Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, http://www.tudelft.nl/) is the oldest, largest and most comprehensive university of technology in The Netherlands. With over 20,000 students and 2,500 scientists (including 400 full professors), it is an establishment of national importance and of significant international standing. The University collaborates on a structural basis with other international education and research institutes and has partnerships with governments, branch organizations, numerous consultancies, industry partners and companies from the small and medium business sectors. TU Delft ranks 52nd on the 2019 QS World University Rankings and 63rd on the 2018 Times Higher Education ranking. TU Delft ranks as 4th productive organization in road safety studies worldwide (Zou et al., 2018).
The Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences (CEG) comprises over 500 full time equivalent permanent scientific staff, over 180 PhD students, and over 3500 bachelor and master students. Currently, research and education are organized in seven departments: Engineering Structures, Geoscience & Engineering, Geoscience & Remote Sensing, Hydraulic Engineering, Materials, Mechanics, Management & Design, Transport & Planning, and Water management. TU Delft’s Faculty of Civil Engineering ranks 4th in the 2019 World University QS rankings.
The department Hydraulic Engineering does research and education and develops technology for the themes: coasts, rivers, dredging, hydraulic structures, floods and environmental fluid mechanics. The section on hydraulic structures focuses on the design and construction of levees, dams, locks, storm surge barriers, weirs, quay walls, tunnels and other hydraulic structures. Knowledge is developed on geotechnical and hydraulic aspects, as well as materials and resilience engineering. Probabilistic and structural dynamic analyses and experiments are often applied methods. The Department of Hydraulic Engineering ranks 3rd in the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking).
The Valorisation Centre (VC) at TU Delft supports, stimulates and facilitates scientists and supporting staff of the TU Delft in transforming results of research and technology development to practical, commercially viable, application. Within the VC European project management team professional project managers provide non-scientific project management for international collaborative projects. They support the scientific coordinators in a proactive, efficient and quality way, on financial, legal, administrative and organizational matters. The team’s portfolio contains H2020, FP7, Europe Aid (with partners from Asia including UNEP and UNIDO) and Interreg projects.
Role in the Project
TU Delft is coordinator of the proposed project. Within work packages, TU Delft has two roles. One role is site assessment and civil design of pumped storage implementations. The second role is optimizing storage strategy for lowest cost.