Energy transition track honors program

The Energy Transition track is hosted by Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES).  Students develop their own project and are coached in this process.

The TU/e Honors Program has been developed to challenge excellent students offering an additional 30 ECTS program next to the 2nd and 3rd year of their Bachelor program. The program is open to the selected students from all study programs educated at TU/e. The Honors Academy comprises of various tracks distinguishing themselves primarily through focus on different fields of interest. Students choose to participate in the Honors Academy through one of the tracks. 

Students are, at the end of each year, assessed on the results of their team, their contribution to this result and on their personal development.

2022/2023

The Honors Energy track contains the following student teams:

  • Better/e 
  • Circular pavilion 
  • InCharge 
  • SimEnergy 
  • Team V2A 
  • Team Voltalgae 
  • TheroSel 
2nd year

Better/e

Team Better/e aims to create an open-source iron redox flow battery setup and enable researchers and students worldwide to work side by side on improving it while sharing their findings.

1st year

Circular pavilion

Circular pavilion designs a pavilion for the Eb & Vloed September 2023 energy festival in Renesse, located on the beach of the festival and has to showcase the theme of energy. The pavilion is a transitional space that is designed to encourage thought and discussion on wind energy, based on the aesthetics and functionality.

2nd year

InCharge

Team InCharge focuses on the wireless charging of electric vehicles while driving (dynamic wireless charging/DWC).

2nd year

SimEnergy

The aim of the Project is to develop an algorithm for Smart Meters that disaggregates the energy consumption of households and small offices into the appliance level.

1st year

Team V2A

Team V2A will investigate how vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technology can be implemented in parking garages P3/P4 of Eindhoven Airport to store the generated energy in an effective, innovative, and economically feasible way.

1st year

TheroSel

Team TheroSel researches the viability of thermochemical energy storage and aims to establish a platform to communicate this technology to the general public.

1st year

Voltalgae

Voltalgae is working on a solution for off-grid, small scale, decentralized energy needs: algae battery made from sustainable materials, continuously providing energy and less dependent on weather.

2020/2021

The Honors Energy track contains the following student teams:

  • Team NANO
  • Team Renew CO2
  • Team InCharge
  • Team Better/e
  • POLAR (joint track with Smart Mobility Track)

2019/2020

The Honors Energy track contains the following student teams:

  • Team NANO - Nanogenerators
  • Team Renew CO2 - Energy Transition, CCU (Carbon Capture Utilization) 
  • Antarctica2048 - Creating an autonomous, self-sustaining, clean, research vehicle to aid research on Antarctica (joint track with Smart Mobility Track)
  • Team CORE - Enable clean, reneable energy for everyone at any time
  • Team RED - Smart Grids - TU/e interactive map and platform
1st year

Team NANO

We at team nano are working on a revolutionary renewable energy system that acts as an interface between us and our surroundings. It can easily be used in or on pre-existing urban infrastructure; imagine roads, bicycle paths, the floors of your homes and offices, all working day and night in generating electrical energy from the day to day movement of you and your peers.

1st year

Team Renew CO2

The core mission of Renew CO2 is facilitating the sustainable utilization of carbon dioxide. It is our main goal to capture CO2. A favourable result of this is a viable resource: formic acid. In other words, we upcycle a hazardous substance in a potentially useful one. Besides our mission statement, Renew CO2 also has a vision. The vision of Renew CO2 can be seen as the following: developing a system that turns carbon dioxide into formic acid by using electrolysis.

1st year

Antarctica 2048

In 2048, parts of the Antarctic Treaty end. This means that the last pristine continent on earth will undergo dramatic changes. With the aim of continuing the treaty, Antarctica2048 wants to show how valuable the continent is to science by designing and building an autonomous, self-sustaining research vehicle that runs 100% on green energy.

2nd year

Team CORE

The times we live in are the most innovative, rapidly developing and advanced times humans have ever known. Looking ahead into the future does not give us any reason to doubt that this trend will end anytime soon, which is awesome. However, replacement cycles of consumer electronics are getting shorter and shorter, and with it more and more devices are being thrown away.

2nd year

Team RED

Team RED offers intuitive insight into how energy is used and how this system can be improved. This is done through the use of a large interactive dashboard, displayed on a touchscreen monitor. On this dashboard information about the consumption of each of the buildings, as well as information on the electricity grid can be easily analyzed. Then, using tokens, the user can simulate the placement of different energy assets (e.g. solar panels, storage batteries, etc). Their impacts will be calculated by the data model and be presented to the user in an intuitive and user-friendly manner. To do this the map provides metrics such as CO₂ emissions saved, total cost, payback time and return on investment.

2018-2019

The Honors Energy track contains the following student teams:

  • Team CASA - Comfortable, Affordable, Sustainable Alternative accommodation
  • Team CORE - Enable clean, reneable energy for everyone at any time
  • TeamPLAY (new) 
  • Team RED - Smart Grids - TU/e interactive map and platform
  • SOLID - Enable clean, renewable energy for everyone at any time

2017 - 2018

New teams:

  • Team NEOS - designing the ultimate Greenhouse
  • Team RED - Smart Grids - TU/e interactive map and platform
  • Team STORE - Sustainable production of formic acid

Continuing teams:

  • Team CASA (formerly known as Living Lab Home)
  • Team SOLID
  • Team FAST

2016 - 2017

  1. Team Wood Vinegar - Optimization of wood vinegar production process in rural Thailand
  2. Team CASA - Sustainable and Smart building at TU/e campus
  3. Team SOLID - Metal Fuels (burning) to generate electricity/heat
  4. Team FAST - Driving the first Bus on Formic Acid

All topics are related to either questions from society or (applied) research questions related to projects executed at our university.

2015 -2016

1. The Solar Cube

Research Questions; Approximate the energy generated and its efficiency by conversion of solar irradiation to mechanical energy in a to-be-defined object of a to-be-defined magnitude? Under which circumstances could this process be valuable (worthy to be applied)?

2. Team FAST

A team of students joined Team FAST (www.teamfast.nl). They were part of the technical and marketing team and set themselves objectives related to the team objectives and their personal development goals.