March 7, 2014

New operations and maintenance system reduces the cost of offshore wind

PETTEN – A new system for wind farm operations and maintenance is set to significantly reduce the maintenance costs. The system has been developed by the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) using data from energy company Essent/RWE. It efficiently collects and analyses data from...[more]

March 5, 2014

Failure research promises billions of savings for industry

Impartial advice ECN improves equipment availability[more]

March 4, 2014

ECN collaborates in first ever global assessment of best practices in green growth revealing pathways for success

The Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP) initiative released a synthesis of key findings from its review of green growth approaches taken in different countries and regions around the world. This summary report, unveiled at the 1st Global Conference on Partnership for Action on Green Economy in...[more]

February 26, 2014

Social innovation and the role of the government

Citizens become more active in organizing their own environment, such as healthcare and education. The energy sector is no exception to this trend. This so called social innovation in which citizens aim to meet demands for public goods is growing. Why is this happening? And does this have an...[more]

February 26, 2014

The gas debate in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a gas country. But currently fierce debates take place about the gas production from the Groningen reservoir and the potential production of shale gas. Will gas continue to benefit the Dutch economy and deliver energy independency? Is it a sustainable energy source? Or does it...[more]

February 20, 2014

ECN produces scenarios for the future energy mix in Dutch transport

What would a future sustainable transport sector look like? Together with CE Delft and TNO, commissioned by the Dutch ministry of Infrastructure and Transport and in consultation with involved stakeholders, ECN has drafted scenarios on the future mix of energy carriers for the Dutch transport...[more]

February 12, 2014

Experience the adventure of the Nuon Solar Team in Australia

In October 2013, the Nuon Solar Team from Delft University of Technology participated in the World Solar Challenge. The Nuon Solar Team, sponsored by ECN, made a stunning documentary about their participation in the World Solar Challenge. From the 6th till the 13th of October the 16 members of the...[more]

February 5, 2014

Successful test with innovative renewable energy source at Amer power plant

Den Bosch – A consortium consisting of Topell Energy, three electricity companies (Essent, Nuon and GDF SUEZ) and ECN has successfully completed a large scale co-firing test with an innovative renewable energy source at the Amer power plant in Geertruidenberg. With the test, the consortium proves...[more]

February 5, 2014

India and The Netherlands join forces on renewable energy

Today, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Dr. Farooq Abdullah, gave the green light for intensifying cooperation on renewable energy between India and the Netherlands. The Minister presided over a ceremony where the Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Alphonsus Stoelinga and the Secretary of the Ministry...[more]

January 22, 2014

The EU needs more to reach its climate and energy objectives

Today’s communication by the European Commission on a 2030 policy framework for climate and energy brings good and bad news. The good news is that it contains a proposal for reform of the EU emissions trading system, including a new reduction target, and a binding target for renewable energy. But...[more]

January 16, 2014

ECN in Abu Dhabi

The excitement is rising for the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) and International Water Summit (IWS) in Abu Dhabi next week.[more]

December 19, 2013

ECN compiles data report on renewable energy in the European Union Member States

All European Union Member States have reporting obligations in the framework of RES Directive 2009/28/EC. This is a European Directive on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. It mandates renewable energy targets for all European Union Member States, and prescribes an...[more]

December 6, 2013

ECN replaces silver by copper in solar module

ECN has designed and tested integrated Metal-Wrap-Through (MWT) solar modules with solar cells that use copper instead of silver. They perform well and they are more sustainable and affordable compared to solar panels that use solar cells with silver. A smalls-scale MWT module. At the front, flat...[more]

December 5, 2013

Meeting the article 7 obligations of the Energy Efficiency Directive

Article 7 of the recently adopted Energy Efficiency Directive obliges the EU member states to achieve 1.5% yearly efficiency improvements during the period 2014-2020, culminating in a cumulative savings target.[more]

November 29, 2013

Storage is only part of the solution

Rob Kreiter, programme manager at ECN:[more]

November 29, 2013

There is a world to be won outside the COP

Blog from Donald Pols, International Climate Policy manager at ECN. This month he visited the COP meeting for the tenth time.[more]

November 29, 2013

First company worldwide to make 3D prints of ceramics

With ECN know-how, Formatec Ceramics and Innotech Europe are launching a new company, which will be the first company in the world to print ceramics quickly and at a very high quality.  The photo demonstrates the large range of possibilities of ceramic 3D printing. In the left far corner...[more]

November 18, 2013

ECN and Ecofys launch the 2013 Annual Status Report on NAMAs

At the international climate conference COP19, in Warsaw, ECN and Ecofys launch the 2013 Annual Status Report on NAMAs (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions). NAMAs are the main international instrument for channeling climate mitigation support to developing countries. [more]

November 14, 2013

Wind Farms can produce up to 5 percent more power

ECN’s Active Wake Control increases output and reduces maintenance [more]

November 13, 2013

ECN presents Microstructure and mechanical features at the Welding Symposium in Antwerp

During the NIL-BIL Welding Symposium of 26 and 27 November in Antwerp, ECN’s Eric Schuring, Materials and International Welding Engineer (IWE), will give a presentation in collaboration with Nathalia Luzignova of NRG. The presentation will address microstructure and mechanical features of Friction...[more]

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