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19 januari 2018

Closed FOM programme

Number 146.
Title Uncertainty reduction in smart energy systems (URSES)
Executive organisational unit FOM-algemeen
Programme management NWO-MaGW
Duration 2014-2018
Cost estimate M€ 2.0 (part via FOM)
Partners Shell, NWO-AB, NWO-EW, NWO-MaGW, STW

The aim of the Uncertainty reduction in smart energy systems programme is to reduce uncer­tainty for actors in the energy chain by developing the science and tools needed for smart energy systems and by gaining a better understanding of the causes, character and effects of these uncertainties from a social and behavioral sciences perspective. This programme therefore seeks to enable a fast transition to a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy system. Specific objectives of this programme are to encourage:

  1. excellent scientific research;
  2. utilisation of research results in industry and society;
  3. participation of private or public societal partners within projects;
  4. collaboration of research groups from different departments and/or universities;
  5. multidisciplinary research.

The programme contributes to the Dutch Top sector Energy, focusing mostly on the theme 'smart grids'.

Background, relevance and implementation
Based on proven strengths in relevant Dutch research areas and demand for knowledge in the private and public sector the programme is divided into three multi-disciplinary themes that address three main categories in smart energy systems; systems, tools, and people:

  1. systems for control, management, and reduction of uncertainties in smart energy systems;
  2. tools for analysis, development, and maintenance of smart energy systems;
  3. behavioral uncertainties.

The programme is a collaboration between NWO-MaGW, NWO-AB, NWO-EW, STW, and FOM, and is led by MaGW. The programme launched a single call in 2013 in which only research programmes consisting of at least two interlinked projects could be funded. The URSES steering committee, chaired by Prof.dr. R. Belmans, was responsible for the publication of the call and, consulting international reviewers, for the selection of the projects to be funded. The programme aims at co-funding of research projects by third parties (potential users). A programme committee, that will be responsible for monitoring and knowledge dissemination, will be established in 2014. Two representatives of Shell will participate in this committee.

The steering committee with representatives of Shell, NWO-MaGW, NWO-EW, STW and an independent chair is the ultimate decision body of the programme and acts in accordance with the steering committee of the overall CSER initiative.

This FOM programme is part of the overarching initiative 'Computational sciences for energy research'. For administrative reasons and transparency the CSER initiative has been split in four programmes that have the following main objectives:

  • The education of 75 PhD students who are willing to work at the Shell 'Computational Centre of Excellence' in Bangalore, India, after finishing their PhD (FOM IPP i32, CSER-PhD);
  • contribute to the NWO theme 'Duurzame Energie' through the programmes 'Uncertainty reduction in smart energy systems' (FOM/NWO-MaGW programme 146, URSES) and 'CO2-neutral fuels' (FOM/NWO-CW programme 147, CO2NF);
  • investments in the Dutch computational sciences infrastructure at universities and para-university research institutes, mostly through tenure track positions (FOM programme 145, CSER-KIF).