Urgency, Challenges, Evolution







Climate change is real and addressing it is imperative. Tackling climate change, ensuring energy security and enabling economic growth are amongst the most urgent challenges of our time.








This is where it all comes together


We link students, researchers and markets.


Our projects pave the way to a sustainable energy future


We have laid the foundation for coordinating and facilitating complex projects.


This is where it all comes together

We join projects, partners and networks to work on the energy transition. Focus: education, research and innovation. Housed in the new, much awarded and very sustainable Energy Academy Building and located at Zernike Campus Groningen in The Netherlands.

Markets, science. technology, policies, law, society – they are all part of the energy system. Our energy future depends on the integration of the system-elements. Through our projects and networks we aim to move towards system integration with the ultimate goal of transitioning to a sustainable energy system.

Three pillars



The energy transition needs new professionals. We boost multidisciplinairy energy education, from vocational to MBA. By 2022, we aim to have 3,000 students involved in energy education. Learn more


Facilitating energy research that has global impact. Combining multidisciplinary scientific and applied research to accelerate the much needed system integration. Learn more


Fostering and supporting creative and forward-thinking innovations. By 2022, we aim to boost 150 start-ups, and bring market-demanded innovations to the energy industry. Learn more

Groningen delegation visit to UNIDO, Vienna

This week a delegation of New Energy Coalition, University of Groningen and Hanze University of Applied Sciences visited the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in Vienna to discuss future collaboration. UNIDO is the UN agency dedicated to...

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PhD Energy Community Groningen Meet Up

Date: Thursday April 12, 2018 Time: 16:00 - 17:30 h Location: Energy Academy Building   The growing awareness that there is much energy-related knowledge available within the universities of Groningen (University of Groningen & Hanze University of Applied Science)...

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Energy Learning Activities

The energy transition needs well-rounded professionals who, next to their main subject have additional insight into the context and a general knowledge of bordering energy-related disciplines. For that we host ‘Energy Learning Activities’ to students of University of Groningen and Hanze UAS to add to their main study field and to complement their degree: lectures, debates, masterclasses and excursions on a wide range of topics related to energy transition.

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Unique facilities

Our facilities offer a permanent infrastructure for complex research and innovational projects. Partners from all fields related to energy transition are welcome to join and work with our research and test labs of ESTRAC, EnTranCe and Energysense.


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.


10,000 households, 10 years, 1 complex infrastructure. We have set up energysense to investigate how energy use, attitudes and innovation in households can contribute to the energy transition.


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.

Sustainability starts with energy education

Our education partners Energy Delta Institute, University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences and Energy College offer increasingly more energy-related tracks. Together we can provide the full spectrum in energy education – from vocational level up to MBA. In addition we work with partnering education and research institutions on a national and international level in a number of projects. This way we can support students to become well-rounded energy professionals.
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Our student activities

As a student you can boost your career in energy by joining Energy Academy’s learning activities. We offer Energy Masterclasses, Energy Debates, Energy Lectures and Energy Excursions. By attending these activities, you can add a new dimension to your current study by getting in-depth and a broad insight into today’s energy issues.
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