ROTTERDAM, 2038 – Yesterday, Queen Amalia switched on the third electrical cracker in the renovated chemistry complex in Rotterdam Pernis. The Queen praised the “e-Refiner” launched in 2018. This national initiative for the development and scaling up of electrochemistry was successfully completed thanks to the joint efforts of industry, science and government, as well as the large-scale availability of wind and solar energy and CO2 as a raw material.
CHINA, 2038 – Prof. Hoei Lang from the Faculty of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science of Soochov University in China has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her further development of the tribo-electric nanogenerators technology. In collaboration with ChemistryNL, she developed solar panels in which an electric charge arises between two transparent polymer layers as soon as raindrops fall on these. Therefore the panels also generate energy during the night and during cloudy weather, provided that it rains.
THE HAGUE, 2038 – The renovated building of the Ministry of Sustainable Housing was reopened under considerable public interest yesterday. The building has flexible walls that allow rooms to be instantly changed into work or meeting spaces. The walls contain self-organising polymers, which due to their nano- and microstructures respond to environmental factors by emitting heat or cooling or coloured light. The “smart” windows respond to light and temperature in the same way as human skin.
GRONINGEN, 2038 – The 100 millionth “green” pair of jeans is expected to be produced somewhere in the world at the start of 2039. Sustainable jeans have become the standard since jeans manufacturers signed a covenant in 2030 to replace oil-based indigo with indigo based on fermented sugars. Since then, the polluting chemical dyeing process has been losing ground. “Green” indigo was developed by the Turkish denim producer Isko in collaboration with the Molecular Enzymology Group of the University of Groningen.