International Research Collaboration: sustainable and social local energy systems

The Data Science research group has been awarded funding for 2 projects from NWO and The National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) under the Merian Fund scheme. The research projects are part of a cooperation programme between the Netherlands and China and will give the THUAS research group the opportunity to connect and collaborate with leading Chinese and Dutch universities. The projects will contribute to sustainable and social local energy systems.

Internationale samenwerking onderzoek The theme is important for the Netherlands and China, and is also a challenge for countries all over the world. Both projects have a duration of 4 years.

Improving local energy systems

The first project focuses on improving the functioning of local energy systems for neighbourhoods with high self-sufficiency and high engagement of the local residents. For this project, the Data Science research group is working together with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), Zhejiang University, Tongji University, Zhejiang Energy Group Co. Ltd., Brainport Smart District en Gemeente Zoetermeer.

The second project (DATALESs) concerns data analytics aiming to improve the operation of local energy systems from a cyber, physical and social perspective. The partners collaborating with THUAS in this project are Delft University of Technology, Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University, Jibei Power Exchange Center Ltd. Co., PEPITe S.A. and Geodan.

Broad-chain collaboration

The Merian Fund encourages Dutch researchers to collaborate with emerging science countries as well as developing nations, with a contribution to the SDGs as the common thread running through all programmes. Within the fund’s thematic collaboration streams, interdisciplinary programs are developed together with the partner countries, in which research projects must jointly contribute to solutions for global challenges and the achievement of the United Nations’ SDGs

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Two projects granted with China on local energy systems within cooperation NSFC (Merian Fund) at the NWO website