Sander Koenen

Sander Koenen, freelance journalist and photographer based in The Netherlands, has covered science and technology topics for nearly fifteen years. Writes for Dutch popular science magazines like National Geographic, Quest and KIJK. Author of several books, including biographies of Dutch astronaut André Kuipers who spent 204 days in space, and former commander-in-chief of the Dutch armed forces Peter van Uhm.

Comments Off on Eco-marathon Winners Could Drive Around the World for 22 Euros

The weather gods looked kindly on Rotterdam this past week and decided not to interfere with 3,000 students racing for fuel efficiency records in 2014’s Shell* Eco-marathon Europe. Bathed in sunlight, the competitors drove their self-built cars to record-breaking efficiency. As expected, students of Lycee Saint-Joseph la Joliverie from France prolonged their title in the…

Comments Off on Is the Future of Car Manufacturing in 3D Printing?

It looks like an oversized Lego construction, weighs a mere 81 kilograms (178 pounds) and is assembled from scratch in under two hours. Students of the Aalborg University in Denmark 3D-printed hundreds of parts holding together their car for the Shell Eco-marathon competition in Rotterdam. Is this the future of car manufacturing? (See related post:…

Comments Off on It’s Not About Speed as 30th Eco-marathon Europe Begins

More than 3,000 students from 27 countries compete this weekend in what is without a doubt the slowest racing competition in the world. Speed is nothing to brag about in the 30th edition of the Shell Eco-marathon Europe: It’s all about fuel efficiency. Slowly but surely, 198 student teams drive their self-built cars over a…

Comments Off on Can the World’s Cities Become ‘Smarter by Friction’?

Our world is facing an unprecedented growth in population, from seven to nine billion people by 2050, of whom 75 percent will live in cities. Mass urbanization, with expanding cities in China, India, the United States, and sub-Saharan Africa, is leading to much greater energy demand, air pollution problems, and climate change. There is no…