Eye-OpenersΒ πŸ‘€

24-11-22

We are featured on the Eye-openers platform to explain our value in a short and clear format.


Circular chain project β™»οΈ

07-10-22

We’ve kicked off our circular chain project to make the production process of the Rainblock even more sustainable.

Together with TUSTI BV., The Compound Company, Veridis, Water2keep BV and De Grondstoffendienst, we are building a closed circular chain wherein each partner brings their own experience and expertise. Due to the great motivation and openmindedness, everyone could feel the enthusiasm during our first physical meeting after the granting of a contribution by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).


We have had our first ever Advisory Board meeting! πŸ™Œ 

25-10-22

We have started holding our quarterly advisory board meetings to help tackle our greatest long-term challenges as a company. We see this as an important tool to make sure we are focussing on the right things and to make sure these are included in our company strategy. And this all happens through insightful discussions with our boardmembers.

Thank you Sven, Jurgen, and Ivo for your valuable insights!


We are looking for a Senior Business Developer! πŸ”

04-10-22

We have an open position for an experienced business developer to scout market opportunities, define the market- and customer- propositions, and realise business deals. Your core job is developing new partnerships and potential customer relations across the waste-to-product value chain and validating product use case scenarios.

See more info at https://veridis.tech/jobs/. Send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae (CV) to Nigel Visser, CEO of Veridis, at ndjvisser@veridis.tech.


New demo at our next conference! πŸ””

13-09-22

Visit our team tomorrow and Thursday at the Kunststoffenbeurs in the Brabanthallen in Den Bosch. Nigel Visser, Marie-JosΓ© Wolters & Mathijs Kuil will be at our stand in Hall 2, stand 260B.

And with something special; we will demonstrate a model of our new setup! From November onwards, we will start commercially testing with our improved POC2 setup. This advancement of our MADSCAN technology allows us to measure more plastic types, at a larger sample size in less time than before. Curious to know more about the exact specifications or testing your plastics? Get in contact via info@veridis.tech or visit our stand at the Kunststoffenbeurs.

Looking forward to physically meeting you!


Internship alert! 🚨

30-08-22

This week Stijn van Aartsen is finishing his internship and as a part of this he presented his work last Thursday at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven. In his extensive study he developed an innovative method to analyse the MADSCAN data, providing more information on the polymer fractions and properties. A big step forward, thank you Stijn!


The main takeaway of the Plastic Recycling Show Europe is? Defining quality and how to measure it, is crucial for recycling plastics. ♻️

30-06-22

Seeing the openness and willingness to learn among the people at the Plastic Recycling Show Europe was great. However, one word missing in the conversations is an important one: The circular economy.

To reduce the pressure on the environment, tackle climate change and reduce dependence on fossil fuels, the transition towards a circular economy is crucial. The big challenge is on how to get there. Plastic recycling has a central role in this, and one of the essential things in this transition is recycling quality.

Figure 1

How is recycling quality currently defined?

There are nine keywords/phrases now being used regarding recycling quality:

Keywords presently used to describe qualityDefinitions
Impurity contentIs the content of untargeted materials or substances in a targeted waste stream.
Technical qualityIs a combination of the mechanical properties and the Melt-Flow Index (MFI) or a similar property which describes the molten plastics’ flow behaviour.
Technical propertiesAre the properties that give the material the ability to function according to the required specification. Typically combines mechanical and processing characteristics.
Function/functionality/ functional recyclingIs a defined set of physical and chemical properties that made the material desirable in the first place – recycling them in such a way that preserves them.
Resource dissipationIs the yield loss of material humanity can’t use anymore.
SubstitutabilityIs the degree to which a material is replaceable by an alternative resource or product (e.g. percentage of virgin plastics replaceable by recycled plastics without loss of function).
Circularity potentialIs how well a single recycling fraction can fulfil quality demands in a closed loop (e.g. how many cycles can the fraction go through before becoming unfit for purpose).
Downcycling / upcyclingA recycling process wherein a material is used in a product of lower market value instead of in a similar or higher market value product.
Closed-loop vs open-loop recyclingClosed-loop is a recycling process to reuse the recycled material for the same market application as in its previous life cycle. Open-loop means a different market application than the last cycle.

The definitions all define pieces of quality for a recycling process, with some taking a system view and others looking more towards the material itself as well as the properties relevant for the production of products.

How do we properly define recycling quality?

