Energy and Environmental Technology-cluster in the Netherlands (east) region
Netherlands (east) region: your stepstone for energy and
The eastern Netherlands region offers great conditions for those
who search or provide today's and tomorrows environmental
solutions. If you are searching for solutions, our entrepreneurs
will provide the technology and knowledge you need. If you are an
entrepreneur yourself, you should consider our fantastic business
climate, strong knowledge base and strategic geographical position
between the important markets of Randstad (Amsterdam, Rotterdam,
The Hague) and Ruhrgebiet.
A firmly rooted regional cluster
The Arnhem region has a strong reputation as the central
junction for 'Electric Holland', and it is known for it's unique
concentration of enterprises in the energy and environmental
technology-sector, with a huge potential in related knowledge. This
characteristic and, for the Netherlands, unique economic structure
derives from the early settlement of several chemical and energy
enterprises such as Akzo, Basf, Nuon, Arcadis, Kema and Tennet.
Interesting new fields of excellence today are durable energy
production and transportation (hydrogen, solar, geothermic), energy
efficiency and durable materials (recycling, high-tech wovens, wood
modification), and concern both technology and services.
Energy & Environmental Technology Project
In 2005 the Energy and Environmental Technology Project was
started to improve the innovative potential of the region. The main
goals are network development for companies and knowledge partners,
and to create innovative start-ups from the regions unique
concentration of dedicated knowledge. After two years the project
has expanded to the area around the cities of Nijmegen, Apeldoorn
and Deventer, and abroad. Today the project has over 80
participants and 20 members, and currently over 25 new businesses
are waiting to be created from existing patents or new
collaborations between companies.
An important notice about the Energy and Environmental
Technology Project is that it's primarily financed by it's
participants (over 2/3 of the project costs), whereas other
regional initiatives often depend strongly on governmental
financing. This reflects that the market strongly identifies the
current and future potential of the project. And: True creativity
comes from the mind of the entrepreneur!