Technology Transfer

At ECN we work hard to develop new technologies that will accelerate the transition to a sustainable energy system. We do not do this alone, but together with entrepreneurs, industrial partners and investors.

We therefore like to get in touch with companies and entrepreneurs interested in commercializing and further developing ECN technology. We transfer our technologies through license agreements on our intellectual property or by setting up spin-off companies together with co-investors. For the latter, we are always interested to get in touch with experienced entrepreneurs who are ready to take up a new challenge.

On this page you will find an overview of the technologies for which ECN is currently actively looking for partners / licensees. Please note that this page is currently under development, therefore the overview of technology offers is not yet complete.

Of course we also kindly invite you to contact us if you are looking for a development partner for your own technology or if you are interested in integrating ECN know-how into your own product.

Which technologies do we offer?

Feed Valve
How do you feed a solid to a reactor vessel, that is operated at high temperature and pressure, while preventing dangerous gases or vapors to escape? ECN has developed the patented Feed Valve technology that solves this problem.

Fiber Optical Blade Monitoring
ECN has developed a patented sensor technology to measure the load on the blades of wind turbines and predict the remaining lifetime of these and other components.

Steam reforming catalyst
ECN has developed a versatile catalyst for the production of hydrogen by steam (methane) reforming. The catalyst combines high activity and stability, potentially resulting in a significant longer lifetime and lower replacement frequency.

Cellulase Saver
According to the International Energy Association (IEA) the global production capacity of 2nd generation biofuels will amount to 9 billion liters in 2018. ECN has discovered a simple and cost-efficient solution to reduce the production costs of advanced biofuels and bio-based chemicals. Potentially this invention could reduce the cost price of biofuels, such as bio-ethanol, with 10 to 15 cents per liter. ECN is looking for partners to further investigate the potential and commercialize this innovation.

Many biomass streams are unsuitable for combustion in power plants. A too high mineral content (in particular chlorine and potassium) in these types of biomass causes problems in incinerators. On top of this, the fibrous structure and moist content often causes problems. ECN has developed a method in which these previously worthless streams can be successfully used for energy production.