What will the
future bring?

New knowledge and new technologies are essential if we are to realise the energy transition. Energysense is an independent initiative on energy, at population-level. Energysense aims to provide researchers from the Hanze University of Applied Sciences and the University of Groningen and from other institutions, with energy information from 10 000 households in the Netherlands. Businesses and governements can also access this information, under strict conditions, to develop or test innovations for the energy transition. With input from households, Energysense can help researchers to find better answers and to accelerate the transition. Together, we can meet the energy challenge.



Energysense can help us identify which aspects of the social and physical infrastructure and of human behaviour we need to reshape in order to transform our energy system.

Prof. Andre Faaij
Scientific Director Energy Academy Europe


Understanding energy use

Energysense seeks to understand energy use, attitude and behaviour. We gather data for research from smart meters, among other sources. Even if you don’t currently have a smart meter, you can participate in this unique research project.

If you live in the Netherlands, you can register for Energysense. As a participant, you can share your energy consumption data with our researchers and answer some questions about your home. Do you want to contribute to a sustainable future? Sign up for Energysense.

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Why we work with households

Energysense aims to understand how patterns in energy use, behaviour and attitudes are changing. We gather data for research from meters and questionnaires—you can participate in this unique project, even if you don’t currently have a smart meter. Taking part is easy, and not only is it interesting for you as a participant, it’s crucial for us all.



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“Living Lab”

I see Energysense as a “Living Lab”, where I can develop new ways of dealing with energy. By doing research with Energysense, I can work with households and with colleagues from other faculties or from businesses.
-Dr Katharina Gugerell, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen

More on research



Energysense is a large and diverse platform for research and innovation. It offers many possibilities for collaboration with enterprises, governments and universities. The form and nature of collaboration can vary, depending on the partners and complexity of the issues to be addressed. Would you like to find out more about these opportunities, whether for SMEs, NGOs or other parties? Have a look at our pages over collaboration to see how we can work together to accelerate the energy transition.

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Latest news

Energysense partner energy transition plan Loppersum

September 25, 2017
On the 20th of September Energysense, as one of 16 parties, committed to the Energy Transition Plan of Loppersum, a town in Groningen Province and a troubled epicenter of gas extraction problems. Programme Manager Anne Beaulieu undersigned the agreement. The plan is scheduled to run upto the year 2023. Energysense will monitor the project and measure behavioural effects of the plan actions.
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Data set delivery debut

September 25, 2017

A new milestone: recently Energysense delivered its first dataset, this ‘first one’ upon request of the University of Groningen’s Faculty of Spatial Sciences. The questionnaire  about the impact of societal energy initiatives was compiled by Professor Dr. Ina Horlings and her team.

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Where is my data stored?

The answer to this question and to many others about data, privacy, and participating in Energysense can be found in our FAQs (Available in Dutch.):