Strong boost for fundamental energy research

Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the FOM Foundation will collaborate closely in the area of energy research. On Monday 7 April, they signed a partnership agreement at the Hannover Messe trade fair.

The result of this partnership will be a new research group in Eindhoven consisting of the TU/e and the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research (DIFFER). The two parties have also made agreements about intellectual property and the joint use of large-scale facilities.

In 2015, DIFFER will be relocated from Nieuwegein to a new, sustainably-built laboratory at the TU/e campus. The DIFFER-TU/e group will study solar fuels and storage of sustainable energy.

By signing this partnership agreement, Rector Magnificus of TU/e, professor Hans van Duijn and FOM director Dr Wim van Saarloos will be granting "a powerful boost to fundamental energy research in the Netherlands," according to Van Duijn. Van Saarloos adds: "Our ambition is to enable the energy research to acquire a leading national and international position".

At the TU/e campus, DIFFER employees will gain access to all the university facilities, Van Duijn emphasises. Furthermore, TU/e researchers will also have access to DIFFER’s research facilities.

Source: TU/e – Photo: FME

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