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December 22, 2016

ECN brings access systems offshore wind turbines together in new overview

The report Offshore Wind Access 2017 brings together existing and under-development access systems for offshore wind Operation and Maintenance (O&M). For the first time, an overview of available access systems has been compiled to show the recent developments on offshore wind access and how...[more]

December 22, 2016

New models for next generation wind turbines

In the last 20 years wind power capacity has been growing rapidly. Within a couple of years turbines became more efficient while costs relatively decreased. The ever-increasing size of the rotors is an important cause for the cost reduction. However, it becomes increasingly difficult to design such...[more]

December 13, 2016

Important role R&D in current trend towards lower cost offshore wind parks

Response ECN to results Borssele 3&4 tender[more]

November 30, 2016

ECN research stimulates energy transition and economy

ECN wants its research programmes to contribute to the much-needed energy transition as well as economic growth in the Netherlands. ECN's research and technological developments in biomass, energy and industry, storage and integration of renewable energy, wind energy and solar energy make...[more]

November 10, 2016

Offshore wind expertise blows over to South Korean Jeju Island

In five years’ time, the South Korean Jeju Island will have gained dozens of experts in the field of offshore wind energy. This is not a luxury but a necessity, as the country is investing heavily in wind farms. ECN is collaborating with DUWIND/TU Delft to ensure that first-rate wind expertise...[more]

October 12, 2016

Wind energy versus bats

It is generally well-known that bats cannot always avoid wind turbines. Changes in air pressure cause them to become disoriented so they fly into the mast or the blades of the turbine. The question is, how often does this happen, and what can we do about it? This is currently being researched at...[more]

September 30, 2016

ECN Sustainable and NRG to go their separate ways

Minister Kamp from Economic Affairs announced today that he intends to separate the sustainable and nuclear divisions of Stichting ECN (Foundation ECN). ECN Sustainable will be making a fresh start as new research centre for applied research into sustainable energy, under the responsibility of TNO....[more]

August 30, 2016

ECN expands offshore measuring locations for wind farms and partners with KNMI

Wind speeds, wind directions, wave heights: for many years, ECN has been measuring the conditions at offshore wind farms in the North Sea. ECN is expanding the number of work locations and are entering a partnership with the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (Koninklijk Nederlands...[more]

August 30, 2016

New R&D project VaStBlade: lower cost of energy due to more accurate design of large turbine blades

ECN, together with partners WMC (Knowledge Centre Wind turbine Materials and Constructions), TRES4 B.V. and GE Global Research will kick off a new R&D project to enable more accurate designs of wind turbine blades by improved modelling and validation of torsional flexibility (which is the twisting...[more]

August 24, 2016

Switch to a circular economy is vital, also for the energy transition

In the past century, the global demand for raw materials has grown explosively. This trend is expected to continue, and if nothing changes the prognosis is that the future demand for a large number of raw materials will far exceed the supply. This goes hand in hand with resource depletion, heavy...[more]

June 30, 2016

Two awards of €30.000 available for the best climate business cases

Organisations and companies with an innovative idea focused on promoting either climate change mitigation or adaptation in a developing country, can now compete to receive support to further develop and receive (partial) funds for their business case. The Mobilising More (MoMo) initiative provides...[more]

June 17, 2016

ECN and MONITOR JIP begin development of structural health monitoring system for offshore wind farms

Many offshore wind stakeholders acknowledge the relevance of monitoring offshore wind support structures. However, a dedicated standard for the design and installation of a monitoring system is still lacking. So is an effective tool to interpret and assess the collected data. A consortium of...[more]

May 24, 2016

ECN Active Wake Control on track to boost wind farm lifecycle performance

The Netherlands flagship energy R&D centre ECN is a recognised pioneer in wind farm Active Wake Control (AWC) research and implementation. Patents for the potentially game changing technology were granted already in 2003. Since then, much R&D has occurred and recently five commercial feasibility...[more]

May 19, 2016

ECN wind study strengthens the Borssele wind farm business case

A number of project developers are in the running for a permit to develop a wind farm off the coast of Zeeland. Some of them asked ECN to assess their designs in advance. Our wind report makes their business cases more solid and instils confidence in investors.[more]

May 10, 2016

Taking SAITEC’s floating support structure to the next level

Spanish engineering company SAITEC is working on creating what they hope will be the most competitive floating solution in the offshore wind market. ECN, being the market leader on offshore wind O&M and installation cost modelling, was asked by SAITEC to quantify the benefits of their new concept.[more]

April 14, 2016

ECN publishes handy infographic about Materials

Materials science is essential to every branch of industry, whether it concerns the choice of materials, manufacturing methods, environmental conditions, equipment availability, recycling of materials or maintenance. ECN has published an infographic online in order to shed light on all the...[more]

April 5, 2016

ECN Install 2.0: smart planning saves costs offshore

Strong winds and waves can cause severe delays to work on wind farms, leading to additional costs and wasted time. ECN has therefore developed a tool that provides insight into the impact of the weather on work offshore. Business developer Piet Warnaar at ECN explains how this can help major...[more]

March 18, 2016

Calling clean tech companies with growth ambitions in Africa: join ECN at the African Utility Week!

Clean teach companies looking to expand to Africa now have the opportunity to position themselves as part of a Dutch network of innovative experts on the water-food-energy nexus during the African Utilities Week (AUW) from 17-19 May 2016 in Cape Town.[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]

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]

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