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Adequate supplies of energy and resources are central to our society. Be it for domestic use, industrial use, healthcare, or food production, access to these commodities is essential for all. Sustainable solutions to the exploding global demand for energy and resources depend on breakthroughs in science. 

Sustainable solutions to the exploding global demand for energy and resources depend on breakthroughs in science

Dealing with the challenges of achieving a sustainable future requires not only the development of new and more efficient technologies, but also changes in institutions, behaviour, business models, markets, policies and lifestyles. At Utrecht University we study our sustainable future as well as the required transitions towards a more sustainable society.

Transitional and renewable energy and resources

We study the development of smart, sustainable materials and systems for generating, storing and saving energy, on the one hand, while making better, low-carbon use of current energy sources, such as natural gas, on the other. We focus on geothermal energy, for example, and on catalysts for the conversion of natural gas and biomass, as well as on means of storing sustainably produced energy in forms ranging from chemical bonds to compressed gases contained in geological storage systems. Our research thus provides society with the knowledge and tools needed for developing cleaner and renewable production options and for more efficiently utilizing the different forms of energy and resources available.  

Joint projects

Through recognizing the common ground that exists in fundamental scientific approaches and methodologies, employed in energy and materials research in the disciplines of Physics, Chemistry and Earth Sciences, unique collaborations have been established  through joint projects tackling processes occurring at scales ranging from the atomic and nanometer scale to the mm, cm, meter and field scales.

Future Energy and Resources is part of the Utrecht University research theme Sustainability.

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25 January 2017
Utrecht University scientists found that by burning wood pellets made of wood residue, climate benefits can be achieved within six years.
Zonnepanelen op Utrecht Science Park/De Uithof. Foto van Ivar Pel.
15 December 2016
The positive effect of solar energy as a sustainable energy source offsets the negative impact of the production of solar panels.
Zonnepanelen
7 December 2016
The positive effect of solar energy as a sustainable energy source offsets the negative impact of the production of solar panels.
25 November 2016
Utrecht University’s sustainability research has the greatest impact worldwide, concludes Times Higher Education.
31 October 2016
With amongst others fascinating keynote speakers and impressive posters we can look back on a successful Sustainability Conference 2016 with pride.

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