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.

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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.

Matching energy supply and demand will be a key challenge for the energy transition




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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