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June 10, 2014

ECN performs at European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

The European Biomass Conference and Exhibition (EU BC&E), that is taking place from 23 to 26 June in Hamburg, ranks as one of the top world leading events in the Biomass sector, combining a highly respected international Conference with an Industrial Exhibition.[more]

June 6, 2014

Solar panels could be more sustainable

Solar energy is hot. In the Netherlands, more and more companies and consumers are installing panels on their offices, homes or outbuildings. After all, they are sustainable. Green. And cheap. Or are they? How long does a solar panel actually last? And how easy is it to replace or recycle? ECN has...[more]

June 5, 2014

Bio-based aromatics: waste product or innovation?

We all know that biomass can be converted into useful energy. But in April 2014 ECN succeeded in extracting even more: 97 per cent of all its aromatics. By-products useable in a whole range of products.[more]

June 4, 2014

EDGaR natural gas programme delivers practical results

Bringing together the country’s top natural gas experts, since 2010 the Energy Delta Gas Research programme (EDGaR) has been investigating how to keep the Netherlands a leading gas nation whilst at the same time making the sector greener. Now that the project is nearing its end, ECN can reveal two...[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]

June 2, 2014

Milena: ten omnivorous years

Can gas in these pipelines be derived from wood, refuse or grass cuttings? It might! Milena effortlessly converts it all into green gas. Over the past decade, ECN has improved this gasification technology to the point where its output is now approaching natural gas quality. And Milena is being used...[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]

May 27, 2014

7th Dutch CCS Symposium: CATO2 results, 19 & 20 June 2014

Scientists, policy makers and decision makers are invited to join us for the 7th Dutch CCS Symposium. CATO2 organizes this two-day conference at the RAI, Amsterdam on 19 and 20 June 2014 celebrating the achievements of integrated CCS research both in the Netherlands and internationally. You are...[more]

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]

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