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June 27, 2014

Launch ECN O&M System

From big data through decision making[more]

June 3, 2014

Fresh wind saves up to 5 per cent on offshore maintenance costs

ECN has proof that you can make big savings on the maintenance of offshore wind farms. The secret lies in the strategic deployment of manpower, vessels and materials. Use current data to calculate your ideal maintenance plan.[more]

May 28, 2014

ECN validation test proves valuable for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) has requested ECN to conduct a validation test for their ground-based LiDAR. Since ECN is an independent and accredited organisation, the test results are expected to provide a true and unbiased picture of the performance of the wind sensor.[more]

March 25, 2014

Be prepared: The most advanced aerodynamic models for large wind turbines are coming!

13 of the world’s leading companies in aerodynamics have now teamed up in the AVATAR project, led by ECN. They are developing the most advanced aerodynamic models for the next generation of large wind turbines, up to 20MW. These models are essential ingredients for integral design codes for large...[more]

March 17, 2014

Consortium works together to create flexible blade concept

ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) works in a project with several partners to create an innovative flexible blade concept. The project aims to optimize individual wind turbines to their maximum performance by extending the rotor diameter with variable tip lengths. This technology...[more]

March 7, 2014

New operations and maintenance system reduces the cost of offshore wind

PETTEN – A new system for wind farm operations and maintenance is set to significantly reduce the maintenance costs. The system has been developed by the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) using data from energy company Essent/RWE. It efficiently collects and analyses data from...[more]

November 28, 2013

Storm: excellent day for wind energy

On 28 October, when the Netherlands was hit by a heavy storm, about one quarter of the electricity came from wind energy, estimates Peter Eecen of ECN. On BNR Nieuwsradio, he explains how wind turbines respond to extreme wind speeds. At wind force 10 the turbines automatically switch off. Once...[more]

November 28, 2013

Large measuring campaign to lower the cost of wind energy

How can LiDAR measuring technology make wind energy more affordable? That is one of the questions ECN aims to answer during an extensive measuring campaign at its wind turbine test site in Wieringermeer. ECN is carrying out the campaign between January 2013 and March 2014 together with different...[more]

November 28, 2013

Wind farms can increase power production up to 5 per cent with Active Wake Control

Increasing electricity production by 0.5 to 5 per cent and lowering the maintenance costs by 3 per cent; that is what ECN’s Active Wake Control system can do for wind farms. This is the outcome of various tests conducted among others at ECN’s test site in Wieringermeer. Wake control Active...[more]

November 14, 2013

Wind Farms can produce up to 5 percent more power

ECN’s Active Wake Control increases output and reduces maintenance [more]

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