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August 24, 2016

Switch to a circular economy is vital, also for the energy transition

In the past century, the global demand for raw materials has grown explosively. This trend is expected to continue, and if nothing changes the prognosis is that the future demand for a large number of raw materials will far exceed the supply. This goes hand in hand with resource depletion, heavy...[more]

June 30, 2016

Two awards of €30.000 available for the best climate business cases

Organisations and companies with an innovative idea focused on promoting either climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country, can now compete to receive support to further develop and receive (partial) funds for their business case. The Mobilising More (MoMo) initiative provides...[more]

June 28, 2016

ECN introduces a first full-size demonstrator of Tessera (TM)

ECN introduces a first full-size demonstrator of Tessera (TM), a shadow-tolerant and shape-flexible solar module concept that will overcome the limitations of standard solar panels.[more]

June 16, 2016

Innovative white layer improves efficiency of bifacial solar panels

Dutch energy research institute ECN has developed a new bifacial solar panel design with a white layer between and around the cells. These white bifacial solar panels show a 5% increase in energy yield with respect to bifacial panels with a glass back and show the same maximum power output as a...[more]

April 29, 2016

Dutch Solar Alliance shines across the world

A collective made up of Dutch companies and ECN has been marketing complete solar cell and module factories since 2015. This genuinely Dutch venture is gaining ground as far afield as Qatar, Brazil and Asia. The stage was set for the Dutch Solar Alliance during a trade mission to Qatar...[more]

April 14, 2016

ECN publishes handy infographic about Materials

Materials science is essential to every branch of industry, whether it concerns the choice of materials, manufacturing methods, environmental conditions, equipment availability, recycling of materials or maintenance. ECN has published an infographic online in order to shed light on all the...[more]

April 8, 2016

Consortium led by ECN develops Scalable Shade Tolerant Module for solar PV systems

Penetration of solar PV systems in the built environment is progressing rapidly in the past years. The two key challenges that need to be addressed to further enhance solar PV systems are the size availability and power losses due to irradiance mismatches from close obstructions such as dormers,...[more]

April 5, 2016

ECN provides European certification of bio-based products

As we move towards a sustainable circular economy, more and more products are being made from biomass. This is material from recently-grown plants. “We refer to a product as ‘bio-based’ if some of it consists of biomass. There is no agreement on how great that proportion should be,” says Jaap...[more]

March 18, 2016

Calling clean tech companies with growth ambitions in Africa: join ECN at the African Utility Week!

Clean teach companies looking to expand to Africa now have the opportunity to position themselves as part of a Dutch network of innovative experts on the water-food-energy nexus during the African Utilities Week (AUW) from 17-19 May 2016 in Cape Town.[more]

March 17, 2016

Panasonic joins Solliance as an Industrial Partner

Solliance (the joint innovation programme in which ECN is conducting its thin film solar research) is pleased to announce that Panasonic Corporation has joined a research program concerning the development of roll-to-roll manufacturing processes aimed at large scale production of flexible...[more]

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