Smart Urban Isle

This project explores the possibilities of neighbourhoods to become ‘Smart Urban Isles’: areas – possibly around a public building – where energy is generated, exchanged and stored to locally balance supply and demand as much as possible. Research also focusses on finding an optimum between building renovation and collective neighbourhood energy solutions. TU Delft provides expertise on bioclimatic design for existing buildings and smart energy networks at the neighbourhood scale. Nine case studies are developed, two of which are in the Netherlands (Haarlem and Amsterdam). Click here for more information.

A new design for making homes free of natural gas through locally generated solar heat has received a subsidy from The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) in the Energy Top Sector. This design also saves a lot more CO₂ than other natural gas-free solutions. TU Delft is the coordinating university for the project and will develop and test the so-called 'DeZONNET’ concept together with e.g.: Deltares and Greenvis. Click here for more information.

ATELIER is an AmsTErdam and BiLbao cItizen drivEn smaRt cities project funded by the European Commission under the H2020-LC-SC3-2018-2019-2020 Smart Cities and Communities call. Coordinated by the City of Amsterdam, the project combines the expertise and the commitment of 30 partners from 11 countries. ATELIER focuses on developing citizen-driven Positive Energy Districts (PEDs) in the two Lighthouse Cities Amsterdam (Netherlands) and Bilbao (Spain). Their successful implementations will then be replicated and tested for feasibility in the six Fellow Cities Bratislava (Slovak Republic), Budapest (Hungary), Copenhagen (Denmark), Krakow (Poland), Matosinhos (Portugal), and Riga (Latvia). Click here to read more.

Integrale Energietransitie Bestaande Bouw (IEBB)

The 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. Click here to read more.

LT Ready (=Realistic and affordable insulation for low temperature heating)
This MVI Energy project focuses on the research topic 'Large-scale sustainability of the built environment'. Developing innovative and affordable concepts and materialisations of energy renovation, not to achieve NoM only, but so there can be heated with a low temperature (<55 ° C). The end result will contain 2 pilot houses with LT-Ready implemented measures and a LT-Ready tool with an overview of possible combinations of isolation and ventilation options for LT-Ready renovations. Click here for more information.


SHIFFT is an Interreg 2 Seas project, running from 2019-2022, promoting cross-border cooperation between 4 European countries: The Netherlands, France, Belgium and The United Kingdom. It has been approved under the priority ‘Low Carbon Technologies’. Click here to read more.

The 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. Click here to read more.

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Projects on Internet of Touch, Internet of Robots & Hyper-edge computing
Cognizant Technology Solutions, one of the world’s leading professional services companies and Delft University of Technology have joined forces to embark on a technology research collaboration. This partnership will see a TU/Delft team of PhD/post-Doc level researchers under the guidance of eminent Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS) faculty collaborating with research leaders and senior engineers from Cognizant’s Global Technology Office. Click here to read more

Energizing Education to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
European school buildings, which mostly consists of buildings from pre-war times, are generally very energy inefficient. How can we renovate their infrastructure, when looking at the 2050 European greenhouse gas (GHG) target of zero emissions?
In February 2019, the large collaborative ENERGE (ENergizing Education to Reduce Greenhouse Emission) project was granted a budget of ± € 4 000 000. Lead researcher is IDE TU Delft’s Natalia Romero Herrera. “This project, made possible with InterregNWE (North-West Europe) funding, has the goal to develop research-based demonstrators to facilitate the implementation of low-carbon, energy and climate protection strategies to reduce GHG emissions in NWE.” Click here to read more.

Engineering sustainable energy systems for the built environment
For NWO, Human Capital by Laure Itard
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Buildings as Sustainable Energy Systems (Indoor Climate Comfort Fundamentals) Open & Online Course(s).
People spend more than 80% of their time in buildings, therefore a good thermal comfort and quality of the indoor environment are essential for people's well-being. At the same time, buildings and their energy systems are responsible for around 40% of the worldwide energy consumption and carbon emissions.
In this program you will learn how to design energy efficient and more sustainable buildings whilst improving the thermal quality of their indoor environment. Click here to read more.

ZONKAPEL (sun dormer)
Doel van het project is de haalbaarheid (technisch, economisch) te onderzoeken van de 'zonkapel': een dakkapel met geïntegreerde PVT panelen op het dak en een water/water warmtepomp en thermische opslag in de extra gecreëerde ruimte tussen het plafond van. Click here to read more.

Scholen als energieambassade in de wijk
Action research into accelerating the energy transition through energy campaigns of students and through the role of schools as a sustainable hub in the neighborhood together with Stichting Technotrent. Click here to read more.

