Sustainable Energy Cluster

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Prof. Rik De Doncker
Cluster Director
The objective of the Sustainable Energy Cluster is increased energy efficiency and a switchover to sustainable energy generation. One of the key methods applied is the interconnection of the various energy networks (electricity, gas and heat) with decentralized infeeds. This method is known as “smart grid” (for electricity).

Resource-friendly energy generation is explored in terms of need, economy and social aspects. In terms of technology, research is directed at the various basic disciplines, e.g. in terms of

  • new materials for thermal insulation in intelligent facades or
  • new semiconductor structures for energy conversion technology (power electronics, phase change materials).

The following centers form the key research areas in the Sustainable Energy Cluster: