DTU becomes project partner at new Stanford University centre  

2009.06.12
DTU Physics becomes project partner at the Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion at Stanford University in California, USA
President Obama's new administration is providing approx. DKK 4.3bn  (DKK 810m) to establish 46 centres that will conduct research and development in new energy technologies for better exploitation of renewable energy sources such as sun, wind and biomass.
 
One of these centres, the Center on Nanostructuring for Efficient Energy Conversion at Stanford University in California will join forces with the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Physics), which will become a project partner and gain a share of the DKK 100m (USD 18.8m) grant that Stanford University has received, DTU writes in a press release.
 
Professor Jens Nørskov of DTU Physics will head the Danish research team. Stacey Bent, director of the new centre at Stanford University says: "Jens Nørskov's centre plays an important role in solving the fundamental problems that are associated with a more efficient exploitation of renewable energy, and we are very much looking forward to this partnership."
 
The DTU Physics group will be conducting theoretical characterisations of material properties at nanoscale level. Jens Nørskov says: "One of the problems today is that we lack efficient methods to store surplus energy from e.g. solar cells and wind turbines. It means that the renewable energy supply is unstable and in periods too low. If we want a society that is based on sustainable energy, we have to develop new materials that enable efficient conversion of solar and wind energy into chemical energy in e.g. hydrogen or alcohols.  Liquid fuels can both be stored and transported to where the energy is needed."
 
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