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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]

April 6, 2011

Europe-wide Green eMotion Initiative to pave the way for electromobility

The European Commission has kicked off a 4 year cross-European initiative to promote electromobility. The 42 partners in the initiative comprising industrial companies and automobile manufacturers, utilities, municipalities, universities, and technology and research institutions are to input,...[more]

April 4, 2011

ECN Wind Energy to collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories

On 31 March 2011, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Sandia National Laboratories from the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both parties agree on future collaboration in the field of wind energy. [more]

March 30, 2011

Departing Deputy Director of ECN Kees van der Klein given Royal Honour

On Wednesday 30 March, on his last working day, Kees van der Klein (65 years) was presented with a royal honour during his farewell reception. The honour, Knight in the Order of Oranje-Nassau, was bestowed on behalf of the Queen by the Mayor of Schagen, Mr Gerrit Westerink. Kees’s successor, Robert...[more]

March 24, 2011

ECN to conduct large meteorological measuring programme in the North Sea

The Wind Energy department of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) recently has been commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation to carry out a four-year meteorological measuring programme in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The aim is to...[more]

March 23, 2011

New European project helps EU meet its renewable energy targets at lower cumulative costs

The project “Cost-efficient and sustainable deployment of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) towards the EU 20% target by 2020, and beyond (RES4LESS)” was approved by the EU Programme Intelligent Energy Europe and has officially kicked-off in January 2011. [more]

March 18, 2011

ECN response to incidents in Japan

In the light of the incidents in Japan, ECN and NRG, ECN’s daughter company, are currently busy providing all media and other interested parties with information about nuclear energy and radiation. ECN’s involvement entails (research on) nuclear energy in relation to the total fuel mix.[more]

February 22, 2011

Renewable energy share in European Union increased to 11,6% in 2009

The new EurObserv'ER report "The state of renewable energy in Europe" presents an estimate for the share of renewable energy in overall energy consumption in Europe. This share is estimated at 11.6% for 2009, compared to 10.4% in 2008. EurObserv'ER is a cooperation body of experts in the field of...[more]

February 15, 2011

ECN to advise Kuwait

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) will become advisor of the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). ECN will offer KISR advice and support in setting up and equipping a test facility for Photovoltaic (PV) systems. On 1 February ECN and KISR signed a technical cooperation...[more]

February 14, 2011

Consortium receives millions from EC for roof-integrated photovoltaic system

Roofing with integrated PV cells; this is what the European project PV-GUM is all about. Next to trade and industry, among which the Belgian roofing company Derbigum, Dutch knowledge institutes ECN and KEMA are also involved in this project. The project, which requires a total investment of over 11...[more]

February 9, 2011

‘The cooperation in EERA should lead to an accelerated development of PV technology’

Kick-off EERA-PV - On Monday 7 February the kick-off meeting of EERA-PV took place in Amsterdam with 50 participants from 23 European research institutes and universities. [more]

February 3, 2011

ECN report on Renewable Energy Action Plans of all 27 European Member States

On 31 January 2011, the European Commission presented its ‘Communication on the progress of renewable energy in the European Union’. Among others it shows that the 2020 renewable energy policy goals are likely to be met and even exceeded if Member States fully implement their National Renewable...[more]

January 31, 2011

Energy saving among consumers

Difficult but doable In the framework of the Changing Behaviour project, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) developed a toolkit to enhance the success of energy saving programmes among consumers. Currently, such programmes seldom lead to permanent savings. The toolkit contains a...[more]

January 24, 2011

Renewable energy provided in 2009 for the first time in excess of 10,000 direct jobs

In the framework of the EU project EurObserv’ER, Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) analysed the turnover and employment of renewable energy companies in the Netherlands.[more]

January 24, 2011

Dutch national policy package needed to really get CO₂ capture going

A policy package consisting of a CO2 emission performance standard, financial support and an improved European system for CO2 trade can realise CO2 capture in new Dutch coal-fired plants in ten years’ time. This is the outcome of a study conducted by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands...[more]

January 14, 2011

96 Compulsory redundancies at the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands

ECN hit hard by discontinuation of research subsidy Friday 14 January 2011, 96 employees of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) in Petten (The Netherlands) have been informed that they will be dismissed. This is a direct consequence of the Dutch government´s decision to...[more]

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