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Energy Systems in Transition

Project description

Easing the energy transition with innovation

To address climate change, countries and organisations worldwide are seeking new technologies and insights. These are essential for facilitating the necessary changes and actions to reduce the impact of climate change. More specifically, they can greatly facilitate and enhance the transition to renewable energy systems and sources. With this in mind, the EU-funded ENSYSTRA project has been initiated. Its aim is to coordinate the training of 15 early-stage researchers on energy systems. By doing so, the project aims to equip the field with the required experts and innovators. ENSYSTRA’s objective is to provide researchers with intersectoral and interdisciplinary perspectives and skills. This will foster collaboration and drive the development of ground-breaking technologies in the transition towards new energy systems.


To facilitate the necessary energy transition, there is an urgent need for highly trained professionals with the scientific knowledge and professional skills to analyse, understand and design relevant (new) energy systems and governance in different sectors and administration. The proposed project Energy Systems in Transition (ENSYSTRA) aims to train 15 ESRs in this field. The objectives of ENSYSTRA are 1) to develop state-of-the-art science of energy systems transition, scenario analysis and energy modelling tools with emphasis on interdisciplinary model collaboration, 2) to provide ESRs with interdisciplinary, inter-sectoral and applied perspectives on the energy transition, 3) to provide new skills and competences for interdisciplinary analysis, 3) to establish collaboration between key universities and their networks, 4) to create and increase linkages between different academic disciplines, applied research, industry and the public sector, 5) develop links and synergies between relevant scientific arenas, and 6) to contribute to accessible energy science based on open source work environments. By focussing on a prominent ‘’living lab’’ of the energy transition, the North Sea region, the project will bring together a strong network and analytical capacity to understand energy system & scenario modeling; new energy technologies & infrastructures; actor behavior & interactions; and policy & market design, linking the regional to the international scale. Through a carefully designed training programme, ESRs are trained in both scientific and transferable skills with ample opportunity to collaborate between different projects and partners. The total effort will result in major progress in the field of energy system analysis and transition modelling. By the combined use and improvement of a range of modelling tools and methods, the project will deliver integral insights in energy transition pathways, policy implications and options for the North Sea region.


Net EU contribution
€ 766 122,84
Broerstraat 5
9712CP Groningen

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Noord-Nederland Groningen Overig Groningen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 766 122,84

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Partners (23)