Materials for Energy & Light

Energy generation, storage and use is one of the main challenges for the future of Europe.

This is reflected in a number of European initiatives and strategies:

It is clear that this is also an important focus for Flanders, as each member state of the EU has to play its part in this societal challenge.

When SIM started, a work group was put together with experts from industry and academics. Its task: to identify those areas that should have the highest interest in Flanders from the point of view of pre-competitive demand driven research. It was concluded that focus should be on the following domains:

  • Harvesting of energy with photovoltaics
  • Energy conversion with fuel cells
  • Energy storage with batteries.

Domains that are outside of the SIM scope currently:

  • Solid state lighting: current advances in international research would make it difficult for Flanders research group to gain a competitive position with a critical mass.
  • Photocatalysis: wide industrial opportunities are considered to be too far away
  • Hydrogen storage: closely related to fuel cells, but it was not given a high priority by the work group experts.

There is currently one SIM research program in this theme: SOPPOM, "Solution based Processing of Photovoltaic Modules".





Solution based processing for printed functionalities