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NERA offers a platform to all energy researchers in the Netherlands


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Our Mission:

"NERA aspires towards optimal knowledge-sharing, coordination and cooperation in the field of energy research for an effective and successful energy transition."

How we work

People and organisations working on the Energy Transition

If you are a professional working towards the Energy Transition, NERA can help you find the relevant people and projects to help accelerate developments in Energy Research.

Who are the people that are working on the energy transition? Find out more about the NERA board, the scientific board, the working group and others.  


EERA is an association of public research centres and universities with the mission to catalyse European energy research for a climate-neutral society by 2050.

Energy Research Cases

Solutions for Climate Questions and the Energy Transition


Geothermal Energy case

Geo energy – Optimization of the extraction of fossil fuels and searching for new, sustainable energy sources in the earth.
In this case we explore the possible
solutions to harvest this energy.


Wind Energy case

What does a wind farm development mean for the surrounding community? The businesses in nearby towns, the contractors who work on the wind farm, and the farmers who own the land?


Shale Gas case

In this case we asses the possible impact of shale gas extraction on commercial property values in the Netherlands, using data from the province of Groningen as a study to get a clear overview.


What people say about us

"NERA helped me with finding the right scientists and institutions for our energy reserach project. It turned out that there already was a lot of information available. I will surely contact NERA again."
Wouter Smit
"I really like their work, I guess now they have got a new lifetime customer. From now on, every research project that I do will only be via NERA and their partners because the are very helpful."
Laetitia Ouillet
"The way they treat you at NERA feels like you are royalty to them. I surely feel like a king, when I see the amount of effort they put in to meet my royal needs and expectations. A royal plus for NERA!"

Our members

The organisations that form NERA


Eindhoven University of Technology

TU/e works towards a sustainable world that produces enough energy for its consumption, unimpeded by scarce resources and without any impact on the climate. Our research will help pave the way for this challenging transition.


Delft University of Technology

TU Delft is the oldest and largest Dutch public technological university. The main tasks include providing scientific education, conducting scientific research, transferring knowledge to society and promoting social responsibility.


University of Amsterdam

The Centre for Energy Research was launched in 2010 as a research group attached to the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Law. Its research has the end-user as its main focus.


Leiden University

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. It has seven faculties in the arts, humanities and sciences, spread over locations in Leiden and The Hague. The motto of the University is 'Praesidium Libertatis' – Bastion of Freedom.


University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, City of Talent. Quality has had top priority for four hundred years: the University is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists.


Utrecht University

Utrecht University is a wide-range, international research university of high standing. Our interdisciplinary research targets four themes: Life Sciences, Pathways to Sustainability, Dynamics of Youth and Institutions for Open Societies. We are a trailblazer in the field of modernising educational concepts.


University of Twente

At the University of Twente, we are pioneers in fusing technology, science and engineering with social sciences to impact the world around us. Our driving force is a deep sense of connection with people who share a curious, entrepreneurial spirit.

Tilburg University

At Tilburg University, we seek to study and understand society and in this way we contribute to solving complex societal issues. That is what drives us. And we achieve it through state-of-the-art knowledge in the disciplines of economics, business studies, and entrepreneurship, the social and behavioral sciences, law and public governance, the humanities and digital sciences, and theology.

Wageningen University

‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life’ That is the mission of Wageningen University & Research. We are a world leading institute in the field of natural resources, agriculture, food, foodproduction and biobased solutions. Our approach is multidisciplinary. Our research is fundamental and application oriented, strongly related to the sustainable development goals and societal challenges in our domain.



TNO connects people and knowledge to create innovations that boost the sustainable competitive strength of industry and well-being of society. This is our mission and it is what drives us, the 2,600 professionals at TNO, in our work every day.


The Dutch Research Council (NWO)

NWO's mission is to advance world-class scientific research that has scientific and societal impact. NWO approaches that from its vision of being a connector and is guided by its core values: groundbreaking, committed, reliable, and connecting. As a science funder, NWO facilitates excellent, curiosity-driven disciplinary, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research. NWO also operates nine national research institutes through NWO-I, an independent foundation. Energy research is performed at the NWO institutes DIFFER, AMOLF, CWI and NIOZ where DIFFER has a specific focus on Energy (see below).


NWO institute DIFFER conducts fundamental scientific research into materials, processes and systems for a global sustainable energy infrastructure, in close cooperation with (inter)national knowledge institutes and companies. DIFFER’s research is organized within the themes Fusion Energy and Solar Fuels.


The NWO institute AMOLF has the mission is to initiate and perform leading fundamental research on the physics of complex forms of matter, and to create new functional materials, in partnership with academia and industry. The goal of AMOLF’s Sustainable Energy Materials theme is to use fundamental insights in (nano)photonics and (nano)materials to efficiently convert sunlight to electricity, chemicals, fuels, light and heat.

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