Partners

ECN continues to develop in Europe and the world, for instance, in strategic alliances, projects and collaborative partnerships. ECN contributes to the streamlining and coordination of European energy research programmes within the Europe Energy Research Alliance (EERA). Below you will find a few examples of ECN partners and companies.

ECN's partners

ADEM
ADEM is an initiative of the Energy Research Centre theNetherlands (ECN) and three collaborating universities of technology (TU Delft, TU Eindhoven and the University of Twente). Our aim is to provide a powerful impetus to Dutch materials research related to energy technology. This entails an investment drive in both equipment and educating top young talent (approx. 35 doctoral candidates). The government contributes 30 million euros to the Innovation Agenda Energy. In addition to this, the aim is for the business sector to contribute four million euros. The initiative reinforces the close collaboration between ECN and the three universities of technology in energy-related materials research.

For more information, visit the website.

ADMATEC
ADMATEC (Additive Manufacturing Technologies) focuses entirely on the manufacture of products through the Additive Manufacturing process. ADMATEC emerged from a research project, started by two SME's in collaboration with ECN. The succesful technological development, combined with good market access, resulted in this new venture.

For more information, visit the website.

EDGaR
The Energy Delta Gas Research (EDGaR), a Dutch research consortium of ten enterprises and research institutes, coordinates the realization of scientific, applied and technological researches on gas and sustainability. EDGaR’s goal is to make out a case for the energy future of the Netherlands, by respect to a sustainable use of energy sources. Moreover, EDGaR’s research program attempts at giving the Dutch gas industry a better position in the world and, more particularly, in Europe.

For more information, visit the website.

FLOW
The FLOW program enables companies in the Netherlands to take a leading position on the international market for offshore wind farms. The program was developed by RWE, Eneco, TenneT, Ballast Nedam, Van Oord, IHC Merwede, 2-B Energy, XEMC Darwind, ECN and TU Delft.

For more information, visit the website.

NERA
The Netherlands Energy Research Alliance (NERA) is an association of Dutch knowledge institutions such as universities and public research organizations with a significant focus and mass in energy research. NERA has four objectives:

  1. Creating a network with the aim to make optimal use of the knowledge and experience of the NERA-partners.
  2. Stimulating energy cooperation in research and innovation in the Netherlands and Europe.
  3. Stimulating stronger interaction between industry, government and research partners.
  4. Influencing the European energy agenda: the NERA represents the Netherlands in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA).

ECN plays an important role within NERA. Paul Korting, CEO of ECN, is chairman of the cooperation.

For more information, visit the website.

Solliance
Solliance is a collaboration between TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research), TU Eindhoven, Holst Centre, ECN and IMEC for research and development in the field of of thin-film solar cells (photovoltaic) in the ELAT region (the Eindhoven-Leuven-Aken triangle). Solliance’s ambition is to consolidate the position of the region as a world player in thin-film PV. Solliance creates synergy between more than 250 researchers with this shared goal. Solliance wants to achieve this ambition through jointly using state of the art infrastructure, coordinating research programmes, and close collaboration with the solar business sector. Solliance is supported by the Dutch province of North-Brabant.

For more information, visit the website.

WMC
Knowledge Centre WMC is a research institute and testing centre for materials and structures. As well as fundamental research for the European Commission and the Dutch government, WMC carries out applied research and quality tests for industry in the Netherlands and beyond. Experiments for testing the strength and fatigue of structures that bear heavy mechanical loads can be set up and organised flexibly and quickly. WMC and ECN collaborate in the field of materials science in various sectors - marine, civil, oil and gas, renewable energy, and automotive - thereby serving industry as a whole. In addition, WMC has developed design software for wind turbines, and works in this field in close partnership with the ECN Wind unit.

For more information, visit the website.

VoltaChem
VoltaChem is a business-driven Shared Innovation Program that connects the electricity sector to the chemical industry. New technologies are developed and implemented that focus on the conversion of renewable energy to heat, hydrogen and chemicals. Applied knowledge institutes TNO and ECN, together with industrial and academic partners, founded Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem to initiate and facilitate collaborative development of technology and business models. The aim: moving innovation faster towards commercial implementation.

For more information, visit the website.

ECN Companies

NRG
NRG (Nuclear Research and Consultancy Group) is the nuclear service provider in the Netherlands. NRG’s products and expertise are recognised internationally, and are used extensively by both governments and the business sector. NRG manages the HFR (High Flux Reactor) in Petten, situated in the beautiful dunes along the North Sea coast, 50 kilometres to the north of Amsterdam. NRG is the largest producer of molybdenum in Europe. Each day more than 24,000 patients are treated with radiopharmaceuticals produced by NRG. Their isotopes for diagnostics, therapy and pain alleviation are used throughout the world.NRG is a subsidiary of ECN.

For more information, visit the website.

SunLab
SunLab is an ECN subsidiary that focuses entirely on the development and sales of solar cell equipment. SunLab has several products that can provide information based on which the production process of the cells can be improved, both in terms of increased efficiency as well as in terms of lowering production costs.

For more information, visit the website.