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
'Battery research holds promises, but still has a long way to go'The main difference between the first commercial Li-ion battery produced in 1995, and current state of the art batteries, is the composition of the positive electrode. This the only real difference, says professor Marnix Wagemaker in his inaugural speech at TU Delft on Wednesday September 25th. Battery researchers should therefore critically evaluate their approach if batteries are to fulfil their key role in the energy transition.
The Great Energy Debate
Urban Energy Lunch Lecture: Taco Kuijers, Generation Energy
Thesis defence N.S. Narayan: solar home systems
Thesis defence X. Du: cooling strategies
Seminar: Matthijs Hisschemoller DRIFT (Erasmus University)
Meet the Energy Leader: Detlef van Vuuren
The magic of multi-functional Photovoltaic Windows
Yuan Gao has developed two brand new approaches to bring multi-functional photovoltaic (PV) windows to the next level.
Summoning heat from below
Heating our homes is warming up the Earth too. Associate Professor Phil Vardon and PhD candidate Ivaylo Pantev want to warm or cool buildings through their pile foundations, by using the natural temperature of the soil. If done well, this can help residents to save energy, money and problems for generations to come.
The (im)practibility of materials in a circular economy
Our growing world population and increasing prosperity is putting more and more pressure on global energy consumption and the demand for materials.
Gas turbines: essential for transition to renewable energy sources
Gas turbines are best known as the jet engines that power aircraft. But they also are the work horses of large power plants generating electricity for our industry and homes. At TU Delft, at both the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering (AE) and the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE), researchers work on this topic.
New Electrical Sustainable Powerlab smooths the way for energy transition
A new laboratory, the only one of its kind in the world, is being built in Delft. The Electrical Sustainable Powerlab will bring together under one roof scientists researching the generation, transfer, distribution and use of electricity by households and companies. The aim is to ensure a smooth transition to more sustainable energy.