Research network

DIFFER works together with universities, universities of applied sciences and companies that can further develop the technology of our energy research into commercially scalable solutions. In addition, we play an active national and international role in bringing together various parties within the energy community. Because it is only through collaboration that we can realise the groundbreaking energy solutions needed for the future.


Thanks to our location at the TU/e campus in Eindhoven, we can easily collaborate and share knowledge with universities, universities of applied sciences and industry.

Academic partners

In our collaborations with academic partners, we focus on expanding scientific knowledge and developing networks within the research community. We focus on sharing and bringing together knowledge and insights within the worldwide field of energy transition research.

Business partners

The implementation of solar fuels in the short term (approximately 5-10 years) and fusion energy in the long term (beyond 20 year horizon) requires technology developments today. In our use-inspired research activities, we seek the early involvement of industrial partners, vouchsafe the necessary scalability of the technologies being developed, and work together on translating fundamental research into pilot-scale applications.


In addition to our own partnerships as an institute, we actively seek to bring other knowledge institutions and companies together at a national and international level. At DIFFER, we are at the forefront of what is happening in the field of energy research. We contribute this knowledge to strengthen the connections in the innovation chain from fundamental and applied research to functional applications by companies and industry. For example, we organise workshops (Science and the Energy Challenge) and make active efforts to bring together the various fields of study within energy research.