ECN nieuwsbrief
The latest news from ECN Issue 3 - September 2013 

Direct and indirect co-firing, the smart way

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ECN launches new website

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Cost reduction and efficiency main topics at the solar energy conference

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Nexolon America chooses ECN technology for solar cells

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Hybsi® membrane competes for innovation award

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From 30 September to 4 October, ECN is giving various presentations at the 28th Photovoltaic Solar Energy and Exhibition (EU PVSEC 2013) in Paris; the European solar energy congress with over 1600 speakers.

ECN has organised the Silicon Materials Workshop, which will be held in Rome on 7 and 8 October. During this workshop, representatives of universities, research institutes and businesses will share their visions and try to develop a joint road map.

On 6 October, the solar vehicle Nuna7, which has been built by students of Delft University of technology, will compete in the World Solar Challenge, a race that runs between the Australian cities of Darwin and Adelaide. The solar modules used for the car have been tested by ECN.

Markus Leuenberger


At the basis of real innovations, i.e. innovations that turn the world upside down, is never a single person, but always an entire eco system. In this system entrepreneurs are the cornerstone. They make sure that an innovation finds its way to the market. Investors and authorities are needed to pave that way. Indispensable are also suppliers of new knowledge and new technology, such as ECN.
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An exciting game


ECN and filtration solutions producer Royal Dahlman have jointly developed the MILENA-OLGA technology for gasification of biomass and waste. Recently, the British Energy Technologies Institute selected the Dutch Royal Dahlman, next to two British companies, to work on the front end engineering design for the world’s most efficient process to produce energy from waste. MILENA-OLGA technology is used as the basis. Meantime dozens of other projects are being planned. A breakthrough seems to be very near for this technology.

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Materials scarcity; a threat to sustainable energy?

In only a few decades, some important feedstocks will no longer be available indefinitely. This will have drastic consequences, not only for the manufacturing of high-tech products that we have come to depend upon so much, such as computers and televisions. Materials scarcity also impacts sustainable energy production. Our children will already encounter scarcity of indium or silver, used to produce solar cells, or a lack of dysprosium, an essential metal used for magnets in wind turbines.

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Heat pump goes to the market

Making production more sustainable and low-cost; this is feasible with the innovative heat pump application that ECN has developed together with industrial partners. Bronswerk Heat Transfer will now bring this technology to the market. With a heat pump, the temperature from the waste heat of an industrial process can be pumped up from 60 to maximally 140 degrees Celsius. At this temperature, the heat can be deployed again, for example for the production of steam. The technology is currently being tested in the paper industry.


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Let’s invest in innovation today

In 2013, government expenditure on research and innovation in the field of sustainable energy in the Netherlands dropped to almost a third compared to 2010. It is time to put a stop to this decline, ECN’s COO Robert Kleiburg argues in the online magazine Energeia Energienieuws. He wrote his contribution together with together with Tim van der Hagen, dean at Delft University of technology.

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Source: Energeia Energienieuws

Diabolic dilemma

Low prices for solar modules stimulate the emergence of a European market, but the dwindled margins threaten to tear apart the solar sector, Wim Sinke states in the online magazine Duurzaam Ondernemen. To realise broad implementation of solar energy in the long term, it is crucial that we join forces today to further develop the technology for solar energy. Focus needs to be on increasing the efficiency of solar cells, further integration of solar power in the electricity grid and integration of solar cells in buildings.

Source: Duurzaam Ondernemen


Stimulating innovations for sustainable energy is the way to recover from our economic crisis.

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