June 4, 2010

Vattenfall supports ECN in upscaling torrefaction technology

New technology converts biomass into high-quality fuel The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Vattenfall recently agreed on a partnership for upscaling ECN’s BO2- technology. This marks an important step towards the commercial application of ECN’s BO 2-technology for upgrading...[more]

June 3, 2010

Pedro Sayers appointed Deputy Director Finance and Operations

As of 1 June 2010 Pedro Sayers has been appointed deputy director Finance and Operations at ECN. He was appointed after an internal selection procedure with senior management staff and after the Supervisory Board and the Works Council approved the continuation of the three-person Management Board...[more]

June 1, 2010

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to invest in FLOW offshore wind energy project

On Friday, 28 May, outgoing Minister Van der Hoeven of Economic Affairs pledged funding to the tune of €19.5 million for the innovation project Far and Large Offshore Wind (FLOW). The subsidy matches the same level of funding previously announced by the companies in the FLOW consortium. The Energy...[more]

June 1, 2010

Can biomass be deployed sustainably?

Some people believe that biomass is an important source of renewable energy that can be effectively used to replace fossil fuels in the longer term. Others highlight the potentially dramatic consequences for food supplies if farmers cultivate crops for biomass instead of growing food. At the end of...[more]

June 1, 2010

EERA launches new joint energy research programmes

In response to the increasing need for energy innovation in Europe and beyond, The European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) is launching its new Joint Research Programmes to help strengthen, expand and optimise EU energy research. [more]

May 27, 2010

Metal Injection Moulding components now available at ECN

As of April 1st 2010, the Metal Injection Moulding (MIM) activities that were formerly conducted by Philips Lighting will be carried out by Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), unit Engineering & Services. The production facilities are located in Goirle, in the vicinity of the ECN...[more]

May 17, 2010

EIMRA targets Separation Technologies for Sustainable Energy Systems

A significant part of European membrane research is focused on the separation technologies required for clean and sustainable energy systems. To speed up current developments, five leading energy research centres have decided to consolidate and strengthen their collaboration in the field of...[more]

April 23, 2010

Flexibility makes renewable goals cheaper to meet

As the deadline approaches for member states to submit action plans detailing how they intend to meet renewable energy targets, the renewables directive’s flexible mechanisms are drawing increasing attention. Jaap Jansen , senior researcher of ECN unit Policy Studies, has a close look.[more]

April 15, 2010

Solland Solar announces consortium for the development of Emitter Wrap Through (EWT) Solar Cells

Led by Solland Solar, a Dutch consortium further comprising Sunergy, Levitech and ECN, started a joint three-year project to develop high-efficiency back-contact solar cells based on the so-called emitter wrap through (EWT) cell concept. The ‘Newton’ (New EWT Of the Netherlands) project is funded...[more]

April 13, 2010

Improved and new policies needed to attain a zero-carbon European power system in 2050

Today, April 13th, the European Climate Foundation launches the Roadmap 2050 in a meeting with the Commissioners for Energy and for Climate in Brussels. The Roadmap 2050 offers low/zero-carbon pathways, using 40%, 60%, 80% or 100% renewable energy sources. The outcome of this part of the project,...[more]

April 2, 2010

ECN’s torrefaction technology has proven itself in an endurance test

The results of the test bring us much closer to commercialisation and are proof of success for our customers.[more]

March 31, 2010

CO2 capture and storage is necessary technology with barriers

CO2 capture and storage (CCS) has received a great deal of media attention in recent weeks. ECN-researcher Heleen de Coninck featured in an interview in the Dutch national newspaper “De Volkskrant” on March 20th and on Dutch public television programme Zembla dedicated an item to CCS on March 28th....[more]

March 23, 2010

Large-scale production announced of high-efficiency solar cells developed by Yingli, Amtech and ECN

Yingli Green Energy Holding, one of the world’s leading vertically integrated photovoltaic product manufacturers, announced a 300MW manufacturing capacity expansion for n-type monocrystalline silicon cells and modules in China. The new production lines will be designed to produce next generation...[more]

March 23, 2010

ECN membrane separates hydrogen from syngas from coal

Palladium based membranes supplied by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) have been used to convert coal into clean energy through hydrogen. CRL Energy from New Zealand carried out a unique experiment to demonstrate the full chain from coal to electricity. The institute used an ECN...[more]

March 12, 2010

PowerMatching City: the first European city test for a smart power grid

In the future the electricity flow in the electricity grid will become bidirectional. Solar panels and micro-CHP installations will turn consumers into producers of electricity. This is good for the climate, but it will require a smarter electricity grid; a so-called Smart Grid. ECN has developed...[more]

March 11, 2010

Pitfalls and policy options concerning biofuels, commodity markets and global sustainability

On march 16, Ayla Uslu, coordinator of the ELOBIO project, will present the key conclusions of the project, commissioned by the EU’s Intelligent Energy Europe programme. [more]

February 24, 2010

ECN leads UN-project to develop CCS roadmap for industry

The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is leading a prestigious project coordinated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The goal of this project is to develop a global technology roadmap for the deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in industrial...[more]

February 22, 2010

Research project Silicon-Light aims at better and cheaper solar cells on foil

Lead by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), a consortium of seven European partners and one Chinese university collaborate in a new solar cell research project with the name Silicon-Light. This project has started on January 1 of 2010 and will last for three years. The aim of this...[more]

February 15, 2010

ECN signs open letter of Dutch scientists

In response to the ongoing discussion about the reliability of the IPCC and the climate reports, a group of 53 leading Dutch scientists in the field of climate research has written an open letter. [more]

January 25, 2010

Advocacy for carbon capture could arouse public distrust

Letter to the Editor of Nature [more]

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