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Olaf Adan

POSITION: PROFESSOR | (BIO)PHYSICAL PROCESSES IN POROUS MEDIA
TNO UNIT: INDUSTRY (TECHNICAL SCIENCES)
UNIVERSITY: TU EINDHOVEN (APPLIED PHYSICS)
 
TNO LOCATION: EINDHOVEN – HIGH TECH CAMPUS 25
EMAIL: [email protected]
TEL: +31651425805

RESEARCH AREA

My research focusses on understanding the physics of transport and phase changes in complex permeable media as to better engineer materials for a sustainable society, including ​materials for energy storage and ​technological porous materials​.

RECENT RESULTS

The supply of sustainable solar and wind energy is unreliable. Sometimes there is excess supply, and sometimes there is too little to meet demand – which is growing quickly. Storing energy when there is more than enough supply is a solution, but until recently the technology to do so was very inefficient.

In the summer of 2019 we announced an innovative heat battery developed jointly by TNO and the TU/e. This heat battery is efficient, compact, loss-free, affordable, and widely applicable, and ready for the market.

PHD SUPERVISION

  • Ruben Nicasy (Topsector HTSM) 
  • Martina Laura Cotti (EU H2020) 
  • Michaela Eberbach (NWO) 
  • Natalia Mazur (NWO)
  • Jelle Houben (Topsector TKI) 
  • Anja Herrmann (NWO) 
  • Joey Aarts (NWO) • Shuwai Wang (MMIP) 
  • Tim Raemaekers (Industry) 
  • Vacancy (Topsector Energy)

TOP PUBLICATIONS

LINKS

Our work

The compact heat battery for storing energy in the home

There is currently a strong need for a compact and affordable heat battery for storing heat in homes. TNO is working on a range of technologies to make this happen. In Eindhoven, for example, a team is... Read more
Our work

Cellcius | compact, loss-free and cheap

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Expertise

Thermochemical Materials for long-term loss free heat storage

The program line for Thermochemical Materials develops stabile, cheap and safe TCM’s to be used in thermochemical heat storage devices for domestic applications. These devices can store heat over a long... Read more
Our work

Heat battery for the home

Global demand for energy from the industrialised, fossil fuel-based economy continues to grow. This is at a time when enormous progress is being made in the development and use of new energy sources and... Read more
TNO Insights

A heat battery for the home: compact, stable, and affordable

23 August 2019
The supply of sustainable solar and wind energy is unreliable. Sometimes there is excess supply, and sometimes there is too little to meet demand – which is growing quickly. Storing energy when there is... Read more

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