Author Archives: Piet Wostyn

Most probably interesting – Bayesians vs. Frequentists

Figure 1: No one actually knows what Thomas Bayes looked like, but this is the picture that everyone uses; next to him you see his famous theorem.

Today, I want to tell you something about probability. Most people who hear this term intuitively understand what it means. If someone tells them there is a 90% chance for rain they know: better pack an umbrella today. Looking more closely, there are different definitions for probability in science and philosophy. In this blog post, I want to briefly introduce ...

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Horizon Europe – European Research and Innovation

Figure 1: Comparison between the Multiannual Financial Framework  2014-2020 and 2021-2027 (https://ec.europa.eu/)

The European Commission has recently published its proposal for the European Research and Innovation Program for the period from 2021 to 2027. The so-called Horizon Europe will succeed the Horizon2020 and was announced as the most ambitious Research and Innovation Program ever launch. The Commission proposal foresee a significant increase of the European Research and Innovation budged relative to the ...

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Summer School 2018: “To mine or not to mine” (10-12 September 2018)

Dont miss out on this amazing summer school, sept2018

On September 10-12, 2017, the joint ETN SOCRATES, ETN NEW-MINE & EIT KIC IMAGINE summer school will be organised in Leuven, Belgium. The Summer School aims at offering an integral approach for the assessment of landfill mining projects. The interdisciplinary training programme aims at going beyond technical assessment, offering an approach to determine the value of landfill mining from an economic, environmental, social ...

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Following the sunlight, going into a new era!

Figure 1: Concentrated solar thermal plant [2]

“The harness of waterfalls is the most economical method known for drawing energy from the sun” stated the eclectic inventor Nikola Tesla. Both the Greeks and the Romans had realised that as they were already using hydraulic energy to grind wheat in watermills. This usage continued since up to the point that Western Europe and the United States are now ...

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Will we suffocate in our waste?

Figure 1 - Fresh Kills landfill in New York City in 2011 [3]

“Humanity will not perish in an atomic nightmare – it will suffocate in its own waste” said the Nobel Prize winner Niels Bohr. Despite his thoughts that “it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future”, he could not have been any more right. So are many countries realizing this now. While this has been a global issue for ...

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Hydrogen: the fuel of the future!

Fossil-free steel-making technology by using hydrogen as proposed by HYBRIT. Image: HYBRIT, 2018.

In my previous blog post here, I talk about how circular economy works and how my Ph.D. works will contribute to achieving this emerging framework. In specific, producing hydrogen from gasification of landfill waste, and later on, using it as a fuel or chemical feedstock could be the best scenario for closing the economic cycle. Hydrogen has been named as ...

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Think before you bin it: there should be a use in it

Proud kids showing their creativity!

“Think before you bin it: there should be a use in it!” That was the title of the workshop Giovanna and I gave on Saturday, 5th of May at the Children’s University of KU Leuven. It was a great opportunity to motivate and inspire children between 8 and 13 years old on recycling and reuse of waste. As two “New-Mine” ...

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Let’s close the loop!

The illustration of the circular economy concept. Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2014).

The circular economy has been gaining more and more interest in the worldwide societies these days. A circular economy is proposed as an alternative to a traditional linear economy that consists of making, using, and disposing of the commercial product. In a circular economy, resources are kept in use for as long as possible while its maximum value is being ...

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What is in our waste?

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In the NEWMINE project, we aim to clean up the old landfills from the past. In order to do so, we want to dig up this waste, analyse what is in it and see how we can recycle it or make new products out of them. In this blog, I will focus on what is in our waste. We classify ...

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