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; Urban Energy; Smart Grids 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
Using chemistry to close the CO2 cycle
If we want to make the world more sustainable, then we need to find a solution for CO2. Professor Wiebren de Jong (TU Delft) from the Department of Process & Energy (Large-Scale Energy Storage section, LSE) is working hard on this problem.
The number of hybrid and electric cars in the Netherlands will increase exponentially over the next few years. Currently, there are 120,000 cars with a charging cable; in 2025, their number is expected to have passed the one million mark. Good news for the climate, but what does this trend mean for our electricity grid, for the price of power, and for our cities?
Higher up and further out
Dr Axelle Viré is Assistant Professor at the department of Aerodynamics, Wind Energy & Propulsion (AWEP). Her work focuses on the numerical modelling of floating wind turbines and airborne wind energy devices. “The future of wind energy lies in moving higher up into the sky and further out at sea. This will open up new markets and sites that are still left unexplored,” she says.
Energy performance: we are the deciding factor
In theory it is perfectly possible to create energy-neutral houses, but in practice the residents often throw a spanner in the works. According to PhD candidate Daša Majcen, energy labels are only meaningful when they are linked to actual consumption data. She advocates creating more awareness among residents.
Producing geothermal energy in Indonesia
Her fieldwork takes geologist Fiorenza Deon to remote areas in Indonesia and it wasn’t long before she learned the language, a skill she needs to be able to negotiate with the local authorities. Her geologic research forms part of GEOCAP, an international collaboration between the governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands, companies and universities aimed at exploring the use of geothermal energy. But GEOCAP is about more than just scientific research, underlines Deon. “Bilateral cooperation offers huge advantages to all parties.”