Programmes and projects

Join Groningen’s ambitions

Groningen aims to become a world-class energy knowledge centre. To achieve this, key energy issues are explored and tomorrow’s international energy experts are trained. This should lead to the following results:

  • The Netherlands will become the ‘gas hub’ of Europe.
  • The Gas Research and Sustainability Programme will become an international centre of excellence for gas and sustainability.
  • The region will provide a sound knowledge base for research and education relating to bio-based chemicals, materials and sustainable energy.
  • The Carbohydrate Competence Centre will become an international centre of excellence for bio-energy and related fields.
  • Groningen will provide the international energy sector with highly trained energy experts who can apply innovations in practice. This will strengthen Groningen’s international standing and expand its international network.
  • The Groningen Agreement partners will develop the Zernike Campus into an Energy Transition Science Park: a ‘dynamic city lab’ or testing ground for a new generation of sustainable energy networks. It is scheduled to be operational in 2012.
  • RenQi will become an innovation centre for sustainable energy infrastructures.
  • Groningen will become the most innovative green gas development environment in Europe.
  • The knowledge institutes and the municipality will do their utmost to ensure their buildings are energy-efficient and sustainable.

Energy Academy Europe

The Energy Academy Europe (EAE) is an international center of excellence in energy education, research and innovation, located in Groningen, the Netherlands. It focuses on the transition to a reliable, sustainable and affordable energy future. The main themes include gas (including biogas and green gas), renewables (like wind and solar energy), smart grids, energy efficiency (including the nexus energy-water-food) and CO2 reduction. The EAE welcomes all individuals, organisations and businesses who want to contribute to our goals.

For more information visit the website of Energy Academy Europe

Green Gas development environment

In order to become Europe’s most innovative green gas development environment Groningen will set up a major pilot project. This project focuses on the large scale production of green gas and gaining more knowledge and experience on mixing green and natural gas in the conventional gas grid. A green gas mixing line will enable businesses and knowledge institutions to investigate the quality and quantity of green gas. A model showing the production and use of green gas will be built on the Westpoort industrial estate. RenQi, University of Groningen, Hanze University Groningen, Gasunie are Gasterra are partners in this project.

Top-quality internships

The University of Groningen, Hanze University Groningen and the City of Groningen work closely with businesses offering top of the bill energy-related training programmes and providing top quality internship posts.

Young Energy Valley

Young energy professionals have developed an inspiring energy event. This is an initiative of the City of Groningen, UMCG, Hanze University Groningen, University of Groningen.