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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]

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]

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