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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]

March 8, 2016

ECN offers a cost-effective PID-solution for n-type solar cells and modules compatible with cheap EVA

Using the proper device structure and processing conditions minimizes the effects of potential-induced degradation (PID) in n-type cells, say researchers at ECN. The PID-free n-type cells in combination with standard EVA as encapsulant are a reliable and more cost-effective alternative to more...[more]

March 8, 2016

Dutch innovation makes solar cells more profitable

ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) has introduced a technique which reduces power loss in solar cells to a minimum. The innovative solution leads to higher efficiencies and in the future this may result in lower electricity costs. It is integrated with existing manufacturing...[more]

March 4, 2016

New technology for thinner CIGS cells

The project 'Surface passivation and light trapping in thin CIGS solar cells' (SURPRICE), started in January of 2016. It deals with the implementation of thin Al2O3 layers in CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide), to reduce the surface recombination of charge carriers. Surface recombination is one...[more]

March 4, 2016

PV panels with integrated batteries being developed

In January of 2016 the TKI project LiBat4PV has started. In this project a PV panel with an integrated, thin film battery will be developed. The new battery can be integrated seamlessly at the rear side of the PV panel. With a thickness of approximately 1 mm, it will not add to the size or weight...[more]

February 29, 2016

Solar project BIPVpod to integrate tailor-made thin film solar panels in buildings

The TKI iDEEGO research project ‘BIPVpod’ has started. The project aims to make tailor-made thin film solar panels available for aesthetic integration in buildings. Three competing BIPV developers work together with research institutes to develop the required 'panel on demand’ manufacturing...[more]

February 18, 2016

Materials engineering as part of design phase

A wind turbine installed on land requires different construction materials to one installed offshore in corrosive seawater. Likewise, the material used for a biogas storage cylinder will depend on the temperature and composition of the gas. So a smart choice of materials is essential to the success...[more]

December 8, 2015

‘100 per cent sustainable energy is feasible’ Knighted Professor Wim Sinke forecasts spectacular growth in the PV solar energy market

In 2050, we’ll be gazing through windows that produce solar energy. No matter what policymakers at climate summits like those in Paris decide, 100 per cent sustainable energy usage and a 95 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions is feasible. Solar energy has experienced spectacular growth in the last...[more]

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