NERA stands for: Netherlands Energy Research Alliance
Our organisation comprises of almost all academic research organisations in The Netherlands
that conduct Energy Research.
Achieving sustainable energy for everyone is one of the biggest challenges we are facing. For a fast transition we need new and better technologies, but we also need to apply them at scale. Many researchers in the Netherlands are committed to developing knowledge and technologies that help to make the energy transition a reality.
Within the Netherlands’ Energy Research Alliance, universities and research institutes cooperate on energy. Together, we develop the energy research agenda and we advocate strong and effective programmes for energy R&D. We exchange knowledge between the members, but we also want to share our knowledge with the world.
The aim of this website is to make the Netherlands’ energy research accessible for everyone.
So, welcome to the website of NERA!
Professor at Delft University of Technology and chairman of NERA
If you are a professional working towards the Energy Transition, NERA can help you to find the relevant people and projects to help accelerate developments in Energy Research. This website is a starting point and provides you with an overview of energy research projects being conducted in The Netherlands. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
NERA aims for optimal knowledge sharing, coordination and cooperation in energy research for an effective and successful energy transition through:
- offering a platform for the Dutch energy research community
- informing, harmonizing and coordinating energy consortia and research initiatives (without direct active participating in research proposals and research activities) but by:
- Visibility of the energy research (-> website: www.nera.nl)
- Assistance in determining research priorities by making a research portfolio: Inclusion of blind spots in the research field and recognition of strengths (-> Scientific Board)
- Combining knowledge about energy themes, as in the National Science Agenda – route energy transition;
The positioning of Dutch energy research internationally, including participation in the EERA ExCo Board and trade missions.
The Board meets twice a year and sets out the strategic lines for NERA. The Board gives direction to the Scientific Board.
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NERA Scientific Board
The Scientific Board develops and communicates the position of NERA in the (inter)national energy (innovation) policy arena and in the (inter)national energy research community. The Scientific Board also acts as major advisor (solicited and unsolicited) of the Board on strategic energy themes and issues.
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NERA Working Group
The Working Group consists of academic staff members of NERA member organizations. The working group’s task is to mediate information and data from member organizations to NERA and the other way around and to act as linking pin to the energy research community of their respective organizations.
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The organisations that form NERA
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.
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.
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 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.
The University of Groningen is a research university with a global outlook, deeply rooted in Groningen, and is currently in or around the top 100 on several influential ranking lists. Research concentrates on three main focus areas– Energy, Healthy Ageing and Sustainable Society.
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.
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.
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.
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.