Innovation

Our energy research is embedded in strong national and international networks of excellence. It has also a strong connection with industry, which gives our scientists clear insight into research needs. We also participate in many public innovation programs. Engineering change is a matter for concerted action and involves many parties.

KIC InnoEnergy
One of our important partners is the Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) InnoEnergy, an alliance of universities, research institutions and industry. The partners have jointly developed a strategy for innovation in the field of sustainable energy. The formal partners of the Benelux co‐location of KIC InnoEnergy are TU/e, KU Leuven, TNO, Vito and Eandis. The associate partners include Philips Research, IMEC, ECN, Elia, NXP and Energy Delta Institute. These ten partners concentrate their research in Eindhoven and in Genk‐Waterschei (Belgium).

3TU.Federation
Energy research in Eindhoven is also strongly embedded in the 3TU.Federation, in which the three leading universities of technology in the Netherlands have joined forces. It comprises the universities in Eindhoven, Delft, and Twente. The 3TU.Federation has a common Centre of Excellence  on Sustainable Energy Technologies. Major topics for research are materials and methods for efficient utilization of solar energy conversion to electrons and hydrogen, for storage of these energy carriers in lightweight materials, batteries and supercapacitors, for fundamental improvements of fuels cells, and for using these in integrated, efficient devices. Also the production and clean use of biofuels is studied.

Advanced Dutch Energy Materials programma (ADEM)
We also have strong contacts with the Advanced Dutch Energy Materials program (ADEM). It focuses on fundamental and applied materials research for sustainable energy technologies. It addresses catalysts, separation technology, batteries, hydrogen production, fuel cells, wind energy, heat transport and storage, and solar cells. ADEM is a joint program with the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and University of Twente (UT).

Around the campus
Eindhoven is rapidly becoming the focal point of Dutch fusion research. There are strong links with the FOM Institute for Plasma Physics Rijnhuizen, which is due to move to the TU/e campus in a few years’ time. We are also involved in the ITER‐NL consortium, which prepares Dutch research and industry for participation in the international fusion reactor ITER.
In the field of solar energy we actively participate in Solliance, a partnership of R&D organisations working in the region Eindhoven-Leuven-Aachen. Solliance consolidates
and coordinates the activities of industry, research institutes and universities.

Collaborating universities, governments and industry
We also cooperate with the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Technische Universität München (TUM, DE), the two partner universities of TU/e.
Furthermore, we participate in EOS‐SenterNovem programs, STW Perspectief programs, FOM‐Joint Solar Programs, CatchBio, ACTS, the European fusion research program ITER, and EU‐FP7 programs.
We also actively participate in joint innovation programs (IPs) with industry, such as FES‐HTSM, Point.One (nanotechnology, embedded systems and mechatronics), High Tech Automotive Systems (HTAS), and the ITER‐NL consortium which prepares Dutch research and industry for participation in the international fusion reactor ITER. Various subprograms of these innovation programs focus on energy related research challenges.