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December 8, 2016

€30.000 awarded to bio-based alternative to wood charcoal and pilot for seaweed farming to tackle climate change

OPIN Foundation and Royal IHC have each been awarded 30.000 euro’s for their innovative plans promoting climate mitigation and adaptation in developing countries.[more]

December 6, 2016

Ultrathin protective layer brings quite a bit more stability to perovskite solar cell

The addition of a few nanometers of a thin layer of aluminum oxide protects a perovskite solar cell against humidity – still a major stumbling block to the commercial application of this new type of solar cell. A surprising bonus is a yield boost of 3 percent.[more]

December 1, 2016

ECN brings thermochemical aromatics production to Biorizon

Bergen op Zoom, 1 December 2016 – Today TNO, VITO and ECN signed an agreement to collaborate in the Shared Research Center Biorizon, with ECN incorporating its thermochemical research on the production of bio-aromatics within Biorizon. This research center works with industry on the technological...[more]

November 30, 2016

ECN research stimulates energy transition and economy

ECN wants its research programmes to contribute to the much-needed energy transition as well as economic growth in the Netherlands. ECN's research and technological developments in biomass, energy and industry, storage and integration of renewable energy, wind energy and solar energy make...[more]

November 10, 2016

Offshore wind expertise blows over to South Korean Jeju Island

In five years’ time, the South Korean Jeju Island will have gained dozens of experts in the field of offshore wind energy. This is not a luxury but a necessity, as the country is investing heavily in wind farms. ECN is collaborating with DUWIND/TU Delft to ensure that first-rate wind expertise...[more]

November 10, 2016

CertifHy guarantees green hydrogen

CertifHy was presented at the end of October; it is a plan for an EU-wide certification system for green hydrogen that can count on broad support.[more]

November 9, 2016

ECN enabled novel solutions for greenhouse gas control technologies

GHGT Conference 2016 : Lausanne Switzerland 14-18 November[more]

November 3, 2016

€4,2 Million funding to advance blue bioeconomy

ECN is part of the consortium of European companies and research institutions of the Macro Cascade project. MacroCascade obtained €4,2 Million funding to advance the blue bioeconomy through innovative scalable seaweed cultivation and novel biorefinery development from the Bio-Based Industries...[more]

November 1, 2016

More efficient electric motors could mean plans for 200 coal-fired power plants around the world can be scrapped

AMSTERDAM – Forty-five percent of all the electricity in the world is used for electric motors and pumps, ventilation and compressor systems. These motors and systems are often outdated and energy-inefficient. By optimising them and making them more efficient, the world could save more than 1350...[more]

October 12, 2016

Wind energy versus bats

It is generally well-known that bats cannot always avoid wind turbines. Changes in air pressure cause them to become disoriented so they fly into the mast or the blades of the turbine. The question is, how often does this happen, and what can we do about it? This is currently being researched at...[more]

October 6, 2016

Batteries can store 50 per cent more energy with new technology

Spin-off company LeydenJar Technologies commercialises ECN invention[more]

September 30, 2016

ECN Sustainable and NRG to go their separate ways

Minister Kamp from Economic Affairs announced today that he intends to separate the sustainable and nuclear divisions of Stichting ECN (Foundation ECN). ECN Sustainable will be making a fresh start as new research centre for applied research into sustainable energy, under the responsibility of TNO....[more]

September 19, 2016

Seminar on improving clean coal conditions China

China has seen a tremendous economic growth over the last decades. Unfortunately, along with impact regarding living environment. Recently, China has shown strong commitment to improve environmental conditions. The Netherlands can be a great help.[more]

September 7, 2016

Revolutionary laser opens new doors for industry

ECN has produced a new revolutionary laser set-up that makes industrial applications and machining possible that up to now could only be dreamed of. The unique device can process ceramics and create razor-sharp machining in metals.[more]

August 30, 2016

ECN expands offshore measuring locations for wind farms and partners with KNMI

Wind speeds, wind directions, wave heights: for many years, ECN has been measuring the conditions at offshore wind farms in the North Sea. ECN is expanding the number of work locations and are entering a partnership with the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Koninklijk Nederlands...[more]

August 30, 2016

New R&D project VaStBlade: lower cost of energy due to more accurate design of large turbine blades

ECN, together with partners WMC (Knowledge Centre Wind turbine Materials and Constructions), TRES4 B.V. and GE Global Research will kick off a new R&D project to enable more accurate designs of wind turbine blades by improved modelling and validation of torsional flexibility (which is the twisting...[more]

August 24, 2016

Switch to a circular economy is vital, also for the energy transition

In the past century, the global demand for raw materials has grown explosively. This trend is expected to continue, and if nothing changes the prognosis is that the future demand for a large number of raw materials will far exceed the supply. This goes hand in hand with resource depletion, heavy...[more]

July 4, 2016

ECN contributes to the MiLeSlag project as a scientific partner

For every ton of produced steel several hundred kilogram of slag accrue inevitably. These slags can be re-used in road construction, which increases resource efficiency and contributes to the circular economy. However, the application of steel slags has been restricted in some countries because of...[more]

June 30, 2016

Two awards of €30.000 available for the best climate business cases

Organisations and companies with an innovative idea focused on promoting either climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country, can now compete to receive support to further develop and receive (partial) funds for their business case. The Mobilising More (MoMo) initiative provides...[more]

June 28, 2016

ECN introduces a first full-size demonstrator of Tessera (TM)

ECN introduces a first full-size demonstrator of Tessera (TM), a shadow-tolerant and shape-flexible solar module concept that will overcome the limitations of standard solar panels.[more]

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