ECN nieuwsbrief
ECN's digital newsletter Issue 4 - June 2012

Burgeoning seaweed industry on the North Sea

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Wanted: host countries for climate projects

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Strategic cooperation with Taiwan

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Breakthrough in CO2 removal technology

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Let ECN determine your green edge

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ECN annual report 2011 online.
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In April, the annual meeting of the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) was held in Copenhagen.
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The International Conference on Inorganic Membranes will be held from 9 to 13 July. ECN is one of the hosts.
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Peter Alderliesten


'The signing of the innovation contracts early April is not only a milestone on the road to new Dutch innovation policy; it is also an important turning point in the history of ECN.'
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‘Our joint expertise is unique in the world’

From pure quartz to efficiently operating solar panels... together, ECN and the Norwegian research institute SINTEF cover the entire value chain of crystalline silicon solar modules. This enables them to search for the optimal balance between the quality of the material and the costs of the manufacturing processes. The collaboration between ECN and SINTEF has already contributed to the price decrease of solar power. Recently, the partners strengthened their ties even further to work on their high ambitions.

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‘The future lies at sea!’


‘The solutions to all major problems we will be facing in the coming decades have one thing in common: they require space, and lots of it. This holds for deployment of renewable sources and CO2 storage in catering for our energy needs. It also holds for the need to feed a growing world population. Some people say that if ten billion people want to live on the face of this earth, we will need a second earth. That second earth can be found in the water of the seas and oceans.’

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ECN and IRENA map energy collaborations

ECN has acquired a new, important client: the International Renewable Energy Agency or IRENA. IRENA, with headquarters in Abu Dhabi, was founded in 2009 and has 94 member states, which makes it the youngest international organisation and the only one that focuses specifically on sustainable energy. It is a clear sign of the global sense of urgency to take joint action in promoting sustainable energy.

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Key technology for hard metals

There is good news for all businesses who are producing or who are in need of complicated metal components that can resist very high temperatures. ECN has developed a powder metallurgic injection moulding technology that is able to produce such components at a lower cost, while also making them stronger. The technology can also be the key to developing entirely new materials, because it enables an unprecedented, wide range of new alloys and doping.
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‘Government policy curbs development’

The fast growing market for offshore wind energy holds plenty of opportunities for the Netherlands, says Jos Beurskens. On behalf of ECN, he was co-organiser of a large European wind conference held in Copenhagen last April.

Source: BNR Nieuwsradio

Read the explanation of Sander Lensink, policy researcher.

TAQA starts constructing gas storage near Bergen

After a decision of the Council of State, energy company Taqa is allowed to start building one of Europe’s largest gas depots in the Bergermeer area. Herman Snoep of ECN explained on the radio that underground gas storage is a solution to the difference in gas need between summer and winter. Such a solution is needed now that the Dutch gas supply is running out and needs to be imported from far away locations.

Source: Tros Nieuwsshow

Read Read the explanation of Jeroen de Joode, policy researcher and gas coordinator.


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