Currently, recycling quality is a vague term. Everyone has a different interpretation due to the lack of a clear definition, as seen in the current variety of meanings. One of the causes is that what is good and bad quality is driven mainly by the use-case of the plastic. Thus a recyclate can be very well suited for one use-case/application and be unsuitable for another. This current measure of quality takes a single recycling loop into account. Yet, when going fully circular, the material will go through the loop several times and be less suitable to substitute virgin plastics. Hence, preserving the plastic’s functionality while considering the targeted application gives a good indication of the quality of a recycling process.

Figure 2: Quality seen through the lens of different waste treatment options [source].

How to measure recycling quality

The mechanical properties such as the elastic modulus in the transverse and machine direction, impact strength, and tear strength are important factors. And are very much dependent on the impurities that are present in the material. E.g., an HDPE/PP blend can quickly become brittle, dependent on the relative fraction of each polymer in the mix. In comparison, other PE types have a different mechanical profile in combination with PP.


Figure 3: Degree of mixing at the polymer blend interface: (a) compatible polymer blends with a mixed amorphous interface and (b) immiscible polymer blends with clear phase separation [source].

Determining the different subtypes and the fractions present is essential to properly determine the quality of plastic waste at various steps in the value chain, instead of only indicating the main polymer types (e.g. PE, PP) present in a stream. The amount of impurities defines the technical characteristics that give the material functionality for a specific application. By reliably measuring the quality, we know the process’s performance, enabling the opportunity to improve. Reliable quality and transparency depend on the data that players among the value chain share. Hence data reliability and transparency form the bedrock of a circular economy.

Conclusion

Recycling quality is currently already an important topic and will become more critical in the coming years as we go towards a circular economy as a society. As a topic, it deserves more attention, as a clear definition helps determine what goes well and what does not. This definition of recycling quality should take both the system and the material perspective into account within the boundaries of a circular economy. 

Measuring quality means you can improve it. Taking a step toward a more data-driven recycling process means taking further steps toward Recycling 2.0 and a circular economy.

Nigel Visser


Visit us at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe! πŸ“£

09-06-22

In two weeks we will exhibit at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe in RAI Amsterdam. June 22nd & 23rd, we will showcase our MADSCAN technology at stand E72. We are providing a crucial step in the circularity of plastics through the identification and analysis of high quality, recycled materials. Have a look at this link for more information or visit stand E72.


Final of the Philips Innovation Award today! πŸŽ‰

30-05-22

We are super excited to be part of the final of the Philips Innovation Award. See Nigel Visser & Mathijs Kuil explain in the short movie why we need to win! Tune in via the live stream at 19:30 to see Mathijs Kuil pitch: https://lnkd.in/grciNeYt.


Special lab visit πŸ”¬

22-04-22

Yesterday, Martijn van Gruijthuijsen, deputy of the Provincie Noord-Brabant, visited our lab to sneak peak our technology. Together with Gerard Spanbroek from Brabant Startup Fonds, we will work towards enabling recycling 2.0.

The MADSCAN technology provides a crucial step in the circularity of plastics through the identification and analysis of high quality, recycled materials.


Global recycling day 🌏

18-03-22

Plastic recycling is facing big challenges, which require new innovative solutions. Earlier this month, 175 nations signed the historic UN resolution in Nairobi to β€˜end the global scourge of plastic pollution’. This resolution will lead to large challenges in recycling. With Veridis we aim to offer a solution for these challenges, through a new analysis for high-quality plastic recycling.


Another internship finished! πŸŽ“

17-03-22

Last week, Tom Willaert gave his final presentation. With this background in Applied Physics, he worked on improving our signal analysis. Tom also worked on a new model for the optimisation for yield and quality in sorting facilities through the MADSCAN technology. Good luck, Tom!

Would you like to be part of the team that is redefining plastic recycling and accelerating the shift to a circular economy? We are developing an innovative thermal analysis for the characterization of recycled plastics. We have various open internship positions in the field of data analytics, thermal simulation and electrical & mechanical engineering. Take a look at https://veridis.tech/jobs/ or send your CV + motivation to info@veridis.tech.


ExtremeTechChallenge Netherlands & Belgium finalist! 🎊

04-03-22

We are very happy to announce that Veridis has been selected as a finalist of the Extreme Tech Challenge Netherlands & Belgium!

We will deliver our amazing pitch on the 24th of March at the High Tech Campus Eindhoven. Also, a well deserved congratulations to the other startups in the HighTechXL family on reaching the final!


