To be More Sustainable, Avantes Increases Solar Power Usage.
Avantes is dedicated to using light-based technology to improve lives so it was little wonder when we decided to go solar. Avantes produces half of its energy consumption from photovoltaic solar panels installed on the roof.
The Avantes Mission
The decision to increase solar power capacity was directly inspired by Avantes’ mission to provide state of the art, innovative measuring equipment that helps mankind live longer and healthier while saving the planet for generations to come. Our company is dedicated to improving the world around us, and improving our sustainability makes good business sense.The benefits to increasing our solar energy use go beyond cost savings on our utilities. Using more solar power also reduces our carbon footprint, increases our plant’s property value, and it even boosts morale when our employees take pride in working for a “green” company.
Avantes settled its headquarters in the city of Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, in October of 2011. The city, which first adopted a sustainability policy in 1997, encourages the use of renewable energy. Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs and Sustainability of the city of Apeldoorn was on-hand March 1st with Avantes CEO, Benno Oderkerk, for the unveiling of Avantes’ new solar farm.
The Avantes solar installation covers the roof of both wings of the facility on the Old Apeldoornseweg and consists of 402 East-West panels. The panels began producing electricity immediately and will provide an estimated power output of 108,540 Watts, 493 Amperes at 220 Volts; enough to power 22 homes. Avantes will raise about 50% of its electricity needs from the new solar panels.
The Avantes solar farm is not the only green initiative at the Avantes headquarters. The company has worked hard to eliminate the consumption of fossil fuels as much as possible. The facilities are heated with a heat pump to limit energy consumption compared to traditional heating systems, the company uses only hybrid commercial vehicles and makes effort to reduce waste produced at the facility.
The Avantes solar array, which began producing electricity immediately, is now the primary source of power for the energy consuming heat pump and environmental systems at the company headquarters. Additionally, Avantes intends to produce our spectrometers with zero energy consumption (climate neutral) at least 30 days per year initially.
The SPIE BiOs conference, held in conjunction with Photonics West, focuses on biomedical optics, diagnostics, biophotonics, and new imaging modalities in the biomedical field. With more than 5,500 technical attendees from more than 50 countries, it is the largest biomedical optics event North America. During BiOS, leaders and educators in biomedical fields will present 2,500 papers and presentations on topics including biomedical spectroscopy, tissue optics, and neurophotonics.
Medical and biomedical researchers often rely on spectroscopy techniques for clinical and research processes such as blood analysis (co-oximetry), endoscopy, and tissue fluorescence. Our spectrometers measure in the Ultra-violet, visible and near infrared wavelength ranges, in these various biomedical applications. Because our spectrometers are fiber-optic based, they are perfectly suitable to facilitate in situ (in vivo) measurements within clinical settings.
Held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, SPIE Photonics West is the number one laser, photonics and biomedical optics conference in North America. Last year’s attendance was over 23,000 people and we imagine it will continue to grow this year and in years to follow. Photonics West boasts more than 1,250 exhibiting companies, including Avantes, Inc. Attendance is impressive and includes researchers, product developers and companies in the photonics, laser and spectroscopy industries. This event focuses on bringing together researchers and companies around that world that share the same passion for photonics and light research.
An Interview with Danny Wilms Floet, Manager of Research and Development
Dr. Danny Wilms Floet joined the Avantes family in 2018 as Manager of Research and Development at the corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands.
Dr. Wilms Floet holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics and more than 18 years working across disciplines with R&D, Production, and Business Development partners and in several emerging markets such as Western Europe, the Middle East, India, and South-Africa, as well as a tenure in Shanghai, China. His enthusiasm for bringing together products and markets along with his global outlook adds exciting new perspectives to our Avantes family.
The Avantes North America team was fortunate to meet and interview Dr. Wilms Floet during the annual sales and marketing conference hosted in the Netherlands this fall.