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Holst Centre is an independent R&D center that develops technologies for wireless autonomous sensor technologies and flexible electronics, in an open innovation setting and in dedicated research trajectories. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.


Holst Centre's fundamentals are to contribute to answering global societal challenges in healthcare, lifestyle, sustainability and the Internet of Things. This is visible through the motivation of its researchers,  its different collaboration models and the choice of its research topics.


Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) and is supported by local, regional and national governments. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.

Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from, and contributes to, the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 200 employees from some 28 nations and a commitment from more than 40 industrial partners.



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  Solar Shirt:  the phone charger you wear

Posted on Mar 16, 2015

Solar Shirt: the phone charger you wear

Eindhoven (the Netherlands) and Austin (Texas, USA), March 15, 2015 - Ever had the frustration of your phone, camera or GPS battery going flat when you're out and about? That could soon be a thing of the past thanks to the Solar Shirt – the follow-up project after Wearable Solar. Created in collaboration by Holst Centre, TNO and renowned fashion designer Pauline van Dongen, the shirt brings the worlds of high tech and high-street fashion together. It combines solar panels and flexible electronics into an attractive, off-the-peg T-shirt for everyday wear that can charge your smartphone or other portable devices .   The Solar Shirt generates power from 120 thin-film solar cells integrated into the fabric itself. In bright sunlight, it produces around 1 W of electricity ...

PING consortium aims to realize the creation of smart and interactive printed objects.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015

PING consortium aims to realize the creation of smart and interactive printed objects.

Inspired and supported by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission, 6 world leading companies from 4 different EU countries, Cartamundi, Van Genechten Packaging, PragmatIC, SMARTRAC, Holst Centre/TNO and imec, have launched PING (Printed Intelligent NFC Game cards and packaging), a...

Imec and Holst Centre to Present Key Achievements at ISSCC 2015

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Imec and Holst Centre to Present Key Achievements at ISSCC 2015

LEUVEN (Belgium) and EINDHOVEN (The Netherlands) - Feb. 11, 2015 - At this year's International Solid State Circuits Conference to be held in San Francisco, Calif., Feb. 22-26, imec and Holst Centre will present eight scientific papers covering ground breaking results on ultra-low power de...

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