TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the BV and 61 employees are engaged outside of the Netherlands. TNO focuses its research on seven societal themes: healthy living; industrial innovation; built environment; energy; transport and mobility; defense, safety and security; and the information society.
One of the sustainable flagships of TNO in USI-cluster 1, resulting from TNO’s Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences expertise area, is the Urban Strategy model that makes it easier to draw up plans for e.g. motorways or residential neighborhoods. This model identifies what the impact of the decisions are for the surroundings in ‘real time’: traffic, air quality, noise pollution, safety.
TNO is also the geological survey of the Netherlands and is obliged by law to manage all geological subsurface data. With this geological knowledge and database TNO has studied the subsurface for geothermal potential reservoirs for direct use in detail. TNO also has developed engineering and economical tools to assess techno-economic feasibility and is involved in many spatial planning issues.
Furthermore, TNO is closely involved in EU-funded projects where the probability, risks and geothermal potential of subsurface layers deeper then 4000m are assessed. TNO offers the expertise necessary for these studies: knowledge about geology, geomechanics, geochemistry, economics, engineering and monitoring.
TNO helps to decrease CO2 emissions through Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), the costs of which will be reduced from 50 to 20 euros per tonne, and the storage capacity increased to 25 megatonnes per year. Issues in the TNO R&D portfolio with respect to CCS are capture, transport, storage, public perception, legislation, risk, and socio-economic aspects.