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  Philippe Vereecken  




Prof. Dr. Philippe Vereecken is an expert in electrochemistry and specifically in its use in electrochemical storage, nanomaterials synthesis and semiconductor processing. Dr. Vereecken received a PhD in Physical Chemistry at Ghent University (Belgium) in 1998. He then spent 7 years in the US, first as a postdoctoral associate in the department of Materials Science and Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD (1998−2001) and subsequently as a Research Staff Member at IBM T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY (2001−2005). Dr. Vereecken returned to Belgium in 2005 to join the Nanomaterials group in imec, working on catalytic growth and integration of nanowires and nanotubes for post−CMOS applications. In 2010 he was appointed Associate Professor at the Centre of Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, KU Leuven. In the same year, prof. Vereecken started up the energy storage activities at imec. The main focus is currently on the development of solid−state lithium ion batteries. Other interests include solar fuels for sustainable energy production.

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In the last 2 years it became evident that wind and solar energy will be crucial in achieving the CO2-reduction objectives of the Paris Convention.  This conviction is not only based on purely environmental considerations for these 2 renewable energy sources. There is a strong economical rationale to go for these generation technologies given the very low levelized-cost-of-electricity (LCOE) in the range of a few cents/kWh, reported in 2016 and 2017 for both. Concurrently, one is also observing a fast decline of the cost for (local) energy storage based on batteries.  The combination of the cost decline and performance increase for both generation and storage are key enablers for a truly distributed sustainable energy system.  This evolution is necessary but not sufficient as these basic technology  enablers for generation and storage  have to be combined with local and global intelligence enabled by ICT to obtain proper state estimation and control for the energy system and the players at the different aggregation levels.

The presentation will focus on the imec-activities on high-performance PV and storage and will indicate what imec is doing on energy system level to enable this distributed energy system of the future.




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