Develop knowledge and technology to convert biomass thermochemically and/or through catalysis into fuels, chemicals, materials, electricity and heat.

Biomass is the fuel of the future. ECN is continually working to develop new technologies to enable the transition to a more sustainable energy system to take place as smoothly as possible. We also offer a range of solutions and services to help you effectively implement these technologies in your business operations.


Our goals

Reduce cost of electricity and heat generated from biomass to

less than

€ 4,00

per gigajoule


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Support the market introduction of dry torrefaction technology

Biomass pre-treatment

Development of wet torrefaction technology



Development of technology to obtain energy and products from biomass, e.g. biochar

Development of concepts for the recycling of waste streams and for biomass cascading


Energy & heat

Support the market launch of green gas production based on ECN technology

Development of processes to produce biofuels and chemicals




Energy & heat

R&D support for generating electricity and heat from 100% biomass and for biomass co-firing 

Development of combined heat and power generation in bio-refineries

Energy & heat

Energy & heat

Development of fractionation 

Upgrading of biomass fractions (cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin) into platform chemicals and intermediate products, e.g. via pyrolysis




Resource-efficient use of residues

Biomass gasification

Biomass combustion

Biorefinery concepts

technology for lignocellulosic biomass (e.g. Organosolv

Read more about ECN's research programme in the field of :

Solar energy

Energy and industry

Storage and integeration of renewable energy

Wind energy

Thank you for your interest in ECN. Would you like to know what ECN could mean for your organization in the field of biomass? Fill in the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible. You can also contact us by phone via +31 88 515 4148.


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Jaap Kiel

Program Development


We will gladly tell you how we make ourselves strong for that clean, sustainable future.

And why we lead the way in energy innovation:

ECN supplies knowledge and technology

We work within a wide range of scientific disciplines to supply the government and the business sector with knowledge and technology aimed at a sustainable future. 

ECN carries out research and gives advice

We carry out extensive research in the fields of sustainable energy, energy efficiency and clean ways of using fossil fuels and provide independent advice to the Dutch government concerning its energy policies.

ECN builds bridges

Our unique mix of know-how and research infrastructure builds a bridge between scientific knowledge and its practical application in the business sector. Organisations are invited to use our extensive test facilities to test technologies and innovations that they can apply directly in their business operations. 

ECN develops

Our mission is to work with and for the market to develop knowledge and technology to facilitate the transition to a sustainable energy economy. We aim to involve the cleantech sector at an early stage, as commercial businesses form the driving force behind sustainable energy development.

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