FOM Institute DIFFER (NWO) is the Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, which aims to conduct leading fundamental research in the fields of fusion and solar fuels, in close partnership with academia and industry. To successfully transfer fundamental insights to our society, DIFFER is actively building an energy science society through the formation of multidisciplinary networks. DIFFER resides on the campus of Eindhoven University of Technology in its new BREEAM Excellent laboratory.
Our solar fuels research addresses the global challenge of energy storage and transport by converting intermittent sustainable energy into fuels. DIFFER investigates for instance the splitting of water into hydrogen or the activation of carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide, and the processing of these products into a hydrocarbon fuel. The research involves the synthesis and design of novel materials and processes to obtain scalable, efficient and cost-effective systems.