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June 22, 2010

Foundation of Windkracht Wieringermeer consortium

Nuon (along with 27 farmers), Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the Vereniging van Windturbine-eigenaren Noord-Holland, groep Wieringermeer (VWNH) have founded the 'Windkracht Wieringermeer' consortium. These three parties own the existing wind turbines in the municipality of...[more]

June 21, 2010

North Sea seaweed projects closer to reality

Recently the Dutch government decided to subsidise four seaweed projects. This is an important step forwards in cultivating this new form of biomass in the North Sea. ECN is participating in two of these projects. Researchers from Biomass, Coal and Environmental Research have been exploring ways of...[more]

June 3, 2010

Pedro Sayers appointed Deputy Director Finance and Operations

As of 1 June 2010 Pedro Sayers has been appointed deputy director Finance and Operations at ECN. He was appointed after an internal selection procedure with senior management staff and after the Supervisory Board and the Works Council approved the continuation of the three-person Management Board...[more]

June 1, 2010

Can biomass be deployed sustainably?

Some people believe that biomass is an important source of renewable energy that can be effectively used to replace fossil fuels in the longer term. Others highlight the potentially dramatic consequences for food supplies if farmers cultivate crops for biomass instead of growing food. At the end of...[more]

May 17, 2010

EIMRA targets Separation Technologies for Sustainable Energy Systems

A significant part of European membrane research is focused on the separation technologies required for clean and sustainable energy systems. To speed up current developments, five leading energy research centres have decided to consolidate and strengthen their collaboration in the field of...[more]

April 23, 2010

Flexibility makes renewable goals cheaper to meet

As the deadline approaches for member states to submit action plans detailing how they intend to meet renewable energy targets, the renewables directive’s flexible mechanisms are drawing increasing attention. Jaap Jansen , senior researcher of ECN unit Policy Studies, has a close look.[more]

April 13, 2010

Improved and new policies needed to attain a zero-carbon European power system in 2050

Today, April 13th, the European Climate Foundation launches the Roadmap 2050 in a meeting with the Commissioners for Energy and for Climate in Brussels. The Roadmap 2050 offers low/zero-carbon pathways, using 40%, 60%, 80% or 100% renewable energy sources. The outcome of this part of the project,...[more]

March 31, 2010

CO2 capture and storage is necessary technology with barriers

CO2 capture and storage (CCS) has received a great deal of media attention in recent weeks. ECN-researcher Heleen de Coninck featured in an interview in the Dutch national newspaper “De Volkskrant” on March 20th and on Dutch public television programme Zembla dedicated an item to CCS on March 28th....[more]

March 23, 2010

Large-scale production announced of high-efficiency solar cells developed by Yingli, Amtech and ECN

Yingli Green Energy Holding, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated photovoltaic product manufacturers, announced a 300MW manufacturing capacity expansion for n-type monocrystalline silicon cells and modules in China. The new production lines will be designed to produce next generation...[more]

March 11, 2010

Pitfalls and policy options concerning biofuels, commodity markets and global sustainability

On march 16, Ayla Uslu, coordinator of the ELOBIO project, will present the key conclusions of the project, commissioned by the EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme. [more]

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