Energy transition: a sustainable future is the only future
Our ambition is to accelerate the energy transition together with knowledge institutions, businesses, and government, to create an energy system in the Netherlands which is free from CO2 emissions by 2050. In addition, we offer the Dutch business community the opportunity to take the lead and export their innovative products. This is how we want to strengthen the competitive position of the Netherlands.
The Energy Transition unit merged with the Circular Economy unit to form a joint Energy & Materials transition unit.
Accelerating the energy transition
In order to achieve the climate targets, it is necessary to accelerate the energy transition. The challenge is to reduce carbon emissions. This can be done by phasing in renewable energy at an accelerated rate, and phasing out fossil energy smoothly, while keeping the energy supply safe, available and affordable. Energy saving is also an important tool. The transition calls for major technical and social changes in all sectors of the economy, in governments and for citizens.
Strengthening the Netherlands competitiveness
The transition to a carbon-free energy system requires technical, social and policy innovations. We conduct independent and internationally renowned research. We stand for an agenda-setting, initiating and supporting role for government, businesses and societal organisations.
Our 4 innovation programmes
Our ambitions are formulated in 4 coherent innovation programmes that are in line with the energy agenda and the coalition agreement. With these programmes, our aim is to achieve:
The transition from fossil fuels and raw materials to sustainably generated electricity takes time and money. We’re therefore developing technologies to generate electricity from solar and wind more cheaply and more efficiently.
Carbon neutral industry
CO2 emissions in the Netherlands must be drastically reduced. How will we achieve this radical reduction in CO2 levels? We list all measures and innovations.
The energy transition is a complex social issue. Besides technological solutions, economic consequences and social aspects play at least as important a role. Therefore, we research and advise on how to switch to a CO2-free energy system in a fair way.
Within TNO, the Geological Survey of the Netherlands is organised as a knowledge centre of the subsurface. With state-of-the-art public information, research and technology, we contribute to a sustainable Netherlands.
- Advisory group for Economic Affairs
- Biobased and circular technology
- Heat transfer and fluid dynamics
- Wind energy
- Solar technologies and applications
- Applied geosciences
- Solar energy
- CO2 reduction in the Netherlands
- Sustainable process and energy systems
- Sustainable technologies for industrial processes
- Energy transition studies
- Geo data and IT
CO2 reduction and green carbon in industry
This is the time to reduce CO2 emissions and create new opportunities for a sustainable, circular industry. TNO experts present three innovative technologies that convert carbon and CO2 into sustainable products such as plastics, fuels and food.
Switch to the hybrid energy system
How will our future electricity grid remain stable and affordable? Watch the webinar from 1 February 2023 and get an insight into the technological and societal solutions for our future energy system.
Offshore wind under pressure
Offshore wind energy is growing enormously, but this growth comes with challenges. To maximize the value of large volumes of wind energy in the future energy system, we need to ensure feasible business cases for developers.
SEWGS: revolutionary CO2-reduction technology
In order to make existing industrial production processes cleaner, TNO has developed a technology that very efficiently captures CO2 while simultaneously producing hydrogen.
Innovations in solar energy technologies
Solar energy is affordable and reliable due to innovations and economy of scale, and through standardization. Over the last 20 years the conversion efficiency has been doubled while the cost has been reduced by a factor of about 20.