Joint research program “Smart Infrastructure for Energy System Transformation”




TNO and Fraunhofer are working intensively in facilitating the energy transition and are identifying and analysing the benefits from innovation, new businesses and economic activities that come with it. By combining these competences within the collaboration, we want to address the unique challenges of the European energy transition by identifying energy needs and energy carriers for a decarbonisation of all application sectors. A focus is set especially to the industry sector and the role of hydrogen as uncertainties and research needs for industry decarbonisation are high and the use of hydrogen is currently discussed as a key long term strategic measure to fulfil climate neutrality in industry in both countries.



The main goal of the project is to provide the basis for cost efficient long-term decarbonisation strategies in the industry and the related strategies for energy infrastructure development. The added value of the collaboration is to extend the current energy system and energyinfrastructure models with a focus on specific energy carriers to more integrated infrastructure models to assess electricity, gas, heat and hydrogen energy infrastructure at the same time. The analysis will be done based on existing and new open source models. Furthermore the management and operation of integrated energy infrastructures will be a core part of the collaboration as more complex and new strategies for the operation are needed. The planned activity consists of three core fields of research, i.e. industrial transformation, infrastructure development and system operation. Beyond the research activities also an outreach to other stakeholders as well as a scale up to European level is foreseen for dissemination.


The results of the collaboration are strategies for several stakeholders considering and understanding regional, national and EU-wide transformation strategies and linking them with industrial transformation strategies and infrastructure development. Solutions will be developed to handle the increased complexity to operate such an energy system including market designs, ICT architecture and security frameworks. The outcome of the project (strategies/technical standards/software tools) goes beyond the national level and can be the nucleus for further activities, cooperation and strategies between neighbouring countries and on EU level.


From 2020 to 2021


  • Fraunhofer - TANO Collaboration


  • Fraunhofer IEG
  • Fraunhofer IEE
  • Fraunhofer ISE