Philips Innovation Award Semi-Finalist! πŸŽ‰

01-03-22

We are proud to be chosen as Semi-Finalist of the Philips Innovation Award. On Thursday, Mathijs Kuil & Wessel van der Woude visited the Investor Day at YES!Delft. 1st of April there will be a live pitch to become a finalist.


Internship finished 🏁

20-10-22

Today, Pepijn Kruidenier finished his Data Generation and AI internship with us. With his final presentation he showed the application of GANs and Cycle GANs to improve the MADSCAN technology. A big thanks to Pepijn!

Would you like to be part of the team that is redefining plastic recycling and accelerating the shift to a circular economy? We are developing a novel thermal analysis for the characterization of materials. We have various open internship positions in the field of data analytics, thermal simulation and electrical & mechanical engineering. Take a look at https://veridis.tech/jobs/ or send your CV + motivation to info@veridis.tech


A new Veridis milestone 🎯

10-02-22

Just before the end of 2021: we detected a 1% impurity in a plastic mix of 2 grams using the proof of concept of our MADSCAN technology. Through daily testing on different plastic samples, we were able to improve our data analysis. This means we are ready for the first commercial tests with the MADSCAN!

If you are looking for commercial testing on large plastic samples, inquire via info@veridis.tech. We are able to measure small impurities on 2 grams samples for different plastic types. Small impurities in plastic samples are crucial for optimized and efficient plastic recycling streams. Our technology leads to more and accurate information for industrial samples in plastic recycling


Meet us today and tomorrow on the PRSE 2021 πŸ‘‹

04-11-21

Nigel Visser, Marie-JosΓ© Wolters, Mathijs Kuil, Floris Gerritsen & Wessel van der Woude will be at the PRSE 2021 in the RAI Amsterdam.

Come talk to us about our MADSCAN. We are providing a crucial step in the circularity of plastics through the identification and analysis of high quality, recycled materials.


Not one, but two nominations! πŸš€

28-09-21

Out of 4000+ applications, we are selected as Deep Tech Pioneer by Hello Tomorrow! We are recognized as one of the most promising deep tech projects to date. The nomination gives us the opportunity to engage at the biggest deep tech event, the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit 2 and 3 December.

But that is not enough; ASN Bank also selected us for their Wereldprijs 2021! This makes us part of the top 30 initiatives in the Netherlands working on a better future. Great to participate with other Dutch impact entrepreneurs.


We have won the ING Circulair Entrepreneurship Price! πŸ†

07-09-21

We are super proud to tell that we have won! Yesterday, Nigel Visser received the award on Duurzame Dinsdag. Great to see our mission to revolutionize plastic recycling is recognized and supported. With the identification and analysis of high quality, recycled materials we are providing a crucial step in the circularity of plastics.

Also, ING made a nice article about us, our technology and why we want to revolutionize plastic recycling. You can find the article by clicking here.


Product milestone hit 🎯

24-08-21

We have measured & identified a plastic mix of 2 grams within a 95% accuracy. With this milestone, we have shown a 100x improvement in sample size in comparison to what is currently possible in the plastic recycling market. We have performed the thermal analysis on a sample mix of HDPE & PP.

From this milestone onwards, we will gradually improve our technology. Our fully developed MADSCAN technology will measure 500 grams with a 99% accuracy, a 100.000x improvement. Besides sample tests, we are also performing tests on materials from our plastic recycling partners. Our technology leads to more and accurate information on an industrial relevant sample size for plastic.


IPCC report

17-08-21

Do you want to work on a solution tackling climate change ❓

There is ‘high confidence’ that the recent growth in emissions is driven by waste management according the new IPCC report. In earlier reports, the energy-intensive production processes of plastic were already identified as main causes of climate change. Recycling is the solution replacing these energy-intensive production processes in plastic.

The recent IPCC report increases the need to tackle climate change. At Veridis, we use science & technology to solve one of the main causes. Our MADSCAN technology is a crucial step in the availability of recycled plastics. It allows quality control for the highest quality at sufficient quantity in recycled materials.

Want to work on future solution tackling climate change? We have a new open internship in our Business Development team. Send your CV & list of grades to info@veridis.tech, or take a look at: https://lnkd.in/dqMD2rYK

Do you want to be amongst the first group of pilot testers? Contact our team directly via info@veridis.tech or inquire via this website.


Pitch @ XL Day

16-07-21

Last week our CBO Wessel gave our pitch at the first big live event since we have joined the HighTechXL program. And he did an amazing job! πŸ‘ 

This was a spectacular way to finish the nine month program and we can’t wait to show you what comes next! Click here to see more details from the event provided by Dispatches Europe.

