As the world population continues to grow, more and more people will need access to affordable electricity. Because our supply of natural resources is dwindling and nuclear power remains contested, the demand for clean energy is growing exponentially.
Smart energy is one of imec's key research areas. Together with our partners, we develop and optimize technologies to create a smart, sustainable grid. We do this through a number of different projects and research tracks.
We continue the 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.
But we also need electricity when the sun is not shining. That’s why 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 ensures that the light never goes out.
Imec plays an active role in EnergyVille, an association of several reputable Flemish research institutions that aims to be a driver in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems.