Focus areas

Different business cases and investment scenarios demand different disciplines. This is naturally something that we take into account when putting together a Due Diligence team.

Areas in which we work

ECN offers Technology Due Diligence Services in a wide variety of cleantech fields:

  • Biomass
  • Wind energy
  • Solar energy
  • Industrial processes
  • Air and soil quality
  • Engineering and materials
  • Strategy & Policy 


ECN develops cutting-edge bio-based technologies and transfers them to the market. Thanks to more than 25 years of experience in biomass, we can support investors in areas such as biomass gasification, biomass combustion, pre-treatment of biomass and bio-refineries. 

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You can find out more about this subject on ECN’s Biomass expertise page.

Wind energy

Thanks to almost four decades of experience in wind power, ECN is able to provide technical assistance and strategic advice relating to the whole development process of wind power plants. We aim to identify, minimize and mitigate risks whilst maximizing the revenue of operating and future wind power plants.

ECN’s Technology Due Diligence services in the area of wind energy cover the following subjects: 

  • Resource assessment and energy yield prediction
  • Civil and electrical design assessments
  • Environmental Impact Assessment* (EIA) 
  • Grid code compliance
  • Noise and other technical assessments
  • Operation and maintenance costing and strategy optimization
  • Tender reviewing
  • Testing and measurements 
  • Working with our wind farm partner, Royal Haskoning DHV

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You can find out more about the Wind Unit on ECN’s Wind Energy expertise page. 

Solar energy

ECN offers high-level expertise in the fields of PV materials, cell processing, cell and module design and manufacturing. Our activities range from fundamental research addressing crystalline silicon and thin-film technology to high-quality consultancy services for investors who want to invest in this asset class.

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You can find out more about this subject on ECN’s Solar Energy expertise page. 

Industrial processes

We develop innovative solutions for reducing energy use and the efficient use of resource materials in industry and the transition to green products. These include novel heat pump and heat storage concepts, technologies for process intensification, molecular separation (such as filters) and CO2 capture and storage.

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You can find out more about this subject on ECN’s Energy Efficiency expertise page.

Air and soil quality

ECN has the expertise and the infrastructure to measure a wide variety of air and soil quality parameters, both on a permantent and a project basis. Through this environmental research, we can provide the following services:

  • Development and implementation of measuring strategies;
  • In-house development of measurement tools, from very complex to simple variants;
  • Modelling of air quality, based on activities and measurements;
  • Environmentally-friendly processing of waste streams;
  • Development of new applications for companies;
  • Policy development for governments to enable the closing of material-cycles in a responsible way;
  • Advice for (potential) investors. 

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You can find out more about this subject on ECN’s Environment expertise page.

Engineering and materials

At ECN, we have the knowledge and the know-how to design, build and operate our own test facilities. We also have a lot of expertise in the area of materials. We develop new, innovative methods for design and analysis and apply these at the companies with which we work. We offer solutions for damage and corrosion, but we also design complete test-installations.

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You can find out more about this subject on ECN’s Engineering and materials expertise page. 

Strategy & Policy

Investing in renewable energy often requires a long-term perspective, in which policy risk is frequently as relevant as technology risk. ECN is a trusted advisor to policymakers, companies and investors. We are in the unique position of being able to give investors a clear insight into the consequences associated with the different policy options.

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You can find out more about this subject on ECN’s Policy Studies expertise page.

Want to know more?

If you are interested or you would like more information about our services, please contact us.