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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]

March 17, 2016

Panasonic joins Solliance as an Industrial Partner

Solliance (the joint innovation programme in which ECN is conducting its thin film solar research) is pleased to announce that Panasonic Corporation has joined a research program concerning the development of roll-to-roll manufacturing processes aimed at large scale production of flexible...[more]

March 10, 2016

ECN and WMC join forces to improve the provision of material research for industry

ECN and Knowledge Centre WMC are set to cooperate even closer in material research for industry. The expertise of both organisations in material knowledge and research are highly complementary. This makes it possible to support industry from design through to application and make available the...[more]

March 8, 2016

ECN offers a cost-effective PID-solution for n-type solar cells and modules compatible with cheap EVA

Using the proper device structure and processing conditions minimizes the effects of potential-induced degradation (PID) in n-type cells, say researchers at ECN. The PID-free n-type cells in combination with standard EVA as encapsulant are a reliable and more cost-effective alternative to more...[more]

March 8, 2016

Dutch innovation makes solar cells more profitable

ECN (Energy research Centre of the Netherlands) has introduced a technique which reduces power loss in solar cells to a minimum. The innovative solution leads to higher efficiencies and in the future this may result in lower electricity costs. It is integrated with existing manufacturing...[more]

March 4, 2016

New technology for thinner CIGS cells

The project 'Surface passivation and light trapping in thin CIGS solar cells' (SURPRICE), started in January of 2016. It deals with the implementation of thin Al2O3 layers in CIGS (Copper Indium Gallium Selenide), to reduce the surface recombination of charge carriers. Surface recombination is one...[more]

March 4, 2016

PV panels with integrated batteries being developed

In January of 2016 the TKI project LiBat4PV has started. In this project a PV panel with an integrated, thin film battery will be developed. The new battery can be integrated seamlessly at the rear side of the PV panel. With a thickness of approximately 1 mm, it will not add to the size or weight...[more]

February 29, 2016

Solar project BIPVpod to integrate tailor-made thin film solar panels in buildings

The TKI iDEEGO research project ‘BIPVpod’ has started. The project aims to make tailor-made thin film solar panels available for aesthetic integration in buildings. Three competing BIPV developers work together with research institutes to develop the required 'panel on demand’ manufacturing...[more]

February 18, 2016

Materials engineering as part of design phase

A wind turbine installed on land requires different construction materials to one installed offshore in corrosive seawater. Likewise, the material used for a biogas storage cylinder will depend on the temperature and composition of the gas. So a smart choice of materials is essential to the success...[more]

February 18, 2016

Start of ELECTRE project: driving down electrolyser cost by improving durability

VoltaChem co-initiator ECN and Hydron Energy will jointly work on a project to investigate how the performance over the life cycle of an electrolyser is affected by using renewable electricity. The ultimate goal is to bring the cost of electrolysers down to the level where the hydrogen from...[more]

February 18, 2016

Blog CEO Paul Korting: “Things are changing for ECN in 2016”

For me the key to the energy transition lies in collaboration: with scientists, policymakers, commercial partners and social groups. Throughout the entire energy and innovation chain, we must put our shoulders to the wheel together in order to maintain a fast pace of development and to create a...[more]

February 11, 2016

EOLOS FLS200 successfully validated for offshore wind measurements

Last October 2015, the EOLOS FLS200 successfully completed a 6-month validation campaign next to the IEC-compliant IJmuiden offshore meteorological mast in the North Sea. The campaign has been carried out in collaboration with RWE Innogy and under the framework of, and supported by, the Offshore...[more]

February 5, 2016

ECN, initiator in the VoltaChem Shared Innovation Program, invites you to the annual conference of electrification for chemicals

On 17 March 2016 VoltaChem together with Innovatielink, Energy Valley, FME and Topsector Chemistry will host its yearly event to discuss the latest progress in the field of the electrification of the chemical industry and to elaborate on the opportunities to accelerate business together...[more]

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