What our partners say
CEER and GasTerra partnership: a sustainable win-win situation
"CEER translates real data into understandable theoretical models, thus building a bridge to the reality of actual international energy markets."
‘We have 50 years of experience as a wholesaler in natural gas and are seeing radical changes in our commodity market. Geopolitical arguments are being pushed into the background, and the economic core mechanism of international supply and demand dominates. Not all players want to know how the free energy market functions and who can take on which role. Government institutions in particular tend to stick to old values. This is why objective research is essential.
There is one scientist in the Netherlands who is a true expert in this field: Machiel Mulder of the CEER. He is an authority in this research field – a scientist who is able to translate the spirit of the times into influential studies supported by hard figures. Together we select three or four of his students each year to follow internships at GasTerra. All of these students are highly talented at analysing and applying relevant data and perfectly translating research results into theoretical models, thus building bridges towards actual practice. We regard our partnership with the CEER as an absolute win-win situation. The University is very interested in collaborating with the business world, as this can result in high-quality publications. And we in turn benefit from collaboration with the academic world, which helps us test our strategies and use objective data to create a support base among our partners for the course we set out.
Public Affairs, GasTerra BV
Major energy consumers benefit from sound scientific analysis
"The way the CEER scientists involve our association in the research has exceeded our expectations."
‘The larger business clients that are represented by VEMW (Vereniging van Energie, Milieu en Water; Energy, Environment and Water Association) have a great interest in how the energy market is developing. The current ‘energy only’ model, which has been the European norm since the liberalisation of the energy market, offers the best guarantees of transparent pricing. However, this model is currently under pressure now that new renewable energy sources are emerging. Conventional producers are demanding a future ‘capacity model’, which indirectly means that users will have to bear the costs of over-capacity in production. On behalf of all major consumers, we are now calling for an objective study of whether that is desirable and necessary. To this end we are participating in the Redesigning the Electricity Market to Foster Renewable Energy project. The fact that CEER’s Machiel Mulder leads the project was crucial to us. We are now closely collaborating with a passionate team of scientists. The interaction, in the form of presentations and workshops, is very useful. This partnership enables us to increase our knowledge and keep up-to-date with developments to the benefit of our members.’
Director of VEMW
CEER research on the energy market: an eye-opener
"The responsibility of energy suppliers seems so exclusive that newcomers have a hard time getting in. This insight will help us approach the right parties."
‘We are an independent energy efficiency consultancy with a clear mission: to realise energy and cost savings and thus contribute to a healthier environment for people to work, study and live in. We have plans for a system that will help our clients control their energy demand in terms of time and volume. As part of these plans we are trying to market energy flexibility as a product or concept, thus enabling consumers to buy and distribute their own energy. To study the feasibility of this idea, we asked Machiel Mulder of CEER to issue advice from an academic perspective on a possible business model. This worked out very well. A team of highly talented students mapped the complicated energy market. Rather than a concrete recommendation, this resulted in a series of options and possible forms of collaboration. This study has been very valuable to us as it has clearly shown us which choices not to make, so that we can avoid dead-end streets. This study has given us clear starting points on how to approach parties and further develop our proposition.’
Founder/director of Frog Energy
Student's perspective on CEER research: A unique opportunity to realise our ambition: linking academic knowledge to business
"In our efforts to create concrete, feasible business options, we delved very deeply into the energy market. I am proud that our academic approach has helped to provide Frog Energy with concrete tools."
‘I knew from the start that this was something I wanted to be part of. This was a rare opportunity to participate in very concrete business and practice-oriented research. The research question was extremely challenging: ‘Valorise the concept of flexibility in the energy world.’ This is a very topical and innovative field, which requires a practical understanding of the processes and mechanisms at play in a highly complex market. I immediately applied and was appointed to work on the project for two months together with three fellow researchers. We investigated the factors that influence supply and demand in the energy market and compared these with other industries, examined the supply side and drew up a competition analysis. It was very instructive and challenging, with tight deadlines and interesting evaluation moments with clients. I am proud that our research team has managed to formulate a number of clear market options for Frog Energy. It’s safe to say that we delved very deeply into the energy market.’
MSc in Strategic Innovation Management. Co-author of Flexibiliteit met waarde, an academic advisory report by the Business Research & Consulting department of the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, initiated by CEER.
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