On 31 May and 1 June, the kick-off of 'NL-ECO: Netherlands Initiative for Energy-Efficient Computing' will take place in the U-Park Hotel on the Campus of the University of Twente. This program, part of the National Science Agenda (NWA), aims to develop new concepts and associated materials for energy-efficient information technologies.
In the NL-ECO program, 33 academic, industrial and societal organisations join forces on one of the major social challenges; how can the rapidly increasing consumption of energy in information technologies be curbed? The program will focus, among other things, on the development and application of new chip technologies that combine electrical, optical and magnetic effects, on new ways of data processing inspired by the functioning of the brain, and on materials structured in such a way that they can perform calculations automatically.
The NL-ECO programme, led by UT professor Hans Hilgenkamp, has a duration of 5 years and, with 10.3 million euros in funding from NWO and a further 2.5 million euros in co-financing from the participating companies, is one of the largest NWA programmes. It will also form the basis for further forms of cooperation.