Energy generation, storage and use is one of the main challenges for the future of Europe.

This is reflected in a number of European initiatives and strategies:


It is clear that this is also an important focus for Flanders, as each member state of the EU has to play its part in this societal challenge.

When SIM started, a work group was put together with experts from industry and academics. Its task: to identify those areas that should have the highest interest in Flanders from the point of view of pre-competitive demand driven research. It was concluded that focus should be on the following domains:

  • Harvesting of energy with photovoltaics
  • Energy conversion with fuel cells
  • Energy storage with batteries.

Domains that are outside of the SIM scope currently:

  • Solid state lighting: current advances in international research would make it difficult for Flanders research group to gain a competitive position with a critical mass.
  • Photocatalysis: wide industrial opportunities are considered to be too far away.
  • Hydrogen storage: closely related to fuel cells, but it was not given a high priority by the work group experts.

More detailed information?

Find all detailed information about the Durable & Sustainable Structural Materials theme in this attachment.


SIMBA: all solid state Li-batteries

Sustainable and Innovative Materials for Batteries: the ambition is to bundle knowhow and effort to create a local battery ecosystem, which enables value creation and jobs in Flanders by the time generation 4 batteries (all solid-state, ASSB) break through.

SOPPOM+: printed functionalities

Photovoltaic cells
Solution based processing for printed functionalities. Three main directions are foreseen within this program: printed electronics, printed photonics and printed energy.