Solar Energy everywhere
All energy and even life itself have their origin in the energy of the sun. To preserve a livable earth we must use the energy of the sun directly using materials in a circular economy. Our energy demand is high, requiring that solar energy is harvested on many different surfaces, especially so in a city. How can we implement on a variety of surfaces (roofs, facades, roads, etc.) in a cost-effective way solar energy harvesting materials? How can we do this in an aesthetically pleasing manner so that social acceptance is high? What should the underlying technology be like and how can we realize this? How can we integrate this in a city and in a manner that the other functions of the surfaces are maintained or enhanced (like insulation)? How can we make this fit within other sustainable and circular transitions that cities will make in the near future?
In order to provide technological answers to these questions the groups of Climate Design and Sustainability (under guidance of the Principal Investigator Andy van den Dobbelsteen) and Photovoltaic Materials and Devices (under guidance of the Principal Investigator Olindo Isabella) are collaborating within the Solar Urban program. This program is set up in collaboration with the AMS Institute, to provide the answers to the questions above with the focus on Amsterdam. Within this program Machteld works on establishing projects to provide the real technological solutions.
Machteld Lamers was born in Lienden, the Netherlands on March 21, 1979. She received her diploma degree in Applied Physics at the Eindhoven University of Technology in Eindhoven, the Netherlands in 2006. In 2006 she joined as Junior Scientist the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), currently part of TNO, Petten, the Netherlands. She worked within the unit of Solar Energy within the Device Architecture group on the development of innovative solar cells and manufacturing technologies. Her work on Metal-wrap-through cells resulted in 2009 and 2010 in world record module efficiencies on p-type mc-Si. She received her Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Amsterdam in Amsterdam, the Netherlands in 2015 on “Application and Analysis of Silicon Nitride Films for Surface Passivation of High Efficiency Silicon Solar Cells”. After her Ph.D. she continued as Medior Scientist to work at ECN, where she widened her field of expertise to innovative module manufacturing technologies and smart integration in applications. In 2018 she joined, seconded via ECN.TNO, as Research Fellow the Delft University of Technology, Delft, the Netherlands and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), Amsterdam, the Netherlands.