Expertise and experts

Energysense enables interdisciplinary research and the development of new products and services to work towards solutions for the energy transition.




Research Expertise

A large number of research groups from both the University of Groningen and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences have contributed to shaping Energysense.




A selection of experts involved
with Energysensee


Prof. Machiel Mulder, Faculty of Economics and Business


  • Machiel’s research addresses the question of how well energy markets function and which (regulatory) measures governments could take in order to realise improvements. This involves the complete energy chain, so not only wholesale markets but also retail markets.
  • In Energysense, Machiel is especially interested in finding out about the decisions households make with regard to their energy contracts and investments in renewable energy.
  • For Machiel’s research, data about how participants in our representative sample respond to contracts offered by retailers is especially valuable.


Prof. Marco Aiello, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

  • Marco’s group addresses issues of smart grids and embedded systems for energy. Marco’s approach focuses on service-oriented and distributed computing together with complex system analysis.
  • In Energysense, Marco and his colleagues are using data from participants with solar panels to feed their models for sustainable energy systems for buildings.
  • Marco and his colleagues rely on Energysense to provide them with real-time and fine-grained data on decentralised energy production


Prof. Linda Steg, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

  • Linda leads the Environmental Psychology group that investigates factors influencing environmental behaviour, factors influencing the effects and acceptability of environmental policies, and the relationship between environmental behaviour and quality of life. Linda is particularly interested in how values and moral considerations affect environmental behaviour, including household energy use.
  • In Energysense, instruments developed by Linda and her colleagues are being used to address these questions.
  • Linda and her colleagues will use  data from EnergySense to better understand the human dimension of a sustainable energy transition from an interdisciplinary perspective.