ERTICO Partner TNO Urbanisation opened the new Solar Lab at the Energy & Health Campus in Petten on 15 September. The province of Noord-Holland has invested 14 million euros in the construction and fitting out of the state-of-the-art laboratory. With this facility, TNO Urbanisation is making a key contribution to facilitating groundbreaking research on new applications of solar energy.
Ton de Jong, managing director of Energy Transition at TNO says: “In the Solar Lab, we are developing new types of solar panels and applications with companies, government, and knowledge institutes, which will enable solar energy to be rolled out on a large scale in an attractive and cost-effective way. It’s extremely important for the generation of large amounts of renewable electricity as well as for further cost reduction, both necessary for the success of the energy transition.”
Additionally, in the Solar Lab, TNO collaborates with companies to do research on, develop and test innovations for new solar cells, panels and applications. These technological innovations enable affordable and safe solar energy generation integrated into existing surfaces of buildings, infrastructure and vehicles, but also in the countryside or on water. In addition, TNO is working with partners in the new Solar Lab on making solar energy circular.