Speeding up the energy transition
In the Netherlands, we are on the verge of a fundamental energy transition. To reduce our CO2 emissions, limit global warming and leave a livable planet for future generations. Day in day out, Delft scientists are working on projects that speed up this process. With the Tech for Energy campaign, Delft University Fund is contributing to this research and to the university's ambition to play a pioneering role in the Netherlands. The first project we support is 24/7 Energy Lab and we ask TU Delft alumni to join us.
Floating Renewables Lab
At sea there is a lot of space for generating renewable energy. The problem is that most areas are deeper than 60 meters, too deep to place fixed installations. Floating wind turbines, solar panels and other energy generators offer the solution. Because the technology needed to generate energy on a large scale is still in its infancy, Prof. Axelle Viré in Delft has taken the initiative for the Floating Renewables Lab.
"TU Delft is world-famous for its knowledge of wind energy," Axelle Viré explains. "That is one of the reasons I came here. Yet, the university is also highly regarded in the field of offshore engineering. For floating wind turbines, both areas of expertise need each other, and so the idea of the Floating Renewables Lab was born."
24/7 Energy Lab
A local, autonomous and CO2-neutral energy system for the municipal environment
Twenty percent of the demand for energy in the Netherlands comes from the houses and the neighbourhoods in which we all live. If we succeed in making that energy demand CO2 neutral, we will take a major step in the energy transition.
That is why our 24/7 Energy Lab project is developing a local, autonomous and CO2-neutral energy system for the municipal environment. To achieve this, we are capitalizing on the knowledge and innovations of TU Delft and other partners. We combine and test existing and emerging technology in the unique living lab ‘The Green Village’. While doing so, we will also look explicitly at affordability, acceptance and regulations.
Yes, I support the acceleration of the energy transition
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The technology is still in its infancy but has a huge potential.― Dr. Axelle Viré
For John Schmitz doing nothing simply isn’t an option
Former Dean John Schmitz is one of the initiators of the 24/7 Energy Lab. He is clear about his motivation. “I believe that we should leave a habitable planet for future generations and therefore also for my own children and grandchildren. This project is my way of contributing. To make an impact locally and inspire others to do the same. So that I can say to the next generation: I did what I could.”
Will you help? With your donation to Delft University Fund, you are enabling the development of the 24/7 energy lab. Help us to make the energy transition a reality.
This project is my way of contributing. To make an impact locally and inspire others to do the same. So that I can say to my grandchildren: I did what I could.― Prof. John Schmitz