A good practice: EnTranCe

EnTranCe offers an inspirational setting, state-of-the art facilities and technical support for product research, development and testing. These facilities include an interconnected energy bridge where energy applications can be tested as part of an integrated system. Commissioning parties are SME's and research projects. The expertise and network of the parties that cooperate at EnTranCe mean that development of promosing ideas can be accelerated.

Energy transition involve challenges dealing with influx of new energy sources and systems that need to be connected to existing energy infrastructures and systems - the evolution of hybrid systems at different scales and paces. There is a need for field lab facilities that allow testing and demostation of innovative solutions. Solutions can be stand alone or integrated into existing systems. New energy concepts can de tested and developed at the EnTranCe premises.

Another aspect of energy transition is the scale and volume of innovation needed in varying degrees of complexity and timing. A lot of this work involves als laborious work that is costly if done by business/staff. Student involvement in energy innovation projects allow for accurate and high quality work without the costs whilst providing practical application oppurtunities for learning for students. Business and educational partners, regional, national and international, are invited to participate in its ambition to become an international facility for energy education, research and innovation.

Why is this practice considered as good?

The facility started out with natural gas players (located in Groningen) who were significant at the national level. EnTranCe has national recognition and is attracting international projects as well as regionial and national parties that participate in open innovation. The test facilities are not only physical but also societal aspects of energy transition - economic, behavioural and legal aspects are also included. The test facilities offer physical integrated systems testing. In addition research groups that focus on integrated and complementary fields of studies are present.

Number of projects: annually 20

Partners: 25

Types op project: Large scale hydrogen production and storage, societal impact of hydrogen, e-mobility, consumer behaviour, business models

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