Delft Energy Initiative
The Delft Energy Initiative is the portal to energy research, education and innovation at TU Delft. This initiative serves as a catalyst for collaboration and debate between scientists and students and between TU Delft and businesses, government agencies and politicians. In this way, the Delft Energy Initiative contributes to energy innovation and ensures that sustainable energy provision remains an urgent priority for society.
The initiative consists of 4 main energy pillars: Wind Energy; Urban Energy; PowerWeb and e-Refinery. Between these pillars one works in close contact with each other because of overlap in their research and education, Themes like Social Innovation and Governance cross each pillar.
The 4 energy pillars
Affordable and user-friendly renovation conceptsThe new consortium IEBB stands for integrated energy transition for existing buildings and has received a 13,8 million euro grant to develop affordable and user-friendly renovation concepts in the coming years. Researchers from the faculties of Architecture and the Built Environment, Industrial Design Engineering and Applied Sciences at TU Delft are developing the necessary knowledge for, amongst others, innovative renovation concepts, digitisation of the renovation process, optimisation of heat pumps and energy performance of buildings, chain innovation and implementation.
TU Delft works to create a natural gas-free built environmentThe consortium WarmingUp, a new collective endeavouring to accelerate the creation of cost-effective and sustainable heating networks, has been awarded a grant worth €9.3 million by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) as part of its Long-Term Mission-Driven Innovation Programme (MMIP). Under the leadership of TNO, TU Delft has joined forces with other key players in the field of affordable and sustainable heat to form WarmingUp. The partners themselves are investing €9.5 million in its research programme.
Millions for large-scale energy storage researchPaulien Herder, professor in Energy Systems at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), and her team in the interdisciplinary consortium RELEASE (Reversible Large-scale Energy Storage) have received funding from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) totalling over € 10 million for research into large-scale energy storage. NWO is investing € 39 million in five large, interdisciplinary research consortia within the Crossover programme, with the aim of helping to meet various social and economic challenges. Reversible Large-scale Energy Storage (RELEASE) RELEASE will work on new technological opportunities in energy storage, whereby electrical energy is stored for later use. The project will focus on three technologies for the short (2030) and long (2050) term: hydrogen production, hydrocarbon production from CO2 and flow batteries. The consortium includes universities, institutes of technology, businesses, field laboratories and government agencies in an unprecedented alliance that covers everything from the lab environment to full-scale implementation. Over 40 researchers from 7 universities and 25 partners will, together with their teams, conduct interdisciplinary research that aims to bring social and scientific breakthroughs a step closer. This research also complements the work being carried out within the TU Delft e-Refinery research initiative. Paulien Herder: "The aim of our consortium is to work together on energy storage with scientists from a wide range of disciplines and public and private partnerships, and to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy. Active partnerships are essential in order to achieve scientific breakthroughs in these areas. Together, we hope to achieve technological solutions and policy measures for 2030 and 2050 that are essential if we are to improve the performance and reduce the cost of large-scale energy storage based on electrochemical conversion." Crossover-programme NWO The Crossover programme is new within NWO and is part of the NWO contribution to the Knowledge and Innovation Contract 2018–2019. Under this contract, government, industry and knowledge institutions subscribe to the research ambitions for the top sectors with the aim to strengthen the Dutch knowledge and innovation system. Compared to ‘regular’ public-private partnerships, the projects in the Crossover programme cover a broader range of top sectors and other research agendas. Read the NWO press release here . Next to the RELEASE project, researchers from TU Delft are also involved in the NEON-project. The Kitepower research group is a partner in that project, you can read more about that program in this notice from the faculty of Aerospace Engineering. Contact Paulien Herder +31 15 27 82823 P.M.Herder@tudelft.nl twitter Press officer Dimmy van Ruiten +31 15 27 81588 D.M.email@example.com
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