The City of Waco 


Mei 2017 | Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce


Waco is a lesser known city in the heartland of Texas. The City of Waco is located in the heart of the Texas manufacturing and technology corridor on Interstate Highway 35, just 90 miles south of Dallas and 100 miles north of Austin.

The city was founded in 1849 by the Huaco Indians that lived on the land in the present-day downtown area. Waco is the county seat of McLennan County. The US Census 2016 population estimate for the Waco MSA is 265,207, making it the 22nd-most populous city in the state. Waco offers some major attractions, five historic homes, seven recreational venues, and nine arts organizations staging theatrical and musical productions, as well as art exhibitions.

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May 12, 2017 Categories: Economy

Geothermal energy 

Great potential

Mei 2017 | 


Next to hydropower and biomass, geothermal energy is the largest renewable energy resource in the U.S.  Harvesting geothermal energy distinguishes between energy gained from two or three km deep under the ground and from energy gained from approximately 100 m under the ground.

The deeper the exploration the higher the temperature required. The United States have the most geothermal power of the world. Texas has the potential to contribute 10% to the United States’ geothermal energy potential. Currently, geothermal energy production in Texas is less than 1%.

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May 12, 2017

OTC 2017 

From May 1- May 4, the yearly Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) was hosted at the NRG stadium in Houston. Despite the current price of oil at $40[/bbl], a lot of Offshore Technology Companies were still present at this event. Organized by the IRO (The association of Dutch suppliers in the oil and gas industry and offshore renewable industry), the Dutch presence was remarkable again this year with 46 Dutch companies, an estimated amount of 500 Dutch visitors and a very noticeable orange Holland Pavilion, spread out over 1000 m2 in the NRG Stadium.

The overall conclusion of the exhibitors at the OTC is that the conference is better visited this year in comparison to last year. The OTC is seen as an event where you have to be present as an Offshore company, since high-level representatives of the companies will be present on the exhibition as well. However, the first analyses show that the event is that the attendance of the OTC fell again this year. 

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May 12, 2017

King's Day 2017 was a huge succes! 

King's Day in Houston: 200 guests, 500 bitterballen, 100 kroketten, 450 sate's, 300 stroopwafels and lots of orange. It was a huge success. A new tradition has arisen

Thank you all for joining us in celebrating King’s Day on April 27th. We hope you had a fantastic evening. For those who were not able to join us, we hope to see you next year! For sure, a new tradition has arisen.

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May 05, 2017

Fort Hood 

Fort Hood is a U.S. army base, located in Killeen, Texas. The post is named after Confederate General John Bell Hood. It is located halfway between Austin and Waco, about 60 miles (100 km) from each, within the U.S. state of Texas.

Fort Hood is an installation of the United States Army and is the largest military base in the world (by area). Its origin was the need for wide-open space to test and train with World War II tank destroyers. Fort Hood is the most populous U.S. military installation in the world. The main business area is in Bell County, with the training countryside area of the post in Coryell County.

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April 07, 2017

Renewable energy in Texas: Solar 

Solar energy may not be as prominent as wind energy in Texas, having an installed capacity of 589 MW which puts Texas on tenth rank nationally. This can power 63000 homes. Nevertheless, growth of solar capacity was 65% in 2015 with a 48% increase of investment over that year. Installed solar PV system prices dropped 12% from 2015 and 66% from 2010.

In its Long Term System Assessment Update for 2016, ERCOT expects solar energy to grow from approximately 2% in 2017 to 17% in 2031. (ERCOT is the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas responsible for generation, transmission and frequency regulation in the electricity market of Texas).

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April 07, 2017

Trade mission Logistics and Plastic Resins 


20 - 21 Maart 2017 | NBSO


Trade mission Logistics & Plastic Resins

On March 20 and 21 2017, the NBSO welcomed a delegation from the Netherlands. The delegation was formed by representatives from different logistic service providers looking for business opportunities in the expected plastic resin boom in Houston in the near future. Also part of the delegation was our colleague from the Netherlands, the general secretary of the Holland Logistics Network.

The mission was focused on logistics and more specifically on the total chain of logistics of plastic resins. A plastic resin is the raw material from which i.e. plastics are made off. Because of all the new construction in the Bay Area Houston -almost $50 billion worth of new projects- Houston is the place to be for service providers in this industry.

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March 27, 2017 Categories: Handelsmissie

Dallas-Fort Worth 

North Texas is like a piece of fine art on a 9,000 square mile canvas. It’s a collage of more than 150 cities and towns and 12 counties; each with their own unique shape, texture and color. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan region is sculpted by 4 percent employment growth; 3.5 million skilled employees; a diversified corporate portfolio strengthened by the services and manufacturing sectors; 16 major colleges and universities for blended Lees meer
 
March 08, 2017

Renewable energy in Texas: Wind 

If Texas were a country, it would rank 6th place globally for installed wind energy capacity and it does also rank first place for wind-energy related manufacturing. With 16.9 GW of installed wind capacity in 2016, Texas leads the nation. In 2012, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory concluded that Texas’s annual technical wind potential accounts for 17% of the entire nation. Wind turbines convert the wind’s kinetical energy into Lees meer
 
March 08, 2017

About the State of Energy  

It was during the State of Energy, an annual event hosted by the Greater Houston Partnership, where the dependence on the energy industry was made clear. Whether it is the transport, the food, the manufacturing or the pharmaceutical industry; representatives from various companies and organizations seek to find some certainty on what is about to come in the future, since they are all influenced by the recent downturn in the oil and gas Lees meer
 
February 10, 2017
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