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January 31, 2017

Improving wind farm output through smart blade tips

Much more offshore wind power plants. That’s the future of wind energy. It means that today’s challenge for the industry is to design efficient wind farms instead of solitary turbines. ECN and LM Wind Power are working on innovative blade tips to improve offshore wind park yields. The results are...[more]

January 30, 2017

Developing a platform to give a broad push towards Industrial Heat Pump Implementation

For a sustainable and future-proof process industry, it is vital to reduce the CO2 footprint of industrial processes. Heat pump technology will play a major role towards realizing this reduction. A number of barriers need to be removed to unleash the potential of industrial heat pumps at large...[more]

January 27, 2017

Dutch expertise helps Malaysian ambitions in the reuse of palmoil residues

ECN is leading a consortium of Dutch enterprises with a mission to develop sustainable solutions for Malaysian palmoil residues. The Palmares consortium was launched late December 2016.[more]

December 22, 2016

ECN brings access systems offshore wind turbines together in new overview

The report Offshore Wind Access 2017 brings together existing and under-development access systems for offshore wind Operation and Maintenance (O&M). For the first time, an overview of available access systems has been compiled to show the recent developments on offshore wind access and how...[more]

December 22, 2016

New models for next generation wind turbines

In the last 20 years wind power capacity has been growing rapidly. Within a couple of years turbines became more efficient while costs relatively decreased. The ever-increasing size of the rotors is an important cause for the cost reduction. However, it becomes increasingly difficult to design such...[more]

December 15, 2016

ECN develops energy-saving and cost-effective technology for industrial heat storage

The LOCOSTO project aims to develop solutions for industrial heat storage systems in the 100-250°C temperature range that are both technologically and economically feasible. They will enable industry to save on energy and costs.[more]

December 13, 2016

European Waste Classification threatens the circular economy

New European legislation may mean that a large quantity of waste may no longer be used as building material, but must be dumped as hazardous waste. [more]

December 13, 2016

Important role R&D in current trend towards lower cost offshore wind parks

Response ECN to results Borssele 3&4 tender[more]

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]

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