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June 17, 2016

ECN and MONITOR JIP begin development of structural health monitoring system for offshore wind farms

Many offshore wind stakeholders acknowledge the relevance of monitoring offshore wind support structures. However, a dedicated standard for the design and installation of a monitoring system is still lacking. So is an effective tool to interpret and assess the collected data. A consortium of...[more]

June 16, 2016

Innovative white layer improves efficiency of bifacial solar panels

Dutch energy research institute ECN has developed a new bifacial solar panel design with a white layer between and around the cells. These white bifacial solar panels show a 5% increase in energy yield with respect to bifacial panels with a glass back and show the same maximum power output as a...[more]

June 14, 2016

International ammonia measurement experiment in Dronten

New technology allows for more accurate measurements and results. Teams of scientists from the Netherlands, France and Switzerland will be performing a week-long, large-scale and rarely performed experiment in Dronten to measure ammonia emissions from fertilisers. They hope that this will prove...[more]

June 13, 2016

Industry will contribute to a sustainable electricity network

“Industry is facing major challenges. In the coming years, processes will have to become less dependent on fossil energy and emit significantly less CO2. At the same time, industry will play an active role in the development of new sustainable electricity networks,” says Sigrid Bollwerk, the ECN...[more]

June 6, 2016

Have your say in development of new Guarantee of Origin scheme for green hydrogen

Sign up for workshop “Roadmap for the first European Guarantee of Origin scheme for Green Hydrogen" 17 June 2016, Brussels[more]

May 31, 2016

Hebei Province Vice Governor Visits ECN

On 6 May, Mr Zhang Jiehui, Vice Governor of Hebei Province, visited ECN. The governor has been informed on the dust monitoring project that ECN has realised in conjunction with its Chinese partner Lanmeng in Lingshou, Hebei Province.[more]

May 24, 2016

NAMAs continue to play important role after Paris but financing for implementation lags behind

The latest Mitigation Momentum NAMA Status Report released by ECN and Ecofys six months after the signing of the Paris Agreement, shows that Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) remain an important vehicle to tackle climate change in the new climate landscape. However, funding for...[more]

May 24, 2016

ECN Active Wake Control on track to boost wind farm lifecycle performance

The Netherlands flagship energy R&D centre ECN is a recognised pioneer in wind farm Active Wake Control (AWC) research and implementation. Patents for the potentially game changing technology were granted already in 2003. Since then, much R&D has occurred and recently five commercial feasibility...[more]

May 19, 2016

ECN wind study strengthens the Borssele wind farm business case

A number of project developers are in the running for a permit to develop a wind farm off the coast of Zeeland. Some of them asked ECN to assess their designs in advance. Our wind report makes their business cases more solid and instils confidence in investors.[more]

May 17, 2016

ECN’s Biomass expertise widely represented at the European Biomass Conference & Exhibition

ECN has extensive expertise and experience in the field of Biomass. Due to years of research and development, ECN can efficiently:  Characterise biomass by a variety of certified, standard and advanced physico-chemical analyses methods and relate to the widely recognized Phyllis/BIODAT...[more]

May 12, 2016

Electrification offers chemistry a sustainable and profitable future

Electrification of the chemical industry offers opportunities to reduce its CO2 footprint and become more competitive. This is the firm opinion of various representatives from the European chemical industry and the energy sector. Extensive analysis reveals that cost reduction, sustainability and...[more]

May 10, 2016

Taking SAITEC’s floating support structure to the next level

Spanish engineering company SAITEC is working on creating what they hope will be the most competitive floating solution in the offshore wind market. ECN, being the market leader on offshore wind O&M and installation cost modelling, was asked by SAITEC to quantify the benefits of their new concept.[more]

April 29, 2016

Dutch Solar Alliance shines across the world

A collective made up of Dutch companies and ECN has been marketing complete solar cell and module factories since 2015. This genuinely Dutch venture is gaining ground as far afield as Qatar, Brazil and Asia. The stage was set for the Dutch Solar Alliance during a trade mission to Qatar...[more]

April 21, 2016

Breakthrough technology to be demonstrated in Europe to cut carbon from cement and lime sectors

LEILAC consortium secures €12 million EU funding to demonstrate technology to reduce carbon emissions from cement and lime industries[more]

April 14, 2016

ECN publishes handy infographic about Materials

Materials science is essential to every branch of industry, whether it concerns the choice of materials, manufacturing methods, environmental conditions, equipment availability, recycling of materials or maintenance. ECN has published an infographic online in order to shed light on all the...[more]

April 8, 2016

Consortium led by ECN develops Scalable Shade Tolerant Module for solar PV systems

Penetration of solar PV systems in the built environment is progressing rapidly in the past years. The two key challenges that need to be addressed to further enhance solar PV systems are the size availability and power losses due to irradiance mismatches from close obstructions such as dormers,...[more]

April 5, 2016

ECN provides European certification of bio-based products

As we move towards a sustainable circular economy, more and more products are being made from biomass. This is material from recently-grown plants. “We refer to a product as ‘bio-based’ if some of it consists of biomass. There is no agreement on how great that proportion should be,” says Jaap...[more]

April 5, 2016

ECN Install 2.0: smart planning saves costs offshore

Strong winds and waves can cause severe delays to work on wind farms, leading to additional costs and wasted time. ECN has therefore developed a tool that provides insight into the impact of the weather on work offshore. Business developer Piet Warnaar at ECN explains how this can help major...[more]

March 30, 2016

ECN significant partner in MacroFuels

Over the next four years experts from six European countries will concert their efforts to achieve breakthroughs towards the commercially viable production of third-generation biofuels from seaweed or macro-algae.[more]

March 18, 2016

Calling clean tech companies with growth ambitions in Africa: join ECN at the African Utility Week!

Clean teach companies looking to expand to Africa now have the opportunity to position themselves as part of a Dutch network of innovative experts on the water-food-energy nexus during the African Utilities Week (AUW) from 17-19 May 2016 in Cape Town.[more]

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