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October 15, 2013

NORCOWE and ECN start one of the largest wind measurement campaigns

This month NORCOWE and ECN are starting up their joint wind measurement campaign at ECN’s full-scale research wind farm. One of the most important aims is to examine the turbine wake using LiDARs. LiDAR technology is one of ECN’s key expertise. The measurement campaign will be one of the largest of...[more]

October 11, 2013

Alstom installs ECO 122 wind turbine at ECN test site

Last week Alstom finished the installation of the ECO 122 wind turbine at the ECN’s wind turbine test site in the Netherlands. The ECO 122 wind turbine is Alstom’s latest innovation and was specifically designed for reaching the highest possible yield at low wind sites. Testing at the rather high...[more]

March 21, 2013

ECN improves wind farm design and operation

ECN developed the code ECNS (Energy-Conserving Navier-Stokes solver), an incompressible code specifically suited for computing unsteady turbulent wakes in offshore wind farms. [more]

January 7, 2013

Consortium investigates ‘plug socket’ North Sea wind farms

Over the next four years, a consortium of nine parties will be investigating how to reduce the cost price of wind energy by developing an innovative electricity infrastructure on the North Sea. Last month, the Dutch government awarded a 2 million euro grant to this innovative ‘plug socket’ project...[more]

May 21, 2012

ITRI and ECN sign MOU on collaboration on Green Energy

On the 10th of May 2012, the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on collaboration on Green Energy, specifically in the area of Wind Energy, Carbon Capture, and Bioenergy. [more]

April 23, 2012

NREL and ECN collaborate to strengthen R&D in Wind Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and ECN signed a Cooperative Research And Development Agreement (CRADA) to strengthen their collaboration in the field of wind energy research. [more]

February 3, 2012

New direction ECN: with and for the market

Today, Friday 3 February, the complete Board of Directors presented ECN’s new strategy plan 2012-2015 to Mark Dierikx, Director General for Energy, Telecom and Competition of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I). [more]

December 19, 2011

Korean POSCO Power and ECN join forces in wind, solar and bio-energy

The Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the South Korean POSCO Power have officially joined forces. By signing a Memorandum of Understanding on 15 December, both parties have agreed on future collaboration in wind, solar and bio-energy.[more]

November 3, 2011

The Third Annual User Day ECN O&M Tool

On Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November the Third Annual User Day ECN O&M Tool was held at the premises of ECN in Petten (Netherlands). At present more than 20 leading project developers, turbine manufacturers, and consultants are using the tool to develop the most cost effective O&M...[more]

April 4, 2011

ECN Wind Energy to collaborate with Sandia National Laboratories

On 31 March 2011, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and Sandia National Laboratories from the United States signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which both parties agree on future collaboration in the field of wind energy. [more]

March 24, 2011

ECN to conduct large meteorological measuring programme in the North Sea

The Wind Energy department of the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) recently has been commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation to carry out a four-year meteorological measuring programme in the Dutch part of the North Sea. The aim is to...[more]

November 16, 2010

Large cutbacks at ECN

As of 1 January 2011, the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) will be facing a cutback of 8M€ annually in the research subsidy received from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation. As a consequence, revenue from collaboration projects and assignments will be lost,...[more]

September 16, 2010

ECN publishes NREAP Data Report on EU Member States

The National Renewable Energy Action Plans (NREAPs) are documents in which European Member States explain how they intend to reach their renewable energy targets for the year 2020 and the paths towards them.  EU Member States are obliged to submit National Renewable Energy Action Plans...[more]

September 9, 2010

Paul Korting successor to Ton Hoff at ECN

Petten, 9th september 2010 Paul Korting (56), currently General Director Industry and Technology at TNO, has been appointed as Managing Director of ECN by the Supervisory Board of ECN as of 1 December 2010. Paul Korting is joining ECN after a lengthy career at TNO. With a background in...[more]

June 22, 2010

Foundation of Windkracht Wieringermeer consortium

Nuon (along with 27 farmers), Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and the Vereniging van Windturbine-eigenaren Noord-Holland, groep Wieringermeer (VWNH) have founded the 'Windkracht Wieringermeer' consortium. These three parties own the existing wind turbines in the municipality of...[more]

June 3, 2010

Pedro Sayers appointed Deputy Director Finance and Operations

As of 1 June 2010 Pedro Sayers has been appointed deputy director Finance and Operations at ECN. He was appointed after an internal selection procedure with senior management staff and after the Supervisory Board and the Works Council approved the continuation of the three-person Management Board...[more]

June 1, 2010

Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs to invest in FLOW offshore wind energy project

On Friday, 28 May, outgoing Minister Van der Hoeven of Economic Affairs pledged funding to the tune of €19.5 million for the innovation project Far and Large Offshore Wind (FLOW). The subsidy matches the same level of funding previously announced by the companies in the FLOW consortium. The Energy...[more]

April 13, 2010

Improved and new policies needed to attain a zero-carbon European power system in 2050

Today, April 13th, the European Climate Foundation launches the Roadmap 2050 in a meeting with the Commissioners for Energy and for Climate in Brussels. The Roadmap 2050 offers low/zero-carbon pathways, using 40%, 60%, 80% or 100% renewable energy sources. The outcome of this part of the project,...[more]

November 18, 2009

Honorary doctorate awarded to Jos Beurskens of ECN

Jos Beurskens has received an honorary doctorate for his exceptional contributions to the advancement of wind energy research.[more]

April 15, 2008

Prestigious Poul la Cour Prize awarded to Jos Beurskens!

The Poul la Cour prize was awarded to Jos Beurskens on April 3rd, 2008 during the closing session of the European Wind Energy Conference & Exhibition 2008 (EWEC). The prize was presented to him by the EU Commissioner for Science and Research, Janez Potočnik. Awarded annually by the EWEA, this...[more]

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