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 such as management of sustainable energy innovation programmes, organisation of expert panels, design of entrepreneurial education programmes and dialogue with the public as well as lobbying for sustainable energy solutions on various levels and fostering international cooperation.
eseia was founded in July 2009 by three proponents from Graz University of Technology: Franz Stelzer, former Vice-Rector for Research and Technology; Michael Narodoslawsky, Professor of Process and Particle Engineering; and Brigitte Hasewend, Director of International Sustainability Partnerships. 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.