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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]

July 7, 2015

Better measurements lead to smarter policies

Particulate matter is causing a great deal of commotion among citizens, governmental bodies and environmental organisations. Measurements of air quality are interpreted and discussed in the press. But what do those figures actually mean? ECN is investigating the presence of particulate matter in...[more]

June 30, 2015

Top 3 publications

1.   System integration and flexibility (in Dutch)With this study, ECN has contributed to the development of a vision on the theme of system integration, especially with regard to the changing mix of fossil and renewable energy sources in the Netherlands' future energy supply. The report...[more]

June 30, 2015

ECN acquires €1.2 million of research funding for EU-project TRANSrisk

ECN has been awarded €1.2 million to undertake research for the EU-Horizon2020 project TRANSrisk. ECN will be part of a consortium of renowned EU research institutes such as the University of Sussex (SPRU; lead), the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), ETH Zurich, and the Stockholm...[more]

June 26, 2015

Explosion risk prevention? ECN tests raw materials.

What do you think can happen when particles float around in a space? That's right, they can burst into flames or even explode. Even very small amounts of powders or particles can pose serious risks in industrial processes. [more]

June 26, 2015

ECN discusses future of climate action at high-level round table dinner in Bonn

During the climate negotiations in Bonn in June, ECN and Ecofys organised a round-table dinner to discuss “NAMAs: towards Paris and beyond” with a select audience of high-level decision makers and experts. At the event, the MitigationMomentum consortium presented the midyear NAMA Status Report 2015...[more]

June 23, 2015

Knowledge of materials and the impacts on product quality

Knowledge of materials is essential for solving the energy problems of tomorrow. You can only create a good solar cell if you understand the materials and know how to process them. By conducting research and experimenting with new energy technology, ECN has acquired unique materials science...[more]

June 12, 2015

Workshop gives energizing perspectives on electrification

Representatives from the electricity, chemical and equipment industry met in Rotterdam with ECN and TNO on May 28th. They exchanged views on the use of electricity as a sustainable energy source in the chemical sector. Amongst the results were solid project ideas and a roadmap to innovation...[more]

June 8, 2015

From solar panel to shadow panel

Due to the growing popularity of solar energy, optimum solar energy locations are becoming rarer. Shade is, or rather was, an important cause of loss of efficiency. ECN presents ‘Tessera’, an affordable shade-tolerant PV module based on back-contact technology.[more]

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