March 13th 2020
Urban design software improves hydrogen cells
A fresh look at photoelectrochemical cells may boost these devices' ability to convert sunlight into the clean energy carrier hydrogen. Researchers from DIFFER, Delft University of Technology and Twente University used carefully structured and measured photoelectrochemical cells in combination with software developed for urban design to explain why such cells only reach a fraction of their theoretical performance. It turns out that extending pillars on the cell surface can shadow each other, like skyscrapers in a busy city centre. The team published their research and a new design which may improve performance in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.
February 7th 2020
GroenLinks heeft een werkbezoek gebracht aan DIFFER en de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven. Tom van der Lee (Tweede Kamer) en Anne van Diemen (Provinciale Staten) kwamen praten over waterstof, en over de conversie en opslag van groene energie. Bij het bezoek was ook het bedrijfsleven vertegenwoordigd.
February 6th 2020
The worldwide production of synthetic hydrocarbons relies heavily on the Fischer-Tropsch process, but the basic steps in the formation of the carbon chains remain elusive. Scientists working at Syngaschem and DIFFER used advanced spectroscopic studies to understand what happens at the surface of the catalyst. They present their results in Nature Communications.
February 4th 2020
Polish-born experimental physicist Beata Tyburska-Pueschel found a close symbiosis between industry and university at the accelerator lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As the new project leader of DIFFER's Ion Beam Facility, she now wants to open up the laboratory to outside users and introduce that same culture of 'giving back'.