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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 These motors and systems are often outdated and energy-inefficient.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]

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]

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