Knowledge and R&D

Businesses in Noord-Holland Noord have strong R&D divisions in key sectors such as Energy, Agri & Food and Offshore & Water. Combined with its existing knowledge and science institutes, the region is firmly focused on innovation.

Energy Centre Netherlands (ECN)

ECN, part of TNO, is the largest energy research centre in the Netherlands. It develops high-level knowledge and technology for the transition to sustainable energy systems. Its specialist fields are solar energy, wind energy, biomass, coal and environmental research, energy in the built environment, hydrogen and clean fossil fuels, energy efficiency in industry, and policy studies.

Joint Research Centre

The mission of the Institute for Energy, part of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, is to provide scientific and technical support for the conception, development, implementation and monitoring of energy-related community policies. Special emphasis is placed on the security of the energy supply, sustainable and safe energy production, and environmental compliance.

The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)

The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) is an independent research institute affiliated with the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Founded in 1876, NIOZ is one of the oldest major oceanographic institutions in Europe. Its mission is to conduct multidisciplinary marine research into coastal and shelf seas and the open ocean through close cooperation between physicists, chemists, geologists and biologists. Wherever possible, the institute engages in policy-focused and society-driven research. At present NIOZ employs 250 staff. To fulfil its mission, NIOZ has laboratories, major experimental facilities and four research vessels for sea-going research.

NRG (Nuclear Research & Consultancy Group)

NRG offers a wide range of high-quality services to energy utilities, government organisations and various industries, including the nuclear and medical sectors. NRG is a major producer of medical isotopes in Europe.