Global carbon emissions are at their highest levels in two million years. The -repercussions are systematic, from extreme weather to rising sea levels. Climate change creates socio-economic disruptions reaching far and wide, and carbon--intensive industries are not viable in the long run. Tackling climate change, ensuring energy security, and enabling economic growth are among the most urgent challenges of our time.

From its headquarters in Groningen, the EAE’s -activities are linked to the transition goals of the Northern -Netherlands. The energy transition is a highly complex systematic -phenomenon. The Academy recognises its challenges and integrates inter-disciplinary approaches and cooperation to solve energy issues. We support the innovation agenda of the Northern Netherlands by connecting companies and knowledge -institutes with experts and young talent, and by engaging the public. With its regional, national and international partners, the EAE brings together important skills, capabilities and activities that are relevant to the transition to a -sustainable, reliable and affordable energy system. The Academy’s impact and relevance surpass the regional level. 

We are building a leading energy knowledge -infrastructure. We have evolved from a public-private initiative of the University of Groningen, Hanze University of Applied Sciences, GasTerra, Gasunie, Energy Valley and EBN into an international centre of excellence in energy education, research and innovation. Energy Academy is building a leading knowledge infrastructure to support the energy transition. The Academy is combining multidisciplin-ary scientific and applied research, making the full educational spectrum possible - from vocational training to MBA - and supporting business development and -entrepreneurship. By 2022 we aim to have 3,000 students involved in energy -education and to assist the development of 150 start-ups. Our new, -zero-emissions building on the Zernike Campus in Groningen is a symbol of our -evolution from planning to concrete action. 

Energy Academy’s projects pave the way to a -sustainable energy future. Energysense involves the region’s residents in the -transition, and EnTranCe brings market-demanded innovation to the energy industry. Since the arrival of prof. dr. André Faaij, our academic director and winner of the Linneborn Prize 2015, the EAE has taken the lead in a complex capacity-building project in -Mozambique. Energy Academy has laid the -foundation for a sustainable energy infrastructure. In the wake of its efforts: concrete projects, serious funding and acquisitions, and a -continuously growing network. This is our update for 2015. We have built a strong foundation for energy research, education and innovation, and we are now executing the next steps: delivering on our projects, extending our international reach and increasing our number of partners, moving into a new building and growing as an organisation. Our projects add value to business and society. -EnTranCe is boosting innovation and attracting more interest from the European community. The EAE and ENGIE have developed Startup Fast Track to help innovators. The business acceleration programme guides young talent through the first stages of becoming successful entrepreneurs. Energysense will be rolled out completely in 2017. The 10,000-household research programme investigates how energy use, attitudes and innovation in homes can contribute to the energy transition. 

The Academy is expanding internationally. We will formalise our engagement with the World -Energy Council (WEC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). We will spend the next four years reinforcing the energy knowledge infrastructure in Mozambique. The EAE is forging new partnerships in China, Latin America and the North Sea region. We are constantly -updating our education portfolio. We will launch an interdisciplinary Massive Online Open Course Energy to explore the economic, environmental, legal, social and spatial impact of energy activities. Together with the University of Groningen, we are organising the third edition of the Groningen Energy Summer School, where each year PhD candidates from around the world are exposed to an interdisciplinary approach to the energy transition.

We have a new headquarters in the Zernike Complex in Groningen. The new office is an icon of sustainability, with the BREEAM-rating ‘Outstanding’, and will be delivered in 2015-2016. The University of Groningen, Hanze UAS, Energy Valley and Energy Delta Institute will join us in the new office. Our staff is growing to accommodate the implementation phase. The hard-working professionals on staff are responsible for the Academy’s success. The departments of international relations, marketing and communication, planning and control, and our secretariat support the EAE’s three clusters: education, research and innovation. Professor André Faaij and Bert Wiersema are Energy Academy’s managing team, responsible for strategy and partner relationships.

We have updated our governance structure to match our growth and to ensure professional accountability and transparency. A newly installed Supervisory Board is responsible for supervising the conduct of management and the general course of our business, as well as for providing advice to the management. Several parties have become our (strategic) partners, and relations with government and educational organisations have concretised. The involvement and influence of our strategic partners are of increasing importance.


Energy Academy Europe Yearbook

Ontwerp, fotografie & artdirection Energy Academy Europe Yearbook, The New Phase; facilitating the energy transition. 
Energy Academy Europe has evolved from a public-private initiative into an international centre of excellence in energy education, research and innovation. This is their update for 2015. 
Energy Academy Europe
Fotografie: Vento Boreale