Who are we?

eseia, the European Sustainable Energy Innovation Alliance, is an association of leading membership organisations spanning a number of European countries operating in the field of sustainable energy systems, from energy provision to energy consumption in research, teaching and innovation. The cross-sector membership of scientific, business and political partners is dedicated to advancing innovation to implement renewables and sustainable technologies in Europe as well as on a global scale.

The members hold wide-spread knowledge and experience which is brought together in eseia providing a valuable knowledge pool for almost any sustainable energy innovation challenge from renewable resources to consumption and implementation.

   eseia is active in several fields:

      - management of sustainable energy innovation programmes;
      - organisation of expert panels;
      - design of entrepreneurial education programmes;
      - dialogue with the public;
      - lobbying for sustainable energy solutions on various levels;
      - fostering international cooperation.


The legal status of eseia is a non-profit association under Austrian law. The eseia-Secretariat is located at Graz University of Technology, with a desk in Brussels.  eseia is governed by a supreme body, the General Assembly, where all eseia members are represented.

eseia was founded in July 2009 by three proponents from Graz University of Technology:

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Franz Stelzer, former Vice-Rector for Research and Technology Brigitte Hasewend, Director of International Strategic Partnerships Michael Narodoslawsky, Professor of Process and Particle Engineering