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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]

November 20, 2015

Process intensification: SEWGS case

In process intensification, several unit operations are combined aiming at specific cost reduction. A typical example is combining an equilibrium limited conversion reaction with the downstream separation into a single unit operation. Cost reductions can thus result from an increase in production...[more]

November 16, 2015

Wim Sinke receives royal distinction

Last Friday, Wim Sinke was appointed a Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion for his contribution to the development of solar energy. Wim received the distinction during the symposium “The future of solar energy” that was organised by AMOLF, with support of ECN, in honour of his 60th...[more]

November 12, 2015

ECN produces high quality metal products via additive manufacturing

Development and use of Additive Manufacturing enjoys strong growth. Additive Manufacturing is an alternative to traditional manufacturing technologies such as injection moulding and machining. Additive Manufacturing enables new applications. Products can be...[more]

November 9, 2015

Energy-efficient drying

Drying is an essential operation in the processing industry and is a very energy-intensive process. Recovery of waste heat from drying processes would greatly enhance the energy efficiency of these processes and would lower the operating costs. The EELS (Energy Efficient drying using Liquid...[more]

October 27, 2015

Seaweed farm able to produce as much sustainable energy as wind turbines

Consortium with ECN designs ready-made installation for large-scale production [more]

October 26, 2015

ECN helps China tackle particulate matter using ‘Made in Holland’ technology

Agreement reached with Lanmeng during trade mission with King and Queen[more]

October 15, 2015

World record for MWT heterojunction solar cells paves way for high-power and aesthetically appealing modules

New research at ECN is paving the way for new opportunities for silicon heterojunction technology. A reliable and industrially proven foil-based back contact module technology, developed by ECN, can now also be applied to heterojunction solar cells.  In cooperation with its industrial...[more]

October 9, 2015

ECN launches online toolkit website on consumer engagement in smart grids

In the future energy system the role of the consumer will be more and more important. Smart grids are only really smart if they take into account the desires, motivations and concerns of their users. Developing a smart grid is therefore not only a technical challenge, but a social one as well. In...[more]

October 1, 2015

ECN publishes report on European Pre-Standard for Biobased Carbon Content

To reduce dependence on fossil fuels, Europe intends to transition to a biobased economy. The vision is to replace fossil feedstock for energy and products with biobased alternatives. And indeed, a growing number of products that is fully or partly biobased (such as bioplastics) enters the...[more]

September 10, 2015

European Conference of Chemical Engineering 2015

From September 27 till October 1 the 10th 2015 the European Conference of Chemical Engineering (ECCE) takes place in Nice, France. This conference focus on chemical and biochemical engineering for a new sustainable process industry in Europe. ECN has its presence in Nice and you can find us at...[more]

July 24, 2015

Dutch government on track for Borssele offshore wind tenders

ECN considers some key points from the latest addition to the regulations framework [more]

July 16, 2015

Mass electric car use won't happen by itself

In 2050, all private cars in Europe should have electric motors powered by batteries or hydrogen fuel cells. That seems crucial for achieving the European CO2 reduction objective for transport. But how can countries ensure that there will be enough charging stations? How can they make certain that...[more]

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