The energy transition has a large impact and is a complex and multi-disciplinary topic. Because of this complexity governments and market parties are reluctant to move forward, to embrace changes and innovations. The results of new policy in strategy and investments are increasingly difficult to project. As a result the questions of energy transition remain unanswered.

ESTRAC is an open innovation center:

  • for interdisciplinairy analyses of the energy system and energy transition questions
  • connects and engages stakeholders in its research, development and applications of newly acquired knowledge, focused on system integration and energy flexibility
  • where stakeholders join forces to develop knowledge that goes beyond individual research
  • where stakeholders commit for the long term to the open-end research program as jointly established
  • that will design their program with the purporse to address strategic challenges corporations and government will encounter during the energy transition

ESTRAC will impact national and international research and policy.

Complex, multidisciplinary problems need integrated approach.


  • system approach: the energy system as a whole
  • the future energy system is to be an integrated and flexible system where interactions and relations between energy sources shape the transition, from source tot usage
  • valuation of the necessary flexibility in the energy system requires up-to-date knowledge and insights in business models and profitability and return on investments, which will ultimately result in a properly functioning energy market
  • understanding and adaptation of governance, rules and regulations are of crucial importance


  • We endeavour to accomplish intensive, structural and interdisciplinary cooperation of leading research institutions
  • We will continuously be looking for long term collaborations with private, public and societal partners
  • We have set out to build a coherent portfolio of state-of-the-art models, analytical tools, databases and physical and/or virtual test enviroments for our partners and participants
  • We want to establish a leading research centre and partnerships in the area of energy system analyses and energy transition
  • We have set out to build a sustainable research infrastructure together with a network of leading researchers from one home base: the new Energy Academy building at Zernike Campus Groningen


  • are in a position to co-design the research program
  • have access to the knowledge that is acquired through the program
  • are offered a broad spectrum of modelling techniques and tools, all ‘under one roof’
  • access to talent: a network of interdisciplinary and cooperating researchers and PhD students
  • access to physical testing grounds, both in lab as in pilots (EnTranCe, Energysense)
  • access to usage of models and analyses in practical applications
  • can participate in joint acquisitions