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May 26, 2014

Innovative Start Up RockFuel awards Proof of Principle contract to ECN

Innovative start up RockFuel has commissioned ECN to carry out proof of principle research of their unique new process. Using extensive laboratory equipment and existing expertise available within ECN’s campus in Petten, RockFuel will receive efficient and effective research results. The proof of...[more]

May 26, 2014

ECN at Renewable Energy World Europe 2014

ECN is exhibiting at Renewable Energy World Europe 2014 in Cologne on 3-5 June. Our presentation focuses on our expertise and know-how along the entire value chain, from biomass to energy. Drop by our stand, number 7K4, and our experts will be pleased to tell you more. Please note that ECN offers...[more]

May 16, 2014

Press release RIVM: New assessment framework for leachate water from landfill sites

RIVM and ECN have developed an innovative assessment framework for testing the environmental effects on soil and groundwater of leachate water from sustainable landfill sites. The Netherlands is the first country to attempt sustainable landfill management on such a large scale in three pilot...[more]

April 14, 2014

ECN extends DLP technology for 3D printing to metals

PETTEN – Tests have shown that the Digital Light Processing-based technology (DLP) that the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and its partners have developed for the 3D printing of ceramic materials can also be made suitable for metals, providing a higher-quality alternative to...[more]

April 14, 2014

ECN evaluates sustainable projects for the Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund

Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund investments will be assessed for technical feasibility by ECN PETTEN/AMSTERDAM - The Amsterdam Climate and Energy Fund (AKEF) will henceforth make use of the expertise of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) for evaluating investment applications...[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]

March 5, 2014

Failure research promises billions of savings for industry

Impartial advice ECN improves equipment availability[more]

March 4, 2014

ECN collaborates in first ever global assessment of best practices in green growth revealing pathways for success

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative released a synthesis of key findings from its review of green growth approaches taken in different countries and regions around the world. This summary report, unveiled at the 1st Global Conference on Partnership for Action on Green Economy in...[more]

February 26, 2014

Social innovation and the role of the government

Citizens become more active in organizing their own environment, such as healthcare and education. The energy sector is no exception to this trend. This so called social innovation in which citizens aim to meet demands for public goods is growing. Why is this happening? And does this have an...[more]

February 26, 2014

The gas debate in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a gas country. But currently fierce debates take place about the gas production from the Groningen reservoir and the potential production of shale gas. Will gas continue to benefit the Dutch economy and deliver energy independency? Is it a sustainable energy source? Or does it...[more]

February 20, 2014

ECN produces scenarios for the future energy mix in Dutch transport

What would a future sustainable transport sector look like? Together with CE Delft and TNO, commissioned by the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and in consultation with involved stakeholders, ECN has drafted scenarios on the future mix of energy carriers for the Dutch transport...[more]

February 12, 2014

Experience the adventure of the Nuon Solar Team in Australia

In October 2013, the Nuon Solar Team from Delft University of Technology participated in the World Solar Challenge. The Nuon Solar Team, sponsored by ECN, made a stunning documentary about their participation in the World Solar Challenge. From the 6th till the 13th of October the 16 members of the...[more]

February 5, 2014

Successful test with innovative renewable energy source at Amer power plant

Den Bosch – A consortium consisting of Topell Energy, three electricity companies (Essent, Nuon and GDF SUEZ) and ECN has successfully completed a large scale co-firing test with an innovative renewable energy source at the Amer power plant in Geertruidenberg. With the test, the consortium proves...[more]

February 5, 2014

India and The Netherlands join forces on renewable energy

Today, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, gave the green light for intensifying cooperation on renewable energy between India and the Netherlands. The Minister presided over a ceremony where the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga and the Secretary of the Ministry...[more]

January 22, 2014

The EU needs more to reach its climate and energy objectives

Today’s communication by the European Commission on a 2030 policy framework for climate and energy brings good and bad news. The good news is that it contains a proposal for reform of the EU emissions trading system, including a new reduction target, and a binding target for renewable energy. But...[more]

January 16, 2014

ECN in Abu Dhabi

The excitement is rising for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and International Water Summit (IWS) in Abu Dhabi next week.[more]

December 19, 2013

ECN compiles data report on renewable energy in the European Union Member States

All European Union Member States have reporting obligations in the framework of RES Directive 2009/28/EC. This is a European Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. It mandates renewable energy targets for all European Union Member States, and prescribes an...[more]

December 6, 2013

ECN replaces silver by copper in solar module

ECN has designed and tested integrated Metal-Wrap-Through (MWT) solar modules with solar cells that use copper instead of silver. They perform well and they are more sustainable and affordable compared to solar panels that use solar cells with silver. A smalls-scale MWT module. At the front, flat...[more]

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