At TU Delft neighbour Deltares, the Ballast construction company is putting the finishing touches on the world’s largest wave channel. Last month, a group of science journalists were invited to take a peek.
Energy storage comes in all shapes and sizes. Condensers are convenient for peak storage, but they are exhausted within a few seconds. The same applies to flywheels. Water storage in reservoir lakes and pressurised gas storage in underground reservoirs can provide a buffer of several hours of energy use. Batteries and accumulators can even store energy for weeks.
People can be strange creatures, as ergonomics expert Professor Peter Vink (Industrial Design Engineering) knows. They will sit in tight and uncomfortable seating to save money, complain about it in surveys and then do it all over again. These are the enigmas of environmental ergonomics.