About Us

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 do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information about Energy Research in The Netherlands!

André Faaij
Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis 
at the University of Groningen 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:
    1. Visibility of the energy research (-> website: www.nera.nl)
    2. Assistance in determining research priorities by making a research portfolio: Inclusion of blind spots in the research field and recognition of strengths (-> Scientific Board)
    3. 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.

NERA Board
The Board meets twice a year and sets out the strategic lines for NERA. The Board gives direction to the Scientific Board.
Click here for more information about the Board members.

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.
Click here for more information about the Scientific Board members.

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.
Click here for more information about the Working Group members.

NERA 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, 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

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.

NERA als gids in Energieonderzoek in Nederland.
Informatie over Energieonderzoek nodig? Als je als professional werkt aan de Energietransitie, kan NERA je helpen bij het vinden van de relevante mensen en projecten om de ontwikkelingen in Energieonderzoek te versnellen. Deze website NERA.nl is een startpunt en geeft een overzicht van energieonderzoeksprojecten die in Nederland worden uitgevoerd. Neem gerust contact met ons op voor meer informatie.

NERA streeft naar optimale kennisdeling, coördinatie en samenwerking in energieonderzoek voor een effectieve en succesvolle energietransitie.

Informatie over onderzoek naar Energiesystemen is te vinden via deze site. Hulp nodig? Neem dan contact met ons op.

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