Research Overview


We initiate large, complex research programs for and with the experts from Hanze UAS, University of Groningen and other research institutions. These programs are interdisciplinary, and mostly of a private-public nature. We organize cooperation between research groups, research and educational institutions and public and private stakeholders. Furthermore, we play a facilitating role in the acquisition of program funds and management of large, complex research programs. Actual research takes place at University of Groningen and Hanze UAS and other research institutions that are part of our portfolio.
The current focus in the research programmes lies with:

  • energy systems and system integration
  • built environment
  • industrial energy efficiency
  • biobased economy

Through New Energy Coalition we offer unique facilities for the development and testing of innovations, both in dedicated research facilities and in field experiments.

“Large changes in energy investments will occur. While investment in exploration and production of fossil fuels will drop drastically, Investments in energy efficiency, renewables and power plants with CCS will strongly increase.”

Andre Faaij

Distinguished Professor in Energy System Analyses, University of Groningen

No system integration, no transition

We're modelling the behaviour of hybrid energy systems with our knowledge partners TNO & ECN.

System integration is paramount in making the transition successful. The future energy system will have increasingly more renewable energy in the mix. The behaviour of such a hybrid energy system is highly complex and modelling is essential in assessing it.

Unique research facilities

We have a strong interdisciplinary approach towards education and research. Top researchers integrate a variety of topics, addressing fundamental and applied research questions. We facilitate and coordinate sustainability research with international significance through our unique research facilities.


At EnTranCe we  create shorter lab-to-market cycles. This is our open-innovation testing facility at Zernike Campus. We offer professional support from research institutions and established companies to students and entrepreneurs.


ESTRAC is the interdisciplinary and open-end innovation centre where energy-related market parties, knowledge based and other institutions can join and work together on major energy questions.

Research Community

The Energy Community of Young Researchers is a platform for enthusiastic researchers from various fields to share their energy-related knowledge and experiences. The Energy Community is open to PhD Candidates/young researchers of the University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences and connecting universities.

Research Units

At University of Groningen

University of Groningen has made ‘energy’ one of its main research themes and makes major contributions to the transition to sustainable production and consumption of energy.

Currently, research activities in the area of energy and sustainability at the University of Groningen are consolidated through, amongst others, the following research units: ESRIG: Energy and Sustainability Institute Groningen, GCEL: Groningen Centre of Energy Law, CEER: Centre for Energy Economics Research, ZIAM: Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, ENTEG: ENgineering and TEchnology institute Groningen, Strating Institute for Chemistry, URSI: Urban and Regional Studies Institute, and Research group Environmental Psychology.

The Groningen Energy and Sustainability Programme, GESP, is the platform for all University of Groningen research and teaching on energy and sustainability. Other researchers, not otherwise affiliated with these centers are also pursueing or developing research in the area of energy.

At Hanze UAS

Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen is leader in applied research into renewable energy. Its Energy Research Centre employs nine lectors in various energy disciplines: Communication & the Sustainable Society, Energy Applications, Energy & Law, Energy and Management, Energy Transition, Net Integration, and Sustainable Energy.

The Centre participates in projects that coordinate efforts to fulfil consumer’s energy demand in a sustainable manner. This is achieved through applied research, varying from work placement assignments for students to high-quality research by lectors and PhD students. When conducting this research, the Energy Research Centre utilizes the resources throughout the region. The research centre partners with companies, research centres and other universities of applied sciences in The Netherlands and abroad.

Meet the researchers in energy

prof. dr. E.M. (Linda) Steg

Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
Stakeholder analysis, (sustainable) innovation, research methodology.

prof. dr. ir. M. (Marco) Aiello

Professor of Distributed Systems at Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Distributed Information Systems, ICT for the Smart Grid, Complex Systems.

prof. dr. J.C. (Kees) Hummelen

Professor of Chemistry of Molecular Organic and Bio-organic Materials
Faculty of Science

prof. dr. M. (Machiel) Mulder

Professor of Regulation of Energy Markets at the Department of Economics, Econometrics and Finance.
Faculty of Economics and Business.

dr. J.M.E. (Annette) Klarenbeek

School of Communication, Media & IT, Research Centre Energy
Communication & the Sustainable Society. W.J.Th. (Wim) van Gemert

School of Engineering, Research Centre Energy
Energy Transition, Leading Lector

mr. E.H. (Bert) de Jonge

Institute of legal studies
Energy & Law

C.J. (Carina) Wiekens

School of Social Studies
Energy & Behavior

Together, we shape the energy transition


The energy transition affects us all. That is why we continuously seek cooperation with research and educational institututions, industries, governmental parties, entrepreneurs and societal organisations and networks.