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What are the relevant competences and experiences of the organization for the project?

Lab and pilot scale production, characterization and validation of pigments; making and processing pigmented polymers via extrusion; modeling optical properties of materials; technical and economic feasibility studies; manufacture and durability testing of solar cell materials (Solliance); testing innovative technologies at the Solar Energy Application Center (SolarBeat) on the TU/e site and leading (subsidized) consortium projects, communication and dissemination of project results; position on the Brightlands Chemelot Campus (within Brightlands Materials Center), and a good interregional network South Netherlands – Flanders (TNO principal scientist Pascal Buskens, for example, is also a part-time professor at Hasselt University; strategic collaboration with partner IMEC within Holst Center, and IMEC and UHasselt within Solliance etc.).

What is the motivation of the organization to participate in the project?

Within a number of transitions, TNO focuses strongly on the topics of renewable energy and energy conversion and storage: the transition energy, the transition urbanization (e.g. heat recovery in the built environment), and the transition industry (e.g. thin film solar cells / Solliance). Within this Interreg project, TNO wants to collaborate with other leading knowledge institutions to raise the level of knowledge in the field of sustainable energy generation and saving in buildings to such a high level that companies from the Flanders-Netherlands region can pick up on this and eventually distinguish in the market by developing innovative solutions.

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