TWTG R&D B.V. is one the most innovative and dynamic companies in the Rotterdam region of the Netherlands. In recent years, TWTG has rapidly grown from a high-tech start-up to one of the market-defining players in the field of (industrial) Internet of Things (IoT), Industry 4.0 and the development of embedded, connected hardware. Besides their incredible customer projects for companies like Eneco, PostNL and Vopak, TWTG have around 35 engineers working on the development of several proprietary product innovations. Some of the more well-known TWTG projects include the recently developed connected bicycle lock with its blockchain technology, the worldwide rollout of LoRa WAN Technology and the Tryst Light Energy Module.
Horizon 2020 SME Instrument awarded to TWTG
This latter innovation, (Light Energy) involves a postcard-sized module which enables IoT devices to generate sufficient energy from light in order to operate normally. Most modern IoT solutions contain a battery which has to be replaced every couple of years. Since the number of IoT devices is expected to grow to billions of devices worldwide in the next few years, more problems will be encountered when it comes to the practicality of the devices and the sharp increase of chemical waste. TWTG’s innovative and patented energy harvesting module contains a small solar cell and provides an IoT solution with sufficient energy under extreme low-light conditions* to continue working for an entire day and dramatically extends the life of the device. The Tryst project has even received international media attention in the last two years and has been incorporated into a number of existing projects. TWTG has been awarded a Horizon 2020 SME Instrument phase 1 grant for the further development of their business plan.
*Even the light level under a desk can be sufficient!
Hezelburcht proudly handled several successful applications for a number of TWTG R&D projects, including the applications for the WBSO, Dutch MIT-innovation scheme and Horizon 2020 programme.
In the past 2 to 3 years, TWTG has undergone a period of vigorous growth. We were able to gain more traction in an increasingly accepted market. Industry 4.0, IoT, predictive maintenance; these are the boardroom buzzwords. The support that we have received from Hezelburcht combined with the wide diversity of grant schemes have contributed greatly to our growth. Hezelburcht has been able to unburden us so that we can focus on the things that we are really good at! The European grant award from the SME Instrument is a good result of our pleasant cooperation. In addition to subsidy services, Hezelburcht brings us into contact with interesting parties for future collaborations. Thinking along with us, understanding and results: That’s what Hezelburcht means to us. - John Tillema, CTO & Co-founder TWTG