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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]

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]

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