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SDG 7: affordable and clean energy

How it guides our research

Together with our partners, we develop and optimize technologies to create a smart, sustainable grid. We do this through several projects and research tracks.

  • We continue our research into chips that use even less energy, and into hyper-efficient power electronics based on GaN-on-silicon technology.
  • New types of solar cells (such as tandem and bifacial cells) harvest more solar energy, while building-integrated photovoltaics and thin-film solar cells increase our possibilities to integrate solar power in our environment.
  • We’re working on solid-state batteries that have a much larger capacity. And through self-learning algorithms, we’re creating a smart power grid that strives to balance energy supply and demand throughout the day.
  • Our technologies enable Power-to-Molecules, the efficient conversion of (renewable) energy into valuable molecules such as hydrogen.

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How it guides our internal processes and local initiatives

  • As a part of our efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, we are currently fully switching to green energy to power our operations.
  • We’re installing heat pumps in our clean rooms.
  • Imec plays an active role in EnergyVille, an association of several Flemish research institutions that’s a driver in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems.

Want to know more?

Read the interview with imec expert Bart Onsia on how we’re at the tipping point of a new energy era.