AMS 8 projects selected for stimulus funding AMS Institute

AMS Institute has selected 8 projects to grant funding out of the so called Stimulus budget, which should realize short-term research output and act as a catalyst of a new solution direction, concept or approach. With this selection, AMS Institute brings together a wide variety of new partnerships and co-creations of scientists and professionals of businesses, municipality, NGO’s and other stakeholders to create solutions for the complex challenges a metropolitan region like Amsterdam is facing.

November 2nd was the deadline for submitting a proposal for AMS’ first Call for Stimulus Projects. AMS received 30 proposals, and the high quality standard of the proposed projects was overwhelming. The submitted proposals have been evaluated based on the criteria for stimulus projects, and the selected projects are the most innovative, scientificcaly sound, relevant to Amsterdam and with great upscaling potential. The selected projects will start in December 2015, and have their results spread through 2016. Keep an eye on AMS Institute website for seeing the innovation these projects will bring.

Selected Stimulus projects

Filling in the blind spots of urban air quality together with citizens
(Alterra Wageningen UR, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, LongFonds,  KNMI,  ECN,  Waag Society,, GGD Amsterdam and Wageningen University)
The group will measure air quality on streets of Amsterdam with high NO2 concentrations together with citizens, in multiple design and measuring sessions, and develop new techniques to combine official and alternative (crowdsourced) data.

3D Printing in the Circular City
Closing the loop of plastic waste flows by using large scale 3D printing for recycling plastic waste
(TU Delft, House of DUS, AEB)
The proposal introduces an innovative solution for the recycling of plastic waste, which takes advantage of large scale 3d-printing, and will investigate this concept in the case study of Amsterdam North.

Green Junkie
Exploring added value of a new green innovation for an economical vital city
(Wageningen UR, Corporation MyEarth, Amsterdam Engineering Bureau Sacha Stolp)
Pilot project with a plant named ‘Green Junkie’ to reduce air pollution and absorb fine particles onsite at the Amsterdam “Zuidas”

Prospecting the Urban Mines of Amsterdam (PUMA)
(TU Delft, Leiden University, Waag Society, Metabolic)
The project proposes recycling of resources through mining in the urban environment: Amsterdam is a wealth of metals. Amsterdam is tons of steel, copper, aluminium, gold. Steel in highrise buildings, copper in the cables, aluminium in windowframes, gold in the telephones.

Smart Wasting in Amsterdam
(Wageningen UR, CREM, Waste department Municipality of Amsterdam)
This stimulus project will contribute to the big waste challenge of the city by: gaining insight in the waste dynamics and practices, design of a conceptual model relating waste production and  separation practices with demographic characteristics of neighbourhoods in Amsterdam and finally the design, implementation and application of a spatially explicit model for the optimal location of  waste containers.

BalanCity: Smart Traffic Load Balancing for Sustainable Cities
(TU Delft, Cygnify)
The project proposes a ‘macro-level’ traffic approach in which the route planning system considers multiple, collective and concurrent objectives concerning congestion and pollution on various roads. Traffic is distributed in such a way that travel time is minimized, but also noise and air pollution, while taking into account individual vehicle and road characteristics.

(Wageningen UR, start-up G.H. Sterenborg, Municipality Amsterdam, ANMEC)
A data system and smartphone app which shows urban climate high resolution maps, indicating urban climate problems (such as heat stress) and potentials for improvement. Additionally, the CLIMADAPTOOL provides a recommendation map with location specific interventions for urban climate improvement.

Industrial symbiosis in closing the chain of mineral building materials in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region
(Wageningen UR, ECN)
This project will provide an overview of mineral building materials flows and properties in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region and the potential for industrial symbiosis for these materials.