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October 4, 2012

World’s major PV solar industries at the international MWT Workshop

How to achieve materials innovations and cost reductions to move from laboratory to mass production in solar energy as soon as possible? This is the main topic at the international 4th MWT Workshop on 20 and 21 November 2012 in Amsterdam.The world’s major PV industries and leading R&D...[more]

October 3, 2012

European maritime spatial planning needed to facilitate large scale deployment of offshore renewables

Delivering power from offshore renewable energy - wind, wave and tidal - in European sea basins will require more integrated and cross-border maritime spatial planning (MSP). This could be achieved through a new directive on MSP. Such a directive could require legislation in Member States without...[more]

September 24, 2012

How silicon purity affects the performance of solar cells

Most solar cells are made from crystalline silicon. Crystalline silicon is expensive because it has to be very pure to make efficient solar cells. Unfortunately, nobody knows exactly how pure and that is why manufacturers play it safe. In other words: they generally use too pure and therefore too...[more]

September 3, 2012

Growing share of renewable energy requires great investments in European electricity infrastructure

A significant increase in the share of renewable energy to 40-55 percent of the European energy mix by 2050 will place great demands on the European electricity infrastructure. Meeting these demands will require considerable investments in new infrastructure to make more efficient use of existing...[more]

August 24, 2012

Renewable energy: current Dutch policy is falling short of 2020 target despite strong growth

Under the current policy the share of renewable energy in the Netherlands is set to rise from 4% in 2010 to 7-10% in 2020. Although this is a strong increase, it is not enough to achieve the European target of 14% by 2020. Even with the measures proposed by the Rutte government and the agreements...[more]

July 26, 2012

Turning soya bean waste into energy in India

ECN closes license agreement with Thermax.[more]

July 25, 2012

Welfare benefits of ambitious climate policy

What are the economic benefits of far-reaching climate policy in the Netherlands? And which technological options are suitable? These are the two central questions examined in a study on costs and benefits of CO2 emission reduction measures conducted for the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the...[more]

July 24, 2012

Worldwide collaboration to enhance sustainable development and renewable energy

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). By collaborating, both parties will strengthen their activities to more efficiency and higher quality, with the ultimate aim of enhancing sustainable...[more]

July 17, 2012

Business case for carbon capture utilization and storage in China within reach

With carbon prices at rock bottom, it may be surprising to hear that research conducted by ECN indicates that a business case for CCUS (carbon capture utilization and storage) in China is still within reach. [more]

July 16, 2012

Travel guide for policy makers

Lost in the land of the energy transition? ECN has written a travel guide for policy makers: Tracking and trailblazing, of which the executive summary is now available in English.[more]

July 12, 2012

New international seagriculture conference

Chances and opportunities in sea(weed) farming commodities[more]

July 10, 2012

Energy research and -education joining forces

The Energy Academy Europe (EAE) and Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) are set to cooperate in the field of energy education and research. [more]

July 2, 2012

Breakthrough in CO2 removal technology

In the future, energy companies will be able to generate cleaner electricity or hydrogen from coal or natural gas at a lower cost thanks to new ECN technology. This perspective is coming into sight thanks to a breakthrough in the Sorption Enhanced Water Gas Shift (SEWGS) technology for removing CO2...[more]

June 29, 2012

Benefits of competition in gas infrastructure investments underexploited

The European gas market is in transition. In the upcoming period, there is a serious need for significant investment in gas infrastructure, such as pipelines, gas storage facilities and LNG terminals. In order to ensure that this can be achieved effectively, this kind of investment needs less...[more]

June 21, 2012

Workshop economic opportunities PV

On June 13th, 2012, a workshop about the economic opportunities of photovoltaics (PV) in the Netherlands took place in Amsterdam. [more]

June 14, 2012

ECN co-organiser International Energy Workshop in Cape Town, June 19-21

In a world of environmental and economic challenges and uncertainties, modeling is an increasingly important tool for addressing the complexity of energy planning and policy making. The International Energy Workshop (IEW) is one of the leading conferences for the international energy modeling...[more]

June 5, 2012

KeyTec and ECN collaborate on components for extreme heat based on metal injection moulding

ECN has developed an extremely thermo-shock proof material for nuclear fusion applications that is shaped with injection moulding. Last month, KeyTec and ECN signed a license agreement, enabling KeyTec to produce and supply high-quality materials (high-melting and resistant to wear) by means of...[more]

June 4, 2012

Breakthrough in thermoacoustic energy conversion

Using industrial waste heat to create useful heat or cooling could be less than five years away. ECN along with its project partners achieved an important breakthrough in thermoacoustics, with the partial EU funded THATEA project. [more]

May 24, 2012

Development countries are supported by new climate regime

ECN and Ecofys have launched their mid-year update of the Annual Status Report on Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs). NAMAs are part of the new climate regime and intend to help developing countries pursue development while keeping emissions low(er).[more]

May 23, 2012

Zeppelin measures Dutch air quality

From 18 May onwards, an international group of scientists will fly low over the Netherlands with the PEGASOS zeppelin to conduct research on the relation between air quality and climate. An example: particulates are known for their harmful effect on health but also for their effect on the climate:...[more]

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