The new center would enable companies, governments and information institutions to become acquainted with intelligent energy networks or smart grids.

Located at the Energy Business Park Arnhems Buiten, Watt connects will link the development of smart grids by simulating and demonstrating installation and start-up in practical situations on a smaller scale.

Gelderland Province delegate Annemieke Traag commented, "The opening of Watt connects gives a boost to numerous initiatives for local energy generation in Gelderland and stimulates innovations."

Watt connects Steering Group chairman Frits Verheij noted, "Founding Watt connects is an important step, not only for retaining this position, but also for reinforcing it. We are, therefore, happy that energy is one of the top sectors of the Dutch government, and that smart grids play a significant role in this."