The research subjects of SET include a broad area of subjects. Topics vary from technical subjects, e.g. energy from biomass, wave energy, construction of wind turbines to more socially orientated topicse.g. the introduction of energy efficient stoves in developing countries or development of energy policies. The following research topics are examples of the SET programme:


The research in the Energy Technology Group focuses on the thermal conversion and application of biofuels. The fundamental aspects of combustion, gasification and pyrolysis of biomass, waste and other fuels are studied in our well-equipped laboratory. Catalysis for sustainability is one of the central themes of the research group Catalytic processes and materials. Catalysis is multidisciplinary and connects many issues from inorganic chemistry for catalyst preparation, to surface science, physical chemistry and reactor and process design. 

The research group Sustainable Process Technology focuses on creating and perfecting new thermal-chemical routes for the production of biomass derived solid, gaseous and liquid fuels for renewable and sustainable energy.

Fuel cells and blue energy

The Membrane Technology Group focuses on the multi-disciplinary topic of membrane science and technology to control mass transfer through interfaces.

Micro-CHP, heat pumps and heat storage systems

The research in the group Thermal Engineering primarily concerns thermal conversion processes for industrial applications from the disciplines thermodynamics, transport phenomena, thermo-chemistry and fluid mechanics.

Solar energy

Research within Design Engineering concerning the theme energy, focuses on sustainable product development with renewable energy technologies. In particular the development of applications of photovoltaic (PV) solar energy technologies, for instance PV systems and modules, solar powered boats, concentrating PV and PV products for indoor use.

Sustainable Energy and Society

The Centre for Studies in Technology and Sustainable Development (CSTM) is a department within the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS) of the University of Twente. The focus in teaching and research is on energy, water and climate change.

Wind energy

The chair of Production Technology  focuses on the optimisation of both the manufacturing process and the performance of lightweight materials in structural applications. Research of the group Engineering Fluid Dynamics deals with theoretical, numerical and experimental studies, all aimed for applications in Mechanical Engineering. In particular, research focuses on the fields of rotating flow machines, aero-acoustics, aerodynamics, gasdynamics and flows with phase transitions, fluid-structure interaction and aero-elasticity, thin-film flows and bio-physical flows.

Energy efficiency

Design, Production & Management offers five possibilities for master theses  within the theme of energy efficiency: electrical cars, motor management system of electrical car, energy efficient buildings and electricity storage.

Materials and systems

The research aim of Inorganic Materials Science is to develop new materials with novel advanced properties in which the functionality is controlled by nanoscale structures leading to improved energy applications.

Energy, materials and systems

The main focus of the research chair Energy, Materials and Systems (EMS) is on sustainable energy, with the ambition of developing technologies, materials and systems that play a key role in our future energy chains. They investigate the application of superconductivity in the power grid (e.g. superconducting cables for transport of electric power), as well as the application of cryogenic technologies and materials for liquid energy carriers, such as liquid natural gas and hydrogen.

Smart grids

The research group Computer Architecture for Embedded Systems (CAES) focuses on streaming applications in the high-performance high-tech domain (e.g. phased array antenna systems, medical image processing and signal processing on board of satellites) and ICT for energy management (e.g. smart grids).

Solar fuels

Research activities of the Photocatalytic Synthesis Group focus on the conversion of solar energy into chemical energy, i.e. to drive thermodynamically uphill reactions such as the synthesis of fuel by CO2 activation.

Water footprint and energy

One of the focus points of the research group Water engineering and management is on the use of fresh water for all types of human consumption, such as water for  energy.

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