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January 27, 2012

AMOLF and ECN enter collaboration agreement

The FOM Institute AMOLF and ECN signed an agreement to consolidate their collaboration. With this agreement AMOLF and ECN attempt to breach the gap between fundamental research on one side and on the other side large scale production and the actual implementation of solar cells.[more]

January 18, 2012

Practical and tailored information can increase the impact of the energy label

The impact that the energy label has on homeowners decisions to buy and renovate dwellings is currently limited. However, more tailored information can help increase the impact of energy labels. Households need practical and tailored information about energy saving in their own dwelling. This is...[more]

January 18, 2012

ECN grants Ceramiques Techniques Industrielles license on HybSi® membrane technology

Ceramiques Techniques Industrielles (CTI), as one of the market leaders in inorganic membranes, has obtained a license for the commercialisation of the HybSi® membrane technology from ECN. The HybSi® nanosieve allows the purification of various industrial solvents at a reduced cost and at an...[more]

January 11, 2012

Inconvenient measurements of escaping gas

With environmental issues such as the enhanced greenhouse gas effect, acidification or air pollution, it’s all about gas and particles entering the atmosphere. This can occur from a “point source“ like a chimney which is relatively easy to measure. Measurements are much harder for so called...[more]

December 21, 2011

SECTOR supports market introduction of torrefied products as solid sustainable energy carrier

SECTOR (Production of Solid Sustainable Energy Carriers from Biomass by Means of TORrefaction) is a large-scale European project with a strong consortium of 21 partners from industry and science. The project is focussed on the further development of torrefaction-based technologies for the...[more]

December 19, 2011

Korean POSCO Power and ECN join forces in wind, solar and bio-energy

The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the South Korean POSCO Power have officially joined forces. By signing a Memorandum of Understanding on 15 December, both parties have agreed on future collaboration in wind, solar and bio-energy.[more]

December 7, 2011

European cooperation in energy research pays off

By cooperating, energy research organisations in Europe are able to accelerate the development of low-carbon technologies. The organisations have joined forces in the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and align their activities in Joint Programmes of research. This reduces the duplication of...[more]

December 7, 2011

Low-carbon development strategies: “readiness” varies amongst countries

Low-carbon development strategies have attracted interest in the climate negotiations as a soft alternative to voluntary or obligatory national greenhouse gas emission reduction targets - especially for developing countries. Several countries have embarked on drafting an LCDS. A recent Energy...[more]

November 29, 2011

Improved European observation network supports effective climate policy

To provide an independent assessment whether European climate policy is effective, it is essential to monitor concentrations and fluxes of non-CO2 greenhouse gases accurately. A crucial component in doing so is a precise and reliable measuring infrastructure. As of this week, the Energy research...[more]

November 7, 2011

Market incentives needed to tap into huge PV potential

In response to an article on the bankruptcy of the American company Solyndra, published in the Economist of 15 October, Wim Sinke speaks up for our eastern neighbours. Human-induced climate change requires a quick response. The technology that offers the largest potential, i.e. solar energy,...[more]

October 24, 2011

Large saving on energy bill of households is feasible

Tailored policy is needed Four out of five households will profit from implementing one or more energy saving measures in their homes. On average this could save 22 percent on the energy bill. In practise, however, there appear to be large differences among households. Particularly the individual...[more]

October 20, 2011

Great results Nuna6 sponsored by ECN

With their solar race car, which the team designed and developed themselves, the Nuon Solar Team of TU Delft has won the second prize in the World Solar Challenge, a race with 30 international teams from Darwin to Adelaide. ECN is sponsor of the Nuna6.[more]

October 12, 2011

CCS in Dutch industry globally highly recommended

Carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology for reducing climate change inducing CO2 emissions, is mostly associated with coal-fired plants. However, CO2 can also be captured in industrial applications, for example in the chemical industry, the steel industry and refineries. In fact, in these...[more]

October 5, 2011

SunDay 2011: the latest practical and R&D developments in the field of solar energy

On Wednesday 12 October Agentschap NL, the Energy Research centre of the Netherlands (ECN), the FOM Foundation and Shell Research will host SunDay for the third time. What are the latest developments and innovations in the large-scale deployment of solar energy and in R&D?[more]

September 5, 2011

Wim Sinke honoured with prestigious award for outstanding merits in PV

On 5 September, Prof. Dr. Wim Sinke, senior Staff member Programme & Strategy Solar Energy at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), received the prestigious “Becquerel Prize” at the 26th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany. The European PV...[more]

September 5, 2011

Solliance and imec join forces in thin film PV R&D

Imec and Solliance today announce that imec will be a full partner of Solliance and will integrate its thin film PV R&D efforts in Solliance. With imec as a partner, Solliance aims to be an R&D cluster bringing thin film solar energy technology to excellence. The announcement will be celebrated at...[more]

September 5, 2011

World’s first MWT-mono IEC certified module

During the upcoming PV SEC, Eurotron will show the world's first MWT-mono IEC-61215 certified module on their booth (Hall A4 / Booth A16). This module has been developed and produced by TSC Solar BV, The Netherlands. It shows a 19% cell efficiency resulting in an impressive encapsulated module...[more]

September 5, 2011

How to make efficient solar cells from impure materials

Most solar cells are made from crystalline silicon. These solar cells are the most efficient available on the market. Crystalline silicon is expensive because it has to be very pure to make efficient solar cells from it. Unfortunately, nobody knows exactly hów pure and that is why manufacturers...[more]

August 16, 2011

High-quality climate research in the Netherlands guaranteed by ICOS-nl

At Thursday August 18th 2011, eight knowledge institutes in The Netherlands launch their climate research partnership in the form of ICOS-nl. The launch will take place at the KNMI measurement mast in Cabauw. [more]

August 9, 2011

Going Dutch in global biobased economy

'Whether you go for maximum solar or wind there is the chemical side which needs biomass', says Jan Willem Erisman (ECN) in the Singapore Business Review.[more]

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