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Energy research Centre of the Netherlands lays off 96

The Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) has to dismiss 96 employees following the Dutch Government’s decision to discontinue a research subsidy of €8 million from the start of this year.

By Renewable Energy Focus staff

Due to the discontinuation of the €8m subsidy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation (EL&I), ECN will also lose revenue from collaboration projects and assignments. The total loss of revenue in 2011 will amount to €13m.

The research programmes that will be discontinued or transferred are smart grids, built environment (excluding heat management), fuel cells and hydrogen.

ECN will develop a new programme strategy that will focus on strengthening the core activities wind energy, solar energy, biomass, renewable heating and process technology and policy studies in 2011.

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