Projects awarded funding within third call of Energy System Integration programme

The awarded projects focus on integration issues of energy systems on various scales, such as coupling and optimizing the infrastructures for production, transport and storage of energy. All with specific attention to digitization.

This call has been designed by the NWO Domains Science and Social Sciences and Humanities together with the Top Sector Energy’s Systems Integration Programme, the Taskforce for Applied Research (SIA),and the Netherlands eScience Center. These parties together fund the call through a cash or in kind contribution.

ESI-far is the third call of the Energy Systems Integration programme. ESI-pose and ESI-bida were the programmes first and second calls. This call links up with the digitization theme from the Knowledge and Innovation Contract (KIC) 2018-2019 between NWO and the Top Sector Energy. The foundation for this was the Digitization in the Energy Landscape.

Projects that have been awarded funding

Resilience and Cyber Security of Integrated Cyber-Physical Energy Systems (RESCUE)
Dr. A.I. Stefanov, Delft University of Technology, Department of Electrical Sustainable Energy (EWI)

The main goal of the project is to develop advanced mathematical and computational foundations, methods, and technologies for incident response to protect utilities from state-sponsored cyber attacks, cyber secure the Control Room of the Future, and improve the operational resilience of integrated cyber-physical energy systems to such threats considering a further digitalisation.

Participating institutions and companies: TU Delft, Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Netherlands eScience Center, TenneT TSO, Siemens, DNV GL, European Network for Cyber Security.


Technologically and socially feasible transition pathways for local energy system integration (TeSoPs)
Prof. dr. E.M. Steg, University of Groningen, Department of Psychology

TeSoPs uses an integrative approach to identify, develop and assess technically, economically and socially feasible transition options and pathways in the heat system (e.g., including technological, behavioural and policy change), which will increase the share of renewables in, and reliability of, the wider integrated energy system.

Participating institutions and companies: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, TNO, Enexis, ING Bank, Gemeente Groningen, PowerChainger.

Designing and modelling future systems of energy systems (DEMOSES) L.J. de Vries, Delft University of Technology, Department of Technology, Policy and Management

The goal of this project is a break-through in energy system modelling technology in order to provide a step improvement in the science of energy systems design and analysis. This knowledge is needed to support market parties, energy network operators and governments with the energy transition.

Participating institutions and companies: TU Eindhoven (co-applicant), TNO (co-applicant), Alliander, AgroEnergy, Eneco, Netbeheer Nederland, Stedin, Tata Steel, TenneT.

Next Generation Sector-Coupling Models for Optimal Investments and Operation (NextGenOpt)
Dr. M. de Weerdt, Delft University of Technology, Department of Software Technology

Main goal of the project is to facilitate the decision-making towards an efficient, reliable and sustainable future energy system. We will develop computationally efficient models and algorithms, taking into account the coupling between electricity, heat, and hydrogen, while including key system flexibility and reliability constraints and societal objectives.

Participating institutions and companies: PBL, TenneT, ORTEC, AIMMS, Gemeente Utrecht, TNO (co-applicant), Universiteit Utrecht (co-applicant).