Sky High, on Vertical Farming
Vertical farming is the integration of high-tech agriculture in buildings. SKY HIGH researches this revolution in plant production with over 23 partners. Researchers from BK Bouwkunde received a grant of €560.000,- to explore how vertical farming can be integrated sustainably in buildings and urban energy systems. Click here to read more.

Future Factory

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The main advantage of passivating contacts is their full-area surface passivation, which leads to high cell voltages. Transition metal oxide (TMO) based passivating contacts also feature high transparency and low-cost processing, making them uniquely suited for the front side. However, to exploit their full potential towards >25% efficient solar cells, more R&D is required on several aspects. In MOMENTUM we will build upon previous achievements that clearly showed the high-efficiency potential and simple, short process flow of these passivating contacts. We will demonstrate a good performance of hole-selective and electron-selective TMO front contacts, made by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) and/or atomic layer deposition (ALD), in 6-inch solar cells.



Triple-A helps local authorities, who face the common challenge to stimulate homeowners to Adopt low-carbon technologies. Local authorities develop and implement a method that increases Awareness of low-carbon technologies among homeowners and simultaneously secures easy Access to technologies that fit their needs and resources. Main outputs of the project are improvements of web modules, home energy monitoring systems, concepts for collaborative actions, and demonstration exemplars to increase the adoption of low-carbon technologies. Click here to read more.



Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) is one of the important geothermal energy technologies needed to utilize sustainable heating and cooling systems of buildings – and in particular, provides cheap and large scale storage. Both, high quality research and education as well as large scale adoption of ATES technology are needed during the coming decades at national and international level. Click here for more information.


Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage Smart Grids

The proposed research aims to test, implement, and evaluate algorithms and methodologies being developed within the Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) Smart Grids project. In particular, we plan to apply the proposed distributed model predictive controllers (DMPC) in interdependent building-ATES control systems. For this study, we investigate integrated ATES solutions for Amsterdam at a regional scale, and also focus on three musea and several other large buildings near the Museumplein in Amsterdam as a specific test and implementation site. Click here for more information.


Green and Convenience

The Green and Convenience (Groen en Gemak) project investigates if residents can be encouraged to think ‘greener’ in and around their houses by reducing (psychological) barriers. For example, by offering combined attic insulation and attic cleaning. In this project, TU Delft researchers with a background in environmental psychology work in a technical environment, applying quantitative research methods. Click here for more information (in Dutch).

Progress and performance in the social housing sector

This ongoing research collaboration with Aedes and the Dutch social housing associations gives detailed insight into the characteristics of 2.3 million dwellings and their occupants. Renovation measures taken and their impact on the energy use are analysed, showing the challenges involved in realising high performance and comfort and in dealing with the variations in occupants’ behaviour.

Energy piles

Energy piles are building foundations that also provide heating and cooling. The use of geothermal heat can reduce fossil energy consumption considerably. A full-scale energy pile demonstrator will be complemented with lab-scale experiments at The Green Village on the TU Delft campus. Parameters such as efficiency, design methods and energy saving potential are investigated for short-term (seasonal) and long-term (years) periods. Click here for more information.


Smart thermal grid at TU Delft

TU Delft’s campus heating network is connected to 23 buildings and used as a ‘living lab’ to demonstrate the transition of a conventional district heating grid towards a renewables-driven fourth-generation district-heating network. The first step involves an anticipative and peak-shaving control strategy to minimise the supply temperature, which is necessary to integrate a future geothermal source into the network. This first step already showed a 20% reduction of natural gas consumption without having to make any large-scale modifications to buildings or heat sources. Click here to read more.


Smart-meter data for automated energy and comfort diagnosis in homes

Smart-meter data at several aggregation levels (place and time) support the development of better prediction models for energy consumption in dwellings. With these models, based on actual energy use and behaviour, much more accurate energy savings potentials can be determined at the house, block or neighbourhood levels. Thermal sensation data and diverse physical parameters are gathered in real time in order to learn about the occupant’s wishes and behaviour. TU Delft explores this topic in various projects with multiple industry partners.


Energy Transition Roadmaps

For the EU project City-zen, TU Delft developed an energy transition roadmap for Amsterdam, showing how the city can become energy neutral by 2040. TU Delft realised the energy master planning approach as well as methods and tools to help guide the city to an envisioned sustainable future. City-zen Roadshows across Europe help cities start their own energy transition.


Engaging citizens: REScoop Plus

Energy cooperatives are an important means to engage citizens in the energy transition. The European project REScoop Plus explores ways and analyses best practices to stimulate engagement of energy saving tools by energy cooperatives, and lower energy use by cooperative members. TU Delft provides expertise on the behavioural impact of the best practices on the cooperative members, and on behavioural changes due to the cooperative engagement with the energy cooperatives themselves.