It is currently home to about 2,000 academics, 9,900 students, 290 PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) students, 1,200 Ph.D. students and 3,000 regular employees. The educational program offers 15 Bachelor of Science majors, 22 Master of Science programs and 10 Honors tracks, or excellence programs. Provided by the Honors Academy, these multiannual programs include the Smart Cities track, in which team VIRTUe is taking part.
TU/e strives for innovation, specialising in engineering science and technology and is profiled by three principles:
- Contributing in the development of technological innovation in cooperation with the industry.
- Advancing in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education.
- Solving major societal issues, boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Health, Smart Mobility and Smart Energy.
This last principle is especially relevant to the current research and development status of our project. The research department is actively involved in a variety of research areas related to the Strategic Area Energy. Currently a range of different photovoltaic cells and technologies with emphasis on thin-film solar cells based on both organic and inorganic semiconductor materials is being studied. New photoactive and electrode materials and device architectures are developed that capture and convert the solar spectrum more effectively.
Another line of research within the energy department is the built environment theme. The research projects relate to batteries, heat and cold storage, smart grids and 3D concrete-printing. Optimising the quality of the indoor environment for health, comfort and productivity while simultaneously reducing fossil fuel use is a priority for a future efficient and sustainable built environment.
Because there is much research done concerning energy at the TU/e, gathering new technologies is within reach.