Researchers at the University of Szeged (SZTE) are developing intelligent materials that may be useful for special energy sources and also in the development of new methods for the storage of power, such as solar power.
SZTE research groups studying nanomaterials have set a common goal to achieve new scientific results in the field of functional materials by developing nanostructured systems with a well-defined composition. Dr. Zoltán Kónya, Head of the Department of Applied and Environmental Chemistry of SZTE’s Faculty of Science and Informatics explains that research groups have managed to create a special composition that may be suitable for the development of new energy storage methods and power sources.
Storing solar power in chemical bonds has been studied for many years in Szeged. This project now aims to develop an intelligent material that carries out this task with optimal efficiency, stability and selectivity with each component responsible for a specific function. Csaba Janáky, Head of the Photelectrochemical Research Group (supported by the Lendület [Momentum] Programme of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and SZTE) states that these novel, intelligent materials may surpass current materials in terms of solar power storage efficiency.
A paradigm shift of the university members coupled with environmentally friendly investments have both resulted in the University of Szeged being the greenest university in Hungary. The University of Szeged was the first higher education institute in Hungary to install a solar park. Geothermal heating is installed in the majority of the university buildings and the heating and cooling of SZTE’s József Attila Study and Information Centre is partly carried out by heat pumps using the heat of the sewage pipes.