Reinders, A.H.M.E.

Associate Professor Industrial Design Engineering


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Biography dr. Angèle Reinders is affiliated with the of Faculty of Engineering Technology of University of Twente in the Netherlands and she holds a part-time chair of Professor of Energy-Efficient Design in the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of Delft University of Technology.
Angèle Reinders’ present research focuses on system integration and product development with renewable energy technologies In particular, she has been establishing the field of innovation and design in photovoltaic technologies and other renewable energy technologies, which has led to the publication of the following book by John Wiley & Sons in 2013: The Power of Design: Product Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies.

Angèle Reinders completed a master degree in Experimental Physics in 1993 at Utrecht University, where she also received her doctoral degree in 1999. She’s a co-founding editor of IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics and involved in the Photovoltaic Specialists Conference as a Technical Program Chair in 2014.

Journal of Photovoltaics:
The Power of Design: Product Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies:

Examples of products with integrated photovoltaic solar cells:

Left: Virtue of Blue, a solar chandelier powered by 500 butterfly-shaped solar cells, Middle: The Solar Suntree, a solar charger for mobile phones, Right: The solar boat Private Energy Solar Team from Leeuwarden (Netherlands) during the Dong Energy Solar Challenge in Leeuwarden.

Energy research at OPM Within the theme Energy, which is led by Dr. Reinders, design-research focuses on sustainable product development with renewable energy technologies for instance applications of PV solar technologies, LEDs, fuel cells, energy storage technologies, thermal energy technologies and small wind turbines in products and buildings. Her research includes the development of innovative design methodologies, new simulation tools for analysing energy performance, technical monitoring systems and the application of evaluation tools such as environmental life cycle analysis.
In particular the development of applications of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy technologies, for instance PV systems and modules, solar powered boats, concentrating PV and PV products for indoor use have specific interest. A main issue of the design-driven energy research is matching PV solar cell technologies with conditions of use, optimized energy performance and manufacturability.

Recently a new research direction has been initiated on the performance of Smart Grid energy systems at the low voltage level, where interaction between end-users and their household energy consumption and renewable energy production become relevant.

In general energy research within the field of Industrial Design Engineering is frequently executed with companies and in interdisciplinary teams, as well as on the sustainable campus of UT.

On-going PhD projects


The energy team is an extended research group from three knowledge institutions: University of Twente (UT), Delft University of Technology (DUT) and the NHL University of Applied Sciences (NHL)

PV systems in weak electricity grids on islands in Indonesia 
Hans Veldhuis // // UT // planned completion 2015


Photovoltaic Products for Indoor Use
Georgia Apostolou // // DUT // planned completion 2015


Energy consumption and user interventions in smart grids
Daphne Geelen // // DUT // planned completion 2014


Evaluation of product service combinations in smart grid households
Uche Obinna // // UCF // expected completion 2016


Design of photovoltaic solar powered boats 
Tim Gorter // - // UT, NHL // Completed 2014


Exergetic system approach in energy-efficiency in the built environment 
Bram Entrop // // UT // Completed 2013

Key Publications


Geelen, D., Reinders, A.H.M.E., Keyson, D., Empowering the end-user in smart grids: Overview of and recommendations for the design of products and services, Energy Policy, 61, pp 151–161, 2013.


Apostolou, G., Reinders, A.H.M.E., Overview of design issues in product-integrated PV, Journal of Energy Technology, John Wiley, ISSN: 2194-4296, 2014



Veldhuis, A.J., Reinders, A.H.M.E., Reviewing the potential and cost-effectiveness of grid-connected solar PV in Indonesia on a provincial level, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, ISSN 13640321, Vol 27, pp 315-324, 2013



Geelen, D.V., Scheepens, A., Kobus, C., Obinna, U., Mugge, R., Schoormans, J., Reinders, A.H.M.E., Smart energy households’ pilot projects in The Netherlands with a design-driven approach, Proceedings of IEEE PES ISGT Europe 2013, Copenhagen, 2013.


Eggink, W., Reinders, A.H.M.E., The Design and Styling of Technology-based Innovations- Theory and Practical cases, Proceedings of the 5th World Conference on Design Research; Chibaura Institute of Technology, pp. 001-011, The International Association of Societies of Design Research (IASDR), 2013



Reinders, A.H.M.E., Diehl, J.C., Brezet, J.C., The Power of Design: Product Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies, Hard-cover book, 368 pages, ISBN: 978-1-1183-0867-7, John Wiley & Sons, London, 2013


Durlinger, Reinders, Toxopeus (2012) A comparative life cycle analysis of low power PV lighting products for rural areas in South East Asia. Renewable Energy, 41, pp 96–104


Gorter, Reinders (2012) A comparison of 15 polymers for application in photovoltaic modules in PV-powered boats, Applied energy, 92, pp 286-297


Veldhuis, Reinders (2012) Real-time irradiance simulation for PV products and building integrated PV in a virtual reality environment. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics. 2(3), pp. 352-358

PV systems

PV system on Horst building of University of Twente (since 2013)

PV test bench on Citadel building of University of Twente (since 2014)

PV system on Walikota builing in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia (since 2012)

OPM Energy projects in news:

PVSC-40 conference announced in IEEE’s The Institute:,

Jakarta News about Solar Energy in Indonesia:

UT news on PV project in Indonesia:

Tubantia newspaper on PV project in Indonesia:

In 2013 a PV system was installed on the Horst building of University of Twente, which will be investigated in the forthcoming period

Contact data:

Dr. Angèle Reinders

Department of Design, Production and Management
Faculty of Engineering Technology
University of Twente
P.O.Box 217
7500 AE Enschede
The Netherlands

Phone number: +(0)53 4893681
Horstring, room N222
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