We want to thank the whole HighTechXL team for their support, and especially Robin van Scheijndel, Toam Jaber, Eddy Allefs & Tim Heijwegen for their close weekly support. 


HighTechXL’s XL Day

10-07-21

See us live at HighTechXL’s XL DAY at July 16th! ⏰

After nine months of hard and rewarding work, we are nearing the end of the HighTechXL venture building program. As one of their “Covid Cohorts” we will be pitching our company in front of many investors, multinationals, experts and more. The event will be both online and in-person. It will be our first pitch on stage for such a big audience and we can’t wait!


TSE Industry finished

09-07-21

We have successfully conducted the TopSector Energy Industry (TSE Industry) subsidy research focused on further research into the analysis of recycled plastics and system specific research questions. We are very grateful for the governmental support in our journey to help plastic recycling take the next step.


Pitch @ Innovative and Sustainable Packaging Event

11-06-21

Pitch, pitch, pitch πŸ—£οΈ

Yesterday, we presented at the Innovative and Sustainable Packaging Event from Kennisinstituut Duurzaam Verpakken (KIDV). As innovator in plastic recycling, we discussed our technology with experts from the packaging industry. Also great to hear from experts like Martine Brandsma from Nationaal Testcentrum Circulaire Plastics on how to tackle the problems in plastic packaging.

Our MADSCAN technology is a crucial step in the availability of recycled plastics in packaging. It allows quality control for the highest quality at sufficient quantity in recycled materials.


Sustainable Young 100

27-05-21

Our CEO Nigel Visser has been selected as one of the 200 nominees for the Sustainable Young 100. Please vote here and got Nigel and Veridis to the Nr. 1 spot!


Successfully finished phase 2 of HighTechXL

21-05-21

We keep on going and growing πŸš€

We are through to phase 3 of HighTechXL‘s Venture Building program. This means we keep on working towards the revolution in plastic recycling with the help of the great people at HighTechXL. During the program, we were able to grow the team and venture for our Minimum Viable Product.


Showcase at the Hannover Messe

12-04-21

This week, we will showcase at the Hannover Messe!

The world’s leading trade fair for industrial technology. Our CEO Nigel Visser will showcase how we approach the revolution in plastic recycling. Our innovative quality control for plastic recycling fits with improved industrial standards for recycled plastics.


Finalist Alliance to End Plastic Waste

07-04-21

We are proud to be chosen as one of the 11 startups to join the Alliance to End Plastic Waste!

The Alliance to End Plastic Waste entails 50 multinationals, with the common goal to reduce plastic waste. Our innovative technology was recognized to do just that, and we are excited to join this movement. Through the End Plastic Waste platform, we can showcase our innovative technology and accelerate towards a circular plastics economy.


Completed phase 1 of HighTechXL

02-02-21

We have completed Phase 1 of HighTechXL‘s Venture Building Program βœ”οΈ.

Together with their help, we have built a strong foundation for analysis in plastic recycling. Now, we will move forward and continue developing through phase 2.


Successful pitch at XL-Day

15-01-21

We pitched at HighTechXL‘s XL-Day. It was a great opportunity and experience to pitch in front of more than 200 people including many investors and potential partners. And, even more important, the audience was convinced that plastic recycling could be improved drastically with our solution.


Veridis receives subsidy

15-10-20

We have received a subsidy of €70.000 through the TopSector Energy Industry (TSE Industry) for further research into the analysis of recycled plastics. πŸ“ˆ


Veridis joins HighTechXL

5-10-20

We are very happy to announce we have officially joined the high tech startup accelerator HighTechXL, part of the International Top Five List of Startup Accelerators by Perceptionbox. In this 9 month program we will develop all the aspect of our business and product as well as receive many opportunities to pitch to investors and interesting parties.


Recognition

17-08-20

We were mentioned by the the President of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Mirjam van Praag in an interview about the energy transition: amsterdameconomicboard.com/nieuws/de-energietransitie-bestaat-uit-heel-veel-deeloplossingen


Veridis Incorporated

10-07-20

On 10-07-20 Veridis was officially incorporated in Amsterdam with the help of Notariskantoor Van Zaane. πŸ“„


First results

17-05-20

For the first time since the initial idea for a scaled up DSC, we have identified the plastic melting peak of HDPE using a two grams proof of concept version of our envisioned product.