Rijkswaterstaat is the executive body of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. It protects the Netherlands against flooding, ensures clean and plentiful water supplies and works on smooth and safe transport flows on Dutch highways and waterways. The development of sustainable solutions is key in this. Rijkswaterstaat works together with e.g. municipalities, social partners, companies and knowledge institutes on this.
The Solar Highways project was initiated and commissioned by Rijkswaterstaat, which is also responsible for its coordination, the tendering process on the market and communications on the project.
ECN part of TNO
The ambition of the ECN part of TNO is to accelerate the energy transition together with knowledge institutions, companies and the government so that in 2050 the Netherlands will have an energy regime free of CO2 emissions. The energy transition also offers the Dutch business community the opportunity to lead the way and to export their innovative products and thus contribute to the energy transition worldwide.
In order to meet the climate targets of Paris, it is necessary to accelerate the energy transition. The challenge is to reduce CO2 emissions by phasing in sustainable energy and gradually phasing out fossil energy while keeping the energy supply secure, available and affordable. Energy saving is also an important tool. The energy transition requires major technical and social shifts in all sectors of the economy, among the authorities and citizens.
For the transition to energy management free of CO2 emissions, innovations are needed from technical, social and policy perspectives. ECN part of TNO conducts independent and internationally leading research and we stand for an agenda-setting, initiating and supporting role for government, industry and NGOs.
Our eight Innovation programmes cover all the relevant parts of the energy transition. Every day 700 top researchers from ECN part or TNO work to accelerate the energy transition such as the examples below on which we work and strive for an international leading position:
• Towards ubiquitous Solar Energy
• Towards large-scale generation of wind energy
• Towards broad support for the energy transition
• Towards an energy-producing environment
• Towards CO2 neutral fuels and feedstock
• Towards CO2 neutral industry
• Towards a reliable sustainable energy system
• Geological Survey of the Netherlands
The Solar Energy Application Centre (SEAC) is an independent knowledge institute, founded in 2012 at the initiative of ECN, TNO and Holland Solar. SEAC conducts research into solar energy systems and applications, including photovoltaic (PV) and solar heat systems. The technical expertise of SEAC focuses mainly on three research areas: benchmarking, outdoor field testing and techno-financial modelling of solar energy systems and applications. SEAC’s work is reinforced by strategic alliances with other R&D institutes, such as ECN, TNO, Utrecht University and TU Eindhoven.
SEAC will chart developments on the market for the Solar Highways project. It will also calculate the cost and yield and provide input for the tender strategy.