Innovation with impact is what TNO stands for. We develop knowledge to be applied in real life. To create new products and concepts that make life enjoyable and valuable and help companies to innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service-providers and non-governmental organisations.
We engage in co-development and open innovation in order to create new knowledge and know-how for better products and provide clear recommendations on policy and processes. As ‘knowledge brokers’, we advise our customers. Moreover, we help our customers find the optimum solutions that are geared precisely to the questions they have.
In everything we do, impact is the key word. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only valuable if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness. If they enable the government to create more effective policy. And if they really help people and organisations.
The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO - Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek) is a non-profit research organisation. Established in 1932, TNO’s public mission has been laid down in a special law: to support industry and society in general in transforming knowledge into products and processes of economic and societal value. In 2005, the TNO’s turnover was €501 million, comprising €196 million of government funding and €305 million of market turnover (40% from foreign contracts).
Close relationships with universities are essential for TNO, which is why its main research facilities are situated close to the Dutch universities. About fifty of our top scientists have a part-time professorship at one of these universities. Several hundred young scientists are doing their graduate or PhD work within TNO.
The Department of Energy Comfort and Indoor Environment has a key position in the field of the built environment with respect to research, testing and development, carrying out national and international R&D. It integrates the knowledge fields of building physics, physical aspects of the indoor environment, solar energy, light, and HVAC systems.
The department is a leading expert in the development of energy performance standards for new buildings as well as the development of approaches and standards for improving the energy performance of the existing building stock. At international level TNO is closely involved in ISO and the European standards developed by CEN to help the European Member States implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). It is active in the development technology of energy-efficient building components, sustainable energy components, building and installation components.
Representative projects of the Department in relation to the field of activities of INIVE are:
- IEE tenders (European Commission, Intelligent Energy Europe) “Service contract BUILDUP (within INIVE consortium)” and “Service contract OJEU 205-S 123, EPBD Buildings Platform (2006-2008)” (within INIVE consortium);
- CENSE project, “Leading the CEN Standards on Energy performance of buildings to practice. Towards effective support of the EPBD implementation and acceleration in the EU Member States” EIE/07/069/SI2.466698 (2007-2010);
- ASIEPI project, “Assessment and Improvement of the EPBD Impact (for new buildings and building renovation)” EIE/07/169/SI2.466278 (2007-2010);
- Development of demand-driven hybrid ventilation methods, control and products, such as RESHYVENT
Cost Effective: the main focus of this project is to convert façades of existing high-rise buildings into multifunctional, energy-gaining components including ventilation with heat recovery.
Key activities of the Department are research, development and the assessment of sustainable energy and HVAC components and systems, the assessment and improvement of indoor air quality in buildings and the development of methods to assess energy use in buildings during the use phase.
Some indicative key publications of the Department of Energy Comfort and Indoor Environment are:
Diffuse ceiling ventilation, a new concept for healthy and productive classrooms, http://www.buildup.eu/publications/2713
Comparing energy performance requirements levels: method and cross section overview, http://www.buildup.eu/publications/8755
First draft set of recommendations: Towards a second generation of CEN standards related to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), http://www.buildup.eu/publications/8166
TNO is a member of INIVE because of its network of professionals, exchanging the latest developments and research results between experts and working together on exciting international projects.