Strategic Partners

The Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Hanze UAS) is the leader in applied research into renewable energy. It is one of the universities of applied sciences where students from various disciplines are trained in energy education on Bachelor’s and Master’s level, and are involved in research into energy matters.

Innovative, research-driven and rooted in the number-one knowledge hub of the Northern Netherlands, the University of Groningen (UOG) is an internationally oriented university with 30,000 students. With energy as one of its three main research themes, UOG makes major contributions to the transition to sustainable production and consumption of energy.

As a leading European gas infrastructure company, Gasunie believes in a sustainable future with a balanced energy mix. It’s three pillars: optimisation of value of existing assets, strengthening its position as cross-border gas infrastructure company in Europe; and enabling the transition towards more sustainable energy usage.

As a 100% state participation of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, EBN is the look-out post for stimulating operators to take advantage of new opportunities in the Netherlands. EBN serves a public interest: contributing to an independent, reliable provision of energy in the Netherlands.

GasTerra buys and sells natural gas. GasTerra promotes the safe and efficient use of natural gas and is active in the development of innovative applications. The company pays particular attention to energy supply sustainability and initiates various related projects.

Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM) has explored for and produced oil and gas in the Netherlands since 1947, both onshore and offshore. The main objectives are to sustain production from existing fields, explore for and develop new fields, and obtain more gas from existing fields by using innovative techniques. They have over 1,700 employees and conduct their operations in a safe, sustainable and efficient way.


The North of the Netherlands has a strong position where energy is concerned, with much knowledge and commercial activity. Energy Valley’s goal is to create new jobs, enhance commercial activity, and expand knowledge concerning clean energy in the north of the Netherlands.

Energy Delta Institute (EDI) is an international energy business school. Through a rich variety of energy training courses and networking activities they prepare energy professionals for challenges they face in what is a dynamic environment.

Energy College is a regional programme designed to provide the fast changing energy industry with educated professional work force at vocational level. Students are steered towards specialist education  to fulfill the growing needs in the sustainable energy markets.

Public funds (start-up phase)

The Ministry promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate, by creating the right conditions and giving entrepreneurs room to innovate and grow. By paying attention to nature and the living environment. By encouraging cooperation between research institutes and businesses. This is how we enhance our leading positions in agriculture, industry, services and energy and invest in a powerful, sustainable country.

The overall administrative structure of the Netherlands is comprised of three layers: the central Government (the state), the provinces and the municipalities. The province is responsible for legislation, for which the state is too big for, and the municipalities too small. In short, the provinces are the link between the state and the municipalities.

The Northern Netherlands Provinces alliance, known in Dutch as samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland or SNN, has been the voice of the united Northern Netherlands Provinces – Drenthe, Fryslân and Groningen – for more than twenty years. The overriding aim of the alliance is to strengthen the economy of the North. The four large cities in the region – Groningen, Leeuwarden, Emmen and Assen – play an important part in this process.

Municipality of Groningen, the place for residents and entrepreneurs to information from the municipality. The City of Groningen inhabits over 200,000 people and is by far the largest city in the North region and the seventh largest city in the Netherlands.

International networks

The World Energy Council (WEC) has been at the forefront of the energy debate for nearly a century, guiding thinking and driving action around the world to achieve sustainable and affordable energy for all. It is the UN-accredited energy body and principal impartial network, representing more than 3,000 organisations – public and private – in almost 100 countries.