Reduce costs of offshore wind energy.


Support industry with state-of-the-art wind farm services

Make Dutch industry more competitive through innovations.


Globally speaking, wind energy is of the fastest growing forms of sustainable energy production. The continued growth of wind energy presents enormous technical, industrial and political challenges. ECN plays an important role in providing solutions to these challenges.


Our goals


Research focused on the social and spatial integration of offshore wind

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Wind turbine test field

Operations and maintenance

Optimisation of the plan and strategy for wind farm installation

Support structures

Evaluation and identification of innovative installation concepts

Improvement of support structures through an integrated approach

Facilities and experiments

Monitoring of the support structures

LiDAR calibration

Development of novel concepts such as floating offshore wind turbines


Optimisation of wind power stations

Transport, installation and logistics

Design of innovative turbines ...

Monitoring and prediction of damage to turbines

... and the layout of wind farms

Development of advanced wind farm simulation services that reduce maintenance costs and improve performance

Optimal controllers for winds turbines and wind farms

Provision of research facilities such as: 

Electrical infrastructure and connection to the electricity grid

Offshore measurement stations

Development of future-proof offshore electricity grids

Wind supply measurement and yield calculations for wind farms

Offshore wind and the environment

Optimisation of the strategy for the maintenance and management of offshore wind farms


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

Storage and integeration of renewable energy

Energy and industry

Solar energy

Peter Eecen

Program Development   

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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 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.

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 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. 

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