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December 5, 2017

Mild treatment of biomass yields valuable building blocks for green fuels and products

ECN has developed a novel process, FabiolaTM, to fractionate biomass such as hardwood chips and wheat straw, rendering a high yield of valuable building blocks for bio-based products at potentially lower cost and process energy demand. New technologies are needed for balancing economic growth and...[more]

November 30, 2017

€10 million for developing sustainable raw materials for chemical industry

ECN, TNO, the province of Noord-Brabant and the Flemish VITO are jointly investing €10 million in the development of bio-aromatics: sustainable raw materials for the chemical industry. The four parties made this announcement in Antwerp during Biorizon's annual event. Biorizon plans to use the...[more]

November 3, 2017

ECN will showcase Direct Multi Metal Printing through exceptional Powder Bed Fusion Processing

A unique process and powder bed approach developed by ECN to make direct high quality materials without internal stress. We will showcase the LASERFLEX Conflux for Direct Multi Metal Printing through exceptional Powder Bed Fusion Processing at Formnext from 14-17 November in Frankfurt am Main,...[more]

November 3, 2017

Energy transition is going to change our landscape considerably: new thinking is needed

Renewable energy will be a self-evident part of our future living environment everywhere. It constitutes a big challenge for our country as it will not be easy to integrate large numbers of wind turbines and PV farms in the existing landscape. According to ECN and Wageningen University & Research...[more]

November 3, 2017

More accurate North Sea wind information cuts cost of offshore wind energy

ECN, KNMI and Whiffle are working on a new atlas featuring accurate information about North Sea winds for use in wind energy applications. Clarity with regard to the average amount of wind and how often wind speeds reach extreme levels will enable a more accurate estimate of how much wind energy...[more]

October 24, 2017

First hydrogen wind turbine for sustainable fuel to be sited in the Netherlands

The world’s first hydrogen wind turbine is to become a reality in the Wieringermeer area at the start of 2019. This is the objective of a partnership formed between initiator and sustainable hydrogen supplier HYGRO, wind turbine manufacturer Lagerwey and research institute ECN.[more]

October 24, 2017

Unique biomass gasification plant in India to contribute to sustainable energy generation

In a unique collaboration, ECN, Dahlman Renewable Technology (DRT) a subsidiary of Synova, Thermax and Ruchi Soya have built a first-of-a-kind waste biomass gasification plant at a site in Central India.[more]

October 20, 2017

Batteries with 50 per cent more energy one step closer

ECN’s spin-off company LeydenJar proves Li-ion pouch cell prototype[more]

October 3, 2017

ECN technology to radically reduce CO2 emissions from iron and steel industry operational in Swedish test facility

As part of the European STEPWISE project, the Energy research centre of the Netherlands (ECN) is demonstrating for the first time its Sorption-Enhanced Water-Gas Shift (SEWGS) technology: a CO2 capture technology that makes it possible to substantially reduce carbon emissions from the iron and...[more]

September 22, 2017

VoltaChem Annual Event 2017

INDUSTRIAL DECARBONIZATION THROUGH ELECTRIFICATION: ENERGIZED FOR ACTION![more]

September 22, 2017

Dutch Solar Design façade module optimises appearance, yield and sustainability

The multifunctional, sustainable Dutch Solar Design façade module makes large-scale use of solar energy in the built environment attractive. The patented printing technology leads to improved aesthetics.[more]

September 20, 2017

Chemical analysis as a key factor for correct waste hazard classification

Waste hazard classification is an important step in complete waste management cycle. Incorrect waste hazard classification can give a lot of administrative burden and even form a negative public perception. The ECN ClassifyMyWaste™ application lists the elements whose total content is...[more]

September 13, 2017

ECN to cooperate in five innovative TKI projects for energy efficiency in industry

ECN is to participate in five new innovative TKI research projects that focus on making industrial processes sustainable and achieving the Dutch CO2 emission reduction targets. The projects are: ‘Energy-efficient Industrial Drying using Absorption (IDEA)’, ‘Thermoelectric Conversion of Waste Heat...[more]

September 13, 2017

Quick test helps prevent corrosion

Corrosion can cause enormous damage to products or plants. Corrosion tests help to prevent this damage if they are carried out in time, but they require expertise, experience and the right equipment.[more]

August 3, 2017

Nanoparticles give solar panels a green color

Researchers from AMOLF, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and ECN have developed a technology to create efficient bright green colored solar panels. Arrays of silicon nanoparticles integrated in the front module glass of a silicon heterojunction solar cell scatter a narrow band of the solar...[more]

July 18, 2017

Innovation Mission on Industrial Electrification and Power-2-X

Shared Innovation Program VoltaChem is co-organiser of the Innovation Mission on Industrial Electrification and Power-2-X to Germany. In September 2017, a three-day innovation mission will be organized in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on industrial electrification and Power-2-X.  Power-2-X...[more]

July 14, 2017

What do Shark Fins, Winglets and Turbulators have in common?

In a challenging experiment, ECN and LM Wind Power have successfully extended blades with an add-on tip extension to test new blade tip designs in the InnoTip research project. With the project now coming to a close, find out how these innovation tip designs could significantly reduce the cost of...[more]

July 13, 2017

Offshore wind O&M strategy going global—not a case of one size fits all

ECN, using its industrywide recognised tools, is mapping the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) strategies of offshore wind farms worldwide. In the last year, we worked on multiple projects to evaluate the most effective O&M strategy for wind farms throughout the world, including EU, US and...[more]

July 3, 2017

ECN and ITRI to develop small-scale biomass gasification solutions for remote areas in Taiwan

ECN and its Taiwanese research partner ITRI will jointly develop a highly efficient, simple and robust system to convert biomass waste streams into green power. This is an important development for Taiwan, where there is a great demand for electricity to power industry in remote areas. The...[more]

June 13, 2017

Development hybrid tandem solar cells continues in Joint Solar Programme III

ECN is involved in the strategic research programme Joint Solar Programme III (JSP3), that is developing fundamental knowledge of hybrid tandem solar cells with a conversion efficiency of 30% or more. NWO has recently made a €2 million grant available for JSP3.[more]

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