Overview of Energy Efficiency Research Theme

New developments based on nanotechnology and smart designs of artificial structures with high accuracy in fabrication have enabled important applications in the domain of photonics relating to the interaction of light and matter. Example applications occur in areas such as quantum dot lasers for optical communications and efficient light trapping systems for better solar cells.

Many systems involving electromagnetic waves gain a crucial performance advantage if significant energy efficiency gains can be achieved. Particular activities that benefit include communication (where photonics plays a crucial role), medical instrumentation, imaging, sensing, and solar power generation.

Furthermore, energy efficiency is a major consideration for the physics of nano-photonic structures (where the minimal feature sizes are at the single wavelength or even deep subwavelength scales), controllable fabrication of nanophotonic materials and structures, and the applications of such structures in low-energy information processing and communications, high-efficiency energy conversion, sensing, and medicine.

NB-Photonics has extensive capabilities to provide for technology improvements based on energy efficiency developments.

Technology Platform Links

Energy efficiency advances utilize several technology platforms. These technology platforms can include quantum dots, nanocoatings, photonic integration and silicon photonics, and displays.

Application Links

Advances in energy efficiency led to significant benefits in multiple application areas. Chief among these areas are energy and lighting, sensors, and communications.

NB-Photonics member expertise

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Jeroen Beeckmans
Christophe Detavenier
Kristiaan Neyts
Gunther Roelkens