Energy Efficiency

TNO plays a prominent role in the development of sustainable technologies and knowledge in energy efficiency for the energy intensive industry.

In view of recent agreements in the climate treaties and the European Energy Efficiency Directive, which aims to achieve 20% energy savings in Europe by 2020, the target for the Netherlands is a cumulative energy saving in final consumption of 480 PJ in the period 2014-2020.

In order to meet these objectives, innovations in energy efficiency are necessary. TNO develops knowledge and technology for energy-efficient innovations in industrial processes.

Research programme

The TNO SPT expertise group focuses on heat and process technology whereby attention is geared to: 

  • Reuse, transport and storage of residual heat
  • Membrane separations for liquids and gases
  • Sorption techniques for liquid and gas separation
  • Treatment and upgrading of gases
  • Intensification of production processes for (bulk) chemicals
  • Use of residual flows such as CO2 as a raw material for chemicals
  • Production of hydrogen for different applications

For the implementation of these solutions, TNO works together with suppliers of raw materials, contractors, engineering firms, machine builders, installation companies and a range of large end users.

Solutions from TNO

TNO focuses on technological innovation to reduce the total energy consumption in your business process, leading to a more sustainable process, lower energy consumption and lower operational costs. TNO does this in various ways, such as: 

  • More efficient use of energy
  • More efficient use of raw materials
  • Development of more efficient separation methods
  • Reduction of unwanted by-products
  • Improvement of product yield and quality
  • Transition to sustainable products
  • Screening of different components

More about this work can be found in the following program lines


New EU project funded to develop cost-effective sustainable aviation fuel

25 February 2021
Aviation is one of the most challenging sectors when it comes to reducing CO2 emissions. One of the reasons is that common alternatives such as electrification or hydrogen propulsion, are not expected... Read more

Rijswijk research centre for geothermal energy can continue to make important contribution to energy transition

12 February 2021
With the recent signing of contracts to extend their commitment until 2024, the initiators of the 'Rijswijk Centre for Sustainable Geo-Energy' (RCSG) have once again underlined the importance of the centre. ... Read more

European project HEREWEAR to develop biobased circular textiles

26 January 2021
Within the newly approved Horizon 2020 project HEREWEAR, TNO will, as part of a European consortium, aim to develop biobased circular textiles. Read more

Biomass & Energy Efficiency


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