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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]

August 3, 2011

Pyrolysis turns biomass into chemical feedstock

‘Solar, wind, water and geothermal heat are all sources for renewable energy, whereas biomass is the only source for renewable chemicals. Feedstocks that are extracted from petroleum by the chemical industry can also be extracted from biomass. The change from oil- to biorefining is near’, says...[more]

July 27, 2011

European CARENA project speeds up implementation of membrane reactors

The 1st of June marked the start of the CARENA project: Catalytic Reactors based on New Materials. A large EU-funded collaborative project to create technologies enabling efficient conversion of light alkanes and CO2 into higher value chemicals. To reduce the dependency of the European community...[more]

July 12, 2011

Revolutionary technology to determine green electricity on verge of breakthrough in UK

Not all CO2 emissions and electricity are created equally. Some are from fossil fuels, others from biogenic fuels. A revolutionary step in technology,  marketed as 14Credits, is enabling easy and accurate differentiation between CO2 emissions created from fossil and biogenic (green) fuels....[more]

June 22, 2011

Climate adaptation of electricity sector could cost Europe €15-19 billion per year

A recent study by Ecorys, in consortium with Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Nuclear Research and consultancy Group (NRG),for the European Commission shows that in order to ‘climate proof’ the European electricity sector, investments between €15 and €19 billion per year could be...[more]

June 15, 2011

Involvement in CCS projects explained

With the title "Communication strategies and the involvement of stakeholders in CCS projects: NEARCO2 results of the European project" a workshop will be organised in London and Madrid in June.[more]

May 25, 2011

ECN starts pilot at the test facility Plant One

Minister Verhagen has opened the test facility Plant One On Monday afternoon, 23 May, Maxime Verhagen, the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I) opened Plant One, a new test facility for sustainable process technology in the Port of Rotterdam. This facility will...[more]

April 22, 2011

Expectations about use of electric cars differ across Europe

Compared to other Europeans, the Dutch sometimes have different needs when it comes to charging electric cars. That is the outcome of a study on the preferences of Europeans with regard to charging of electric cars, conducted by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in the framework...[more]

April 12, 2011

TNO takes over ECN activities

TNO is taking over two activities from the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN). This was settled in an agreement between the two knowledge institutes in early April. The activities are ‘Energy in the Built Environment’ and ‘Intelligent Electricity Grids’.[more]

April 11, 2011

New free hands-on tool supports sustainable living choices

Nitrogen footprint calculator enables individuals to chart and reduce their contribution to growing problem of nitrogen pollution.[more]

April 11, 2011

Nitrogen is needed to feed a growing world population but pollutes air, soil and water

Excessive nitrogen harms the economy and environment – first Europe-wide assessment published A major new study finds that nitrogen pollution is costing each person in Europe around £130 - £650 (€150 – €740 Euros) a year. The first European Nitrogen Assessment (ENA) will be launched at a...[more]

April 8, 2011

ECN transfers research activities to HyET

High-quality knowledge on hydrogen preserved for the Netherlands Last March the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and HyET agreed that part of ECN’s research activities will be transferred to HyET. This involves research that was previously conducted within the ECN unit Hydrogen...[more]

April 8, 2011

The EERA: 1000 researchers are currently working on the development of next generation energy technologies

A total of more than 1000 researchers coming from more than 70 major European research institutes in the field of energy are involved in the different EERA Joint Programmes. These scientists are working to accelerate the delivery to industry of a new generation of energy technologies to contribute...[more]

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