In this session, the activities at Holst Centre towards a more sustainable society will be highlighted. Resulting from the track record in enabling new electronic functionalities in application domains as consumer electronics, automotive and health, the focus of developments at Holst Centre in printed and thin film electronics has shifted to render the nowadays omnipresent electronics more sustainable. Developments include how to design and realize electronic components / solutions that are more recyclable, render manufacturing/recycling processes more energy-efficient as well as to employ materials that have minimum environmental impact.
In addition to the focus on manufacturing processes and technology building blocks that are more sustainable, Holst Centre also actively develops next-generation technologies in energy storage. New battery technology for storage of – intermittent – green electricity is being developed with improved storage capacity and increase lifetime while improving the safety aspects of electrochemical energy storage concurrently. Developments in the battery domain – that have led to the creation of a start-up ecosystem already – are re-employed in the domain of energy storage by means of hydrogen as well. Efficient creation of hydrogen employs electrolysis to produce the gas from liquid water. Flexible electronics solutions are developed to dedicatedly increase the conversion efficiency of the electrolysis processes, while concurrently employing less precious metal material and facilitating scaled-up manufacturing of high-tech electrolyser components based on production equipment and manufacturing processes the Netherlands, and specifically the Brainport Eindhoven Region, excels in in order to render a pathway for valorisation of developments as well.
Energy storage: Hydrogen
Energy storage: Battery technology
Round 2: 15:15 - 16.00