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TNO (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast-Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek) is one of the major applied research and technology organisations in Europe. With a staff of approximately 3000 and an annual turnover of close to a billion Euros, TNO is carrying out applied R&D on, among others, healthy living, industrial innovation, traffic & transport, buildings & infrastructure, circular economy, energy transition, and safety & security. TNO is involved in many international programmes, including especially EU-funded collaborative projects.

The former ECN (Stichting Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland) has become part of TNO since 1 April 2018. The new “Energy Transition” unit is a symbiosis of all energy R&D activities of ECN and TNO, and is thereby the leading institute for energy research in the Netherlands with about 600 researchers. The R&D of TNO Energy Transition contributes to transforming the current energy system into one without CO2 emissions by 2050. TNO consists of several main innovation programmes: solar energy, wind energy, built environment, CO2-neutral industry, fuels & feedstock, system integration, and societally embedded energy transition.

The Energy Transition Studies (ETS) group of TNO employs about 60 researchers who cover a wide variety of academic disciplines. ETS focuses on the political, economic, and social aspects of energy technology implementation. It possesses a broad range of different modelling tools, mostly developed in-house. These include e.g., simulation, optimization, and management models. Its EU models cover electricity markets, renewables, power generation, and fossil fuels, and enable investigating a broad range of scenarios and policy instruments.


Contact: Jos Sijm