TBM in the media
19 February 2020
Hans de Bruijn in Trouw about 'Framing’ (column)
Hans de Bruijn has a weekly column about 'framing' in Trouw. Read the latest column.
15 November 2019
Behnam Taebi in Technisch Weekblad over Geo-engineering
Deze zomer meldde het IPCC dat de gemiddelde temperatuur wereldwijd sinds 1850 met 1,1°C is toegenomen, maar dat de toename boven land ruim een halve graad hoger ligt. Hoe somberder de voorspellingen over de gevolgen van klimaatverandering worden, hoe serieuzer wetenschappers nadenken over geo-engineering, ofwel het kunstmatig op grote schaal afkoelen van de wereld door bijvoorbeeld deeltjes in de stratosfeer te brengen.
13 August 2019
Aimee van Wynsberghe in Computer weekly about Most influential women in UK tech
In its search for the most influential women in UK technology, each year Computer Weekly asks the tech industry to nominate who it thinks should be considered for the top 50. Robot ethicist Aimee van Wynsberghe of TU Delft is on the longlist for 2019.
How the shipping industry can make the festive season more sustainable
With the festive season fast approaching, container ships are once more sailing to and fro packed full of gifts. But many people may be unaware of the fact that the shipping industry is one of the biggest causes of environmental pollution. Large container ships that consume huge quantities of fuel oil containing toxic substances are a particular problem. They sail outside territorial waters, where hardly any environmental rules apply and they account for 80% of all greenhouse gas emissions from shipping.
The hydrogen car as a crucial link in a sustainable energy system
Conventional cars that run on fossil fuels no longer meet today’s needs, certainly not in view of the Dutch government’s target of being CO₂ neutral by 2050. A combination of hydrogen cars and battery electric vehicles, are the way forward as stated by the TPM researcher Samira Farahani. She and other researchers at TU Delft are working on Professor Ad van Wijk’s concept of the 'Car as a power plant' (CaPP).
How do you ensure that changing norms and values are embedded in technical developments?
Over time, norms and values change. When the internet was first developed, the idea was that all the information that was posted should be kept so that nothing would be lost. At the time, that was an important value. Nowadays, though, we want to give internet users the right to be forgotten, but the system is not geared up to doing this. How do you deal with this discrepancy? These kind of questions are tackled by Ibo van de Poel in his ERC project, in which he and his team are working on a philosophical theory on value change.
Defossilising chemical industry: from molecule to large-scale system integration
90% of raw materials used today in the EU chemical industry are still from fossil origin. The energy transition therefore has far-stretching implications for chemical companies. The industry will need to replace its traditional energy sources for sustainable ones. This need is especially urgent in the Netherlands as it is striving to become CO2 neutral by the year 2050. TU Delft initiated the e-Refinery initiative to contribute to finding technical solutions in defossilising chemical industry.
Promoting social interaction through online games
Today’s society is faced with the challenge of communities that do not really participate in society. They keep to themselves and hardly interact with others in public spaces. This is often the case in urban districts. The municipalities of Rotterdam and The Hague embrace this challenge as an essential element of social resilience and want to address it in a positive way, through serious gaming.
Resilient water management in India through adaptive policy analysis
Over the last decade, uncontrolled growth has transformed rural villages around major cities in India into urban fringes, also known as peri-urban areas. There has been rapid construction of homes and factories and the growing population and industry create an increasing need for water. The original water infrastructure in these agriculture-dependent villages is ill equipped to cope and this is creating tensions.