The Grand Challenges on Energy & Climate

The workshop format Science & the Energy Challenge serves as an open platform to build a multidisciplinary community of researchers working on energy in the Netherlands.
  • Grand challenges on energy & climate

    The transition to a fully sustainable energy infrastructure is one of the grand challenges facing us this century. Innovation and scientific breakthroughs on existing and future technologies are essential to foster this transition.

    Besides reducing energy consumption in society, the complex puzzle of matching energy supply and demand requires a system of interconnected technologies to form a reliable, safe and sustainable energy infrastructure. An integrated system responding to:

    • the challenges of (de)centralized energy production and efficient energy transport over large (transnational) distances,
    • the intermittency of sustainable sources and the need for short and long term energy storage in different form, with various capacities and response times,
    • the need for sustainable technology respecting climate and closing the resource cycle.
  • Role of scientific research

    In order to drive the transition to sustainable energy, we need to accelerate energy innovation throughout the technology chain. A key enabling factor is scientific research with a focus on fundamental understanding and driven by application. Read more

  • Building a national community on energy research

    Multidisciplinary scientific collaboration and breakthroughs are needed to tackle the energy transition. By building an active network of researchers working on energy we will create a promising soil for future energy solutions. Read more


Science & the Energy Challenge is facilitated by FOM and DIFFER