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For the second year in a row, the ESA Technology Broker NL is organizing a technology transfer competition to generate new ideas for the successful application of space technology on Earth. Last year's competition was won by HDES with a proposal to convert refrigerant gas generators, designed for space applications, into life-saving medical equipment. This year you have another chance to submit your idea and aim for an even bigger prize pool!

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Space for energy

This year's competition focuses on harnessing space technology for energy solutions. Space plays a crucial role in managing energy resources, which has major consequences for the economy, the environment and society. Applications include energy efficient systems, advanced materials, and energy storage technology. ESA invites ideas that focus on hardware and software in the energy sector, with a strong link to energy efficiency.

Who can participate?

The competition is open to Dutch companies or individuals. Participants from a variety of backgrounds are welcome, including energy experts, space enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, and team efforts between these fields are encouraged. Connecting space technology with energy challenges requires knowledge of both fields. Collaboration with space or non-space partners can help with this. If you are new to space travel, you can take inspiration from the ESA patent portfolio.

How to apply?

Ideas can be submitted here until October 31, 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch to the jury at SBIC Noordwijk on November 23. The winners will be announced during the NL Space Campus Network & Drinks on November 30, 2023.


  • 1st place: €20,000
  • 2nd place: €10,000
  • 3rd place: €5,000

The awards will be presented on November 30, 2023. Ideas will be judged based on the following criteria: Novelty and innovation of the application (35%); technological feasibility (25%); value proposition & market (20%); and economic sustainability (20%). Find an overview of the questions.

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