2017 - 2018
This year, our Honors Track consists of a large diversity of topics and projects as many students continued their two-year trajectory within our Track and several students joint in.
- Team NEOS - designing the ultimate Greenhouse
- Team RED - Smart Grids - TU/e interactive map and platform
- Team STORE - Sustainable production of formic acid
- Team CASA (formerly known as Living Lab Home)
- Team SOLID
- Team FAST
We are team Neos, consisting of 3 students from the honors track Energy transition and 4 from Smart cities. We are participating in the Ultimate urban greenhouse challenge, organized by Wageningen University & Research. The goal of this challenge is to design a greenhouse for the new ‘Bajeskwartier’ in Amsterdam. Important aspects are: plant production, social integration and economic feasibility. Currently, we are working on the detailing of our concept. We are looking for information about plant production systems and alternative ways to generate energy. After the detailing phase we are going to focus on making a model, proof of concept and business model. The jury presentation is at the 28th of August.
Food is transported over a long distance before it reaches the customer. We want to reduce the food miles by producing food locally. At the same time, we want to further reduce the energy usage by designing an efficient and sustainable building. Finally, we also want to reconnect people with food, nature, circularity and neighbours.
The goal of Team RED is to create an electricity grid that can integrate local and flexible energy assets into the energy system, in order to make energy use more sustainable. We want to make this rather complex subject graspable for everyone as it currently is not! We aim to show people what the impact of innovations could be on the electricity grid of the campus. Our team is realizing this by creating an interactive scale model of the TU/e campus, on this map users can place objects which represent grid related innovations such as solar panels, using a beamer we project relevant information on the map such as the power consumption of each building. This interactive map will be a social platform for stakeholders to use as a tool to show the impact of technologies in different scenarios and combinations. We manage to do all this stuff using the data that the smart meters on the campus generate. Testing the features of technologies could launch new research, create awareness about innovations and modernize the energy use of the campus. Our planning is to have a working prototype of the interactive map by the end of this semester! We are currently looking for enthusiastic people with data analytics background who would like to help us to manage all the data of the grid.
We are Team STORE, we focus on making solar fuels: a potential sustainably produced energy carrier. Our mission is to locally produce solar fuels. Our product will require electricity input, which should come from a renewable source. The rest of the raw materials will be obtained from the air or surroundings. Our end goal will be to design a small-scale plant to produce the solar fuel. At this moment we are focusing on making formic acid. We think formic acid is a good solar fuel, because it is not toxic and it is a liquid at normal conditions. We are now trying to make a small test rig to produce formic acid. Next year we would like to step up and make a bigger installation producing more formic acid and look if it is interesting to use it as a way of storing sustainably produced energy. We think the storage of energy is important in the future, because a problem with energy sources such as solar or wind energy is, that it is not adjustable to the demand. Therefore, it is necessary to provide storage for this type of energy.
Our mission is to accelerate the energy transition by bringing together the right partners from the academic and business world to integrate and innovate in the construction environment. We will set a new, higher standard for all homes regarding sustainability, health and cost that can be achieved with technologies available today.
Team SOLID is a student team at Eindhoven University of Technology, working on a new concept called “metal fuels”, in which metals are used to sustainably store energy. When metal powders are burned, heat is released and the metals turn into metal oxides, also known as rust. The heat can be used to warm houses, drive trains and sail ships. The metal oxides formed during the combustion are captured. Later, these can be reduced back to metal powder, by using green energy. This way, a sustainable cycle is made in which energy is stored.