Introduction

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.

dr. ir. ing. Sander Mertens

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.

PublicatiesResearchGate
s.mertens@hhs.nl

LinkedIn profile

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

Team

May Almuhsinawe

May Almuhsinawe

Tadeo Baldiri Salcedo Rahola

Tadeo Baldiri Salcedo Rahola

Peter van Duijsen

Peter van Duijsen

Energy in Transition, Man laadt mobiele telefoon op via USB, openbaar opladen op bank met zonnepaneel op straat, alternatieve elektriciteitsbron

Evert-Jan Duindam

Evert-Jan Duindam

Evert-Jan Duindam is a researcher for Energy in Transition at The Hague University of Applied Sciences. 

Joep de Groot

Joep de Groot

Joep de Groot
Anton Hanemaaijer

Anton Hanemaaijer

Gerben Hoogendorp

Gerben Hoogendorp

Gerben Hoogendorp
Astrid Jansen

Astrid Jansen

Astrid Jansen
Martijn Kruijsse

Martijn Kruijsse

Martijn Kruijsse
Gide de Ruijter

Gide de Ruijter

Arie Taal

Arie Taal

Pepijn van Willigenburg

Pepijn van Willigenburg

Pepijn van Willigenburg
Diëgo Zuidervliet

Diëgo Zuidervliet

Projects

Energy harbor in the Binckhorst

Watersport Association (WSV) "de Vlietstreek" has been located in the Binkhorst for many years. With about 105 berths, it is a sizeable modern harbor in this development area. The harbor is equipped with modern jetties offering power facilities for the vessels. There is also a canteen and workshop for members. The latter two need to be replaced, which raises the matter of sustainability.
Read more

SHPLES: Smart Hydrogen Powered Local Energy System

This project investigates forms of local energy generation, so-called Energy Hubs. The idea behind Energy Hubs is that it is necessary for the energy transition that we stop thinking of only central generation in large power plants because local generation (energy Hubs) will play an increasingly important role in energy generation.
Read more

From Traction Grid to Smart DC Electricity Grid

Future inner-city development in the Netherlands is strongly influenced by the energy transition and climate policies.
Read more

Publications

Article

Economic feasibility of electrical batteries for NZEB row houses in the Netherlands

The total amount of renewable energy produced by a net zero energy building is equal or greater to the total amount of energy used on an annual basis.
Download PDF

Article

Time Series Building Energy Systems Data Imputation

Completeness of data is vital for the decision making and forecasting on Building Management
Systems (BMS) as missing data can result in biased decision making down the line.
Read more

Article

Automated energy performance diagnosis of HVAC systems by the 4S3F method

In practice, faults in building installations are seldom noticed because automated systems to diagnose such faults are not common use, despite many proposed methods.
Read more

Article

A Practical Application of DC Droop Control with IoT capabilities

The application of DC grids is gaining more attention in office applications.
Read more

Article

Design of wind and solar energy supply, to match energy demand

Renewable energy sources have an intermittent character that does not necessarily match energy demand.
Read more