Reduce production costs to

for large-scale manufacture of PV panels that have a guaranteed service life of 30 years starting from 2020 and which can be widely used (e.g. PV integrated in buildings and infrastructure).

Solar energy technology is constantly evolving. ECN is a pioneer in smart designs and low-cost, efficient and sustainable solutions.


Our goals

0,3 - 0,4 €/Wp

Strengthen the Dutch solars energy sector, leading to the creation of


x 1.000


Turnover of 4 billion

in 2020


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Bifacial cells and modules

Development of cells and modules for a higher energy yield

Back-contact cells and modules and hybrid tandems

Development of cells and modules with a higher yield

Design and integration of new production steps

Development of hybrid tandem solar cells consisting of a top and bottom cell

Design and optimisation of solar cell production


crystalline silicon

Perovskite solar cells and modules

Development of perovskite solar cells with a high yield and a high stability

Development of process technology to scale up perovskite modules

Enabling technology for thin-film PV

Application of coatings and nanostructures for better light management

Design and development of new interconnection technology

PV applications

Development and testing of PV components (e.g. junction boxes, transformers) and services

Development and testing of modules with higher shadow tolerance

road suface with solar panels

Design and development of translucent thin-film modules as construction elements

Design and demonstration of free-form PV modules with retention of energy yield

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


Energy and industry

Storage and integeration of renewable energy

Wind energy

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Wim Sinke

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 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.

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. 

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