Energy Academy Europe officially opened

24 May 2017

The University of Groningen’s new Energy Academy Europe has been officially opened.

After the opening ceremony by King’s Commissioner René Paas, acrobats unfolding three huge banners descended from the ceiling of the transparent hall of the new building on the Zernike Campus Groningen.

The Energy Academy Europe provides education, conducts research and fosters innovation in the field of energy, whilst working towards the transition to a sustainable energy future.

In order to realise its extremely sustainable energy goals, the building has a special transparent construction with a natural ventilation system. The roof is completely covered with solar panels. The 15,000m2 building was handed over in autumn 2016 and soon after won the prestigious BREEAM Award 2017.

Arup participated in achieving these goals by providing the building services and the climate concept.

"The value of multidisciplinary research, teaching and innovation in the field of energy transition is considered increasingly important. The University of Groningen is offering all manner of space and opportunities in this remarkably sustainable building. The EAE building will be the ideal home for knowledge development and the accelerated transition from fossil fuels to completely renewable alternatives."

— Prof. Sibrand Poppema, President of the Board of the University of Groningen

The Energy Academy Europe building was partly funded by the Northern Netherlands Provinces Alliance (SNN), the Province of Groningen and the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Its design has been created by the team of Broekbakema, pvb architects, Ingenieursbureau Wassenaar, DGMR, Arup, dr. Heinekamp and ICS advisors.



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    • Energy Academy Europe. Credit: Ronald Zijlstra FotografieOpen gallery

      The solar capturing and the daylight penetration are optimised by the building's shape and orientation.

    • Climate concept in the summer season. Credit: ArupOpen gallery

      Pushed though a 'thermal labyrinth' by natural powers as sunlight and wind stream, the airflow is put to optimal use.