prof.dr. (A.J.M.) Ad van Wijk

Prof. Dr. Ad van Wijk (Future Energy Systems, Department Process & Energy, Faculty 3mE, Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, TU Delft) is one of the most influential sustainable energy entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe.

In 1984 he co-founded the sustainable energy knowledge company Ecofys, which eventually grew into Econcern.

Van Wijk career

As chairman of the executive board he lead and developed Econcern into a company with 1200 people in more than 20 countries, sharing the mission ‘A sustainable energy supply for everyone’.

Examples include:

  • the 120 MW offshore wind farm Princess Amalia in the North Sea
  • several multi-MW solar farms in Spain
  • a bio-methanol plant in the Netherlands, which is the largest second generation biomass plant in the world


Van Wijk achieved many important prizes for excellent entrepreneurship. Amongst others he was Dutch entrepreneur of the year in 2007 and Dutch top-executive in 2008.

TU Delft

At TU Delft he focuses on the energy systems of the future, aiming to realize ’The Green Village’.

Today, Ad van Wijk is an independent sustainable energy entrepreneur, advisor and part-time Professor in ‘Future Energy Systems’ at the Delft University of Technology.

Our Car as Power Plant

Ad van Wijk is the author of many books and articles, including

Van Wijk believes in the future with hydrogen cars. Read the interview

Research Group :

Radiation Science & Technology

Specialisatie :

Distributed Energy Resources: Wind
Smart Grids: Distribution (Medium/Low Voltage)
Electric Vehicles: Dynamic Charging (Grid Integration)
Microgrids (including frequency and voltage control)
DC grid architectures
Optimization of multiple energy carriers

TU Delft

 Future Energy Systems, Department Process & Energy, Faculty 3mE, Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, Leeghwaterstraat 39,
       2628 CB Delft