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Meet JACK: the foldable e-scooter

Amsterdam is booming  when it comes to tourism. The number of people visiting the Dutch capital has increased over the years and reached a record level this year. This asks for smart solutions. Residents, tourists and commuters need to be able to move from A to B safely and sensibly.


One of the smart solutions is presented by LEEV Mobility, a company based in Amsterdam. They develop and market innovative light electrical vehicles for personal use. They wany us to meet JACK, a compact e-scooter / step.

Friendly for us and the environment

JACK is best used for short distances in the city: its light weight makes it easy to fold and carry along. A welcome alternative to the fumes of the diesel and gas engines. The first model of this e-scooter is now brought on the market.

CO₂ impact

Partners for Innovation assists LEEV in conducting the feasibility study on the rental model of JACK. We assess the CO₂ impact and advise on how to bring it down. We also support in meeting the reporting requirements, finding suitable partners and we provide input for the business plan.


Peter Karsch p.karsch@partnersforinnovation.com


Biobased Economy: using waste coffee grounds as solid fuel pellets

SUEZ, one of the main waste management companies, wants to make pellets out of waste coffee grounds. The pellets can be used for heating applications. In the long run, the company wants to use the heat produced by waste incineration to dry the grounds. Partners for Innovation conducted a Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) quick-scan to assess the environmental impact.

Coffee grounds as a sustainable solution

Many companies are striving to implement sustainable solutions to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Examples are: better conservation, intelligent packaging design, optimal losgitics etc. Another solution is to reuse waste for something completely different. People in the Netherlands drink milions of cups of coffee every day. What if we could use the waste coffee grounds as solid fuel pellets?

Environmental benefit

Partners for Innovation show in their scan a benefit to our environment if coffee grounds are used for solid fuel pellets, in comparison to other processing methods. We looked at three different methods: waste incineration, fermentation and conversion into solid fuel pellets. Incinerating coffee grounds generates more electricity than fermentation. However, the emissions cause for a lower benefit to the environment. The conversion into solid fuel pellets scores substantially higher than conventional methods. The amount of heat produced contributes a great deal to this high score.

A LCA quick-scan

A LCA quick-scan assesses the main factors that influence the impact on the environment. With relatively little effort we are able to get a clear idea (80 tot 90%) of the sustainability of a product or process.



Thomas Dietz  t.dietz@partnersforinnovation.com

Read more about Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) 

Blog post: Three ways a LCA makes your company more profitable

A powerboat that doesn’t leave a trace

Clean, fast and style are the key words that describe the new electric powerboat developed by Edorado Marine. In their Edorado 7S project, they present a sustainable alternative for conventional combustion engine driven powerboats. By realizing the scaled prototype, the zero emissions company from the Netherlands is one step closer to fulfilling its ambition.  A complete system needed for fast electric power boating including (fast) charging.

Energy dock

To make an electric vehicle, you cannot simply swap the combustion engine for an electric one. In the Edorado 7S project, not only a motorboat is being developed that is fully based on electric propulsion but alongside a solar energy dock in which the boat charges. And next to that, specially designed software to manage essential use features and facilitate time-sharing.

Eco design

Partners for Innovation assists Edorado in acquiring funding for the project and has provided input in the development stage from the perspective of eco design principles. These principles ensure that the environmental impact of the speedboat will be as low as possible.


Peter Karsch p.karsch@partnersforinnovation.com

Edorado: Godert van Hardenbroek: godert@edoradomarine.com


Read the news item about electric driving: The cost of electric vehicles is an undeserved bump in the road

Training: European Ecodesign Code of Practice

The European Ecodesign Practice was launched on 18 February 2014. The purpose of the standard is to strengthen the competitiveness of the Dutch manufacturing industry. On 3 October 2014 Partners for Innovation provides a training for FME members on the use of this standard.  

The norm: “Mechanical products – Methodology for reduction of environmental impacts in product design and development” CEN / TS 16524, is ideally suited for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers to evaluate and improve an existing mechanical product. The methodology was developed by FME and Metaalunie in collaboration with NEN and with input from NRK Federation. The standard is issued as Dutch Code of Practice by NEN.

The training is aimed at R&D managers, industrial designers, product developers and manufacturers. During training you learn to work according to the methodology of this Ecodesign standard and immediately get to work to reduce the environmental impact of you own products.

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