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Smart Energy Region Emmen - Haren

With the SEREH project, the Gemeente Emmen and the city of Haren (Ems) want to design the pre-conditions for installing a decentralized cross-border electricity and energy market. That would be unique in Europe. The project aims to find out whether electricity from renewable energies below the transmission grid level can be exchanged and managed across borders. There are still technological, market-relevant and legal hurdles for this which are examined in the project as well as developing solutions for it. The complexity of energy markets and energy legislation at national level in Germany and the Netherlands as well as at EU level presents particular challenges in order to physically realize a cross-border energy region.

The project will develop scenarios for how a regional energy market Emmen / Haren can look from 2025 onwards. Then a model will be developed to simulate the different scenarios. Since energy storage systems will be important, concepts of hydrogen storage and integrated energy will be developed in the project already. As well legal investigations will taking place in the project. The activities are accompanied by a comprehensive national and European stakeholder and policy dialogue in order to create the pre-conditions for the realization of decentralized cross-border energy supply in Europe at these levels as well.

The project is being implemented by a triple-helix consortium consisting of the municipalities of Emmen and Haren (Ems), three regional research institutes and two energy companies operating in the project area, supplemented by other companies as “associated partners” also with regard to the expected investment phase after the project ends.

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Planned project costs

1.488.290,93 €

Project Duration

1.3.2018 - 30.6.2022


Increase of cross-border innovation in the programme area

Lead Partner

Gemeente Emmen

Project partners

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen , Stadt Haren (Ems), Universiteit Twente, Hochschule Osnabrück, Agrowea, NAM B.V.,


Financer Amount
Gemeente Emmen 141.549,57 €
Stadt Haren (Ems) 47.164,50 €
EFRE / EFRO 744.145,47 €
MB Niedersachsen 148.829,09 €
Universiteit Twente 12.075,00 €
Ministerie van Economische Zaken en Klimaat 89.297,46 €
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 86.644,50 €
NAM B.V. 0,00 €
Agrowea 72.808,20 €
Provincie Drenthe 59.531,64 €
Hochschule Osnabrück 86.245,50 €