The CCER focuses on computational challenges critical to the exploration, identification and early screening of scalable energy conversion and energy storage technologies. It is our goal to provide a computational foundation for a smooth and successful transition towards a sustainable global energy system. The challenge common to almost all such computational energy research is to describe and model a variety of physical phenomena at a range of length and time scales. In order to create an environment that is most likely to evoke breakthroughs, the research program of the CCER is organized according to the length and time scales at which subjects are modeled.
Significant progress has been made in the simulation of the core plasma in a Tokamak fusion reactor. Breakthroughs are needed now in the simulation of the ‘scrape-off’ plasma, where multiphysics and multiscale aspects play a key role.
Even if all research lines are fully connected, and macroscopic properties of materials could be exactly predicted from their atomic compositions, finding materials that show certain pre-defined large-scale behaviors often poses a significant challenge.
The TU/e Bachelor College offers several courses for specialization in computational science, in particular in the cross-disciplinary coherent packages ‘Multiscale Phenomena and Techniques’ and ‘Computational Science’.
The TU/e Graduate School offers a Master’s program ‘Science and Technology of Nuclear Fusion’. In this program students can follow a variety of specialized cross-disciplinary computational courses important for Fusion research:
The CCER regularly organizes specialized workshops to educate PhD students (and interested Bachelor and Master students) in state-of-the-art computational techniques and to train them in hands-on use of software based on these techniques.