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
Research into a climate-neutral built environment united in TU Delft Urban Energy InstituteAt TU Delft, various aspects of that energy use are being researched, with the aim of drastically reducing the use in urban areas and generating the remaining energy from sustainable sources. This research is now officially bundled in the Urban Energy Institute.
Efficiency and Safety in Geothermal OperationsA fund of 3.4M€ has been awarded by the European Commission to a project on geothermal energy, that will be led by researcher Maren Brehme (TU Delft). The project entitled ‘EASYGO: Efficiency and Safety in Geothermal Operations‘ is one of the Innovative Training Networks meant for extraordinary global research as well as excellent training opportunities for PhD candidates to reach doctorate level.
NWO Indonesia project on energy transition in Indonesia approvedKornelis Blok and Jaco Quist will be working with the Technical University of Bandung in a broader consortium to do research on the renewable energy transition in Indonesia. The project is funded by NWO and the Indonesian research council. In the project, TU Delft will be focusing on making participatory renewable energy scenarios, implementation pathways and techno-economic assessment of renewable energy sources. One PhD candidate and one postdoc will be hired. Colleagues from the CEG faculty will also participate in the project.
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.