Metabolic is a cleantech development and systems consulting firm.

We are powered by a cooperative of multi-disciplinary entrepreneurs who love solving complex systems problems. We were born from a desire to realize epic, groundbreaking projects that actively transition the world to a more equitable, sustainable state.



We believe

in disruptive innovation that democratizes technology and empowers people. We work with universities, utilities, research institutes, governments, and businesses to implement holistic and replicable building blocks for a resilient society.

Metabolic has its headquarters in Amsterdam, a field office in Thailand, and works on projects around the world.

Metabolic working together with the Circle Economy

Project Highlight: Analyze

Circle Economy

Through our work with Dutch foundation Circle Economy, we advise corporations and government organizations on systemic transformation towards sustainability. Platform members that we work with range from consumer products companies like Phillips to organizations in the financial services sector like Rabobank. We developed a process-based methodology called the Circle Scan to help identify leverage points for systems change.

Project Highlight: Design

Sensor Systems

Open software and low-cost hardware have fueled a revolution in wireless sensing and automation. In our work with sanitation, water, energy, and food systems, we apply sensors to monitor resource consumption, environmental qualities, and technical performance.

Project Highlight: Experiment

Symbioculture

Symbioculture is a systems approach to agriculture that combines biotechnology, permaculture, and the latest advances in crop science to create commercially viable yields of food, medicine, and materials. We’re working with Dutch greenhouse farmers, Rabobank, and Innovatie Netwerk to apply the Symbioculture approach and evaluate its broader application.

Metabolic Symbioculture

Project Highlight: Build

De Ceuvel

Over the past year, together with our partners space&matter and DELVA Landscape Architects, we have been transforming a plot of polluted land into a creative office park that is largely self-sufficient for energy, sanitation, water, and nutrient recovery. The de Ceuvel site in North Amsterdam will be a one of a kind living laboratory and office park that showcases clean technology in the built environment. It is the first of two urban developments as part as Metabolic’s Cleantech Playground concept.

Services

Analyze

We translate the complexity of sustainability into clear pathways for decision-making for both private and public sector clients. Our main analytical activities include:
  • Strategy consulting for organizations
  • Systems analysis for companies, industries and regions
  • Sustainability assessment and indicator development
  • Technical feasibility studies and business model development

Design

Metabolic designs sustainable urban metabolisms and circular business models for products and services. Our design work is focused primarily on:
  • Infographic development and data visualization
  • Integrated product design
  • Technical designs for cleantech integration in the built environment
  • Commercial and urban-scale polyculture food systems
  • Infrastructure design and transition plans for cities and regions

Experiment

Research and development is core to our work, which includes understanding local context, testing the efficiency of integrated systems, and experimenting with new materials and technologies. Our work in this area spans:
  • Applied research in food, materials, sensors, energy, water, and sanitation
  • Integrating technologies to maximize synergies within systems
  • Open-hardware, do-it-yourself (DIY) technology development for poor urban areas

Build

Much of our work starts out as a study or design, but we strive to take projects all the way through to execution. Our most common execution work includes:
  • Cleantech installations
  • Micro-utility development
  • Urban farming kits
  • Mobile utility set-ups for off-grid sites

Team

Metabolic is composed of people from all over the world who are passionate about using their skills to drive systems change.

Sloth van Slothy

Sloth van Slothy is the slothiest sloth to ever sloth slothily. Hailing from the top of a tall tree, he is often seen slothing at Metabolic, where he is working to engineer slothier solutions for slothy sloths in developing nations. He spends the rest of his time doing absolutely nothing.

Contact

E-mail
sloth@metaboliclab.nl
Phone
+31 (0)6 12 34 45 67
LinkedIn
The Cleantech Playground is a living lab spanning two urban developments in Amsterdam North.
In the fall of 2012, Metabolic began working with two communities, Schoonschip and De Ceuvel, to design and develop the technologies and governance needed for the developments.
The concept details how nutrients, energy, and water can be recycled on-site to maximize efficiency of resources. It explores the role decentralized technologies play in a resilient urban metabolism.
The Cleantech Playground was first a feasibility study of closed cycle, sustainable built environments. We published the report in February 2013 with Innovatie Netwerk, part of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. Click here to read the full report.
Schoonschip, the second neighborhood part of the Cleantech Playground, will be constructed in 2014. The floating community is a living environment 47 families that aims to be the most sustainable neighborhood in Europe. It moves beyond the goals of de Ceuvel by providing robust food production, shared community spaces, and shared electric vehicles.

Resources

Publications & Materials

Company Brochure
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Cleantech Playground Report
Download | Read online
Polydome Applied Report
Download | Read online

In the News

DJ100
Eva was the keynote speaker and listed as one of the 100 most Sustainable Youth in the Netherlands in November, 2013.
Circular City
Eva facilitated the Circular City event at the Pakhuis de Zwijger in October, 2013.
Circle Economy Boost Camp
Metabolic presented its work at the Circle Economy Boost Camp in June, 2013.
TEDxAmsterdam
Metabolic presents the Cleantech Playground to the jury at TEDxAmsterdam in November, 2012.
Smart Guide to Utopia
Eva gives an interview about the Smart Guide to Utopia.

Metabolic


+31 (0) 20 435 75 10

New Energy Docks
Distelweg 113
1031 HD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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