Complex and high-risk problems are not something you want to deal with alone. That's why companies, public authorities, and other organisations work with TNO. Our knowledge and expertise are focused on application, and we are happy to use them for others. We do this in many different ways and for many different sectors.
In the automotive field, TNO has unique expertise in software for safety-related applications, such as advanced driver assistance systems, automated driving applications, and cooperative driving applications. TNO thus supports the automotive industry in increasing the functional safety of vehicles so as to reduce the number of traffic accidents.
Building and construction
Making the building sector sustainable is an important contribution to achieving the government's climate targets. That’s why TNO champions circular building, with lower CO2 emissions and less use of primary raw materials. For example, TNO is researching the use of bio-based building materials and developing an innovative concrete mix to substantially reduce nitrogen emissions on construction sites.
TNO is developing devices with hybrid printed electronics, focusing on medical monitoring equipment and smart garments. Customisable, multisensory foils allow us to use everyday objects to carry out measurements, which in turn generates data for monitoring health and well-being.
TNO is an innovator in the field of energy. For example, we research hybrid energy systems and study the design of future energy hubs, and we innovate with hydrogen. TNO also has unique expertise in testing and measuring wind turbines so as to assess their suitability for the market.
The financial sector and technology are closely intertwined – which creates both opportunities and threats. That’s why TNO is working to improve cybersecurity in the financial sector. We do so, for example, by developing cryptography techniques to ensure that data can be shared securely between financial institutions. We are also working hard on post-quantum cryptography, so that payment transactions will still be secure after the advent of the quantum computer.
One of the biggest challenges facing industry today is sustainability. TNO therefore advises companies on the sustainable use of energy and the reuse of raw materials. In addition, a lot of research takes place in cooperation with industry, for example to develop methods for making the chemicals industry circular and for reducing CO2 emissions.
Digitalisation and automation are changing the world of logistics. TNO is therefore conducting extensive research into Connected Automated Transport in the logistics sector, i.e. automated logistics. Together with parties in the field, we are investigating how transport can be made safer and more sustainable with the aid of new technologies.
TNO is dedicated to improving efficiency and safety at sea. We are involved, for example, in innovation in the construction of offshore wind turbines and floating solar panels, as well as developing new measuring techniques and sensors to make inspections safer and more efficient.
As a wide-ranging research organisation, TNO works closely with government bodies, from local to European level. We participate, for example, in drafting research agendas, pursue European cooperation to study cross-border issues, and formulate policy recommendations in the field of innovation.
Recycling and waste
Recycling is an essential part of making the economy more sustainable. That’s why TNO innovates in the field of waste collection and processing, ranging from innovative ways of separating waste at molecular level to innovative ideas for making no less than 87 percent of all plastic part of a circular system.
TNO is working to future-proof the Dutch network infrastructure. In doing so, we also help organisations prepare for a quantum-proof future, we seek solutions for using 5G in agriculture, and we work together to make the digital infrastructure of the future sustainable.
There are major challenges and opportunities in the field of healthcare. TNO pursues innovation in the efficient development of medication, and is developing methods to personalise treatment processes, for instance for lung cancer, but we are also involved in making hospitals more sustainable and determining what the future of healthcare should look like.