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

Reduce cost of electricity and heat generated from biomass to

€ 4,00

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.


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Our goals

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Biorefinery concepts

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Development of fractionation 

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


Support the market introduction of dry torrefaction technology


Biomass pre-treatment

Energy & heat

Development of wet torrefaction technology



Biomass gasification



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

Energy & heat

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

Development of combined heat and power generation in bio-refineries


Energy & heat

Energy & heat

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

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


Development of processes to produce biofuels and chemicals

Resource-efficient use of residues


Biomass combustion


technology for lignocellulosic biomass (e.g. Organosolv

Solar energy

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

Storage and integeration of renewable energy

Energy and industry

Wind energy

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Program Development

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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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 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. 

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 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 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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