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Innovation and the rise of solar energy
January 18, 2022
The sun is an infinite source of energy for all life on earth. For several decades, we humans have been able to convert the light of this star into electricity and heat.
In time, we can be independent of the use of fossil fuels. A smart approach is required to lead our pathway forward to a positive solar future. TNO is therefore innovating in order to make solar energy affordable and available to all.
In order to achieve national and international climate objectives, we can and must harvest much more energy from the sun than we currently do. The about 10 gigawatt-peak (GWp) of installed solar energy capacity in the Netherlands could be increased to 50 GWp by 2030 and 200 GWp by 2050 with minimal impact on spatial and ecological environment. Read more.
Research on immune system response and low-cost energy storage awarded ERC grants
January 10, 2022
For TU/e researchers Anthal Smits and Antoni Forner-Cuenca the new year has started with great news as each has been awarded European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grants worth 1.5 million euros. Smits will use the funding to work on immune system response to implants, while Forner-Cuenca will explore new affordable and renewable battery storage systems. The researchers can use the funding for their research over the next five years.
With his ERC Starting grant, Antoni Forner-Cuenca who is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, aims to make an impactful contribution to the field of electrochemical science by investigating new low-cost energy storage technologies. “Motivated by issues with renewable energy technologies, there has been lots of recent progress in electrochemical energy storage for large scale applications,” says Forner-Cuenca. “For instance, redox flow batteries have emerged as promising systems, but these technologies have high costs.”
NERA Position Paper
December 18, 2021
NERA Position Paper-Energy research in the coalition agreement.
There were cautious cheers in the NERA Scientific Board meeting when several passages were read from the coalition agreement.For example, when reading back the plea of NERA for large coherent and interdisciplinary programs, covering the whole knowledge chain, for climate neutral technologies. And with the plan to install a minister for climate and energy, also the message that the government needs to take more control over the energy transition seems to be heard. With science given the role of advisor by installing an independent scientific advisory board. All important steps that seem to break with the philosophy that a free-market economy will solve all our problems, indicating a growing acknowledgement that things are more complicated than that. Read more.
TU Delft collaborates on development of Amsterdam data heat network
December 14, 2021
TU Delft is launching – in collaboration with infrastructure specialist Firan, the City of Amsterdam and the AMS Institute – the ‘Digital Heat’ project in the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam (MRA). The goal is to develop a future-proof low temperature heat network in Amstel III Zuid using residual heat from a nearby data centre. The project serves as a ‘demonstration’ in which the researchers want to show that data centre heat can be used on a large scale after removing (financial and technical) uncertainties and developing ready-made connection concepts.
ECCM Kickstart DE-NL Project by Tsampas Granted
December 13, 2021
The NWO executive board has awarded thirteen applications in the ECCM KICkstart DE-NL Call.
ELEVATION of DIFFER group leader Mihalis Tsampas is co-applicant in one of the awarded projects; a project on earth abundant electrode materials and methane convertson.The project is a collaboration between DIFFER and UTwente on the Dutch side, and Fumatech, RWThAachen University and FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. The project aims at building an efficient electrolyzer based on earth abundant electrode materials. ECCM KICkstart DE-NL is intended for short, exploratory, cross-border and public-private projects between Germany and the Netherlands in the field of Electrochemical Conversion and Materials (ECCM). Read more
Solar-driven hydrogen production from water splitting
December 8, 2021
PhD-student Qiuhua Liang has explored the promising electrode materials for oxygen evolution by molecular modeling.
For the sustainable development of humanity, future efforts are necessary to develop effective technologies to reduce fossil fuels. Solar-driven hydrogen production from water splitting can be an attractive way to supply clean energy. However, the efficiency of the water splitting is limited by the reaction at the anode. Therefore Qiuhua Liang investigated some promising anode materials that may help improve the efficiency of the water splitting. Read more.
Green hydrogen: indispensable and unifying
November 9, 2021
Partners researching the production of green hydrogen – Paolo Pescarmona is making key discoveries in a laboratory at the University of Groningen. While alumnus Jan-jaap Aué is leading a project at Hanze University of Applied Sciences to scale up this kind of knowledge into an industrially usable process. Northern knowledge institutions are collaborating on this project and others, within the University of the North. The plan is for the Northern Netherlands to evolve into a fully fledged ‘Hydrogen Valley’ (emulating the success of Silicon Valley). Read more.
UvA researchers develop solar-powered chemical mini-factory
October 14, 2021
Professor of Flow Chemistry Timothy Noël, with his team at the Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences at the UvA, developed a fully operational standalone solar-powered mini-reactor. This ‘mini-factory’ could potentially be used in the future to produce fine chemicals in remote locations – on Earth and perhaps even on Mars.
The researchers present their unique fully off-grid photochemistry system in a paper published in the scientific journal ChemSusChem. Read more (Dutch)