September 14th 2020
Green hydrogen as a means of storing electrical energy is the future. The new SCALE consortium headed by DIFFER will investigate a new approach to generate hydrogen. DIFFER, together with the TU/e and a number of other parties was recently awarded 1.25 M€ of funding by NWO for this new project to prepare the ground for the next generation of so-called AEM water electrolysers.
September 7th 2020
The Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has launched a new institute during the Opening of the Academic Year 2020/2021: the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems - EIRES. During an online talk show, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven has pushed the button to officially open the new institute. EIRES, with Richard van de Sanden as scientific director and Mark Boneschanscher as managing director, is the third TU/e institute next to ICMS and EAISI. DIFFER is a strategic partner, especially due to the strong synergies with its Solar Fuels research theme.
September 1st 2020
DIFFER is going to research a novel plasma-aided electrochemical reactor concept to cost-effectively convert small, common molecules into useful building blocks for the production of materials, chemicals and synthetic fuels. DIFFER researchers Floran Peeters and Richard van de Sanden scored an NWO ENW-XS project to fund their ground-breaking research project to replace the cathode of a conventional solid-oxide electrolyzer cell with a hollow cathode glow discharge fed by He/O2 gas.
August 7th 2020
Beata Tyburska-Pueschel appointed to Euratom STC
Nuclear physicist Beata Tyburska-Pueschel, project leader of DIFFER's Ion Beam Facility, has been appointed as member of the Euratom Scientific and Technical Committee.
July 28th 2020
Start of ITER reactor assembly
"ITER is a promise of progress and of confidence in science; it is already a scientific and technological feat." With those words, the French President Macron welcomed the Start of Machine Assembly of the international fusion reactor ITER. On behalf of the seven ITER members, government leaders and representatives celebrated the fusion project reaching this important milestone on July 28th 2020. ITER is the largest nuclear fusion project in the world and will produce its First Plasma in 2025. The reactor is designed to demonstrate the technical feasibility of producing clean, nearly inexhaustible power from the same process that powers the sun and the stars.