Centre of Expertise Mission Zero

Research Group Energy in Transition

Around one-third of our national energy consumption takes place in buildings for heating, cooling, lighting and electrical equipment. But in spite of all the clever gadgets, innovations and creativity, gas consumption in homes built in 2010 is no lower than in homes from 1995. How can we ensure that sustainability is more than just a slogan or hype? And how can we truly make the entire energy chain sustainable?

 

About the research group

The research group is developing knowledge related to the ‘greenification’ of the energy chain in the built environment. Its focus is on system modelling and simulation for energy and indoor climate systems. Models are developed, tested and optimised for practical and educational use and all focus on buildings, greenhouse and otherwise, as well as on energy supply issues in the built environment.

About the professor

dr. ir. ing. Sander Mertens

Sander Mertens began his studies at the Technical University of Haarlem, majoring in Mechanical Engineering, after which he wanted to deepen his knowledge and decided to study Technical Physics at Delft University of Technology. After working in business for a while, he returned to Delft to obtain his doctorate in Aerospace on wind energy in the built environment. During his doctoral process, Sander set up the wind energy / building physics department at engineering firm DHV. He then founded Ingreenious to do international consultancy work and worked on wind energy projects for 9 years at his own company, Windchallenge. In August 2018 Sander was appointed professor of Energy in Transition. In addition to his work as a professor at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, he holds a KIVI (Royal Institution of Engineers in the Netherlands) chair.

Publications: ResearchGate
s.mertens@hhs.nl
Matching energy supply and demand will be a key challenge for the energy transition
Projects

Projects

The DC Lab

The DC Lab

The place where education and research come together. In the DC-Lab, students and researchers collaborate with each other on various technical challenges in Direct Current. In the DC-Lab, research issues are offered as subprojects to students doing an internship or graduation internship in the DC-Lab. This is done in cooperation with industrial partners.

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Energy transition LV

Energy transition LV

Like all Dutch municipalities, Leidschendam-Voorburg has the task of letting go of the gas grid. Knowledge center Mission Zero was asked to help think about the realization of this issue from multiple perspectives.

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NEWRAIL

NEWRAIL

The Dutch municipality of Horst on the Maas and ProRail are keen to stimulate the generation of renewable energy. As partners in NEWRAIL (Noise Energy Wall Rail America in Limburg), they are testing innovations that will deliver high energy yields. This research involves mounting solar panels on both new and existing sound barrier walls. Mounting solar panels on sound barriers is a new and ground-breaking idea. That’s why more research is needed to find the best method of installation. The innovative project NEWRAIL (Noise Energy Wall Rail America in Limburg) is an initiative of ProRail in collaboration with the municipality of Horst aan de Maas, TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), energy cooperative Reindonk Energie, and The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
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Hydrogen Heating Studies

Hydrogen Heating Studies

The Dutch government has decided the Netherlands has to phase out (natural) gas by 2050. Switching to all electric heating is not sustainable because of the load that is too high for the electricity grid and the associated high costs. Moreover, electric heating means a large mismatch between energy supply from solar panels in summer and energy demand for heating in winter, which requires energy storage. Heating with sustainably produced hydrogen is an interesting alternative because hydrogen is a storage medium of energy for seasonal bridging.

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The TransAct model, lifelong learning in the installation industry

The TransAct model, lifelong learning in the installation industry

The installation industry is in a constant state of flux. Therefore, lifelong learning is very relevant to professionals in this industry. But how do you shape this? In the project TransAct we research and develop digital tools that can support professionals in co-creation, network learning and collaborative learning. The Sustainable Talent Development research group participates in this NWO-funded project. The faculty of Technology, Innovation and Society (TIS) and the research group Energy in Transition of The Hague University of Applied Sciences are happy to cooperate in this research.

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Energy Transition HTM

Energy Transition HTM

The Hague may be missing opportunities to make the Energy Transition cheaper and faster. Large roofs and facades of buildings and HTM's existing infrastructure are being used sub-optimally for generation and distribution, respectively. This can be done differently. There is much to gain for the energy transition! This project will therefore investigate the more optimal use of these generation and distribution possibilities. In addition, the possibility of own use of the generated sustainable energy will also be investigated.

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B4B Brains for Buildings

B4B Brains for Buildings

Brains 4 Buildings is a multi-year program aimed at developing methods to harness big data from smart meters, building management systems and the Internet of Things to reduce energy consumption, increase comfort, flexibly respond to occupant behavior and local energy supply and demand, and save on plant maintenance costs. This will be done through the development of faster and more efficient Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence models and algorithms. The project focuses on utility buildings, such as commercial and institutional buildings.

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Publications