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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]

January 29, 2016

High-temperature heat pump technology for sustainable steam production in industry

A consortium, coordinated by ECN, is developing heat pump technology for industrial use that uses waste heat or geothermal heat to generate steam up to 200°C, significantly higher that presently possible. The new pump technology will result in more effective ways to produce heat, which is...[more]

January 14, 2016

ECN and consortium collaborate on innovation Dutch Windwheel

Eleven companies and research institutes have joined forces to start an innovation program for the development of the Dutch Windwheel, a 174 meter high icon to be built in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. AM and Royal BAM Group, Deltares, Dura Vermeer, ECN, Eneco, InnovationQuarter, Mammoet, SPIE,...[more]

January 11, 2016

Floating LiDAR technology cost effective solution for offshore wind farm development?

The business case for offshore wind farms relies on accurate wind resource assessments. Today, the most accurate wind data are generated using offshore meteorological masts, which are very expensive. An alternative is floating LiDAR technology potentially providing a cost effective solution. This...[more]

December 8, 2015

VoltaChem calls for participation: electrochemical production of chemicals via hydrogen

Currently VoltaChem offers several opportunities for global leaders in the fields of electricity, conversion, equipment and end products to participate in research concerning 'electrochemical production of chemicals via hydrogen'. VoltaChem calls for participants in the following...[more]

December 8, 2015

‘100 per cent sustainable energy is feasible’ Knighted Professor Wim Sinke forecasts spectacular growth in the PV solar energy market

In 2050, we’ll be gazing through windows that produce solar energy. No matter what policymakers at climate summits like those in Paris decide, 100 per cent sustainable energy usage and a 95 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions is feasible. Solar energy has experienced spectacular growth in the last...[more]

December 2, 2015

Climate: what is looming in the air?

Arjan Hensen, a climate researcher at ECN, likes to compare his work to that of a concrete weaver. That is because he and his team at ECN are looking at what is really happening with greenhouses gases in the air above the Netherlands. Hensen explains: “We have now been measuring the air over the...[more]

December 2, 2015

Tata Steel deploys ECN Dust Monitoring System

Activities at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden plant may result in dust emissions. Tata Steel takes several measures to prevent origination and dispersion of dust, such as covering piles of coal and ore, moistening material, good housekeeping and covering dust-prone activities. It is however Tata Steel’s...[more]

November 27, 2015

New ECN technology can save billions of tons of CO2 per year

A novel technology, developed by the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN), offers a low cost option to reduce the CO2 emissions of large steel companies by billions of tons every year. Since the steel industry, along with power sector, is responsible for a relatively large share of CO2...[more]

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