TNO (Netherlands)

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 quality of society as a whole. In everything we do, ‘impact’ is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness; if the government can create more effective policy; and if it really helps people and organisations.

We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organizations, working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. As ‘knowledge brokers’ we advise our customers, moreover, on finding the optimum solutions that are geared precisely to the questions they have.

TNO has been actively involved in the transfer of space technology from 2001, the year in which the European Space Agency (ESA), the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and TNO initiated the Dutch Technology Transfer Program (DTTP), which may be regarded as the first so-called National Technology Transfer Initiative (NTTI).

The approach of TNO in this area is characterized by a strong sense of market, optimally using our network in a large variety of market segments ranging from nutrition and health to building and construction, from oil and gas to automotive and aerospace, from safety and security to environment and from ICT to nanotechnology.

Special attention is given to the top sector ‘High-Tech Systems & Materials’, because this top sector has clearly indicated the cross-over potential of space technology with regard to several of its technology areas, i.e. semiconductor equipment, solar energy, healthcare, automotive, aeronautics and high-tech materials.

Commissioned by the Netherlands Space Office, TNO organizes a yearly Technology Transfer Event, called ‘Space-MATCH’,  that acquaints Dutch entrepreneurs with different technologies that have been developed by the European space sector. Space-MATCH 2013 will take place on November 21st, 2013 at ESA/ESTEC in Noordwijk, with the theme ‘Sensors & Monitoring Systems’.

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Key contact at TNO:

  • Len van der Wal  +31 88 866 65 26 /