfectly good food that has been discarded from supermarkets and turning it into tasty dishes in its restaurants. So far there ar are three outlets. The Amsterdam br branch serves dishes such as chipotle na nachos, fish burritos made from cr crooked cuts, and spicy falafel salads.
PLANTING TOWER BLOCK BALCONIES
Supported by do donations, Urban Street Forest (u (urbanstreetforest.com) assists to tower block residents to plant trees on their balconies. And for every tre tree planted in the city, another one is pl planted in the developing world to help combat desertification.