Personal profile

Personal profile

Mr. Wim van Gemert studied Chemical Engineering and earned his PhD in 1977 at the University Technology Eindhoven in 'Studies naar de structuur van Glass'. After the studies, he left for TNO and, in the late eighties to Gasunie. Here began his passion for innovation in energy technology. At Gasunie, he was involved in innovations surrounding gas technology, the management of these innovations on EU-level and their transfer to the market.

Since 2006, Wim is connected to the Centre of Expertise Energy of the Hanze University of Applied Science, Groningen, as a ‘Leading Professor Energy Transition’ and was one of the persons responsible for the developemt of the Knowledge Centre Energy (now Centre of Expertise Energy). He formed a team and developed a research program, which focuses on flexible energy chains. To test this research in practice, Wim managed to connected a variety of partners from his personal network to RenQi, an open innovation center for sustainable energy-infrastructures.

In a next step, Wim obtained a leading role in the development of the Energy Transition Centre (EnTranCe), the energy testing ground, where the market maturity of products is being tested. Herewith, he always hold an inspiring leadership role and pursued his ideal, namely: a transition to sustainable energy, in which various parties are involved in the cooperation and the end users have a say. In the past decade, he played a decisive role in shaping practical research within the Hanze UAS.

Furthermore, Wim was particularly involved in establishing, strengthening and expanding research aimed at energy transition. These efforts have led to important contributions in education. On can say, that without the efforts of Wim van Gemert, RenQi and EnTranCe would not have been established and, moreover, would not have been such a great success. He is seen as the connecting link between technicians and the end user of techniques, which will contribute to the energy transition.

Since 2010, Wim is further involved in the development of academic master programs at the Hanze UAS surrounding the topic of renewable energy.

Research interests

Applied Science: Connecting the market with knowledge and expertise



Leading Professor Energy Transition: The global and local context of energy transition

  • Open innovation
  • Energy scenarios
  • Ethics of energy
  • Integrated hybrid energy systems (Gas, Electricity, Heat)

Education / Academic qualification

Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous), Doctor of Science, Eindhoven University of Technology

Chemical Engineering (miscellaneous), Master in Science

External positions

Knight in the Order of Oranje Nassau (Ridder)

2 Oct 2015 → …

Member Advisory Board SAMEEN

2012 → …

Chairman of GERG Programme Comittees


Boardmember NPT (Nederlandse Vereiniging Processtechnologie)


Member of Honor Junior Chamber of West-Brabant

1985 → …

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Research Output 2010 2017

Facilitating the growth of local energy communities

Timmerman, W. 11 May 2017 Groningen: Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. 227 p.

Research output: ScientificPhD Research external, graduation external

Sustainable development
Carbon footprint
Environmental impact
Energy efficiency
Environmental impact
Life cycle
Systems analysis

Biogas infrastructures from farm to regional scale, prospects of biogas transport grids

Hengeveld, E. J., Bekkering, J., van Gemert, W. & Broekhuis, A. A. 30 Jan 2016 In : Biomass and bioenergy. 86, March, p. 43-52

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle


Lessons from spatial and environmental assessment of energy potentials for Anaerobic Digestion production systems applied to the Netherlands

Pierie, F., Benders, R. M. J., Bekkering, J., van Gemert, W. & Moll, H. C. 15 Aug 2016 In : Applied Energy. 176, p. 233-244 11 p.

Research output: Scientific - peer-reviewArticle

Anaerobic digestion
Waste management
Potential energy

Activities 2008 2016

  • 16 Oral presentation
  • 11 Participation in conference
  • 9 Participation in workshop, seminar, course
  • 4 Invited talk

24th European Biomass Conference & Exhibition 2016

Pierie, F. (Speaker), René M.J. Benders (Speaker), van Gemert, W. (Speaker), Henri C. Moll (Speaker)
8 Jun 2016

Activity: Participation in conference

26th World Gas Conference 2015

Aué, J. (Speaker), Gerard Martinus (Speaker), van Gemert, W. (Speaker)
Jun 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Measuring sustainability: why? and how?

Pierie, F. (Speaker), Bekkering, J. (Speaker), René M.J. Benders (Speaker), van Gemert, W. (Speaker), Henri C. Moll (Speaker)

Activity: Oral presentation

Smart Region

van Gemert, W. (Speaker)
29 Apr 2015

Activity: Oral presentation

De Nacht van Kunst & Wetenschap 2015

van Gemert, W. (Speaker)
6 Jun 2015

Activity: Participation in workshop, seminar, course

Press / Media

EnTranCe — hastening the energy transition in the Netherlands

Jan-jaap Aué & Wim van Gemert


1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

EnTranCe - The Movie

Wim van Gemert


1 media contribution

Press / Media: Other

Springplank voor groene energie

Jan-jaap Aué & Wim van Gemert


1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Public Engagement Activities

Mensen willen weer terug naar de turf

Wim van Gemert


1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Expert Comment

Op weg naar een maatschappelijke revolutie

Wim van Gemert


1 item of media coverage

Press / Media: Expert Comment