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July 14, 2017

What do Shark Fins, Winglets and Turbulators have in common?

In a challenging experiment, ECN and LM Wind Power have successfully extended blades with an add-on tip extension to test new blade tip designs in the InnoTip research project. With the project now coming to a close, find out how these innovation tip designs could significantly reduce the cost of...[more]

July 13, 2017

Offshore wind O&M strategy going global—not a case of one size fits all

ECN, using its industrywide recognised tools, is mapping the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) strategies of offshore wind farms worldwide. In the last year, we worked on multiple projects to evaluate the most effective O&M strategy for wind farms throughout the world, including EU, US and...[more]

May 30, 2017

RISE and ECN set up test centre for wind energy in cold climate

Swedish research institute RISE and ECN will jointly set up a test centre in Sweden, where the global wind industry can test their equipment in cold climate conditions.[more]

March 29, 2017

Joint Industry Project on gravity-based structures for offshore wind turbines in full swing

What happens when gravity-based support structures are installed in rough sea conditions? What is the cushioning effect of the soil during touch-down? How will the dynamic response of the foundation be in transport when towed? And what is the impact of the various logistic strategies to the cost of...[more]

March 24, 2017

ScanFlow performs unique wind turbine inflow measurements for better modelling tools

Wind turbines are being designed based on models predicting yield and loading. These models are as good as the data with which they are validated. Therefore, a higher accuracy of reference wind measurements will result in more accurate models, and thus better wind turbines.[more]

March 2, 2017

ECN’s integral modelling techniques ensure monopiles are solid support option for 10MW wind turbines

Offshore wind farms are contributing increasingly to the sustainable energy targets of European countries. A new generation of 10 MW wind turbines will be rolled out in the near future and the trend towards larger turbines is likely to continue. For long it was believed jackets or other foundation...[more]

February 16, 2017

ECN launches LiDAR Calibration Facility at ECN’s wind turbine test site

Using LiDAR for turbine and windfarm measurements is becoming more accepted. In order to be bankable and trust worthy however, it is important to calibrate the LiDAR before and after the measurements are taken. For this reason ECN introduces the LiDAR Calibration Facility: a world class facility...[more]

January 31, 2017

Improving wind farm output through smart blade tips

Much more offshore wind power plants. That’s the future of wind energy. It means that today’s challenge for the industry is to design efficient wind farms instead of solitary turbines. ECN and LM Wind Power are working on innovative blade tips to improve offshore wind park yields. The results are...[more]

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]

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