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Solar Energy in the Built Environment

The special Research Centre for Solar Energy in the Built Environment falls under the Research Centre for Smart Urban Redesign and specializes in researching the possibilities for the integration of solar panels in the built environment. The Research Centre also researches the use of innovative materials for solar energy applications. The aim of the Research Centre is to develop knowledge in this field together with companies in the south-eastern parts of the Netherlands. This knowledge could lead to innovation in education at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.

The products that are developed from these two research lines are investigated, demonstrated, and monitored at the living lab ‘de Wijk van Morgen’ (the district of the future) at the Avantis cross-border industrial park. The living lab provides the opportunity to demonstrate new developments in innovative products for BIPV (building-integrated photovoltaics) to a wide public and to companies. Here, companies can test their new products in collaboration with Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.

Partnership with TNO
This special Research Centre is a partnership with TNO, the largest research institute in the Netherlands and an experienced player in the field of chemistry, construction, and energy-related research. The partnership between TNO and Zuyd has been running for several years and has seen a great deal of interaction between staff at the two institutes including internships and research assignments. The vision of TNO and focus points of Zuyd complement one another and it is important for TNO to be affiliated to a university of applied sciences that is a leader in chemistry and the sustainable built environment.


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