NWO Institute DIFFER: Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research

DIFFER's mission is to perform leading fundamental research in the fields of fusion energy and solar fuels, in close partnership with academia and industry. The institute aims to play facilitating role in organising fundamental energy research in the Netherlands.

DIFFER is a key part of the NWO energy research strategy. It pursues four equally important goals to achieve its mission:

  • DIFFER performs fundamental energy research and trains graduate and undergraduate students and technicians in the fields of fusion energy and solar fuels.
  • The institute designs, develops and operates the high-quality technical infrastructure and large-scale experimental equipment needed to enable its novel research on solar fuels and its fusion research.
  • DIFFER aims to acquire a national facilitating role in fundamental energy research, joining together the existing research initiatives in the Netherlands into one coherent national research programme. The institute strives for potential industrial applications and increased valorisation of energy research.
  • The institute will set up strategic collaborations and joint research programmes with universities and large technological institutes.

Contact details

Postal address:
PO Box 6336
(040) 333 49 99

Visiting address:
De Zaale 20
5612 AJ  Eindhoven




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