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System integration in the context of the energy transition means the coordinated integration of chains of different energy carriers and end-use sectors into one sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy system, with broad societal support. An energy system encompasses the entire energy value chain, including everything necessary to bring energy from generation to consumption. This integrated energy system operates at different spatial and temporal scales, from local to Northwestern European scale and from seconds to several decades.

The system integration program is divided into 5 thematic subprograms:

  1. Within the social subsystem, we focus on innovations that lead to the participation and support of citizens, businesses, policymakers, and decision-makers in the energy transition.
  2. The technical subsystem focuses on innovations that contribute to the technical integration of the energy system. This includes technical aspects of generation, transmission, distribution, storage/conversion, the role of energy flexibility, and the integration of different energy carriers.
  3. Within the economic subsystem, we focus on innovations in market mechanisms and business models that create the right incentives for the new energy system.
  4. In the spatial and environment subprogram, we concentrate on innovations that contribute to the spatial integration of the future subsystem, considering other spatial functions and the quality of the living environment.
  5. Lastly, we focus on innovations that lead to better insights and effective processes for complex decision-making regarding the energy system.
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Innovation Program MMIP13: A Robust and Socially Supported Energy System

MMIP13 provides knowledge and innovations for an efficient and socially supported transition from the current predominantly fossil fuel-based energy system to a hybrid energy system by 2030, a climate-neutral electricity system by 2035, and a fully climate-neutral energy system by 2050 at local, regional, national, and Northwestern European scales. During and after this transition, reliability, security of supply, and safety should be maintained at the current level. Additionally, the transition should be widely supported by society, with considerations for fairness, costs, and spatial integration in the living environment.

Mission Achievement

MMIP13 delivers knowledge and innovations for an efficient transition towards the goals stated in the Mission. The program focuses on system challenges related to an integrated energy system. MMIP13 addresses these system challenges from economic, socio-cultural, legal, and technical perspectives. Our core tasks involve initiating, developing, setting up, and guiding knowledge and innovation programs and projects. This is done in collaboration with knowledge institutions, companies, and governments. We support these Public-Private (PPS’en) where we share knowledge and innovations.

Read more about MMIP13: een robuust gedragen energie systeem


Within the System Integration Program, there are various ongoing projects and research programs. Several notable examples are highlighted below.

Learn more about the challenges, integrated approach, and effective coordination in the online brochure.

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