Vidi grants for cloud research and energy storage

News - 24 May 2019 - Webredactie

Two researchers of the faculty of CEG, Louise Nuijens and Hadi Hajibeygi, have been awarded a Vidi grant by The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This grant offers them the possibility of developing their own line of research and building their own research group.

ADMIRE: Large-scale energy storage in geological formations
Hadi Hajibeygi (department Geoscience and Engineering)

Renewable energy (e.g. solar and wind) can be converted to green fuels (e.g. H2 and CH4) to be stored in large amounts (TWh) in subsurface geological formations. I provide a predictive simulation method for safe utilization of subsurface formations under cyclic injection and production of green fuels.

Clouds blowing in the wind
Louise Nuijens (department Geoscience and Remote Sensing)

Clouds often visualize how the wind blows, but rarely are cloud measurements  used to understand how clouds themselves change winds. This project will combine unique measurements with fine-scale simulations to unravel the patterns of wind in many diverse cloud fields. This insight is used to improve weather prediction models.

About Vidi
Vidi is aimed at excellent researchers who have already carried out several years of successful research following their PhD. The scientists belong to the top ten to twenty per cent of their field. A Vidi grant enables them to do research for a period of five years. Each scientist receives a grant for a maximum of 800,000 euros.

The NWO selects the Vidi laureates based on the quality of the researcher, the innovative character of the research, the expected scientific impact of the research proposal and possibilities for knowledge utilisation.